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The Villages: Public Input Needed

This week in the villages: The Villages of Nyack and Upper Nyack are holding Public Hearings on local laws. The Nyack Library is holding a Community Forum for the public to share feedback and ideas about the library’s long range plan. The Nyack and Upper Nyack Boards of Trustees, and the Nyack Board of Education are holding meetings. The Nyack Board of Water Commissioners and the Planning Board are looking for interested parties to fill vacancies. Upper Nyack is holding a Countdown to 150 Kickoff event. And the Town of Clarkstown is having a tag sale along with a Touch a Truck event for the kids.

Nyack Area COVID Update for September 18

18-Sep 11-Sep 4-Sep 28-Aug 21-Aug 14-Aug
Active cases by community
Nyack 18 19 15 11 19 28
Valley Cottage 30 26 16 10 11 13
West Nyack 21 29 21 13 15 17
Piermont 3 2 4 4 1 2
Rockland County
7 day postivity rate 3.7% 2.9% 2.9% 2.6% 2.2% 2.2%
Active cases 864 683 689 641 731 733
Hospitalized 30 23 18 17 17 16
COVID-19 deaths (total) 977 974 973 970 970 970

Source: Rockland County Health Department / NYS Health Department, 9/18/2021

To schedule an appointment for a 1st dose COVID-19 vaccine from any Rockland County Department of Health Clinic visit rocklandgov.com/departments/health/. To search for additional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities nearby visit vaccines.gov.

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Village of Nyack

The Architectural Review Board will meet on Wed, Sept 22, 2021 at 7p to consider requests for signage, for siding replacement for new construction, for an addition, for exterior alterations, for window and door changes and deck repair, and to demolish existing buildings and fuel pump canopys and relocate on site. Read the full agenda at Nyack-NY.gov.

The Village Board of Trustees will hold a workshop on Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 at 7p followed by a Village Board meeting at 7:30p.

Notice of Public Hearings

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 at the Village Hall, 9 N Broadway, at 8p to consider adopting a local law to amend the Zoning Code Chapter 360 – 3.2 with respect to Use-Specific Standards for Solar Energy Collectors. It will also hold a public hearing on Thur, Sept 23, 2021 at 8:30p to consider a local law to amend Section 140-15 of the Code of the Village of Nyack, entitled “Building Permit, building construction and other associated fees”, as pertains to the fees charged in connection with building permit applications and other building department fees. A full copy of the text of proposed amendments to the Nyack Village Code may be reviewed at the office of the Clerk of the Village of Nyack, 9 N Broadway, during regular business hours. All persons interested shall have an opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing at the time and place aforesaid. Persons may appear in person or by agent.

Board of Water Commissioners and Planning Board Vacancies

Want to be involved in your local government? The Village has vacancies on the Board of Water Commissioners and the Planning Board.

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Candidates for Water Commissioner:

  • Must be familiar with Cash Flow Statements, Revenue and Expense reports and other financial statements.
  • Have the ability to make financial decisions that reflect good judgment for the Village residents and the operational needs of the Water Department.
  • Be available for meetings other than those regularly scheduled.
  • Understand Village and Water Department policies and procedures.
  • Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 4:30pm.
    Village of Nyack residency required.

If interested in serving an unexpired term (through 12/31/23), please forward a letter of intent and a resume to Barbara Kunar, Village of Nyack Water Department, 9 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960 or an email to nyackwater@nyack-ny.gov. Candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Water Commissioners at their meeting on Oct 14, 2021. Any questions, please call (845) 358-0641.

Candidates for Planning Board:

Members attend monthly meetings, during which they hear presentations, discuss pending applications, hear public comments, and vote on whether to approve or reject requests, and/or impose any appropriate conditions for approval.

Meeting preparation involves reviewing relevant materials provided by the Village’s Building Department, including the applicant’s submittal materials and any necessary background offered by the Village Planner. Members are required to make site visits to gain full understanding of each property in question; occasionally, they may need to perform additional outside or code research for certain applications. Preparation for each meeting typically takes about two to four hours.

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Because the Planning Board renders binding decisions, a quorum must be present for each meeting. Therefore, regular meeting attendance is very important. Experience in the legal, engineering, architecture and/or the environmental industries all are helpful, but not requirements for serving on the Planning Board.

Submit your interest to Mayor Hammond at dhammond@nyack-ny.gov.

Community Forums for the Nyack Library Long Range Plan

Every public library in New York State is required to undertake a long-range planning effort to evaluate current services, to assess community demographics and dynamics, to clarify the role of the library for the board, staff and the community, to identify priorities for resource allocation and to ensure that the library remains a relevant and viable institution. In August, a community survey was conducted to gather data about how the library is used and viewed by the public, and the next step is to offer a forum for community members to share their feedback and ideas directly with the library.

Members of the public are invited to attend a Community Forum to further explore the future of the Nyack Library on Wed, Sept 22, 2021 at either 10:30a or 7p. The forums will be held in the Community Meeting Room. For more information, visit nyacklibrary.org.

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Temporary Bus Layover Downtown

Due to the construction of the supermarket at the Riverspace building on Main St, there will be a temporary layover for the displaced busses on Cedar St, the west side of the street adjacent to Veterans Park. This will be in effect until Oct 18, 2021.

Village of South Nyack

The Planning Board will meet on Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 at 7:30p. Read the full agenda at southnyack.ny.gov.

Village of Upper Nyack

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tue, Sept 21, 2021. Read the full agenda at uppernyack-ny.us before Zooming into the meeting at 8p.

The Planning Board will meet on Wed, Sept 22, 2021. Read the full agenda at uppernyack-ny.us before Zooming into the meeting at 7:30p

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The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a regular meeting and public hearings on the adoption of the proposed Local Laws #8 and #9 of 2021 on Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 at 7p. Read the full agenda at uppernyack-ny.us.

Notice of Public Hearings

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a regular meeting including public hearings on Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 at 7:30p to consider the adoption of proposed Local Law # 8 of 2021, the Extension of Temporary Moratorium on commercial or residential land use applications for property located in the office business (OB) district, laboratory office (LO) district and the R-4 residential district that abuts the 9W corridor and the adoption of proposed Local Law # 9 of 2021, Extension of duration of the temporary moratorium on commercial or residential special use permits and special use permit renewal applications. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board of Trustees will not be meeting in person. In accordance with Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021 signed by the New York State Governor Kathy Hochul suspending certain provisions of the New York State Open Meetings Law, the meeting will be held via 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 via Zoom. A meeting agenda will be posted on the Village’s website. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meeting to Heather Candella, Village Clerk at village.clerk@uppernyack-ny.us.

The Countdown to 150 Kickoff

Upper Nyack is turning 150 in 2022. The initial event, the Sculpture Path opening, will be held on Sat, Sept 25, 2021 from 11a-1p at the River Hook Preserve, 626 N Broadway. There will be music, guided tours, history talks, and refreshments.

Village Board Meeting Recording Available

In case you missed it, a video recording is available for the September 9 Village Board of Trustees Workshop.

Nyack Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on Tue, Sept 21, 2021 at 6:30p at the Central Administration Building, 13A Dickinson Ave, Nyack. It will also be made available on Zoom. Read the full agenda at go.boarddocs.com.

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Town of Orangetown

The Town of Orangetown’s 2021 Fall Recreation Program Brochure is available on orangetown.com. Registration begins today (Mon, Sept 20, 2021) at 5p. Please email recreation@orangetown.com or call 845-359-6503 with any questions.

Town of Clarkstown

Tele Town Hall Tonight (Mon, Sept 20, 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 845-207-0875 or 845-639-2150 to join or watch on FB live.

Community Tag Sale and Touch a Truck

The Town of Clarkstown will hold a Community Tag Sale on Sat, Sept 25, 2021 from 9a-2p at Germonds Park, 185 Germonds Rd, West Nyack. All are welcome to come sell or shop. Sellers must supply their own tables and must register at town.clarkstown.ny.us. And before the kids get too bored, bring them over to Touch a Truck from 10a-1p also in Germonds Park where they will have a hands on opportunity to explore police, fire, and emergency trucks and more.

Rockland County

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Expanded

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) have expanded the eligibility of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  New York State is now accepting applications for rental assistance from households adversely impacted by the pandemic and earning between 80 percent and 120 percent of the area median income (AMI), a group that was previously ineligible to receive help from the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program assists households behind on their rent that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.

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Applications from households with income up to 100 percent AMI will be prioritized for processing through Oct 29, 2021. After that, all applications for households with income up to 120% AMI will be processed on a first come, first-served basis.

Area median income varies by county and by household size. The income limits for Rockland County are below:

Area Median Income 1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People 7 People 8 People
80% AMI $66,850 $76,400 $85,950 $95,450 $103,100 $110,750 $118,400 $126,000
100% AMI $83,600 $95,500 $107,400 $119,300 $128,900 $138,400 $148,000 $157,500
120% AMI $100,320 $114,600 $128,800 $143,160 $154,680 $166,080 $177,600 $189,000

Additional eligibility requirements include: 

  • On or after Mar 13, 2020, a member of the household received unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant costs or experienced financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The applicant is obligated to pay rent at their primary residence and has rental arrears (rent overdue) at their current residence for rent owed on or after Mar 13, 2020.
  • The household must be at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after Mar 13, 2020.

Renters interested in applying should visit: https://otda.ny.gov/ERAP. The Department of Social Services is ready to help any tenant or landlord with the application process. Please call 845-364-3316 or e-mail ERAProgram@dfa.state.ny.us for help.

Department of Social Services staff are available to help during the below dates and times and at the following locations. Those interested in applying should review the attached Renters Checklists for the documents needed to apply.  [ Checklist – English, Checklist – Spanish, Checklist – Haitian-Creole ]

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Job Fair at Palisades Center

On Thurs, Sept 23, 2021 the Palisades Mall will host a Job Fair on level one in the east court, near H&M, from 3p to 7p. Opportunities include both full and part time jobs, including but not limited to: transportation, non-profit, culinary, office, retail, etc. Walk-ins are welcome. To pre-register or view participating organizations, please visit palisadescenter.com. This is a free event.





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