South Nyack to Transform into a Hamlet Governed by Orangetown: Effective Friday

South Nyack to Transform into a Hamlet Governed by Orangetown: Effective Friday

By Sarah Morgenstern

The building at 282 S. Broadway that once served as the Village Hall of South Nyack will soon serve as café and bicycle shop, as on Friday, April 1, the village will be governed by Orangetown.

The Village Hall building was sold for $615,000 residents overwhelmingly voted on Dec. 17, 2020, to dissolve the government of the village, which was deeply in debt.

After selling Village Hall and the building that housed the Department of Public Works (DPW) at 65 Brookside Ave. for $1.6 million, the village's debt remains more than $1 million, according to Orangetown Finance Director Jeffrey Bencik.

Residents of the community that has been known as the village of South Nyack since 1878 will remain responsible for the village's remaining debt, however, on Thursday, March 31, Orangetown will overseeing what will now be considered a hamlet.

Former South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian and her staff have been busy packing their belongings as they make their final preparations for the village's transition into a hamlet.

"Dissolving a village is a huge, huge undertaking,” said Christian. “I’m displacing all the people who worked for me.

The village’s police department, fire department, and other agencies are preparing to be subsumed by Orangetown, which has received all of the village’s documents.

“We've been selling a lot of our machinery and DPW trucks,” Christian said. “We've sold our police cars.”

The South Nyack Fire Station, which was sold for $1 to the Fire District, is now called the Orangetown Fire Company. 

"It's been an honor to serve here as the mayor,” Christian said, “but it's also been such a wonderful and pleasant experience to live here, and I hope to continue to do that."

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