To The Nyack Villager—
Special Thanks To The Central Nyack FD
To The Nyack Villager—
As the year comes fast to a close we cannot believe we are approaching the one-year anniversary of the passing of our father next month. We would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to the Central Nyack Fire Department for their unwavering support to our family in our darkest hour. Words don’t seem adequate to give thanks for all that was done to help us through those days and nights. Nor can words fully explain the honor given to our father before he was put to final rest. The respect paid to both Dad and our family was nothing short of amazing.
We give special thanks to those who served as Honor Guards as well as those who participated in the services: Mike Healy Jr. (Chief), Ricky Miano (President), Kenny Wanamaker (dear friend), Mike Healy Sr., Sean Healy, Chris Coughlin, Michael Conklin, William Conklin, Charles Bullock, Elton Bomer, Patrick Pascullo, Robert Martel, Kurt Pearce, Felipe Lorrea, Alberto Hernandez, Dave Smith, Carichard Durandise, Richard Grady, Shari Moody, Thomas DiBenedetto and Jerry Fenton. Special thanks also to Skip Russell (Chaplain) for leading a beautiful Firematic Service, Dan Ulrich (W.N.F.D) for hoisting the flag at the entrance to Oakhill Cemetery, the Sparkill FD and their honor guards stationed at the Central Nyack Fire Department for the funeral procession en route to the cemetery, Blauvelt FD for allowing Central Nyack FD to host a repast at their firehouse, and lastly all Rockland County fireman personnel who have been a friend to our father during his 49 years of service. He was very proud to serve with all of you.
Hopefully we did not forget any names but please know if we did we will never forget your faces and what you did for our family and our father. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. May god bless all of you.
With love, peace and admiration,
—Katie Schroer on behalf of the Aloysius Decker Jr. family
Thanks FROM FRIENDS OF THE NYACKS
Dear Jan and Shel,
Thank you very much for the “The Last Armchair Walking Tour of the Year” column in The Nyack Villager.
Thanks to you, we have had excellent attendance at our sessions. Best regards,
—Jim Hershberger, Nyack
Mayoral Election Results
To The Nyack Villager—
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of votes I received in my bid for the Mayor of Nyack, and wish to thank all of my supporters. While being a relative unknown, from a very minor party, running against a popular mayor from the majority Democratic Party, and without even posting one sign, the fact that I received over 11% of the vote is meaningful and encouraging. People do care about the environment.
My candidacy was not about my personal popularity, nor politics as usual. It was about the state of our environment, with a leaf blower ordinance advocated as an important, and relatively simple first step, towards declaring our village a green community that cares both about our own health, and our global carbon footprint. While while walking with a petition advocating a leaf blower ordinance, I easily received over 100 signatures, from a very diverse group of people— many residents of public housing who feel they have no control over the sickening fumes pouring in their windows.
Al Gore called global warming an “inconvenient truth,” and certainly it is a subject that all of us would rather pretend doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, events like Hurricane Sandy, and the horrific typhoon in the Philippines cannot be ignored. As we speak, some leading scientists from that nation are fasting to protest the lack of international action on curbing CO2 emissions. Will a leaf blower ordinance in Nyack prevent these catastrophes? Of course not, but it is a small step, both symbolic and real, to show that we care about our community’s health, and the future of our planet. Once again, it is good to know that there are many enlightened people in our village, who are willing to think about “inconvenient truths.” I will continue to work on these issues, both in my personal life and through political involvements. Thanks again, to all of those who supported me, and the environmental issues I stand for.
—Beth Riso, Nyack
REPLACEMENT FOR DEMOLISHED BARN?
Dear Friends at The Nyack Villager,
Attached find a photo of the small barn adjacent to the Nyack Library and the Depew House on Piermont Ave.
As you may know the old barn which was used for a number of years as a memorial/shrine to the 19th century Underground Railroad movement has been ordered demolished.
I’ve little desire to discuss the wisdom of that decision I’ve only sufficient energy to focus on beginning an effort to find a replacement building.
The small barn, pictured here, and owned by the Nyack Library would appear to be a very viable candidate. The location, age (rebuilt with original mid 19th century foundation) proximity to the Hudson etc. all go to make the building suitable for the purpose. I believe the library administration, as well as the administrators of the Village of Nyack, would be surprised by the various federal and state grants that might be available for such a purpose. The National Park Service, which has been charged with promotion of the U.G.R.R. by Congress has allocated tens of millions of dollars for that purpose over the last decade. More than 100 million dollars alone was spent for creation of the U.G.R.R. in Cincinatti, Ohio. A number of Hudson Valley towns have successfully promoted the U.G.R.R. for tourism and benefitted financially including, Peekskill, Tarrytown, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and others. Most with little more documented Underground Railroad activity than Nyack and surrounds.
—Joseph Mitlof, Nyack