Supervisor, Town of Clarkstown.
George Hoehmann was elected Town Supervisor in November 2015 and officially took office on January 1, 2016. Dedicated to public service and promising a more accountable government, George has made reducing government spending a priority of his Administration. To date, George and the Town Board have cut over $1 Million in salaries, not including over $350,000 in added benefits. In addition, George and the Town Board have reduced or eliminated compensation for the Town’s Boards and Commissions.
Previously, George served as a Town Councilman from 2009 – 2015. He was appointed to the Clarkstown Town Board to fill a vacancy, left open by the resignation of the late Councilman Mandia. Later that year, George was elected to a four-year term, as Councilman and re-elected 4 years later, receiving the most votes out of all candidates.
As Councilman, George devoted his tenure to innovation and fiscal discipline for the Town. He proposed the “File of Life”, a program designed to improve access to medical care information for first responders for seniors and persons with medical conditions. He proposed “Project Lifesaver”, a tracking device worn by persons in danger of wandering, especially those with dementia, or autism, that enables the police to more quickly recover these persons. George is very proud of the fact that several rescues have occurred in Clarkstown protecting the most vulnerable.
In 2014, a groundbreaking, large-scale solar field proposed by George was opened on a landfill in West Nyack. This 13-acre site now contains over 8,000 solar panels creating green energy which will result in a long-term savings of over $4,000,000 to the taxpayers. In addition, this project was accomplished through a public/private partnership where the private developer covered all the installation and maintenance costs of the project.
George has worked hard to save the taxpayers money in other areas, as well
Since 2013, George has served as the President the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation, whose mission includes educating and certifying land use board members across all of Rockland County.
George was raised in West Nyack by parents Barbara and Howard Hoehmann. He resides in Nanuet with his wife Catherine and three children Ashleen, Thomas and Ciara. George attended Clarkstown schools including Bardonia and West Nyack Elementary, Felix Festa Middle School and Clarkstown South High School. While at South, George was a member of the varsity football and winter and spring track teams.
Upon graduation, George attended Cathedral College in Douglaston, Queens and graduated with a BA in Philosophy and a Minor in History. He attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers and received a MA in Ecclesiastical History and a Masters in Divinity as well as a BA in Theology, by affiliation, from the University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy.
George was ordained as a Deacon in 1991 and then a Priest in 1992. George worked for the Catholic Guardian Society as an administrator of an eighteen-person residence for persons with developmental disabilities in the South Bronx. He opened up four residences in Manhattan and the Bronx. Eventually, George moved on to work as the Director of Services for individuals with developmental disabilities at Abbott House, headquartered in Irvington. While in this position, he began an ambitious plan that tripled the size of the program, opening new day programs and residences in Rockland, Westchester and the Bronx.
Continuing his desire to serve, George was recruited by Camp Venture, where he held the position of Assistant Executive Director and later Chief Operating Officer. While COO at Venture, George restructured the day services division, cut operational expenses and led the development efforts of the Senator Morahan and Ken Freson Equestrian Center, an 18,000 square foot building that houses the therapeutic riding program. Additionally, George led the award winning greening efforts that received statewide recognition by implementing solar power on numerous buildings including the first solar powered community residences out of 6,000 in all of New York State.
Prior to his election as Supervisor, George was the Executive Director of the Rockland Independent Living Center located in New City. There he expanded the agency’s budget by fifty percent and dramatically increased the scope of services. George led the way for advocacy for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans in Rockland County. He served on several regional, statewide and national committees, and he was appointed by the Board of Regents to serve on the Board of NYSILC. He was elected as the Vice President of the NYAIL and was nominated by three successive New York State Governors and approved by the Legislature to serve on the Board of Visitors for the Rockland State Children’s Psychiatric Center.