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Public Hearings about Shared Use Path this Month

TarrytownBesides longer days — we move the clocks ahead one hour in less than two weeks — the Ides of March and St. Patrick’s Day, March brings public hearings about the shared use path’s parking and connections in Nyack and Tarrytown. Diagrams here are credited to the New York State Thruway Authority.

South Nyack residents scored a major victory nearly one year ago, when — after standing their ground against the state and the Thruway Authority — the shared use path terminus was moved away from its streets.

The 54 parking spaces Rockland needs per a parking demand study can potentially be on existing Thruway Authority property at Exit 10. Westchester’s 97 parking spaces can be accommodated on the site of the former state police barracks.

South NyackUsing its $250,000 grant from the project’s Community Benefits Program, South Nyack hired consultants to study the feasibility of redesigning and redeveloping the exit; here are their ideas.

Interesting that the Environmental Assessment (pdf file will download) of various parking options refers to the New NY Bridge project by its earlier-known name, the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Now’s your chance to speak up!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Open House at Eight Hudson River Boat Clubs

One of eight member clubs opening its doors May 9/HRBYCA

One of eight member clubs opening its doors May 9/HRBYCA

This Saturday, May 9, eight Hudson River Boat & Yacht Club Association (HRBYCA) member boat clubs will open their doors to the community from noon to 3 p.m.

“Our clubs, which span from Raritan Bay to Poughkeepsie, give families a great a way to be on the water, provide critical river access, and offer a pathway to boat ownership.” HRBYCA President Scott Croft said. “There is a spirit of volunteerism as our clubs do most of their own maintenance and upkeep.”

HRBYCA offers affordable options for prospective members who want to try out a club, he said, and many offer associate memberships for people without a boat.

These eight clubs will offer free soda and hot dogs at the Open House Event:

• Chelsea Yacht Club, Chelsea
• Marlboro Yacht Club, Marlboro
• Garrison Yacht Club, Garrison
• Minisceongo Yacht Club, Stony Point
• Hook Mountain Yacht Club, Nyack
• Shattemuc Yacht Club, Ossining
• Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, Ossining
• Yonkers Yacht Club, Yonkers

Stop by and learn more about being a member and what each club offers. Visitors may also visit a boat or yacht club Saturday mornings throughout May, when most clubs have work parties, and staff is are available to answer questions. A list of HRBYCA member clubs is at http://www.hudsonriverbyca.com/roster.htm

All 31 member HRBYCA clubs are open to visits from the public throughout the year. For more information contact Jerry at silverj7@optonline.net.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Guest Blog: Your Voice Counts at the New NY Bridge Meetings

From David Aukland, Village of Tarrytown Liaison to the Replacement Bridge Project

Courtesy New York State Thruway Authority

Courtesy New York State Thruway Authority

Folks, please spread the word about this meeting, and come yourselves if you can. The NNYB team is working hard to build a great new bridge for us, so they want both to share the good news on plans and progress, and to seek comments, questions and ideas from everyone affected by it during construction and as future users. The design work for the bridge itself is mostly done – “engineering is 97% complete” – and attention is now turning to connecting it with the community.

This is the opportunity to voice your views on the shared use path for cyclists and walkers across the bridge, and ways to bring visitors from the bridge to the many and varied destinations in our village.

Families, friends and neighbors: come one, come all!

Meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. both days:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Washington Irving Middle School, 103 S. Broadway in Tarrytown

Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Nyack High School, 360 Christian Herald Rd. in Nyack

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Traffic Surveys Complete as State and Village Seek Parking Solutions

The survey that South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian wrote about in her weekly update is complete.

Engineers were looking for traffic volume/patterns at the intersections cited below as part of the ongoing efforts to find a solution to the shared use path issue.

“As part of the ongoing investigation into alternative parking locations for the New NY Bridge shared-use bike pedestrian path, engineers will be doing traffic surveys here in our village over the next week. 

At times, you may see traffic engineers near the Thruway entrance ramp behind Village Hall, on South Franklin Street near the Thruway overpass, and on South Broadway near its intersection with Clinton Avenue. 

The traffic surveys will be done during the morning and evening rush hours beginning this Thursday afternoon but are subject to changes in the weather.

We support the Thruway Authority team in doing these surveys to help gather more information as we continue discussing solutions for the shared use path that will work for our residents, our village and all the parties involved.”

Nyack offered its parking facilities to help South Nyack handle the increased vehicular traffic once the bike/walking path opens.

“We’re working on finding solutions in South Nyack and presented several parking options that include Nyack,” Special Project Advisor Brian Conybeare said earlier this month. “The (Nyack) mayor is on board with it, the (Nyack) Chamber of Commerce is on board with it, and we’re hoping to find a solution that will work for everyone.”

The Thruway Authority and Federal Highway Administration are undertaking an Environmental Assessment to study those options.

South Nyack received a $250,000 grant through the bridge project’s Community Benefits Program to study the feasibility of redesigning and redeveloping Interchange 10. The village is now considering several proposals from engineering firms and hasn’t awarded the contract. Project officials have a mid-2018 deadline for the bridge’s opening.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

Nyack Mayor Jen White on the Village’s Fishing Pier/Viewing Platform and SUP Parking

These sections refer to the New NY Bridge project. Read Mayor Jen White’s complete April 2015 Communication here.

What’s next in the park?

The park transformation continues. This spring we should see the construction of the fishing pier/viewing platform, the moving of the gazebo, the installation of fencing around the Playground, the grand opening of the hillside slide, the addition of Children’s Garden planters around the new playground and the construction of the Skate Plaza.

It is so exciting. The playground slide is ready to go, we simply need to construct a railing, which will happen in the next few weeks, and plant the hillside grass. The Skate Plaza design is finalized, construction drawings are almost complete and the job will be awarded soon. The fishing pier is ready to go, weather permitting. We held our first public workshop on April 9 related to the new gazebo design and check our website to find out when there will be a follow up public meeting.

parking lot

Why isn’t Nyack helping South Nyack with the SUP Terminus?

In fact, we are, or at least, have.

I eat lunch with Mayor Christian every couple of months and we discuss many issue facing our villages including, obviously, the New NY Bridge. We have offered many suggestions, alternatives and ideas on the issues facing the Village of South Nyack and the Thruway Authority. We have walked parts of both villages with Mayor Christian and Thruway representatives seeking parking alternatives and we have offered both short term and long term help with the solutions to the SUP.

That said, South Nyack has made it very clear that the concerns and the solutions are theirs, and theirs alone and while they appreciate our offers of help, this is South Nyack’s issue.

When they have asked for our assistance we have gladly provided it and we will certainly do so in the future, should they be interested in our help.

Editorial Note: White talked about the shared use path in her 2015 State of the Village Message. Recently she spoke with me about assisting South Nyack.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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