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The Villages: Snowed In

This week in the villages: A major storm is expected to dump a significant amount of snow in the villages. Please stay off the roads and follow snow emergency parking rules so village DPW crews can clear the streets for everyone. South Nyack is holding interviews for dissolution consultants and it’s seeking bidders for garbage and trash collection. The Towns of Clarkstown and Orangetown are holding meetings on police reform. Despite the number of COVID-19 cases in Nyack increasing slightly, following a general decline in new case and hospitalization rates over the past weeks, most yellow zone restrictions, including those in Rockland County, have been lifted statewide.

Nyack Area COVID Update for January 30

30-Jan 23-Jan 16-Jan 9-Jan 2-Jan 26-Dec
Active cases by community
Nyack 105 96 81 73 69 84
Valley Cottage 62 76 86 71 67 61
West Nyack 49 61 89 61 44 43
Piermont 16 13 8 5 10 10
Rockland County
7 day postivity rate 6.1% 6.8% 7.0% 7.9% 7.8% 6.1%
Active cases 2,311 2,514 2,786 2,449 2,293 1,929
Hospitalized 76 89 89 106 75 100
COVID-19 deaths (total) 836 821 806 790 771 755

 

Source: Rockland County Health Department / NYS Health Department, 1/30/2021

Village of Nyack

Today (Feb 1), the Planning Board will consider extensions of building permits beyond the expiration date, applications for required variances, and various site plan applications including one for the construction of a mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery, one for the creation of a supermarket, and one to create an outdoor dining area. Read the full agenda at Nyack-NY.gov before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7p.

Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Feb 4, 2021 at 9a.

Snow Emergency

A snow emergency is in effect. Trash collection for today (Mon, Feb 1, 2021) has been cancelled. Regular trash collection will resume on Thurs, Feb 4. Updates will be posted on nyack-ny.gov as the storm develops. Please do not leave trash on the curb as it may interfere with plow work.

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All cars in the Snow Emergency Red Zones must be off the street. Parking is available in the Village Lots on Main Street free of charge for the duration of the Snow Emergency.

Orange & Rockland (O&R) has ramped up its emergency response team to repair damage and restore electric service outages that could result from a winter nor’easter, packing gusty winds and heavy snow, that is expected to sweep through the region through Tuesday. If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. You can report it and check to see when your power will come back on through:

  • oru.com/ReportOutage from any computer or web-based mobile device.
  • O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device
  • Text message “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
  • Call 1-877-434-4100.

Nyack Community Solar Informational Meeting – Save the Date

If you haven’t already signed up for the Rockland Community Power 100% renewable energy program and would like to learn more about the program, there will be an online information session to discuss the program and answer your questions on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 from 6:30-7:30p.

For every enrollment in this community solar program, $50 will be donated to a Nyack Sustainability Fund, which will help Nyack raise funds for a future sustainability project. Each $50 donation is made by Joule Community Power which administers Rockland Community Power on behalf of the partnering municipalities.

Enrolling in community solar is a way to take action from home, to reduce your electricity bill, and to help support our community and our environment. Since each solar farm can generate only so much power, residents are encouraged to enroll soon before the solar farms become fully subscribed. Please RSVP for virtual meeting details.

Military Tribute Banners

It’s time to order your Military Tribute Banners for 2021. These banners make a beautiful tribute to honor your veterans, active-duty, reserve, and National Guard members. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day in the village downtown area. For more information, contact Ann Marie Tisty at 845-358-0548 or at annmarietisty@nyack-ny.gov.

Nyack Homeless Project

The Nyack Homeless Project is collecting donations of money, new clothes, and non-perishable food. Please help feed and clothe your Rockland neighbors in need. Visit nyackhp.org to donate or send a check to Nyack Homeless Project, PO Box 164, Nyack, NY 10960. For a list of drop off locations for non-perishable food, visit nyackhp.org.

Nyack “Fan Card”

Nyack has a new initiative to help make next year a little less tough on the local businesses we all know and love. It’s called the Nyack Fan Card, and the idea behind it is simple: For $20, you get a shopping card (purchasable online, or at 15 participating establishments listed here) that gives you significant discounts at participating shops and restaurants–savings well beyond the $20 cost of the card. The cards go live on January 1, 2021 and remain valid until March 31, 2021.

Village of South Nyack

Tonight (Feb 1), there will be a special Board of Trustees meeting to interview dissolution consultants.  The Center for Governmental Research (CGR) will be interviewed via Zoom from 6:30-7:30p. MRB Group will be interviewed via Zoom from 7:30-8:30p. And Laberge Group will be interview via Zoom from 8:30-9:30p. A copy of CGR’s dissolution plan/proposal may be found on southnyack.ny.gov. A copy of MRB Group’s dissolution plan/proposal may be found on southnyack.ny.gov, and a copy of Laberge Group’s dissolution plan/proposal may also be found on southnyack.ny.gov. Residents are invited to email questions for the consultants no later than 2p today (Feb 1) to the village clerk at jill.schwarz@southnyack.ny.gov.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 7:30p.

Request for Bids for Collection and Disposal of Garbage and Trash for the Village of South Nyack

The Village of South Nyack is seeking bids for collection and disposal of garbage and trash. Sealed bids may be submitted to the Village Clerk, Village of South Nyack, 282 South Broadway, South Nyack, New York 10960 until 10a on Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. The title of the bid must be specified on the outside of the envelope. All bids must be accompanied by a Statement of Non-Collusion in conformity with the requirements of Section 103-d of the General Municipal Law, as amended. Specifications, bid blanks, and all necessary information may be obtained at the Office of the Village Clerk between the hours of 9a and 4p Mon through Fri, exclusive of holidays. Bid documents are also available on southnyack.ny.gov

Village of Upper Nyack

Mon, Feb 1 Trash and Recycling Collection

There will be no trash and recycling collection today (Feb 1) due to the snowstorm. Trash will be picked up on Thurs, Feb 4, 2021 and recycling will be picked up on Mon, Feb 8, 2021.

Village Board Meeting Recording Available

In case you missed it, the video recording and transcript is available for the January 28 Special Meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

Nyack Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on Tue, Feb 2, 2021. Read the full agenda at go.boarddocs.com before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 6:30p.

Town of Orangetown

Warming Center

With the expected snowstorm, Town Hall will be open as a warming center through Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021. Bathrooms, charging stations, and free Wi-Fi will be available to any resident seeking warmth and electricity.

Orangetown Police Reform Committee Meeting

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 6p, the Town of Orangetown will have its Police Reform Meeting. It will be open to the public for viewing purposes on the Town of Orangetown’s Facebook page and via GoToMeeting.

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Access Code: 929-115-453

Operation Love Our Senior Citizens

This year the Town of Orangetown is asking you to join in sending cards to those who could use an extra smile: Our elders, a group of well-seasoned, incredible humans who are sometimes forgotten.

The Town will be collecting Valentine’s Day cards through Tue, Feb 9, 2021, for our local seniors to be distributed later that week. Buy a card or make a card and bring it to Town Hall and drop it in the box marked “Operation Love Our Senior Citizens.”

Military Tribute Banners

Orders may now be placed for the Town of Orangetown Military Tribute Banners. If you previously subscribed, you can renew at any time. Feel free to email Supervisor@Orangetown.com or call (845) 359-5100 x 2293 for more information.

Town of Clarkstown

Tele Town Hall Tonight (Mon, Feb 1, 2021), 6p

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 845-207-0883 or 845-639-2150 to join or watch on FB live.

Clarkstown Town Board Police Reform Public Meeting

On Wed, Feb 3 at 5p there will be a meeting designed to hear from the public on police reform. The goal is to create a stronger relationship between the police and the community. The public is encouraged to share their ideas and suggestions. To call in to the virtual meeting, dial (845) 639-2150 or (845) 207-0875 and press 0 to leave a comment. To view the meeting on line go to http://tb.clarkstown.live/ for video only and follow the call in instructions to listen in.

COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance for Seniors

Supervisor Hoehmann has implemented a program with BOCES nursing students to assist eligible senior residents having trouble with the online registration. Seniors can call the office at (845) 639-2050 to be added to the list for assistance.

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Business Loan and Grants Webinar

In case you missed last week’s Business Loan and Grants Webinar, you may view it on the Town of Clarkstown YouTube Channel.

Rockland County

Yellow Zone Restrictions Lifted

Last week Governor Cuomo lifted the yellow zone restrictions in Rockland County and other areas across the state. Even though the yellow zone restrictions have been lifted, Rockland is still subject to statewide COVID-19 regulations and residents are urged to follow the state’s guidelines.

Local Vendors for Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Bike/Walking Path Needed

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking local vendors interested in selling food, beverages, and other services at the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge’s bike/walking path. The Thruway Authority is inviting qualified local vendors to provide high quality, unique, and diverse menu items, including non-alcoholic beverages, over the course of 2 years at the path’s Westchester and Rockland landings, and bicycle rentals at the Westchester landing. Each vending season will run from the beginning of spring through October. Beginning this year, vendors will also have the option of providing refreshments at the Painters Point overlook, which is located at the mid-point of the path. Services at the landings must be provided at least 5 days a week, including weekends, and during daylight hours. In addition to a proposal, those interested must provide detailed information about their business, experience, and at least 2 references. Preference will be given to local vendors and Taste NY Farm Market participants.

The Westchester landing, located off South Broadway in Tarrytown, features 2 truck stalls for food trucks, trailers, or mobile bike rental/repair stations. Each stall has access to electric outlets. Additionally, its plaza has space for a pop-up tent. The Rockland landing, located within Interchange 10 of the New York State Thruway in South Nyack, features a truck stall with access to electricity. The landing also includes space for one pop-up tent adjacent to the path. The Painters Point overlook has access to electricity and room for a portable chiller.

A vendor solicitation form and more information may be found on mariomcuomobridge.ny.gov. Proposals are due by Feb 12, 2021.

Help Scheduling a COVID-19 Vaccination

For those in need of help setting up an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, the NYS Department of Health has set up a NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at (833) 697-4829. You may also call the Rockland County Office for the Aging at (845) 364-2110, (845) 364-2115, or (845) 364-2108.

Barstool Fund

Barstool Sports has created the Barstool Fund  powered by the 30 Day Fund to help small businesses survive. If you are a small business or would like to nominate a small business to get financial assistance you can apply at www.barstool sports.com.

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