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For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2014
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Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and Nyack Mayor Jennifer Laird-White Break Ground
on Memorial Park Improvements in Nyack Waterfront


New York Secretary Cesar A. Perales was joined by Village of Nyack Mayor, Jennifer Laird-White, and other State and local officials today to break ground on improvements to Memorial Park funded by a grant from the New York State Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The New York State Department of State awarded the Village of Nyack an Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant of $150,000 for the design and construction of Memorial Park amenities and a fishing pier. The groundbreaking event highlights the start of construction of the fishing pier and a handicapped accessible ramp to the pier to improve public access to the Hudson River. This project builds on a previous Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant awarded to the Village for the preparation of conceptual designs for the entire 11-acre park, located on the Hudson River.

“I am very pleased to celebrate the groundbreaking of these great improvements to Memorial Park,” said Secretary Perales. “Our work here exemplifies the collaboration of State and local municipalities to enhance waterfront communities. While creating beautiful recreational areas, this project will also attract business and tourism to the Village of Nyack and the communities surrounding the waterfront.”

"We are incredibly grateful to New York State for their support and commitment to the changes taking place in our park, which serves as both a wonderful place for recreation for Nyack residents and as an access point to the Hudson River for our diverse community and visitors from miles around,” said Jennifer Laird-White, Mayor of the Village of Nyack.  “The fishing pier, with both its amenities and gorgeous views of the Hudson,  and the new Tappan Zee Bridge project, will not only enhance our park but create an important connection to one of the greatest natural resources our State has to offer, the Hudson River, also known as Nyack's backyard."

Construction of the fishing pier will involve driving thirty-six (36) new twelve (12) inch diameter piles into the existing  gravel base and installing wooden decking on the pier’s surface.  Rock boulders that currently surround the pier will be replaced with railings. The handicapped accessible ramp will lead from the adjacent parking area providing a direct connection to the pier. The pier will enhance recreational opportunities and will serve as a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts, the community and visitors throughout the region.

"Today we see the groundbreaking of a project that has been in the works for almost 20 years,” said Senator David Carlucci. “The improvements that will be made to Memorial Park will greatly enhance Nyack’s waterfront for residents to enjoy for decades to come."

"Memorial Park has always offered incredible views and opportunities for residents to picnic, listen to a concert or play ball. With this funding from the State, it can only further enrich our County by attracting others who will want to breathe in the beauty of the Hudson Valley and visit the restaurants and business in the area," said Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee. "I am thankful to the New York State Department of State, who awarded the Village of Nyack these funds."

"When we partner with the State and our towns and villages by investing in local infrastructure, we support economic growth and strengthen communities where our residents live, work and play," said Rockland County Executive Ed Day.  "Through this funding, we will improve access to the majestic Hudson River and enhance the overall experience for all who visit Memorial Park.  By investing in open space and related projects, we’re creating a better Rockland County for the next generation.  I look forward to continued partnership around economic development, recreation and local tourism."

“Public access to the Hudson River's shore is a fundamental principle of smart planning in Nyack and our other riverfront communities in Orangetown,” said Town of Orangetown Supervisor Andrew Y. Stewart. “This newly improved pier and viewing platform fits nicely with our overall vision and I appreciate the investment of State money in this project, and the State's commitment to ensuring that all the communities impacted by the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge receive their fair share of community benefit funding.”

The State and Village have worked together to create Memorial Park over the last two decades. In 1995, the Village received an initial $49,400 Environmental Protection Fund grant to prepare conceptual designs for the entire 11-acre Memorial Park. Through the Environmental Protection Fund- Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, the Department of State supports the advancement of projects that enhance waterfronts and promote tourism.