Dollars and Sense: Shared Use Path Mathematics

It’s not quite one year since the March 20 meeting, and two months since South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian’s press conference. Some say village officials have been less than transparent with constituents while the project team spent more than $4.6 million to mitigate issues raised by South Nyack officials and residents.

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Additionally, project officials held at least 50 meetings with South Nyack village officials, its task force, residents and other local stakeholders plus hundreds of phone calls, emails and other informal meetings.

The project’s Community Benefits Program is a $20 million fund established by the state and Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) to aid communities close to the construction zone.

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Residents in Westchester and Rockland have until February 13 to comment on the parking concepts that were studied these past months by project officials and engineers, reflecting each location’s very different land use, available space and needs.

“As part of the New NY Bridge project’s ongoing community involvement efforts, we are asking residents to provide their input and comments on the parking concepts for the shared-use bike/pedestrian path on both sides of the river,” Special Project Advisor Brian Conybeare said via email. “We continue to work on reasonable, cost-effective solutions with leaders from both South Nyack and Tarrytown as the environmental assessment process moves forward.”

No dates have been announced for the public meetings that will be held as part of the ongoing environmental assessment in South Nyack and Tarrytown.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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