South Nyack Refutes Bike/Walking Path Concepts

updateSouth Nyack responded to project officials’ recent FACT VS. FICTION mailing by asking village residents to speak their minds about the shared use path terminus.

“It has to be the village’s decision and not the state’s decision. Is this a project of the state or a project of the Thruway Authority?” Village Planning Board and task force member Jerry Ilowite asked two months ago.

It was the village’s decision to move the terminus — except only the mayor, the task force, village trustees and project officials knew. Until. That. Meeting.

concept inputResidents 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.

“The Thruway Authority is trying to force South Nyack to choose among unacceptable, and poorly thought out plans for the new Tappan Zee Bridge’s bicycle/pedestrian path,” Village Mayor Bonnie Christian wrote in her most recent update.

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Project officials held at least 50 meetings with South Nyack village officials, its task force, residents and other local stakeholders in addition to hundreds of phone calls, emails and other informal meetings. The project team also spent more than $4.6 million to mitigate issues raised by South Nyack village officials and residents.

“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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