The 2012 Pride of Clarkstown Award winners have been announced by the town board, which will formally present the honor at its 8 p. m. meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The seventh annual Pride of Clarkstown program recognizes outstanding commercial properties and community commitment in nine categories.
Nominations of businesses that make significant investments in their properties come from individuals and civic organizations. The goal is recognize firms whose upgrading improves the look of their business and the community as a whole.
Pride of Clarkstown Committee members Councilman and Town Board Liaison George Hoehmann, Chairman Scott Milich, David Kaminski, Irene Ryan, Donald Ritch and Shirley Washington selected the following winners:
- Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape in New City for Adopt-a-Spot of Congers for the Community Project Category
- Safe Harbour Group, Ltd. in New City for the Professional Office Category
- Jimmy’s on Main of Nanuet for the Food/Hospitality Category
- Jewish Community Campus Rockland (JCC Rockland) in West Nyack for the Non-Profit Category
- Kohl Industrial Park of Congers for the Industrial Category
- Red Hill Nursery in New City for the Small Business Category
- Grand Prize Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Nanuet for the Shopping Center/Retail Category
- John Mini Distinctive Landscapes in Congers for the Service Business Category
- A posthumous award will be presented in Dorie McMaster’s name for the Civic Pride Category
In 2006, Supervisor Alex Gromack and the town board established the program and a committee under the leadership of the late Clarkstown Councilman Ralph Mandia. The committee’s volunteer members accept nominations, separate them various categories and after review select the winners.
“The committee of volunteers visited every nominated site and met numerous times to carefully choose winners in each category,” said Hoehmann. “If Ralph were here today, he would be most proud of the efforts of these business owners who truly are the Pride of Clarkstown.”
Town officials noted the awards serve as an incentive to business owners to make their property look beautiful and with the hope that it will inspire others to do the same. Since its inception businesses have beautified their establishments in a unique public/private partnership that does not involved taxpayer money and increases civic pride throughout Clarkstown.
“These businesses have proven their commitment to the Town and our community by making such beautiful enhancements to their properties, thus promoting revitalization of all areas in our Town,” said Gromack
The award program coincides with the town’s downtown revitalization efforts, which started in 2004 to encourage pedestrian activity, investment in local businesses and civic pride. Clarkstown completed revitalization projects in Congers, Nanuet, Valley Cottage and Phase I and II of New City. Phase III of New City and Central Nyack will continue this year and the revitalization project for West Nyack is in the planning stages.