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.