Hometown Happenings: THANK YOU

BY GEORGE HOEHMANN

Supervisor, Town of Clarkstown 

It has been an honor serving as your town supervisor over the last 21 months and I’m humbled that you have bestowed upon me the privilege to serve you for another term.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the trust you’ve placed in me. I promise to continue to work hard every day to improve the lives of everyone in Clarkstown, because this is more than just a place on a map. It’s our home.

Now we set Clarkstown’s sights to the future and advance the great work that we started two years ago.

We will continue to aggressively protect our town and enforce our codes.

We will continue to get our fiscal house in order, search for more savings, and, as we do so, seek to give added tax relief to our residents. This will require economic development as well.

An additional 300,000 square feet of commercial space will be available in the new year and will bring a much needed shot in the arm for our tax base whereby our revenue will increase by broadening our tax base—not raising taxes.

But we must also turn our attention to our two greatest assets: our senior citizens and our young people.

We will continue much needed renovations at Middlewood to ensure it serves us and future residents well for the next 20 years, and we will seek to find more affordable housing options for our seniors and young people.

This year, we will finally fix Street Community Center and give it a new life for all of our residents. And those renovations will continue into 2018.

We will tackle drainage projects like the Cranford Drive project by year’s end that was first contemplated over 20 years ago by Supervisor Holbrook. And we will pursue the long awaited Klein Avenue drainage improvements.

We will commence the rehabilitation at our historic Traphagen property and open it up to residents with walking trails and an outdoor area for concerts and the renovation of the two historic buildings on that property. We will also commence the West Nyack Revitalization project, which will bring much needed open space and beautifully landscaped parks to the people of that hamlet.

In 2017, we paved and fixed more roads than ever before, which allowed the town to finally move toward a 10-year paving plan. And we will continue.

We live in the greatest town in the greatest country, and I’m excited for the work ahead.  Together, we’re making Clarkstown a great place to live, work and raise a family.