When Zero is a Hero

Don Hammond reports on the Nyack Village Board and his Hammond Highlights shouts out to groups in the community and appear each week in The Villages, a regular Monday feature on NyackNewsAndViews.com. This column appeared on April 24, 2017 and is reproduced with kind permission of NNaV.
No New Taxes in Nyack, Again!

For the second year in a row, The Village of Nyack will have a zero percent tax increase. Thanks go to Mayor Jen Laird White, who led the board and staff to develop this budget, a commitment to keep current programs with no tax increase. Camp Nyack will be even extended for an additional week. You can read the adopted budget online at Nyack-NY.gov.

Saturday was Earth Day and Nyack celebrated with gusto.

  • Over 15 trees were planted throughout the village. Special thanks to Marcy Denker and the village’s Tree Committee, as well as the Nyack High School Football team, DPW and the many neighbors and volunteers who made this happen.

  • The Nyack Chamber of Commerce and the village organized a family friendly event at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The rain couldn’t stop the celebration; there was food, music and fun.

The village Waterfront Committee is moving forward with bringing storage racks for kayaks and canoes, as well as vendors for boat charters and human powered boats. Requests for proposals for the vendors are being developed. Thanks to Paul Curley and his committee the waterfront will have several enhancements later this Spring.

The villages of Nyack, South Nyack and Upper Nyack, along with the Nyack School District, have received a grant to develop plans to make it easier to get around without a car. The $120,000 grant from the New NY Bridge Community Fund to create a Greater Nyack Bike/Walk Master Plan will study the impact of the future Tappan Zee Bridge Shared Use Path and will explore ways to create better walking and biking connections from neighborhoods to Nyack Schools and other destinations throughout the villages. Dave Zornow helped coordinate the effort on behalf of the village and he will be looking for volunteers to be part of an advisory committee as this project moves forward.

This week, there will be more work around the village, with the repairs of sidewalks on Depew and the construction of the gazebo in Memorial Park. The Nyack Park Conservancy will be raising funds to place 15 benches in the upper section of Memorial Park.

The 58th annual Nyack NAACP dinner is on Thursday, April 27. It will be hosted by the amazing Dr. Frances Pratt and will honor several unsung heroes who give back so much to the community. Visit NyackNAACP.weebly.com for more information on this event.

A Pine Car Derby Workshop, Registration, and Weigh-in will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:30a-3p at the Nyack Center. All racers must register for race day at this time. After weigh-in, cars will be held at the Nyack Center until race day.

Representatives from Nyack Hospital will be hosting a public informational meeting about their Care Transformation Project on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7p at the Nyack Village Hall. The meeting will include an update on the project as well as a Q&A period.

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