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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2010


Supervisor Gromack and Councilwoman Hausner

Encourage Residents to Shop Downtowns

Launch email address to collect resident’s suggestions for small businesses


New City, NY - If you are already planning your shopping trips for the weekend after Thanksgiving, Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack and Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner say, “Downtown is the place to be.”


The Town recently completed the first phase of the revitalization of New City's Main Street and the weekend of Thanksgiving marks the last weekend for the New City Farmer's Market. The New City revitalization project is the fourth such project undertaken by Clarkstown, following the successful completion of the Congers, Nanuet and Valley Cottage Projects.  Plans for the revitalization of West Nyack and Central Nyack are moving ahead on schedule.


“Revitalizing our downtown shopping areas has had a significant and beneficial impact on our Town,” said Supervisor Gromack.  “Our residents love the new look and the vitality that these projects have brought to their hamlets. In addition to serving as vibrant small business centers, with neighborhood shops owned and operated by local merchants, the downtown centers are a meeting place for residents who understand the importance of supporting our local small business owners and operators. It has been a positive investment for shop keepers and residents.”


“Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, and throughout the holidays, it is a great time to get out and about our downtowns,” said Councilwoman Hausner.  “What better time to stroll down our main streets, visit our local merchants, eat at our local restaurants or just visit with some old friends. We may be less than 30 miles from the frenetic pace of New York City but a visit to one of our revitalized downtown centers with friends and family during the holidays reminds us of what it means to live in a great Town.”


Councilwoman Hausner spearheaded the launching of a new Town operated email account,, which will serve as a suggestion box for Clarkstown residents regarding what types of small businesses residents would like to see in the Town’s hamlet centers.


“Although we can't guarantee that any one business will end up in Clarkstown, suggestions from residents certainly gives the Town's Department of Economic Development a sense of 'what people want' in their downtowns,” said Supervisor Gromack, “and that will make the hamlets even more attractive to residents and more attractive to small business owners.”


Councilwoman Hausner stressed the importance of residents keeping their dollars in the Town by utilizing the 'downtowns'.  “While it is difficult for the small business owner to compete with the larger box stores, there is no replacing that 'neighborly' touch and friendly service you get when you shop locally and no denying that a dollar spent here in Clarkstown will do far more for our communities than a dollar spent someplace else,” said Councilwoman Hausner.


The Town has joined others in naming Saturday, November 27, 2010 as ‘Small Business Saturday’, a day where everyone comes together to support small businesses and preserve neighborhood character.  Some local retailers in Clarkstown will have promotions to coincide with ‘Small Business Saturday’.



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