The Trustees and other Village officials have been fighting with the State to try to minimize the negative impacts of the project and also to try to bring some real, lasting benefits to South Nyack.
As required by law, the project team recently published a Draft Environmental impact Statement (DEIS), detailing negative impacts of the project and their plans to mitigate those impacts. The Village has reviewed the DEIS and found many flaws and omissions. A written response detailing these defects has been sent to the project team and they are obligated to address our comments. The Village’s DEIS response is posted here
In response to pressure from the Village, the project team sent members to meet with Village officials to go over details about the project’s effects on South Nyack. The team has agreed in principal to have additional meetings with the Village to allow us to try to come up with alternative designs for the South Broadway overpass that may work better for the Village.
The Village has been looking for opportunities to leverage the bridge project to bring benefits to South Nyack. The State had until recently been proposing to redesign and reconstruct Exit 10. This would dramatically educe its footprint and free up land. This land could be used to help ease the tax burden on our residents. Village residents have expressed support of Mayor DuBow’s proposal to build a “cap” or deck over the Thruway, reconnecting the two sides of the Village. The Village has proposed studying a potential local development project using the “cap” plus the freed-up Exit 10 land area.
The Mayor and Village officials have been working with our elected State and Federal representatives to take a broader view of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. We are showing them how coordinating the project with our own proposal would be the most cost-effective way to reconnect our neighborhoods, bring lasting jobs, long-term economic sustainability, and an improved environment to the village we love and call home.