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The Villages: Last Week to Register to Vote

This week in the villages: Fri, Oct 9, 2020 is the last day to register to vote for the November general election whether online, by mail (your application must be postmarked by Oct 9), or in person. If you haven’t participated in a virtual informational session about Rockland Community Power’s collaborative municipal energy program, you have another chance on Wednesday. The Town of Orangetown has released its tentative 2021 budget. And the Rockland Community Foundation is sponsoring a Nyack Young Writers Scholarship.

Clean Energy Program is About to Launch in Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack

In the next few days, you may receive a letter from your village about an exciting new energy program that will launch in November. The 3 Nyack villages, along with other Rockland municipalities, 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 our communities, while also lowering costs and strengthening consumer protection.

Join Mayors Don Hammond and Karen Tarapata and Trustee Andrew Goodwillie on Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 7p for a Virtual Community Meeting to learn more and get answers to your 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 Mon 10/5 Planning Board will consider applications for tree removal, an application for a requested area variance, and a continuation of the site plan application for the construction of a parking garage at Nyack Hospital. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7p.

The Village Board of Trustees will hold a pre-meeting workshop on Thurs, Oct 8, 2020 at 6:30p with the regular board meeting to follow at 7:30p.

Leaf Season

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 Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tue, Oct 6 at 7:30p.

Village of Upper Nyack

The Board of Trustees will hold a workshop on Thurs, Oct 8, 2020 at 7p.

Save the Date – Public Hearing to Rename the Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Oct 15, 2020 at 7:30p at the Upper Nyack Village Hall to consider the adoption of a proposed local law repealing Local Law # 2 of 2005, continuing the Board of Architectural Review and renaming the board as the Architectural Review Board of the Village of Upper Nyack. It would also empower the board to take certain actions. This law will also be known as Local Law # 6 of 2020.

The meeting will be held via Zoom videoconferencing, and a transcript will be provided at a later date. The public will have the opportunity to see and hear the meeting live and provide comments. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meeting to Carol G. Brotherhood, Village Clerk at The full text of the proposed Local Law is available on

Nyack Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on Tue, Oct 6, 2020. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 6:30p.

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 Orangetown

Tentative Town Budget

Supervisor Teresa Kenny’s tentative 2021 budget was presented at a recent Town Board meeting. The board will be fine-tuning it over the course of the next couple of weeks. As expected, this year’s budget was a challenge. In addition to the large COVID-related revenue losses, New York State increased the town’s pension contributions by over a million dollars. A copy of the tentative budget may be found on

Town of Clarkstown

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

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.

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