By Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann
This week, the Clarkstown Town Board held our annual reorganization meeting and swearing in ceremony. I was proud to take the oath of office for my second term as your supervisor, with my wife Kathy and our children beside me. I want to thank the people of Clarkstown for placing their trust and confidence in me by returning me to office.
My fellow Town Board members were also sworn in to office. I look forward to working with Councilmen Frank Borelli, Peter Bradley, Donald Franchino and Patrick Carroll as well as Frank DiZenzo, our Highway Superintendent; Town Judges, Johns and Ugell; and Town Clerk, Justin Sweet.
In last week’s column, I wrote about all that we’ve accomplished this past year, and while we celebrate our successes, we still have more work to do.
We will identify more open space to preserve and protect. We will continue to address a number of infrastructure projects, such as the long awaited Cranford Drive Drainage project. I’m also very excited to begin the West Nyack Revitalization and Klein Avenue Levy projects, which will protect dozens of homes from catastrophic flooding events. We will be replacing the police department’s roof and complete renovation projects at the Street Community Center, Lake Nanuet, Germonds Pool Bath house and the historic Budke House.
A key part of keeping our taxes low is expanding Clarkstown’s tax base and growing our economy. We will be creating an Economic Advisory Committee charged with helping the town retain existing businesses while attracting new ones.
Our code enforcement efforts will also continue. We will complete the Transit Oriented Development rezoning around the Nanuet Train Station. This project will be an economic opportunity not only for the town, but for the region. It will provide senior and millennial housing while providing a much needed shot in the arm to Clarkstown’s tax base.
Maintaining Clarkstown’s place as an inclusive community while protecting the quality of life and character of our town remains our core mission. We will strive to further reform our government and discover efficiencies so Clarkstown remains a vibrant and affordable place to live. I look forward to the challenges ahead and working with all of you.