About George Hoehmann
George Hoehmann was elected Town Supervisor in November 2015 in a landslide, upset victory seen as a referendum for positive change, added transparency and more accountability to the taxpayers and residents of Clarkstown. He officially took office on January 1, 2016.
Prior to his election as Supervisor, 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. He was re-elected 4 years later, receiving the most votes out of all candidates.
George has brought innovation and fiscal discipline to the town. He proposed the “File of Life” a program designed to improve access to information on medical care by 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. He proposed the adoption of a process to create a multi-year fiscal plan to reign in spending. In, 2014, George offered an alternative budget that cut expenses by $1,800,000. As a result of this effort, the final budget eventually passed by the town board did not take funding from the town’s reserve funds to cover operating expenses. It was the first time in 10 years that the town’s reserve funds had not been used to cover operational costs.
He proposed the consolidation of the Receiver of Taxes with the Town Clerks office that is saving $500,000 annually and supported the consolidation of town garages. In addition he has proposed the consolidation of purchasing with county government to improve efficiency, provide transparency and save money.
George has always supported term limits including sponsoring the resolution in 2011 that was blocked by the majority and then supporting and voting to implement it in 2014 for Clarkstown. He has proposed a referendum to implement a ward system to improve town government representation.
George serves as the President the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation since 2013,with the task of educating and certifying land use board members across all of Rockland County. He also serves as the Chairman of the Special Board for the Comprehensive Plan that is tasked with implementation of the award winning comprehensive plan.
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 Elmenmentary, 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 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 developmentally disabled persons 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 the developmentally disabled at Abbott House headquartered in Irvington. While in this position, he began an ambitious program that tripled the size of the program, opening new day programs and residences in Rockland, Westchester and the Bronx. Throughout his career since 2000 George has also served as a part time adjunct professor at various schools, colleges and Universities. These have included Bergen Community College, Montclair State University and Rockland Country Day School among others. In addition he frequently guests lectures to school groups about public service and Town sponsored environmental initiatives.
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 on numerous buildings including the first solar powered community residences out of 6,000 in all of New York State.
Just 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 lead the way for advocacy for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans in Rockland County. He served on several regional, statewide and national committees, 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.