Rockland County’s elected representatives in Albany will introduce legislation to provide oversight to the troubled East Ramapo Central School District. Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski (D-New City) will ask the NYS Senate and Assembly to approve appointment of a state monitor for East Ramapo.
by Dave Zornow
It’s been a big week for the big bridge project over the Hudson. There’s been praise for the Tappan Zee Bridge funding proposal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo which will limit future toll increases; an explanation of the new bridge design in a national magazine; and continued sparring between the state and South Nyack officials about where the entrance will be for the New NY Bridge walkway over the Lower Hudson.
Nyack, Jan 14 — The Skeleton Twins, a Sept 2014 theatrical release that was set and shot in Nyack, will be screened in Nyack tonight at 8p. Rivertown Film’s presentation at The Nyack Center will also include a post-screening discussion with Producer Jared Goldman.
Although its release last fall may not have been on the radar of most locals, it created a new Web awareness for this Lower Hudson River village: there are over 23,000 Google search results for the phrase “Skeleton+Twins+Nyack.”
Here’s an excerpt from an interview broadcast on Sept 6 between NPR’s Scott Simon and former SNL performer Bill Hader, where the actor talks about his role and the choice of Nyack as the movie’s setting.
The Hudson House will be rocking for a good cause on Sun Dec 21 from 12n-12m for Blank-Fest, an annual benefit in Nyack that collects blankets and raises awareness for NYC’s homeless.
Kenn Rowell, front man for the NYC-based indie band The Baghdaddios, is the show’s organizer and MC. The Nyack native says that putting the annual event together is both exhausting and exhilarating.
Blank-Fest headliners include Blues Hall of Fame member Beki Brindle and NYC-based singer-songwriter and renowned indie recording artist Victoria Levy.
The cost of admission? A suggested donation of one blanket in any condition, a small price to pay for 12 hours of name-brand rock ‘n roll.
by Dave Zornow
Last week South Nyack’s multi-decade strained relationship with New York State got — weirder.
Two days before Thanksgiving, South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian called a press conference to criticize the state’s choice of Cornelison and Broadway as the entrance to a future shared use path (SUP) for pedestrians and cyclists on the new Tappan Zee bridge. Last week Christian admitted that the choice of Cornelison as the SUP start was actually the village’s idea. “The [trustees] thought the idea — keeping cars off village streets while maintaining the character and integrity of the historic village — was plausible,” Christian told Janie Rosman in a Dec 4 article in the Rockland County Times.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, Nov 30 — On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the mayor of South Nyack held a press conference to protest the location for the Shared Use Path (SUP) that pedestrians and cyclists will use to cross the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The mayor says it’s an outrage that the state is forcing this decision on the village without any public input. New York State counters that the controversial location for the SUP terminus was actually South Nyack’s idea.
Herb Kurz, a philanthropist who generously supported The Nyack Center, Rockland Community College and Good Samaritan Hospital, died on Monday Nov 24 at the age of 94. He was the founder of Presidential Life, a life insurance company he ran for 40 years in Nyack.
Kurz was a life-long progressive supporter of civil liberty activism. Many of Presidential Life’s business practices were ahead of their time, setting a precedent for socially responsible action. Kurz was honored by President Bill Clinton at the White House Conference on Corporate Citizenship in 1996.
It’s been quite a week for The Nyack Center’s Kim Cross. Last Saturday, The Nyack Center held its Legacy Gala, an annual fundraiser, where she announced a generous contribution from Herb Kurz, founder of Presidential Life. On Tues night, Cross rallied with other Rockland County non-profits in New City to ask the county legislature to reject the budget proposed by County Executive Ed Day that would slash more than $49,000 in funding from the Nyack Center. On Wednesday, Cross and Kurz were named as the 2014 recipients of FOR’s Nyack Area Peace Prize.
I know what some of you are thinking: Snow, already? November has just barely begun! Wasn’t it over 60 degrees yesterday (Yes, it was).
And the more skeptical, politically conspiratorial among you are thinking: can we keep politics out of the weather forecast? When did meteorology develop a left-leaning slant?
Here’s the NOAA forecast for Thurs night and Friday in Nyack:
Rain and snow tonight, becoming all snow after 1a with a low around 33. There’s an 80% chance of snow, with accumulations of less than a half inch. Friday’s high will reach 43 — however, bundle up as the wind chill will make it feel like 25-35 degrees during the day on Friday.
The sudden drop in temps and the possibility of some unseasonal snow tonight can be directly sourced to the left. That is, the upper left of the weather map of North America.
There’s no question this headline is putting the cart before the horse. But if Cuomo cynics are right, and the son-of-a-Mario gets a chance to move to DC in 2017, newly elected NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would succeed him and become the first woman governor in New York state history.
There’s still one Rockland County race that is too close to call, where only ten votes separate the candidates.
But first, some election news from Tuesday night. The winners were Cuomo, Lowey, Carlucci, Jaffee and Zebrowski. The proposed changes to the Rockland County Charter were also approved by the voters.