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Nyack Officials Seek Quicker Streetfair Cleanup

Sidewalks dirty after last Sunday's bazaar, lawmakers say

Streetfairs like last Sunday's bring tens-of-thousands of visitors to Nyack's downtown shopping district—but local lawmakers say after-the-fact cleanup should be improved.

"I walked downtown at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and you could tell there had been a streetfair," said trustee Steve Knowlton. "It was obvious there had been a major event—the downtown looked dirty."

The sidewalks were sprinkled with waste, Knowlton said, and several trash cans were overflowing.

Village administrator Jim Politi said the village DPW had two workers out after the event, both of whom were aided by the Arts, Crafts and Antiques Dealers Association (ACADA), the Nyack organization that pieced together the bazaar.

And though Knowlton said Sunday's washing was better than previous efforts, he noted a second run-through may be necessary next time.

"There's still room for improvement," he said.

Trustee Louise Parker said a handful of vendors remained downtown at 6:15 p.m.—over an hour after closing time—tangling with DPW workers.

Marie Lorenzini, another Nyack lawmaker, said late vendors and dirty sidewalks can hurt merchants who offer outdoor dining on Sunday evenings.

Richard Kavesh May 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Unless things have changed, my recollection is that street fair sponsors have two choices: 1) take full responsibility for the clean up or 2) agree up front to pay 50% of what it costs the DPW to do it. If I'm wrong, I hope someone will correct me. This is the second street fair where ACADA has left a mess -- there was a similar incident last year. If ACADA agreed to take full responsibility to leave the streets spic and span, the village should invoice them for the DPW costs.
emetib May 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
just another example of these people taking advantage of nyack and sticking the taxpayers, who cant even get through their village streets, with the bill
tony chestnut May 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I was surprised at how good the cleanup was. Much better than previous times and it was the same day! Ive seen it where they waited a day to cleanup and garbage was blown all over town. I think some of the clubs patrons leave a bigger mess on the sidewalk many weekend nights. Maybe we should ask the vendors to help pay for the bridge.
Scotty May 27, 2012 at 01:18 AM
How about this.....less street fairs...how many twisted pretzels and tube socks do we need !

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