I am deeply distressed that so many trees in South Nyack have been cut down to make way for the sound wall of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Last Friday, May 16, I walked the area with Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe and Village Trustee Catherine McCue and showed them what has happened here. In addition, we reviewed the proposed site of the terminus at Cornelison and South Broadway and examined some possible alternatives.
On behalf of the South Nyack Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force, I thank South Nyack residents Greg Toolan and Nancy Willen for meeting with us on May 14. We had a constructive and productive meeting focusing on alternative endings for the shared use path (SUP).
I also wish to thank Nancy Low Hogan for the update of the May 21st meeting with the TZ Bridge Gateway Alliance and Senator David Carlucci. The focus is to have the terminus of the SUP at Interchange 10. The South Nyack Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force, some of our residents and the New NY Bridge Team have been working diligently to develop SUP routes. We also continue to look at locations for parking as we do not want our local streets to become parking lots and the Village Hall proposal has been tabled due to strong opposition by residents.
Some residents have asked how the Feasibility Study came about and what it will it do for the Village of South Nyack. In my April 25th update I wrote a condensed version and the full version can be viewed on our website, www.SouthNyack.NY.Gov.
To summarize, back in 1955 when the current bridge was built we not only lost 100 homes but we also lost our entire business district. The Village is now almost exclusively residential, which means sustaining itself on residential property taxes. The Feasibility Study will determine if South Nyack can foster economic and cultural sustainability through the redesign of Interchange 10. We remain committed to maintaining the unique identity that characterizes our community.
I hope that I have been able to clear up some of your concerns. As always the Board of Trustees, the South Nyack Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force and I are available to discuss any issues that you would like to bring to our attention. We are looking forward to the next public meeting which will be scheduled as soon as the information about estimated use of the SUP is made available. At that time, we will also review proposed options for the terminus.
On this Memorial Day, I am sure you all join me in remembering those who currently serve and those who have served in our Armed Forces.
Have a wonderful weekend.
PS: I wish to thank our Police Department who gave the children from Riverview Nursery school a tour of our Village Hall on Thursday. It is such an asset having a community minded police force serving our Village.