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The Villages: Bring Those Bags, Cast Those Early Ballots

This week in the villages: On Monday, New York’s Bag Waste Reduction Law resumes, so it’s time to bring your reusable bags to shop once again. On Saturday at 9a, early in-person voting begins at 4 early voting centers. You may cast your ballot at any of the 4 regardless of where you live. If you haven’t participated in an informational meeting about Rockland Community Power, there will be additional sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a new Commissioner’s Standing Order in effect to require and ensure that all children and students over age 2 cover their noses and mouths with acceptable face coverings at all times, other than during approved mask breaks. Rockland County’s free flu vaccination clinic has been rescheduled to Friday and water main flushing begins in the Nyacks.

Clean Energy Program Informational Meetings

The Nyack Villages, the Town of Clarkstown, the Town of Orangetown, and the Village of Haverstraw are proud to be among the founding members of a collaborative municipal energy program called Rockland Community Power. This program will bring 100% renewable energy to the communities, while also lowering costs and strengthening consumer protection.

If you haven’t already participated in an informational meeting, there will be 2 more Virtual Community Meetings on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 7p and on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 7p to learn more and ask questions.

If you have subscribed to an alternative supplier and are not an Orange & Rockland customer then you will not receive a mailing. But you can take a few simple steps to participate in the program.

For more information about Rockland Community Power or CCA, please visit or call (845) 859-9099. You can also contact your Community Coordinator at

Village of Nyack

The Wed 10/21 Architectural Review Board will consider requests for signage ,for historic designation, and for additions and alterations. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7p.

Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Oct 22, 2020 at 9a.

The Nyack Parking Authority Board will meet via Zoom on Thurs, Oct 22, 2020 at 7p.

The Village Board of Trustees will meet via Zoom on Thurs, Oct 22, 2020 at 7:30p.

Water Main Flushing

The Village of Nyack Water Department will flush water mains throughout the entire water distribution system, as follows:

  • West Nyack and Central Nyack – Mon, Oct 19, Tue, Oct 20, and Wed, Oct 21, 2020.
  • Nyack College Area of South Nyack – Thurs, Oct 22, 2020.
  • Nyack and Remainder of South Nyack – Mon, Oct 26, Tue, Oct 27, Wed, Oct 28, and Thurs, Oct 29, 2020.

As a result of the flushing, your water may be temporarily discolored and you might experience a temporary reduction in water pressure. If you have any questions, email

Leaf Collection

The DPW will be picking up leaf piles. Do NOT put leaves in the street; they must be on your property. Please use biodegradable bags for leaves and yard waste. NO PLASTIC BAGS will be collected. Leaf Bags are available at the Village Hall during the regular hours of 9a – 5p.

Village of South Nyack

The Future of the Village of South Nyack

The Village Board of Trustees and Mayor Bonnie Christian have engaged the services of CGR to provide unbiased consultation services related to a Citizen Dissolution of South Nyack Petition that was filed on Aug 14, 2020.

Before votes are cast, it is critical that voters know the potential impacts that will result if this referendum passes. CGR has set up a The Future of the Village of South Nyack website for the purpose of keeping the residents informed about this process and their findings. Please keep in mind that this is an evolving process and that CGR will post information as it becomes available. You are encouraged to sign up for their alerts so that you stay informed about this important process.

CGR will present their Dissolution Impact Report at a Board of Trustees meeting that will be held on Tue, Nov 24, 2020, and CGR will answer questions from the public. The Village of South Nyack dissolution referendum will be held on Thurs, Dec 17, 2020. Voting information will be announced as soon as it is available.

Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection will begin on Mon, Oct 19 through Fri, Dec 18, 2020 weather permitting. Please place loose leaves in the gutter in a wind-row for pick-up by the DPW vacuum. The leaves must be free of sticks, rocks, and trash. It is the homeowners responsibility to inform their landscape contractor of village requirements. Grass clippings and other yard debris should be put in bio-degradable bags and placed on the grass between the sidewalk and the curb.

Bio-bags are available at Village Hall for South Nyack residents. A copy of South Nyack Department of Public Works guidelines may be found on

Village of Upper Nyack

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 8p. More info at

The Planning Board will meet on Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 7:30p. More info at

Village of Upper Nyack Halloween Guidance

The Village of Upper Nyack will NOT be closing any streets near Village Hall or Empire Hook & Ladder Co #1 on Halloween, Sat Oct 31, 2020. And Empire Hook & Ladder Co. #1 will NOT be holding their annual Halloween event this year due to Covid-19. The Village of Upper Nyack does NOT host any event for Halloween. Trick or Treating is not encouraged this year, and any trick or treating that takes place is up to individual families.

Recording of Special October 8 Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees

In case you missed it, a video recording and a transcript are available for the Special October 8 Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

Nyack Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on Tue, Oct 20, 2020. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 6p.

Nyack Young Writers Scholarship

The Nyack Young Writers Scholarship recognizes 2 Nyack High School seniors, judged to have written and submitted the most outstanding prose or poetry. The scholarship awards $3,500 to the first-place recipient, and $2,000 to the second-place recipient, to assist in offsetting costs in pursuing a college degree at the school of his or her choice.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be students entering their senior year at Nyack High School. The Nyack Young Writers Scholarship award is an outright grant, to be used in offsetting expenses, including tuition, room and board, or books/other materials. The application deadline is Oct 20, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Visit for the application and application requirements.

Town of Clarkstown

Paper Shredding and Non-Perishable Food Collection Event

The Rockland County Solid Waste Authority is hosting a Paper Shredding and Non-Perishable Food Collection Event on Sat, Oct 24, 2020 from 8a to 12p in Germonds Park, 165 Germonds Rd, West Nyack. There is a 3 box limit per car (24x15x11). Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to local food pantries.

Virtual Halloween Costume Contest and Halloween Pet Photo Contest

The Town of Clarkstown Parks and Recreation is holding a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest and a Halloween Pet Photo Contest. Submit pictures of your child or family dressed up for Halloween or of your pet dressed up for Halloween to between Mon, Oct 26 and Sun, Nov 1, 2020. Winners will be notified on Mon, Nov 2, 2020. For categories and more information, visit

Palisades Mall Referendum

This November, Clarkstown voters will decide whether or not to allow the Palisades Center Mall to use and develop additional gross leasable area. To learn more, visit And remember to VOTE and turn over your ballots on Nov 3, 2020.

Clarkstown’s Storywalk

Enjoy picture books to be displayed by local libraries in Town of Clarkstown parks. A great opportunity to bring the little ones outdoors and have fun reading large book displays, now through Oct 28, 2020.

Rockland County

New Commissioner’s Standing Order Related to COVID-19

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced a new Commissioner’s Standing Order related to COVID-19. This order requires that all educational institutions, childcare programs, and school transportation companies are responsible to require and ensure that all children and students over age 2 (who are able to medically tolerate a face covering) cover their noses and mouths with acceptable face coverings at all times, other than during approved mask breaks where students can maintain social distancing.

If a child, student, faculty, staff member, or visitor is observed without a face covering in any program, school or vehicle regulated under this Commissioner’s Order, that shall constitute a violation of this order. Each violation of the terms of this order constitutes a separate and distinct violation subject to a civil penalty of up to $2,000 per violation per day.

Reports of possible violations can be made to the County’s COVID-19 Hotline at (845) 238-1956 on M-F from 8a – 5p or via email to Staff from the Rockland County Department of Health, Rockland Codes Initiative will respond in a timely manner to complaints and in accord with operating hours of educational institutions, childcare programs, and/or buses.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Rockland County Health Department has rescheduled its second flu vaccine clinic for the 2020-2021 flu season. This clinic is for everyone 6 months and older, and will be held on Fri, Oct 23, from 10a – 2p at the Robert Yeager Health Center, in the parking lot in front of Building F, 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona. The clinic is a drive-up for those arriving in vehicles or a walk-up for those arriving by public bus. In order to receive a flu vaccine, everyone must wear a mask.

No appointments are needed. There is a $20 fee for those 6 months through 64 years old, and cash or check are accepted. Those with private health insurance will be provided with a receipt to submit to your health insurance for possible reimbursement. To make the process quicker, please fill out the top 2 fillable portions of the 2020-2021 FLU VACCINE FORM and print and bring the completed form with you.

The vaccine is free of charge if you:

  • are 65 years and older (please bring identification with proof of age)
  • have Medicare or Medicaid (please bring your card)
  • are uninsured or underinsured

The Health Department is giving the quadrivalent flu vaccine, which does not contain preservatives, including thimerosal. For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine clinics visit or call 845-364-2534.

2020 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House At Home

Like most events this year, the annual Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House has gone virtual with 4 days of programming on their climate science starting Mon, Oct 19 through Thurs, Oct 22, 2020. There is something for all ages, from aspiring young scientists to long-time science enthusiasts. Take virtual lab tours, participate in hands-on earth science activities with scientists from home, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries. Visit for more information about panel discussions, events and activities, an interactive game, and more.

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. You may request an absentee ballot in person until Nov 2.

New York State

On Mon, Oct 19, 2020, New York’s plastic bag ban resumes. Any “person required to collect tax” must not distribute any plastic carryout bags to its customers unless such bags are exempt bags as provided for in the Bag Waste Reduction Law. More information on the law may be found at

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