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The Villages: Veterans Day Means Closings & Celebration

This week in the villages: Wednesday is Veterans Day, honoring the service of all those who have served in the United States armed forces. All village halls will be closed in observance of the holiday. Most local transportation systems are running on a regular weekday schedule with the exception of TRIPS paratransit buses which are operating A.D.A service only. The Town of Orangetown is holding a Drive-By Lunch for veterans. And the Town of Clarkstown is live streaming its Veterans Day ceremony.

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Local Election Results

The votes are in, and Mondaire Jones (D), Bill Weber (R), and Mike Lawler (R) lead their respective races for US Congress, the New York Senate, and the NYS Assembly. In South Nyack, challengers Mike Hogan and Jeffrey Hirsch have unseated 2 long time incumbents on the Village Board. Though he lost nationally, President Donald Trump (R) bested former Vice President Joe Biden (D) as Rockland County’s preferred candidate for US President, 55% to 44%. New York State went for Biden giving the Democrat 55% of all votes cast in the Empire State. Mail-in votes continue to be counted and Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (D) maintains he is in a position to overtake Bill Weber in the New York State Senate race. (See: An Update on the State Senate Race From Elijah Reichlin-Melnick)

Village of Nyack

Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Nov 12, 2020 at 9a.

And the Village Board of Trustees will hold a pre-meeting workshop on Thurs, Nov 12 at 6:30p before the Village Board meeting at 7:30p.

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 Village Hall during the regular hours of 9a–5p.

Consider mulch-mowing leaves or collecting them for composting. For more information, please visit

Village of South Nyack

The Board of Trustees will meet on Tue, Nov 10, 2020. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7:30p.

The Planning Board will meet on Thurs, Nov 12, 2020. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7:30p.

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.

Read some of the considerations that must be taken into account before a dissolution decision is made: High Stakes For South Nyack Dissolution Vote.

Leaf Collection

Curbside leaf collection will begin on Mon, Oct 19 and go 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 homeowner’s 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

Today (Nov 9), the Architectural Review Board will meet at 6p. More info at

Update of Initial Draft of the Comprehensive Plan Available for Public Review

Over the past few months, the initial draft of the Comprehensive Plan has been revised to address the concerns of residents and the comments returned to the Village from Rockland County Planning Department. The revised document is now available for public review at Another public hearing will be held in the near future. Residents are encouraged to comment on the document in writing and send comments to Village Hall or comment at the time of the public hearing. Residents will be notified when the hearing date is set.

Public Hearing for Amendments to Local Laws

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Nov 20, 2020 at 7:30p at the Upper Nyack Village Hall to amend the following local laws from the 1965 Code of General Ordinances as follows:

  • Chapter 2, Regulation of Vehicles, amending Ordinance 2.2 e. Parking of Vehicles, extending no parking on North Broadway, also known as local law #7 of 2020.
  • Chapter 3, Fires, Burning, Refuse, etc. – Permit Required, amending Ordinance 3.3 sections a. and b., to allow for fire pit or burn barrels, also known as local law #8 of 2020.
  • Chapter 4, Health and Sanitation, amending Ordinance 4.1 c. Receptacles for Rubbish, etc.: Collection and Charges, amending the time you may put your receptacle curb side, also known as local law #9 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

Election – Offices to Be Filled

The following offices are vacant at the end of the current official year and are to be filled at the village election to be held on Tue, Mar 16, 2021 for the following terms:

  • Mayor – 2 Years
  • Trustee (2) – 2 Years

Job Opening – Clerk/Typist Part-time

The Village of Upper Nyack is seeking a part-time clerk/typist. Details of the position and an application may be found on

Town of Orangetown

Veterans Day Drive-By Lunch

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020, Supervisor Teresa M. Kenny will be handing out boxed lunches to veterans. Available to all veterans and active duty military members. Please RSVP by today (Mon, Nov 9) with your order to Veteran@Orangetown and bring your email confirmation with you to pick-up. You can also call Allison at (845) 359-5100 x 2293. Lunches will be available for pick up between 11a and 2p at Town Hall, 26 W Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg.

Orangetown Police Department Drug Take Back Program

Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal to the Orangetown Police Department. The police department collects medications for disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. No needles please.

Town of Clarkstown

Veterans Day Ceremony

The Town of Clarkstown will be live streaming the town Veterans Day Ceremony on Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 12p on the Town of Clarkstown Facebook Page.

Flu Vaccination Clinic

Montefiore Nyack Hospital is holding a free flu shot clinic for the Town of Clarkstown senior clubs on Nov 10, 2020 at 9:30a at the Street Community Center, 31 Zukor Rd, New City. Please call 845-639-6200 to register.

Rockland County

The Rockland County Warming Center is Now Open

The Rockland County Warming Center will operate from Nov 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021. The center will open each night regardless of the temperature and remain open during the day when the temperature, including wind chill, is 32 degrees or below.

“The opening and operation of the Warming Center is particularly challenging this year. We have modified the facility and established practices and protocols to ensure adherence to NYSDOH COVID-19 safety guidelines. All staff and guests will be appropriately screened (including temperature checks), wear masks, and practice social distancing. Appropriate PPE has been secured and will be made available to staff and guests.” — Commissioner Silvestri

The center offers showers and laundry facilities. Dinner and breakfast are provided for overnight guests and lunch is served during the day when the center is open. There is security on-site when the warming center is operational. In Nyack, there will be pickups at 4:25p and 8p in front of the First Reformed Church of Nyack at S Broadway and Burd St.

Foster Families Needed

For the ninth year in a row, staff from the Rockland County Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Children’s Services Unit will join with local Wendy’s franchises to celebrate National Adoption Month and to increase awareness of the need for foster families.

The adoption celebration will be held on Nov 18, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, modifications have been made for this event. Rockland County adoptive families will pick up their food from either the Wendy’s in Nanuet or West Haverstraw. On that day, the families will also participate in a virtual support group regarding self-care; the session will be facilitated by Trudy Kent, MSW. Mrs. Kent is a Rockland County adoptive parent, as well as a Family Support Worker at the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York. Informational sessions regarding how to become a foster parent in Rockland County will also be held virtually by the Rockland County DSS Home Finding Unit; the sessions will take place from 2 to 3p and from 5 to 6p.

Individuals interested in additional information or in attending the info sessions should contact Linda Ortiz, Adoption Unit Senior Caseworker at 845-364-3521; Beatrice Prophete, Home Finding Unit Senior Caseworker at 845-364-3527; or Demetrius Travis, Home Finding Unit Senior Caseworker at 845-364-2198.

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