Assemblywoman Jaffee and NYSDOT Regional Director DuPont Tour Poor Drainage Sites in Orangetown and Ramapo

July 28, 2008

On Thursday, Assemblywoman Jaffee hosted New York State Department of Transportation Region 8 Director Joan DuPont to discuss drainage problems on Route 9W in Orangetown and Route 45 in Ramapo. Last year, Assemblywoman Jaffee requested a drainage study of 9W to get a comprehensive view of flooded areas and sources of flooding.

They were joined at the Assemblywoman’s office in Pearl River by Thom Kleiner, Orangetown Supervisor; Jim Hartwick, Legislative Aide to Senator Thomas Morahan specializing in transportation issues; County Legislator Connie Coker; Chris Sanders, Village of Piermont Mayor; and Tish Dubow, South Nyack Mayor.

“Far too many homes have been severely damaged due to the ongoing drainage problems along 9W from South Nyack to Piermont,” said Assemblywoman Jaffee. “This urgently needs to be addressed.”

After a discussion about 9W and a dangerous turn at Route 303 and Orangeburg Road, the group took to the road to view the problem areas first hand. They stopped at the home of Peter Pochapsky, an Upper Grandview resident who acted as tour guide to the officials.

Mr. Pochapsky told the officials, as they walked near the Rail Trail just below 9W, that he frequently stands outside during heavy rains clearing catch basins and run-off trenches to prevent flooding into his and his neighbors’ homes. “The problem has me at wits end,” Mr. Pochapsky said. “We’ve been experiencing this problem for years, so I’m extremely appreciative that Assemblywoman Jaffee and Ms. DuPont could come out to view this first hand, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work toward a resolution.”

Ms. DuPont’s visit also included stops in Chestnut Ridge, with Mayor Jerry Kobre, to look at the planned drainage project on Route 45 and Spring Valley, with Deputy Mayor Noramie Jasmine, to view future development sites and highlight the anticipated needs for improvements along Route 45 when construction is completed.