[Update] Early Dismissal for Tarrytown Schools Wednesday Due to Obama's Visit

Tappan Zee Bridge construction. Patch file photo.
Tappan Zee Bridge construction. Patch file photo.
Update at 12:10 p.m., May 13, 2014: Tarrytown schools will dismiss students early Wednesday as a result of President Obama's speech at the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The following is the text from an email sent out to parents Tuesday:

Hello, this is a message from the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns.  Due to  President Obama’s  visit scheduled for tomorrow, schools will follow the standard early dismissal schedule.  There will be no afternoon PreK and all after school activities will be canceled. 

WI     10:45AM
WLM  11:25AM
SHMS/HS  11:45AM
JP        12:05PM

Update at 9:24 a.m., May 13, 2014:
Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Gregory Camp issued a warning Tuesday to residents that certain streets will be closed to parking Wednesday due to President Obama's visit.

Below is the text of the announcement from Chief Camp:

Dear Sleepy Hollow Residents:

Please be advised that on Wednesday May 14, 2014 parking will be restricted on Beekman Avenue and River Street as follows: No parking will be allowed on Beekman Avenue on both sides starting at the Beekman Avenue Bridge (over the railroad tracks) westerly to River Street and on both sides of River Street, the entire length and to include the parking area of Horans Landing, from 8am until 5pm.

Vehicles not removed by 11am will be subject to being towed. No vehicular traffic will be allowed to travel on Hudson Street, River Street or Beekman Avenue west of Clinton Street between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.
If you have any questions, please call 631-0800.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Gregory Camp
Police Chief


Original story: With President Barack Obama's planned speech Wednesday at the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Village of Tarrytown has issued a warning to commuters that some parking lots will be off-limits while the Commander in Chief is in the area.

The president is speaking at the span - which is being replaced by a new bridge under construction - to draw attention to the need for additional federal infrastructure spending.

In an email Monday to commuter parking permit holders (text below), the Village warned that "numerous areas of non-resident parking" will be closed: 

Please be advised that on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, numerous areas of non-resident parking will be closed due to a special event. Parking Permit holders are advised to seek street parking along West Main Street (4-hour restriction will not be enforced), the temporary permit lot, the recreation lot, and the senior citizen center lot. Additional parking will be available in the Walgreens parking lot, northeast section only. Any other areas of this lot will be subject to being towed.

Thank you,
Village of Tarrytown

The parking and potential traffic congestion issues have touched a nerve with many residents in the Comments Section of local and social media.

One Patch reader named "Jo" called the infrastructure disruption a "disgrace."

"news reporting he will arrive at rush hour..the man has no respect for the working guy..none at all.. a disgrace in every way possible...(sic)"

The Journal News also reported on the logistics and potential disruptions; click here to view the story on The Journal News website.
DRS May 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Notice that he is attending two fund raisers after the bridge spectacle. This is nothing more than a stop so that he can say it was a "work" trip and bill the taxpayers for it rather than the DNC. I wonder if he can get through his speech without lying. I doubt it. As the great uniter, has he followed protocol yet and invited Republican Astorino to the event?


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