South Nyack Waits to See What Happens Next

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Driving home last night I had the road to myself save for a few cars. Four lanes, no traffic, bridge lights shining.

October 1975. “Born to Run” is blasting on the bus radio, as we Westchesterites and Long Islanders fly through Rockland County. The SUCO bus left Oneonta at 4 p.m., and we’re due to arrive at the County Center at 8:30 p.m.

The bridge was nearly 20, the average age on that bus; Bruce, not much older.

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It’s been two years, two months and one day since the bridge builder went on the clock. South Nyack residents recall what happened last year tomorrow: when their mayor and village officials presented a plan they thought was wonderful and good for the village — and the village said no.

Exit the Thruway at Interchange 10, bear right at the second stop sign and at the traffic light, and you’ll come to its unmistakable message.

I have an idea.

If there’s unoccupied real estate in South Nyack, then use it: convert it into a bed-and-breakfast. Why not? The mayor talks about lack of business in the tranquil and historic village. Work with what’s positive instead of focusing on the negative.

The village’s feasibility study, once started, will be completed by early next year. Lots of puzzle pieces.

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By now DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens received South Nyack’s request to be appointed lead agency for the shared use path.

Dear Mr. Martens:

The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) has apparently initiated an action that is likely to generate significant impacts upon the Village of South Nyack.

Not quite. Village officials wanted the terminus moved, remember?

That’s old news. One year later the mayor maintains it was a concept, a plan the state went ahead with despite protests.

Re his and Deputy Director of State Operations for Programs Joseph Rabito’s meeting with the mayor and task force member Richard Kohlhausen, Thruway Acting Executive Director Bob Megna said:

“With new leadership at the Thruway Authority, we wanted to sit down with Mayor Christian in order to better understand the issues affecting her community. It was a constructive meeting and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the taxpayers of New York and the residents of South Nyack.”

The mayor also contacted the Federal Highway Administration and, most recently, per her update, reached out to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer.

Here’s the breakdown of shared use path expenses. Note: The public can continue submitting comments about the parking concepts.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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