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The Villages: A Stormy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

This week in the villages: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal and state holiday, meaning closings of government and state offices, banks, and post offices, but local DPWs are at the ready to respond to any storm related work. The Nyack branch of the NAACP will hold a virtual observance. And in Nyack, trash will be collected on Tue, Jan 18, 2022. In Upper Nyack, there will be a Board of Trustee meeting and public hearings for several local laws. Registration is now open for the Town of Orangetown Parks and Recreation Winter Programs. And Rockland County will get another COVID-19 testing site at Rockland Community College on Tuesday.

Nyack Area COVID Update for January 15

15-Jan 8-Jan 1-Jan 25-Dec 18-Dec 11-Dec
Active cases by community
Nyack 537 599 371 153 71 39
Valley Cottage 410 480 292 131 70 53
West Nyack 326 324 201 98 23 24
Piermont 68 83 61 29 5 3
Rockland County
7 day postivity rate 13.2% 20.2% 16.0% 7.0% 3.2% 2.9%
Active cases 16,390 16,466 8,645 3,462 1,669 1,306
Hospitalized 139 153 77 46 35 23
COVID-19 deaths (total) 1,057 1,033 1,020 1,010 1,006 1,004

Source: Rockland County Health Department / NYS Health Department, 1/15/2022

To schedule an appointment for a 1st dose, 3rd dose (for immunocompromised), or booster 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.

If you need information on where to find a COVID-19 testing site near you, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

A state operated COVID-19 testing site is open at the Patriot Hills Golf Club, 19 Club House Lane, Stony Point. Regular operating hours will be Mon – Sat from 8a – 6p and testing is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments may be made at appointments.bioreference.com.

Rockland Community College (RCC) will open as a New York State COVID-19 testing site on Tue, Jan 18, 2022. New York State has partnered with Quadrant Biosciences to operate the site which will provide oral, saliva-based PCR COVID-19 tests. Quadrant Biosciences currently operates several other sites around New York which maintain capacity for approximately 225 appointments per day and up to 50 walk-ins. The operating hours for the RCC site have not been announced but the other sites operated by Quadrant generally are open Mon-Fri from 8:30a-4p. Visit rocklandgov.com for information about appointments and hours of operation as soon as it becomes available.

Photo captured at Wynwood Walls, Miami, FL

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance

The Nyack Branch of the NAACP will commemorate the legacy and dream of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a virtual interfaith service on Mon, Jan 17, 2022 at 2p via Zoom. The Webinar ID is 830 5920 3496, the Passcode is 089758.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bus, Train Schedules

Hudson Link will run its weekend schedule on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon, Jan 17, 2022. Metro-North Hudson Line trains will also operate weekend service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule. TRIPS paratransit buses will operate A.D.A. service only.

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Further information for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day transportation schedules may be found on rocklandgov.com.

Village of Nyack

Village Hall Reopening to Public

Village Hall will reopen on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 from 9a – 5p. Masks are MANDATORY for entrance into Village Hall and are available in the vestibule. To keep the staff safe, no one will receive assistance without a mask.

2022 Trash, Recycling, and Bulk Pickup Schedule

Any changes in the trash, recycling, or bulk pickup schedules will be posted on nyack-ny.gov. If you have any questions call (845) 358-3552 or email dpw@nyack-ny.gov.

Village Administrator Job Opening

Village of Nyack Administrator, Mr. James Slaughter, has stepped down and former Administrator, Jim Politi, will take over administration responsibilities for the Village in the interim. Those interested in the Village Administrator position will find more details and application information on nyack-ny.gov.

Village of Upper Nyack

The Planning Board will meet on Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 7:30p via Zoom.

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a regular meeting and public hearings on Thurs, Jan 20, 2022 at 7p at the Old Stone Meeting House, 347 N Broadway.

Notice of Continued Public Hearing

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Jan 20, 2022, at 7:30p, or as soon as practical thereafter, as a hybrid meeting at the Old Stone Meeting House, 347 N Broadway, to take such action as may come before said Board:

Yeshivath Viznitz Dkhal Torath Chaim Inc. – Application for Temporary Moratorium Variance, 350 North Highland Avenue, Village of Upper Nyack (SBL 59.16-2-3 (Upper Nyack)) Application for a variance from the temporary moratorium on land use applications, including special use permit applications, for the subject property, which is located on Route 9W in the OB (Office Business) Zoning District (see Local Laws 1 of 2020 and 3 of 2020 as extended), to allow the applicant to pursue the necessary land use approvals to use the subject property as a school.

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or online via Zoom video conference. Please visit uppernyack-ny.us for the meeting link and registration information. Participants attending in person and online will have the ability to view the meeting live and ask questions or make comments.

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A meeting agenda, plans, application materials, and other information will be posted on uppernyack-ny.us in advance of the meeting. Copies of the applications are available for public inspection in Village Hall during regular business hours, 9a-12p. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meeting to Heather Candella, Village Clerk at village.clerk@uppernyack-ny.us

Notice of Continued Public Hearing

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Jan 20, 2022, at 7:45p, or as soon as practical thereafter, as a hybrid meeting at the Old Stone Meeting House, 347 N Broadway, to consider the adoption of proposed Local Law #_ of 2022, a local law repealing and replacing the Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Upper Nyack, adopted January 18, 1962, last amended on April 13, 2021, by Local Law No. 3 of 2021, commonly known as the 1962 Zoning Ordinance of the Village of Upper Nyack.

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or online via Zoom video conference. Please visit uppernyack-ny.us for the meeting link and registration information. Participants attending in person and online will have the ability to view the meeting live and ask questions or make comments.

The text of the proposed local law is available on uppernyack-ny.us. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meeting to Heather Candella, Village Clerk at village.clerk@uppernyack-ny.us. A meeting agenda will be posted on uppernyack-ny.us in advance of the meeting.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Jan 20, 2022 at 8p, or as soon as practical thereafter, as a hybrid meeting at the Old Stone Meeting House, 347 N Broadway, to consider the adoption of proposed Local Law # 1 of 2022, a local law authorizing certain public servants of the Village of Upper Nyack to issue Appearance Tickets.

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or online via Zoom video conference. Please visit uppernyack-ny.us for the meeting link and registration information. Participants attending in person and online will have the ability to view the meeting live and ask questions or make comments.

A copy of the proposed law may be found on uppernyack-ny.us. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meeting to Heather Candella, Village Clerk at village.clerk@uppernyack-ny.us.

Village of Upper Nyack Proposed Subdivision Law

A copy of the proposed local law which shall be known and may be cited as the Subdivision Law of the Village of Upper Nyack, enacted under Article 7 of the Village Law and the Municipal Home Rule Law, may be found on uppernyack-ny.us.

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Village of Upper Nyack Proposed Stormwater Management Law

A copy of the proposed local law establishing and continuing Village regulation of Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control which may be cited as the Village Stormwater Management Law may be found on uppernyack-ny.us.

Village of Upper Nyack Election Offices to Be Filled

Two two-year trustee 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 15, 2022.

Nyack Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 6:30p via Zoom. Read the full agenda at go.boarddocs.com.

Town of Orangetown

Winter Recreation Programs

Registration is open for the Orangetown Parks and Recreation Winter Recreation Programs. The brochure and the on-line registration button may be found on orangetown.com.

Christmas Tree Pickup

The Orangetown Highway Department is currently picking up Christmas trees from the town right-of-way. Residents are advised to place their Christmas trees out on the right-of-way, not on the paved road surface, as soon as possible. The pickup of Christmas trees will be completed on Fri, Jan 28, 2022. For further information, residents may contact the Orangetown Highway Department at (845) 359-6500 or at highwaydept@orangetown.com.

Town of Clarkstown

Build a Snowman Contest

“Do you want to build a snowman?” The Town of Clarkstown Parks Board and Recreation Commission invites all families to get creative and build a snowman any time after Jan 1, 2022. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Typical Snowman, Any Variety (animals, etc.), Best Dressed, Most Original, and Most Patriotic. Take a picture and please include name, address, telephone number, and category and submit it to c.tosto@clarkstown.org by Fri, Mar 25, 2022. One photo will be accepted for every snowman. Please do not submit multiple pictures of the same snowman. One “First Prize” will be awarded for each category on Serendipity Saturday, June 18, 2022. Winners will be notified by Apr 22, 2022. For further information, please call the Recreation and Parks office at 845-639-6200, Mon – Fri, 9a-5p.

Rockland County

Reviving Rockland Restaurants Grant Program

The Reviving Rockland Restaurants Grant Program will reimburse businesses between $5,000 and $25,000 for past expenses or fund future expenses for eligible outdoor dining COVID-19 mitigation equipment. Eligible entities include restaurants, food stands, food trucks, bars, saloons, lounges, taverns, bakeries, delis, cafes, breweries, wineries, and other similar places of business.

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Tents
  • Heat Lamps or other electric heating equipment
  • Additional tables and chairs for outdoor dining
  • Market Umbrellas
  • Plexiglass Shields
  • Tarps
  • Patio Fencing

For more information and to download an application visit rocklandgov.com

New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund

Homeowners who are affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic may qualify for up to $50,000 in aid. The Homeowner Assistance Fund is open through Feb 4, 2022. The New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund (NYS HAF) is a federally funded program dedicated to assisting homeowners who are at risk of default, foreclosure or displacement as a result of financial hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Visit nyhomeownerfund.org for more information.

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Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Rockland County Health Department is holding flu vaccine clinics for the 2021-2022 flu season on various dates and locations. This clinic is for everyone 6 months and older.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome at all clinics. There is a $20 fee for those 6 months through 64 years old: cash or check accepted. For those with private health insurance, we will provide you with a receipt to submit to your health insurance for possible reimbursement. To make the process quicker, please print and bring the completed 2021-2022 FLU VACCINE 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 rocklandgov.com or call 845-364-2534.

Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.



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