Local Officials Talk Local Business

Looking at local business as new store opens in New City


At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for , Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack spoke about how he thinks the revitalization of downtown New City is helping the local business community.

“I think our effort is encouraging new businesses,” he said. “We hear from new businesses all the time about possibly opening in New City, and I think a big reason why is because of our effort to improve New City.”

He said the revitalization project is aiming to make New City more walkable.

“We want people to come to New City and stay awhile,” he said. “If someone has to pick up a prescription here at Clarkstown Pharmacy, then they can easily walk to a number of restaurants close by for lunch.”

Gromack added that the new signs in the DeCicco's Marketplace shopping center, where Clarkstown Pharmacy is located, also give the shopping center a classy feel. He also said he and other local officials are constantly talking to community members and business owners to see how the construction on South Main Street is affecting them.

“Obviously there’s a lot of work being done, and we try to always keep at least two lanes flowing,” he said. “Sometimes the workers have to block entrances to shopping areas, but usually they don’t stay in those areas too long. It’s not like New Hempstead Road, where you can be stuck for a half hour. I think most people can see the beauty coming from the revitalization project so far.”

Legislator Ed Day was also at the ribbon-cutting, as well as doing some shopping at the new pharmacy, Wednesday morning, and he said it’s also good to see a new business open in the community. He added that he feels business is holding up well in New City, but it’s hard to figure out the trend of local business given the state of the economy.

“It’s really tough out there for business owners,” he said. “They’re really trying to succeed, and to do that a lot of them are trying to figure out how to evolve their businesses. I commend [Clarkstown Pharmacy owner] Andrew [Barrett] and all other business owners for sticking with it for the good of the community. As Main Street goes, I think, so do all the houses nearby.”

commonsense September 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Where is the sign for the dollar store(previously Blockbuster)? Please make them put something permanent up soon, not a plastic banner as they had in the past.
point of interest....the new drug store is located on property I do believe that is owned by" another owner"...they are two "2" separate parcels....and further more I do not believe Deciccos owns the other property...so why just advertise them??what about the eyeglass place or jewelers or resturants etc??rumor has it that a major drug chain bought the old drug store to effect higher sales for their place in new city.less competition!!!it seems to be that they never realized a new drug store owner would move in to a store close by the other shopping center..I always support small stores by the way.. lets not advertise just one food store when so many other small businesses are there
Debra Goldstein September 14, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The same stores on Main Street are still struggling and stores are still vacant with or without sidewalks. Gromack and the rest of the Town Board are clueless !!!
Clarkstown life September 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
What's your problem with DeCiccos.....I am sure it was mentioned because that's the major store there and they are a huge part of the community....are you still upset that the owner watered his lawn.....how sad for you
the joke of the year goes to"the revitization is making new city more walkable'???lol..you decimate beautiful trees....make the street look barren..put metal benchs all over and that is supposed to make a main strreet???seriously the tree kill you awl allowed is beyond comprehension.....way beyond...yet soo typical..and lifer in clarkstown..the drug store repeat is NOT in the mall the editor wrote about..lets stick to real facts....clarksclownville is overloaded with mis-information all the time..
fred September 14, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Wrong wrong wrong my family owns a restaurant on main st and business is better and customers love the new main st so thnks mr gromack and the town board
Kelly Castel September 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Fred is right, many closed businesses and storefronts have been rented and alot of the existing businesses are under new ownership, which is always good. Change and more importantly improvements of this magnitude take time and are usually inconvenient but in the end it will be well worth it. I give Alex Gromack and his board alot of credit for going ahead with the main street improvement project in spite of the bad economy and what it may of cost him in terms of residents/business feelings about inconvenience and lost revenue. Path of least resistance would of been to do nothing instead he implemented an improvement project that will benefit us all. When possible I try shop and dine locally and look forwarding to doing so at Clarkstown Pharmacy. We should all be supporting (when we can and that is a very personal decision) Mr. Barrett, DeCicco's, Rocco's, Dusty Rose, Things I love, LaTerrazza, etc., these are our neighbors and members of our community. It can't be easy opening businesses in direct competition with large chain companies. I applaud and appreciate you all.


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