Archive for September, 2015|Monthly archive page

♪♫ Where oh Where Did My FOIL Request Go? ♪♫

Mobile floating concrete batch plant/© Janie Rosman 2014

Mobile floating concrete batch plant/© Janie Rosman 2014

Our story began nine and one-half months ago (December 16, 2014) when  one of the floating concrete batch plants’ silos took a nosedive. I wrote several post about it, including the status of subsequent concrete deliveries and the statement from Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) President Darrell Waters.

I submitted a Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Thruway Authority to find out what happened and why: “All correspondence sent by, and received from, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) between and including Monday, December 15, 2014, through Sunday, December 21, 2014, regarding failed floating concrete batch plant.”

While Records Access Officer Jill B. Warner replies within the specified time, all she tells me is she needs another (fill in the blank) number of weeks and ends her notes with, “I sincerely apologize for the delay. Thank you for your continued courtesy in this matter.”

Her most recent note, dated August 7, 2015, said, “Based on the continued review, and with due regard for POL § 89(3)(a), staff anticipates providing a response to your request on September 28, 2015.”

Today I asked the Department of State Committee on Open Government for assistance. Executive Director Robert J. Freeman replied with a detailed explanation of an agency’s duty to respond to a request in a timely manner.

Mr. Freeman wrote, “In short, an agency cannot engage in delay after delay after delay.  If that is your experience, I believe that you have the right to appeal and suggest that you might contact Ms. Warner to ascertain the identity of the person designated to determine appeals at the Authority.”

Today is September 28, and it is now past 10:30 p.m. Ms. Warner has replied to neither the note I sent this morning asking who is in charge of FOIL requests (re an appeal) nor has she kept within her time frame.

Unless Ms. Warner works overtime, I do not expect receiving a response tonight.

Ms. Warner, I appreciate that you have a great deal of responsibility. I have responsibilities, too.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Update: Nyack Viewing Area Nears Completion

A gorgeous and windy day was perfect for checking out the view from Nyack.

info panels

Instead of a continuous height, the railing is height-adjusted behind the benches.

railing height

Main deck portable tables and chairs (box seats), a mix of seating and decking.

benches

The $400,000 project was financed with $200,000 from the village and matching funds: $150,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization grant to build the pier and an ADA-compliant ramp plus a $50,000 grant from the bridge project’s Community Benefits Program.

ramp

Here are girder assemblies from the other side (no bridge rail blocking view).

other side

Both the Nyack and Tarrytown viewing areas are funded by grants — $49,500 to Tarrytown, and $50,000 to Nyack — from the Community Benefits Program.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Project Aerial Views: Towers Continue to Rise

Life began imitating computer art three weeks ago when work began on the new bridge’s towers using building information modeling (BIM) 3D technology.

Blue jump forms will help build the main span's 419-foot towers./Photo: NYSTA

Blue jump forms will help build the main span’s 419-foot towers./Photo: NYSTA

Here’s what the project looked like yesterday via photographs taken by Lee Ross. One of the floating concrete batch plants can be seen alongside the towers.

photo 1

West/northbound traffic will shift to one of the new spans next December.

photo 2

In February 2017, east/southbound traffic will also move to the new span.

photo 3

Read more about the process for building the towers here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Southbound On-Ramp in S. Nyack Closes 10 p.m.

It’s Friday night, and you’re out with friends. When you’re ready to drive home — if you live across the river, that is — be aware the southbound on-ramp in South Nyack is closed; access it via Route 59 in Nyack.

detour

More lane closures began tonight (one at 8 p.m.) and continue next week.

chart

A complete rundown of project activities is here.

A few people asked why I post these updates and if I work for the state or for the bridge project. I post them for information (how to subscribe is here). Several times I drove home and right into signs that indicated lanes are closed (yes, I admit this). Full disclosure: I am a reporter and work for neither the state nor the bridge project.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Random Views from the Bridge; a Myth Dispelled

This was supposed to be a photo of the bridge’s lights as my friend and I drove home one night. Credits: bumpy road for the waves; photo taken by my friend.

energy

This is becoming a familiar sight on the drive from Westchester to Rockland.

familiar sight

Here is positive proof that it is possible to be in two places at the same time.

sign

As we headed for an under-the-bridge location to watch the first girder assembly placement, our guide indicated numerous points of interest along the way. I took note of this pier overshadowing the tennis court at one Tarrytown condominium, where homeowners worry the new bridge and its shared use path are too close.

pier

As always, I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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