The Wind, the River and Unanswered Questions

Camera? Check. Eyeglasses? Check? Earmuffs? It was windy and cold so Mom stayed home, and good thing. I nearly lost my balance walking back to the car. The best intentions, right?

Despite winds, super crane drew fans/© Janie Rosman 2014

Despite winds, super crane drew fans/© Janie Rosman 2014

It was all I could do to steady my hand and take pictures. A few people moved the monoculars to the lighthouse and the bridge, and some looked at the viewing area panels. What would it be like walking on the new bridge in weather like this?

Governor Cuomo recently announced approximately $70 million in awards for 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects statewide, including $1,484,650 for Nyack. What about plans for Exit 10?

How soon will we know more about the bus rapid transit routes? How will the state’s recent setback re using federal Clean Water Act funds — and the subsequent lawsuit to prevent their further acquisition — affect the project’s financing and future tolls?

When the governor was in Rockland last month, South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian spoke with him briefly about economic development and Exit 10, and asked for his support. She hasn’t received a reply to the follow up letter she sent to his office the next day (October 7).

Readying for next job, mid-December/© Janie Rosman 2014

Readying for next job, mid-December/© Janie Rosman 2014

Nearly two weeks ago (October 22), I learned a meeting will be held this fall; no specific date’s been set. Project officials are still studying the concepts that were submitted and figuring visitor counts for the path, Christian said.

Since the spring. And summer. And now, fall.

“We hope it will be in November or early December,” Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan, representing Piermont, Grandview, South Nyack another other river villages, said.

In the meantime, there’s a new electronic sign west of Exit 10 in Nyack that will replace an overhead sign. Read about it, plus lane closures, pile driving, and boater safety in the latest press release.

Two days before elections, the river was choppy and talked back noisily after the wind both instigated the waves, and then blew a strong accompaniment. As controversies swirl around the bridge project, gusts and whitecaps danced around the crane moored in their midst.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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