Updated, 4p: This week: Nyack held a special meeting last week to green light a Revenue Anticipation Note for marina repair; Nyack non-profits were big winners as county tourism grant recipients; Rockland County backs Governor Andrew Cuomo plan to make it as easier to register and vote in New York. And two Days will be running for public office this September.
by Susan Hellauer
Turkey vultures circled over the dam at the south end of Congers Lake, and swooped down for their dinner: hundreds of panfish, dead or dying, in the flattened reeds just past the concrete spillway.
As onlookers snapped photos, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation was already investigating the cause, the most likely of which is made worse by what we do every day in modern suburbia.
by Zara Kornfeld
America’s tool for measuring college readiness is failing us, and Nyack is not immune.
For those who need a reminder, the SAT consists of four parts: reading, writing, math (with and without a calculator), and the essay. The ACT adds on a science comprehension section, and its math section allows the student to use a calculator for its entirety. However, both tests have one thing in common: both claim to gauge college readiness. ACT inc reports that over 60% of people who took the ACT in 2016 reached the college benchmark. So then why do 60% of those students, upon attending college, get placed in remedial classes despite how they placed on their standardized test? There is obviously a missing link between what the standardized tests are testing for and actual college readiness. What’s wrong with these tests is that they can’t seem to accurately predict the one thing which they are put in place to measure.
President Donald Trump’s travel ban has caused a lot of confusion. At airports, at embassies, at the Department of Homeland Security and in the media. So we are offering a simple illustration and a few news notes to set things straight.
Seven mostly Muslim nations are banned. But most mostly Muslim nations are not. We’ve teamed up with cartoonist Dan White to illustrate the difference.
Orangetown considers a JP Morgan Chase proposal to build a data center at the former Rockland Psych Center. Clarkstown releases its first cut of a “ward system” for voting. Nyack has a special meeting Wed about sludge in the marina. And Rockland became the first county in New York State to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.
by Susan Hellauer
In his 20 years at the helm of the Orangetown Highway Department, Jim Dean has made efficient and eco-friendly ice and snow removal a pet goal.
Dean pioneered the practice of salt brine anti-icing in the Northeast–an innovation that saves money, helps protect the environment . . . and more.
by Tina Traster
Every day, no matter the weather, no matter what, Stony Point resident Andrea LeResche climbs into a tangled copse to feed a colony of cats. And Drazen Cackovic, a Nyack architect, steals time away from his blue prints, to care for a group of felines he keeps in his office. Ken Salerno, a one-man cat whisperer, makes frequent visits to a New Jersey sanctuary, where he has relocated more than 60 beach cats who would have been rounded up from under the boardwalk in Seaside Heights and taken to shelters, or killed. These are just some of the people who are behind the inspiration for Catnip Nation, a documentary that I am working on with my film partner, Lennon Nersesian.
There’s Village of Nyack news on land and sea this week. Former Deputy Mayor Don Hammond reports that the village wants to buy back its street lights and will be forming a Vision Committee to decide the future of the Nyack Marina. Also: Mayor Jen Laird White invites businesses and residents to her monthly “Downtown meeting” on Tues 2/7 at 9a; Rockland County opens a “Baby Café” in Spring Valley.
by Susan Hellauer
On January 24, the NY State Public Service Commissioners ruled on a proposed rate case presented by Suez-NY. On the conservation side, the outcome evoked both praise and disappointment. On the monetary side, it left water activists, county officials, and local ratepayers steaming.
So, who won this water fight?