Village of South Nyack prepares to transition into hamlet
Officials in the Village of South Nyack have made final preparations for the village's transition into a hamlet.
It will be known as the Hamlet of South Nyack within the Town of Orangetown, effective April 1.
Mayor Bonnie Christian and her staff have been packing up boxes of items and belongings because the new owners are set to close on Village Hall Wednesday morning.
"This property was sold for $615,000. It's going to be a cafe and bicycle shop," Christian explained.
"Dissolving a village is a huge, huge undertaking. First, you're displacing all the people that work for you. We've been selling a lot of our machinery and trucks that the DPW had. We've sold our police cars," she explained.
The village documents were sent over to Orangetown.
The South Nyack fire station was sold to the fire district for $1 and is now the Orangetown Fire Company. Orangetown also now handles the police and the Department of Public Works for the hamlet.
The village is set to sell its DPW building for $1.6 million, but that won't be done in time for April 1. Orangetown will have to finish the deal.
Without their own police department and DPW, village residents are expecting to save about $1,100 in annual taxes. The residents will also be responsible for any of the village's remaining debt.
"About $750,000 in bonds and then we have a continuous debt depending on how long the retirees live, so we will have a little bit of a debt that will be on the people of South Nyack," Christian said. "It's been an honor to serve here as the mayor, but it's also been such a wonderful and pleasant experience to live here, and I hope to continue to do that."