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The Villages: Bridge Lane Closure Update

This week in the villages: There will be a community meeting about the proposed acquisition of the Olson Center property by the Village of South Nyack. The New York State Thruway Authority is looking for qualified merchants to provide products and services for the public at designated spaces on the bridge bike/walk path landings. And lights, camera, action! There will be filming along a stretch of Route 303 on Monday evening. Get Coronavirus information at a forum in West Nyack on Wednesday.

Village of Nyack

Special Village Board Meeting

On Mon, Mar 9 at 6p, there will be a special Village Board meeting to discuss personnel matters in conjunction with the Nyack Housing Authority.

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 South Nyack

Community Meeting about Olson Center

On Thurs, Mar 12 at 7p at Orangetown Fire Co. No. 1, 2nd FL, 90 Depot Pl, there will be an informative meeting concerning the proposed acquisition of riverfront property in South Nyack. The Living Christ Church is selling a portion of their property located on Piermont Ave and the Mayor and Board are investigating the possibility of acquiring this land for the village. They would like to share their thoughts about this proposed purchase and hear your feedback.

See also: South Nyack: The Fault Is Not Our State, But In Ourselves, 12/8/14

The Village of Upper Nyack

Spring Cleaning at River Hook Preserve

Come do some spring cleaning at River Hook Preserve on Sat, Mar 14 from 10a to 1p. Volunteers are needed to work around and near the main house to pick up metal debris and trash. Work gloves and safety glasses will be available, but if you have your own, please bring them. There are entrances at 626 N Broadway and 611 N Midland Ave. There is no parking on the preserve. Please walk or bike.

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 two year terms. 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.

Town of Orangetown

Filming on Route 303 on Mon, Mar 9

There will be filming taking place on Mon, Mar 9 from 5p to 9p on Route 303 between Spruce St and Mountain View Ave. There will be a few lights and flood lamps out while filming is taking place, but once it is wrapped up, all lights will be turned back on. The film company will have plenty of Orangetown Police Department personnel with them while on set. In order to ease congestion, motorists are asked, if at all possible, to avoid the area during the above mentioned hours.

Rockland County

Coronavirus Information

The Rockland County Department of Health is currently monitoring 22 people under quarantine and is following CDC and New York State Department of Health protocols. Two Rockland County residents have been confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19). Anyone who visited the following locations on the following dates may have been exposed:

  • 150 Remsen Avenue, Monsey, NY on Fri Feb 28 between 11a and 11:45p and Sat Feb 29 between 11:30a and 4p
  • The Atrium Ballroom, 401 NY-59, Monsey, NY on Mon March 2 between 2:30p and 11:45p

Information on what to do if you suspect that you are infected with the virus is online at The Rockland County Department of Health is asking all health care providers to immediately report all possible cases of Coronavirus to the county at 845-364-2997 during normal business hours, or 845-364-8600 after hours/weekends.

State Senator David Carlucci will hold a Coronavirus Forum on Wed, Mar 11 from 6 to 7:30p at Crystal Run Health Care, 2 Centerock Rd, West Nyack. Come have your questions answered about travel, how to recognize the symptoms, stress and how to talk to children. Please RSVP at 845-623-3627.

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.

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge News

Overnight Northbound/Southbound Lane Closures Scheduled Into Next Week

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) is scheduled to resume roadway improvement operations on the New York State Thruway (I-87/I-287) starting tonight and continuing for the remainder of the week. Work will begin tonight at the Rockland landing and require overnight lane closures of southbound Thruway traffic lanes. At least one lane will remain open during the operation. Specific lane closure times are listed in the chart below.

Electronic Systems Installation and Testing

TZC is scheduled to install and test overhead electronic systems near the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge next week, requiring overnight lane closures of northbound and southbound Thruway traffic lanes.

At least one lane will remain open in both directions except when State Police stop and temporarily hold traffic for approximately 20 minutes during the early morning hours of Tue, Mar 17. Two additional 20-minute traffic holds are scheduled for the early morning hours of Wed, Mar 18.

Specific lane closure times are listed in the chart below.

Lane Closures Near the Bridge

Wed 3/11 11p – Three left lanes 5a, Thurs 3/12 Southbound (I-87/I-287)
From exit 11 to the bridge
Thurs 3/12 11p – Three left lanes 5a, Fri 3/13 Southbound
From exit 11 to the bridge
Fri 3/13 11p – Two right lanes 5a, Sat 3/14 Southbound
From exit 11 to the bridge
Mon 3/16 10p – Three left lanes 6a, Tue 3/17 Northbound
From the bridge to exit 10
Tue 3/17 11p – Three right lanes 5a, Wed 3/18 Southbound
From exit 11 to the bridge
Wed 3/18 11p – Three right lanes 5a, Thurs 3/19 Southbound
From exit 11 to the bridge
Thurs 3/19 11p – Three right lanes 5a, Fri. 3/20 Southbound
From exit 11 to the bridge

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path

On the bridge, TZC will continue to work on the northern side of the westbound span for the path’s overlooks. At the Rockland landing, path construction continues west of the South Broadway bridge. Operations include construction of the Welcome Center and parking lot.

Merchants Wanted for Bike/Walk Path Landings

The New York State Thruway Authority has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for merchant opportunities at the Westchester and Rockland landings of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s dedicated 3.6-mile bike/walking path. Scheduled to open this year, the shared use path features six scenic overlooks across the length of the three-mile crossing. Amenities at either end of the path in Tarrytown and South Nyack include public art, interactive displays, restrooms, and parking.

The Thruway Authority invites qualified merchants to provide input on products and services that can be offered at designated spaces at the path’s landings starting this summer. They should also include information about operational and logistical components. Preference will be given to local merchants and Taste NY Farm Market participants.

The Rockland landing, located within Interchange 10 of the New York State Thruway in South Nyack, features a truck stall with access to electric outlets. The landing also includes space for two pop-up tents adjacent to the bicycle/walking path. Responses to the RFEI are due by Mar 31, 2020.

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack for the week of 3/9.

Village of Nyack

  • Mon 3/9, 6p: Special Village Board Meeting
  • Thurs 3/12

4:30p: Board of Water Commissioners
6:30p: Village Board Pre-meeting Workshop
7:30p: Village Board Meeting

  • Sat 3/14, 10a: Mayor Hammond’s Saturday Morning Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Tue 3/10

6:30p: Police Board Meeting
7:30p: Public Hearing – 2020 CDBG
7:31p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

  • Wed 3/11, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting
  • Thurs 3/12, 7p: Olson Center Village Proposal

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Mon 3/9, 6p: Architectural Review Board
  • Thurs 3/12, 7p: Board of Trustees Workshop

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

Nyack Farmer's Market

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