Monthly Updates From Village Hall
My Priorities as Trustee
- Taxes – We have some of the highest property taxes in the country. Though village taxes are a small amount of the tax bill, we have to control spending to avoid adding to the tax burden.
- Quality of Life – Managing development in a smart and sensible way is critical! Too little development and Nyack could stagnate. Too much, and it could drastically change for the worse. And of course, the example of Ramapo shows what can happen if building and zoning codes are not enforced and adhered to. Smart and well thought out planning is needed to balance the needs of the community.
- Sustainable Development – Finding a balance and supporting the right kind of development while maintaining the things that make Nyack “Nyack” is a priority. Pursuing historic preservation, promoting affordable housing, and supporting local small businesses go hand in hand with this goal.
- Waterfront Revitalization – One of our defining features as a community is our proximity and access to the Hudson River. We must take advantage of this asset through smart planning for Memorial Park and our marina, such as the full implementation of the Memorial Park master plan, and the development of water-related uses like boat rentals and waterfront restaurants. I do not believe a commuter ferry is feasible at this time.
- Public Outreach – Village government must do more to make sure that residents get timely information about village business and can easily share their opinions with elected officials. Improving open communication with residents is a priority for me. Significant changes are needed to the village’s website and notification system to make information easier to find and access.
- Fix Roads and Sidewalks – Our public infrastructure needs continued maintenance and repair. Many sidewalks in the village are in terrible shape, and although the responsibility to maintain them rests with the property owner, we must work harder to find creative ways to get sidewalk repairs completed. It is also important that we stick to the policy of recent years to pave 10% of the village’s road surfaces each year in order to keep on top of maintenance issues.
It’s not possible to list every issue here, so if you have a question about my thoughts on any issue, I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me directly with any ideas, questions or concerns about these or other issues, using the contact information found on the “contact” page.