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The Villages: Free Trees

This week in the villages: This is your chance to beautify your property… for free! The Village of Nyack is offering free trees to residents who have adequate space in their yards near the sidewalk and street. And don’t forget that the New York State Bag Waste Reduction Law started yesterday. You can help by bringing your own reusable bags to shop.

Village of Nyack

Free Trees for Front Yards

In many places along Nyack streets there is not enough room for trees along the sidewalk or under the power lines. The Village of Nyack’s Front Yard Tree Planting Program offers free trees to qualifying residents with yards that have adequate space for healthy trees to grow near the sidewalk and street. More information on this program may be found at

Village of Upper Nyack

Public Hearing on Temporary Moratorium on Commercial or Residential Special Use Permit and Special Use Permit Renewal Applications – Save the Date

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold public hearings on Thurs, Mar 19 at 7:30p at the Upper Nyack Village Hall to consider the passing of a “temporary moratorium on commercial or residential special use permit and special use permit renewal applications,” pending review and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan and related Zoning Laws pertaining to said subject matters.

All interested parties are entitled to appear in person, or by agent, and speak on the subject matter at the public hearing. Full text of the law is available at the Village Hall office, Monday through Friday, 9a to 12n or at

Village Elections – Save the Date

The Village of Upper Nyack elections will be held on Wed, Mar 18 at Village Hall, 328 N Broaday from 12-9p. There will be no separate registration day. You must register with the Rockland County Board of Elections by Fri, Mar 6. Two trustees will be elected for a two year term. The two candidates from the Bell Tower Party are Jeffrey Epstein and Kennon Rothchild III.

Comprehensive Plan Update Available for Public Review

Recently, the Village Board of Trustees accepted the draft of the comprehensive plan update. It is now available for public review on or at the Nyack Public Library and Valley Cottage Public Library. A public hearing is planned for Mar 26 at 7p at the Upper Nyack Elementary School.

Rockland County

SUEZ Scholarships

SUEZ and the National Association of Water Companies are offering seven $3,000 scholarships to New York high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in a water industry related field. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31. Please visit for more information.

ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship

The application for the 2020 ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship program is now available to graduating female students in Rockland County. The ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship recognizes Rockland County high school female seniors who, through their actions or beliefs, embrace the principals of ML by Maria Luisa: civic and community involvement, commitment to social justice, social equality, and environment/eco-friendly lifestyles.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded: one to a promising woman who is a senior attending a private or public Rockland County high school (must be a Rockland County resident) and one to a promising woman who is a senior attending Nyack High School. The scholarship will assist with costs in attending a college of the students’ choice. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

In addition to the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship, there are other scholarships available through The Rockland Community Foundation.

New York State

The Bag Ban Is Here

As of yesterday, a new bag waste reduction law is in effect in New York State, where over 23 billion plastic bags are typically used each year. More information on the Bag Waste Reduction Law may be found at

Here are the municipal events in South Nyack, and the Village of Nyack and the Nyack Public Schools meetings for the week of 3/2. There are no meetings scheduled in Upper Nyack this week.

Village of Nyack

  • Mon 3/2, 7p: Planning Board Meeting
  • Wed 3/4, 6:30p: Sustainability Committee Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

Mon 3/2

10a: Justice Court
7:30p: Zoning Board of Appeals

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Nyack Public Schools

Tue 3/3, 7:30p: Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting will be held at the Valley Cottage Elementary School, 26 Lake Rd, Valley Cottage.

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