(New City, NY) – Coldwell Banker Real Estate ranked the Town of Clarkstown number one on their list of Best Places to Live for ‘Booming Suburbs’ in New York State.
Coldwell Banker’s ‘Booming Suburbs’ ranking rated 1,500 communities, with populations greater than or equal to 22,275, based on increased year over year levels in employment and unemployment percentages below the national norm, along with a range of attributes that include access to suburban staples (grocery stores, banks, etc.) proximity to good schools, commuting by car and community safety.
“We are so proud of this wonderful honor,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack. “Clarkstown has various recreational and social opportunities for children and families, excellent schools, an active ‘Open Space’ program, and a host of community and civic organizations that work to keep our Town one of the best places to live.”
Gromack said that in recent years the town has reduced spending growth, consolidated government and maintained its tax stabilization fund. One thing Clarkstown has managed to excel at is attracting new businesses, most notably the Shops at Nanuet expected to open later this year.
The town maintains a AAA bond rating, the highest a municipality can receive, from Standard and Poor’s. Past consolidations include the Purchasing and Insurance departments, consolidating the three Town garages into one and the future Receiver of Taxes and Town Clerk. Clarkstown has also consistently been rated among the top ‘safest’ communities in the United States (CQ Press) and on CNN Money Magazines Best Places to Live list.
The town is not without its critics, especially as its school and town property taxes are among the highest in the country. Clarkstown police are regularly rated among the most highly paid municipal workers in the United States and the town government has a plethora of employees earning well over $100,000 annually.