4/17/14 ~ Mayor’s Update

4/17/14 ~ Mayor’s Update

As stated in my last update, our top priority now has to be devising ways to mitigate the impact of the SUP landing at the corner of Cornelison and South Broadway.  Both the Board of Trustees and the South Nyack Task Force welcome community input on this most important discussion.  We need to be creative with our strategies and come up with solutions for parking.

If you have ideas, or would like to share information, members of the Board of Trustees, the Task Force, Special Assistant to the Governor, Brian Conybeare or I would be happy to meet with you.  Gather a group of your neighbors and call the Village Hall at 845-358-0287 to schedule a meeting.   Our overall goal is to have several ideas and design options to present to all residents by the next public meeting.

In response to questions concerning repairs needed to Gesner Park, damaged in Hurricane Sandy, please be aware that this is an ongoing process.  While we have already received funds for the storm preparation and clean up, we are still waiting for additional funds for our park repairs.  A complete rebuild of the park is needed including new footings to meet the FEMA mitigation funding requirements.  Unfortunately, FEMA will only reimburse for the Park repairs that have not been done and therefore, we are forced to wait for the funding before beginning this project.  The application has been submitted and we hope to receive funding shortly.

Following is a list of several grants we have applied for over the past few months.  I am sure you will agree that we are making amazing progress.

Status Amount Description
Received – 2013

10,837.35

FEMA – HURRICANE SANDY – CATEGORY B – STORM PREPARATION
Received – 2013

60,512.66

FEMA – HURRICANE SANDY – CATEGORY A – CLEAN UP
Pending Approval

10,218.74

FEMA – HURRICANE SANDY – CATEGORY C – STREETS & SIDEWALKS
Pending Approval

42,527.02

FEMA – HURRICANE SANDY – CATEGORY G- PARKS (GESNER & TOUT)
Approved & Expecting

5,750.26

Governor Cuomo – 2014-15 Enacted Budget, a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure (CHIPS)
Approved & Expecting

250,000.00

Feasibility Study – NYS Thruway Authority’s Community Benefits Program
Approved & Expecting

8,000.00

Ellen Jaffe – Member Item – to be applied towards the Franklin Street Park Community Development Grant
Approved & Expecting

47,000.00

2012-2013 Community Development Grant – Franklin Street Park Bathroom
Approved & Expecting

47,000.00

2013-2014Community Development Grant – Franklin Street Park Bathroom
Pending Approval

27,660.00

Generator Grant – Village Hall
Pending Approval

35,218.50

Generator Grant – DPW
Pending Approval

39,037.50

Generator Grant – Orangetown Fire Company No 1.
 

583,762.03

  Total Grant Money applied for and expected

Just a reminder, next Saturday, April 26th is the electronic waste drop-off event.  Please check the Village website for more information.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Bonnie

4/11/14 – Mayor’s Update

April 11, 2014 – Mayor’s Update
At the March 27 public meeting, Brian Conybeare, Spokesperson for the New NY Bridge Team was very clear that when the new TZ Bridge opens in 4-5 years, the terminus of the shared use path (SUP) will be at the intersection of Cornelison and South Broadway.  Despite insistence by the public, the Board of Trustees, and the Task Force that the terminus be at Interchange 10, the New NY Bridge Team maintains that the staging area at Interchange 10 will still be in use and will not be revised in time.  The Board members join with the public in calling for the terminus to be at Interchange 10 as we consider solutions to the anticipated problems of parking and traffic including bicycles.

The SUP terminus will create a tremendous challenge for our village.  For the short term, we must devise ways for the SUP terminus to become integrated into our village.  We need to find creative ways to potentially enhance our village and our property values.  Our top priority needs to be devising ways in which to mitigate the SUP’s impact on South Nyack.

I met with County Executive Ed Day and the Chair of the Legislature Alden Wolfe to review the situation.  They were both concerned about the impact on South Nyack and are also very interested in Interchange 10 as a the future terminus for the SUP.  They stand ready to work with us to benefit South Nyack by whatever means they have at their disposal.  I will stay in touch with both of them.

I had a lengthy conversation with Steve Porath, Executive Director of Rockland Economic Development, who has confirmed that our village is not eligible for REDC (Regional Economic Development Councils) grants at this time.  However he is more than willing to assist us with seeking grants after the feasibility study has been completed.  Village officials are moving forward with writing the request for proposal for this study which will be sent out for bid. Once proposals are received, the trustees will vote and choose one.

On other issues, the Board has reestablished the Tree Committee which will be chaired by Erik Simon.  If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Erik via the Village Hall (845) 358-0287.  The Board is also researching how to set up a conservancy for the Elizabeth Place Dog Park.  We will have more information on that in the near future. Lastly, our Superintendent of Public Works, James Johnson, is looking at what needs to be done in order to spruce up the Franklin Street Park including needed repairs to the tennis courts.

Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you and your family at the Egg Hunt on Sunday.

Bonnie

South Nyack Egg Hunt

2014 SOUTH NYACK EGG HUNT
Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm
Rain date – Saturday, April 19th

FRANKLIN STREET PARK
Face Painting, Fire Truck on Display
  
Bring your basket and a spoon for the egg race!

Volunteers needed day of the event.
Please contact the Village Hall if you have any questions at 358-0287

MAYOR’S UPDATE 4/4/14

April 4, 2014 – MAYOR’S UPDATE

The Village of South Nyack has received a firm commitment of $250,000 for our feasibility study and will be seeking bids.  The Task Force has met with three engineering firms that have already shown interest and we are sure that there are more out there.  We will be discussing this with the Board at our next meeting.

At a recent meeting with the Mayor of Nyack, Jen Laird-White and Brian Conybeare, we discussed the issue of possible parking in Nyack during the initial opening of the shared use path (SUP).  The New New York Bridge Team will continue to study the number of people expected to use the path, even though we know it will be their best guess.

I have spoken with Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s Chief of Staff, and hope to meet with the Congresswoman in the near future.  Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, Rockland County Legislator Nancy Low Hogan and Supervisor Andy Stewart have already expressed their support of our feasibility study along with the proposed terminus of the SUP at Interchange 10.

During the next week, both the Task Force and I will be meeting with Alden Wolfe, Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature and Rockland County Executive Ed Day in order to present details of the feasibility study and plans for the SUP terminus.

South Nyack has hired an experienced website designer to both update and upgrade our communication technology.

Today, Deputy Mayor Alain Leinbach, DPW Superintendent James Johnson and I met with our counterparts in Nyack to discuss how we might save money for our villages by sharing services.  More on this topic will follow.

The highlights for our next South Nyack Board of Trustee Meeting will be the swearing in of our newly elected officials, adoption our 2014-15 Budget and further discussion of the SUP and feasibility study.

Bonnie

2014 SOUTH NYACK EGG HUNT

2014 SOUTH NYACK EGG HUNT
Sunday, April 13 at 2 pm
Rain date – Saturday, April 19th

FRANKLIN STREET PARK
Face Painting, Fire Truck on Display Face Painting, Fire Truck on Display

Bring your basket and a spoon for the egg race! for the egg race!

Volunteers needed day of the event.

Please contact the Village Hall at 358-0287