This week in the villages: Back to school? More like back to Zoom. All Nyack schools will begin the school year remotely on Sept 9. A hybrid model will begin on Sept 29 for those students who have opted in. This week, computer equipment will be distributed to students in grades 2-12. The Village of South Nyack will hold a regular Board of Trustees meeting where a new trustee is expected to be appointed. The Village of Upper Nyack will hold a Board of Trustees workshop. And it’s not too early to think about how you will exercise your right to vote in the Nov 3 general election.
Nyack School Year Begins Remotely
All Nyack schools will begin on Wed, Sept 9, 2020 in a fully remote learning model until Tue, Sept 29, 2020. This will mean that students who have opted for the hybrid model will begin school on Tue, Sept 29. Visit the Reentry to Schools Page on nyackschools.org for the most up to date information on the reopening of schools.
This week the Technology Department will be distributing computer equipment to students in grades 2-12 for the 2020-21 school year as follows:
- Nyack Middle School: Aug 24 and Aug 25 from 10a-3p
- Nyack High School: Aug 26 through Aug 28 from 10a-3p
Anyone who is unavailable on these dates may pick up the equipment from Aug 31 through Sept 2 from 10a-3p at the Central Administration Building at 13A Dickinson Ave. If your child already has a device that was given to them by the district, you may bring it in at this time so a technician can verify it is up to date with all the necessary programs. An order for grades K-1 has been placed and you will be notified of pick up dates. Please call the Tech Help Desk at (845) 353-7075 if you need further assistance.
Village of Nyack
Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Aug 27 at 9a.
September 1, 2020 Parking Changes
- Paid parking returns on Sept 1, 2020 with new hours of parking meter enforcement: 10a – 7p.
- On street parking will be limited to a 3 hr. maximum for the metered areas of Main St, Broadway, Franklin St, and Midland Ave.
- Municipal parking lots on Artopee Way and metered side streets will offer long term metered parking from 10a to 7p.
- No parking from 3 to 6a in the metered areas of Main St, Broadway, and Franklin St.
- Alternate side parking has been reinstated village-wide effective Aug 1, 2020.
- The parking app will change to ParkMobile, replacing the Flowbird app.
Village of South Nyack
The Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Tue, Aug 25. On the agenda: a Comprehensive Plan presentation plus the appointment of a new village trustee. Read the full agenda at Southnyack.ny.gov before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7:30p.
Village of Upper Nyack
The Board of Trustees holds a workshop on Thurs, Aug 27 at 7p. More info at UpperNyack-ny.us.
Town of Orangetown
Join Orangetown’s Parks & Recreation Department in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Wed, Aug 26 at 8p for a screening of Toy Story 4. The cost is $3 per person. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required at register.communitypass.net. On Fri, Aug 28 at 7:30p, the Orangetown Parks & Recreation Department also invites you to “Pack the Park” at its Late Summer Concert Series featuring the Mystical Majesty Band, a Beatles tribute band. All attending groups must fit into a 10 x 10 ft social distancing space without a mask, but a mask must be worn when entering and exiting the venue as well as when moving around the venue. There is no indoor site. Cancellations and postponements will be posted on the Town of Orangetown website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.
Town of Clarkstown
Town of Clarkstown Summer Concert Series
…continues on Wed Aug 26 with The Nerds and on Thurs, Aug 27 with Kick Start Charlie. Both concerts will begin at 7:30p at the Lake Nanuet Ballfield. Appropriate spacing will be maintained and it is suggested that all attendees wear masks. The town will have masks available upon entrance for those who need them. In case of inclement weather, all concerts will be held indoors at the Pascack Community Center at reduced capacity. Residents should bring their own chairs.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program Status Update
Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Nyack river villages are pooling their electricity demand to leverage the collective buying power of their residents. Rockland Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that enables participants to pay less for renewable energy than they’ve historically paid for traditional (or “dirty”) electricity.
Official letters from each community will be mailed to all households in early September. Please be aware that any letters that residents have received about energy contracts are not from the Rockland CCA program, which does not require any action to participate. If you have any questions about something you have received or have been offered, call the Rockland Community Power phone hotline at (845) 859-9099, or email the Community Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit RocklandCommunityPower.com.
Rockland Community Power is inviting residents and businesses in the villages, Clarkstown, and Orangetown to enroll in their 100% renewable Community Solar program to save up to 10% annually on their electric bills. Community Solar is available to anyone with a residential or small business utility account. For every enrollment in this program, a $50 donation will be made to the Rockland Community Foundation which is providing relief through grants to combat COVID-19 challenges in Rockland County. Learn more at the Community Solar page at RocklandCommunityPower.com.
If you or someone you know has not yet completed a census questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible at my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. It’s easy and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, and this creates jobs. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Read more about what can happen if no one responds to the census in Why the 2020 Census Is So Important.
2020 General Election
The 2020 General Election is Tue, Nov 3. This year, you may vote 3 ways: (1) vote early from Sat, Oct 24 through Sun, Nov 1 at any of the 4 early voting centers in Rockland; (2) vote by mail (apply by mail by Oct 27, vote by Nov 3); or, (3) vote on election day. The last day to register to vote is Oct 9 (if application is mailed it must be received by Oct 14). You may also request an absentee ballot in person until Nov 2.
The Rockland County Board of Elections is in need of poll workers and election inspectors. In order to serve, you must be 18 yrs old and a registered voter enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican Party. Poll workers are paid for their time spent working on the election and attending required certification classes. The work day begins at 5:30a and ends after the polls close at 9p. The Board of Elections pays poll workers $200 per election and $25 for every required class. For more information on how to become a poll worker or election inspector call (845) 638-5172. Read more at Poll Worker Shortages Pose Election Challenge.
Police and Patrol Officer Civil Service Examination Postponed
The Police and Patrol Officer exam scheduled for Sept 26, 2020, has been postponed. In order for Rockland County to remain in compliance with the current Governor’s Executive Order pertaining to gatherings and after a lack of response to additional requests for examination specific guidance, the decision has been made to postpone this exam.
Based on the approximately 3,000 applicants, the Rockland County Department of Health cited concerns regarding public health and safety as well as the impact that holding the exam could have on our community. All those approved and conditionally approved applicants in the pool will be eligible to take the next scheduled exam, but no further applications will be accepted. The Department of Personnel has notified applicants of the postponement but requests that those who have been previously contacted by the Department as a conditional approval provide the requested documentation or information if they have not already done so. Any questions regarding the postponement of the examination or regarding the examination itself should be addressed via email to RCExams@co.rockland.ny.us or by calling the Department of Personnel at (845) 364-3751.