South Nyack mayor Patricia "Tish" DuBow (D) will not be seeking re-election this March, the local politico has announced.
DuBow has sat at the helm of South Nyack government since 2006, and long fought to keep the village safe from the encroaching new Tappan Zee Bridge.
"South Nyack will continue to face some tough issues, like the Tappan Zee Bridge construction, and I think the village will benefit from a fresh perspective and renewed energy during these challenging times," DuBow said.
The South Nyack resident, 77, first made the announcement at the Jan. 27 Democratic caucus.
After urging from her party, however, DuBow has said she plans to accept an appointment to stay on as a trustee.
DuBow has expressed support for a replacement, nominating current trustee Bonnie Christian. Christian, a lifelong South Nyacker, has served on both the village's zoning and planing boards. Now retired, she previously worked as the director of customer programs for The Journal News.
"I am honored to have the trust and support of so many in the village at this critical time," Christian said at the January caucus. "If elected, I will do everything in my power to assure that the best interests of the citizens of South Nyack are at the forefront of all decisions made in regard to the new bridge and other important issues."
Another village post will open up this March, too, as trustee Donald McMahon steps down. Incumbent Thomas Neff (R) will stay on and seek re-election on the heels of 12 years. Neff is a retired NYC Transit Police officer.
South Nyack Dems will put up two candidates to challenge Neff and seek McMahon's vacant seat: Catherine McCue and Clifford Weather. McCue is President of the Salisbury Co-ops, and Weathers is deputy automotive editor for consumer reports. Weather currently serves on the South Nyack zoning board of appeals.
South Nyack's Independent Peoples Party has expressed support for Christian, McCue and Weathers.
The South Nyack-Grand View Police Department recently had a shake-up, as well, with chief Robert Van Cura accepting a post with the Rockland Sheriff.