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The Villages: Rockland Enters Phase 3 on Tuesday

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This week in the villages: Rockland County is expected to meet the requirements to enter Phase 3 of the NY Forward Reopening plan on Tuesday, meaning capacity controlled indoor dining and personal care service businesses will be allowed to reopen. Nyack Schools passed their budget and re-elected three incumbent trustees last week. Tuesday is also your last chance to vote in the Primary Election with polls open from 6a to 9p. The Village of Nyack is looking to hire a Summer Food Program Site Supervisor and the Town of Clarkstown is looking to hire lifeguards for Germonds Pool.

Nyack Schools Board of Education Results

The school district’s 2020-21 budget passed school district’s 2020-21 budget passed with 3020 YES votes and 951 NO votes. Three incumbent  school board members — Beth Davidson, Jen Marraccino, and James Marshall — were re-elected to the Nyack Schools Board of Education.

Rockland Expected to Enter Phase 3 of NY Foward Plan on Tuesday

Rockland County and the Mid-Hudson Region are expected to enter Phase 3 of the NY Forward Reopening Plan on Tue, June 23, 2020. Restaurants can begin allowing indoor dining (at 50% capacity) and personal care services such as nail salons, and spas will be allowed to reopen. All businesses must view the summary guidelines for their industry, affirm that they understand and will abide by them, and create a safety plan to be kept on file. (A safety plan template may be found on

Village of Nyack

Black Lives Matter Street Art Defaced By Motorcyclists on Saturday

An art installation containing the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on Main St on Friday was intentionally defaced by motorcycles on Sat June 20, leaving skidmarks across the painting. This artwork had been created by the Nyack Center’s teen council.

Town of Orangetown detectives are conducting an investigation and are requesting any citizen/buisness who may have witnessed or have video of incident to contact detectives at 845-359-3700.

Village Hall Reopening

On Mon, June 22, 2020 Nyack Village Hall will reopen to the public with limited hours of 9a-1p. The Building Department and Village Administrator’s Office are by appointment only. Please contact those offices in advance to schedule an appointment. The Village Clerk, Justice Court, Water Dept., and Parking Authority are available during these hours. A mask is required to enter the building and social distancing rules will be in effect.

Summer Food Program Employment Opportunity

The Village of Nyack Summer Food Program is accepting applications for a Summer Food Program Site Supervisor. The program will run Monday – Friday 7:30a-12:30p, from July 7-August 15. Visit the for job requirements and more information.

Reopening Nyack

The Village of Nyack has put together a “Guide to Reopening Our Village” with information for residents and businesses. It may be found on

Property Tax Update

Property tax bills will be mailed out during the first week of June. Governor Cuomo has granted a 21 day penalty-free period making the bills due by July 21, 2020. On July 22, 2020, a 5% penalty will be added. An additional 1% penalty will be added on the 1st of the month, every month after, until, and including October. On Nov 1, 2020, all unpaid tax bills will be sent to the county to be relevied onto the county bill in Jan, 2021.

Expedited Outdoor Seating Permit Process

At the May 28, 2020 Nyack Board of Trustees meeting, the Village Board approved a resolution to expedite the outdoor seating permit process for restaurants and businesses. An Outdoor Sidewalk Cafe Application may be found on For more information, contact the Village of Nyack Building Dept at or call 845-358-4249.

Moratorium on Gas Powered Leaf Blowers

The Nyack Village Board recently enacted a moratorium on gas-powered leaf blowers until the end of June, 2020. Residents are requested to please share the landscaper notification with your landscaper. All concerns regarding this moratorium should be directed to Jim Politi, Village Administrator at 845-358-3581. Please do not contact the Orangetown Police Department about leaf blowers.

Village of South Nyack

Tue, June 23, 2020 Virtual Village Board of Trustees Meeting

A Village Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tue, June 23, 2020 at 7:30p. Information on how to join the meeting via teleconference may be found on An agenda for the meeting may also be found on

Village of Upper Nyack

Leaf Bag and Bulk Pickup Delays

Due to the DPW making preparations for road work in the Village of Upper Nyack, your leaf bag and bulk pickup may take longer from June 22 through June 29, 2020.

Town of Orangetown

Town Hall is Now Open to Visitors

Orangetown Town Hall is now open to all visitors. Guests are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance within the buildings. Hygienic barriers are in place and there are markings on the floor to help remind you of the need to maintain social distancing. All visitors will be required to sign a visitor log.

Reopening Businesses

The Town of Orangetown is expected to move into Phase 3 of the NY Forward reopening plan on Tue, June 23, 2020. If you are unsure if your business is allowed to reopen, please visit for more information. If you know your business is allowed to reopen and you have yet to fill out your affirmation, please visit the Town of Orangetown’s Kickstart Orangetown Page.

Phase 2 allows outdoor dining and the Town Board has authorized a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit. The Temporary Outdoor Dining Application and additional information may be found on A sketch plan is required to be submitted. Please send an email containing the business name and address to or through the town’s online system to inquire if an existing site plan and/or survey exists, or you may call 845-359-8410. The building department is open from 7:30a – 5:15p for summer hours, but the building is closed to the public until further notice. They ask that all communications be via phone or email. You can call, or you may also send an email to and directly to your assigned inspector.

SAVE THE DATE – Frozen II – Drive-in Movie Night

On Sat, June 27, 2020 the Orangetown Parks & Recreation Department will be taking over the Pfizer/IRG Realty parking lot for a Family Movie Night. The night will feature a 40′ x 35′ movie screen, music and food trucks. The gates will open at 6:30p and at Frozen II will be shown on the big screen at 9p.

Each family may register one car for the evening and the cost is $15. As a part of the evening, we will be saluting the healthcare and essential workers for all they have done for our community over the last 3 months. Space is limited and you must register on If you don’t already have a Community Pass account, you can set one up. Pre-registration is required, no on site registration will take place on June 27. Please note COVID-19 guidelines will be in place. More information can be found on

Orangetown Highway Department Drop-off Center

The Orangetown Highway Department Drop-off Center is now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A list of COVID-19 Access Regulations and Safety Guidelines may be found on

Town of Clarkstown

2020 Comprehensive Plan Workshop for Ward 2

The Town of Clarkstown will be holding a Comprehensive Plan workshop for Ward 2 on Mon, June 22, 2020 from 7-9p via teleconference. Residents are asked to voice their opinions and share ideas for the future of the town. Residents are encouraged to participate by phone at 845-286-9068 or by watching through Facebook Live on the Town of Clarkstown Facebook Page. To learn more and submit comments, please visit

Tele-Town Hall Mon, June 29, 2020, 5p (New Day & Time!)

Join Supervisor George Hoehmann for an update on a group telephone call to ask any questions or bring up any concerns you may have. Call  845-203-6304 to join, or watch on FB live.

Germonds Pool Will Reopen the Week of July 6

Supervisor Hoehmann and the Town Board recently announced Germonds Pool will be opened the week of July 6, 2020 for the summer season. Unfortunately the Congers Lake Memorial Park and Lake Nanuet pools will not be opening this season, due to a number of factors related to COVID-19.

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Germonds Pool will be operated in accordance with the guidelines provided by the New York State Department of Health, which cuts the total capacity of the pool complex by 50% and limits the size of groups within the pool complex to gatherings of no more than 10, while requiring each person maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from any non-family individuals. Therefore, no more than 900 people can be within the Germonds Pool complex at any given time.

The pool is open to residents only. No guests of residents will be admitted. All residents must register for a Daily Pool Pass ($25 per swimmer), which entitles the card holder the ability to pay the daily rate. The daily rate for swimmers 12 and older is $6 and for children is $5. The pool will be open for seniors ONLY from 8 to 9:30a, and general admission hours are 10a to 7:45p, 7 days a week. Swimmers will be able to reserve and pay for daily admission 48 hours in advance, through the Community Pass website.

The opening of Germonds Pool creates an opportunity for those interested in summer employment as a lifeguard, especially at the end of the season when there is a great need for it. Interested individuals should fill out an application or call 845-639-6200 for more information.

Clarkstown Community Power

The Town of Clarkstown is excited to announce a program that increases the community’s access to 100% renewable electricity, while lowering the electricity costs of residents and small businesses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a community solar program will be launched to raise money for local COVID-19 relief efforts. For each enrollment in community solar, our partner will donate $50 to Rockland Community Foundation. Community solar allows you to tap into the benefits of solar without needing to install your own panels. If you have your own solar panels, you already receive solar credits and are not eligible to enroll in community solar. To learn more about this program, please visit

Town Board’s Resolution to Expand Outdoor Dining

In a move meant to boost the morale and bottom line of local businesses in Clarkstown, the Town Board recently approved a resolution granting the town’s Building Inspector the ability to grant Temporary Outdoor Dining permits. This will allow, on a case-by-case basis, businesses to utilize underused parking spaces to allow for increased capacity to serve more patrons while spaced for social distancing. If you are interested in applying for a permit for your business, please contact the Building Department.

Reopening Clarkstown: A Helpful Guide for Small Businesses Webinar

The Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, the New City Chamber of Commerce, and Supervisor George Hoehmann recently hosted a webinar to discuss the process of reopening small businesses after COVID-19 closures. If you missed the webinar, it may be viewed on the Town of Clarkstown YouTube channel. A copy of the powerpoint presentation may be found on

Rockland County

New York State Primary Election Tue, June 23

The New York State Primary is coming up on June 23, 2020. This includes presidential, federal, state, and local races. Polls will be open that day from 6a to 9p and early voting started on June 13.  To find your poling place and view a sample ballot, visit the Rockland County Board of Elections.

Free Shredding Event

There will be a free shredding event on Sat, June 27, 2020 from 8a-12p at Germonds Park, 185 Germonds Rd, West Nyack. It is on a first-come first-served basis, and there is a 3 box limit per car (24x15x11″). Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for donation.

Free Mosquito Dunks

To help Rockland County residents reduce the number of mosquitoes on their property, free mosquito dunks will be offered to keep pools and outdoor spas mosquito free. Mosquito Dunks® are small, donut-shaped objects that float on the water’s surface and release bacteria that kill mosquitoes in their larval stage in water before they become flying, biting adults. They are for use in closed or unused private swimming pools and spas and are effective for approximately 30 days. A single dunk will treat an area of about 100 square feet.

Mosquito Dunks® will be available, free of charge, for curbside pickup at the Robert L. Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Rd, Pomona. The giveaway will begin at 10a on Fri, June 12, 2020, and will continue every Tuesday from 2-3p and every Friday from 10-11a until Oct 30, 2020, or while supplies last. Visit for additional information about the program.

Meals On Wheels Needs Volunteers

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to help with weekly cooler pickup, weekly grocery pickup, frozen meal delivery to senior center members in the Clarkstown area, and daily driving. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these services, please visit or call (845) 624-6325.

Save the Date: Police & Patrol Officer Civil Service Examination on Sept 26, 2020

Rockland is now accepting applications from candidates interested in a career in law enforcement. A written competitive examination for the Civil Service positions of police officer and patrol officer is scheduled to be held on Sat, Sept 26, 2020, but may be subject to change based on the current health crisis. There are also examinations for Spanish, French/Creole, and Yiddish speaking officers. If interested, applications to take the examination must be received by Wed, July 15, 2020. An online application may be found at You may also apply by mail at Rockland County Department of Personnel, 50 Sanatorium Rd, Building A, 7th Floor, Pomona, NY 10970. The application fee is $30. For questions, contact the Rockland County Department of Personnel at (845) 364-3737 or at

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