First, I would like to welcome our newly elected officials, Village Justice Dennis Lynch, Alain Leinbach, continuing as a Village Trustee and new Trustee Andrew Goodwillie, who comes with experience as a South Nyack Planning Board member.
At present, the Village Board is in the process of adopting our 2014-2015 Budget, which we are happy to report will come in under this year’s 1.66% tax cap. A recent survey by the New York State Comptroller’s office lists the Village of South Nyack in the top 10% of most fiscally sound villages in the state. Additionally, we have received an “AA” rating from Standard & Poor’s allowing us to issue bonds at a very favorable rate.
The Trustees and I are very grateful for your feedback at the Community Meeting held at Nyack College on March 20th. The Task Force has met and will now work to come up with alternatives, focusing more on possibilities at Exit 10. The Village will continue to pursue a vision for economic and cultural sustainability for South Nyack. We have a firm commitment from the State to receive $250,000 for a feasibility study. The study will explore opportunities to gain revenue while maintaining our village character. It will include possibilities for the shared use path, development, and mass transit.
The Board is actively working to improve communication with residents. We have set up an advisory group to look at all aspects of village communications. In addition, we have hired an experienced municipal web designer to both update and upgrade our communication technology.
In closing, I hope that we as a village will focus our energies, spirit, and time to come together as a united force in order to keep the integrity and character of our Village intact.