In a very strong show of solid support, Republican leaders and dignitaries from across Rockland County attended the much anticipated announcement by Clarkstown Council member George Hoehmann that he will be a candidate for Supervisor on the Town of Clarkstown to unseat long-time incumbent Alex Gromack.
Hoehmann said this was a move rare in the history of Clarkstown politics for a sitting town councilman to come forward and challenge an incumbent supervisor. It was over 30 years ago that a sitting Republican Clarkstown Councilmember, Holbrook, challenged an incumbent, Dusanenko.
Rockland County Republican Chairman Lawrence Garvey introduced Rockland County Executive Ed Day, who expressed his full support and endorsement for Mr. Hoehmann. Day was followed by Legislative Minority Leader Cris Carey, who was filled with exuberance at Hoehmann’s announcement. Standing alongside him was Legislator Lon Hofstein who pledged his support, Highway Superintendent candidate, Frank DeZenzo, and Town Board candidate, John Noto along with Councilman Frank Borelli. Borelli and Hoehmann have both proposed reforms that resonate with voters as kitchen table issues aimed to better manage the Town’s exploding budget.
Rounding out the array of Republican dignitaries, well-wishers and supporters were Councilman Hoehmann’s wife, son, daughter and his sister, who although suffering from a rare form of cancer, made an arduous trip from Orange County to support her brother. In attendance, were Candidate for Legislative District 11, Laurie Santulli, Candidate for Town Justice, Kimberly Sofia, Clarkstown Republican Chairman Ralph Sabatini, and Anthony Melé, Vice- Chairman of the Latino National Republican Coalition of New York State.
GOP Chairman’s Sabatini, Garvey and Melé agreed to confer after the GOP convention nominations process later this month to work toward getting candidates elected. Chairman Garvey stated; ” We need everyone to bring out 20 or more voters.”
Hoehmann’s speech waxed poetic, conveyed genuine sincerity, was soft spoken and oozed confidence. The audience included many familiar citizens who regularly attend and speak out at Clarkstown’s Town Hall meetings. The consensus was they intend, without hesitation to work to unseat the incumbent and replace him with George Hoehmann.
The ‘Who’s Who’ attendance of so many top Rockland County Republican leaders at this announcement accented the solidarity of the new Republican Party and need for cross party appeal to our friends and colleagues in the Democratic Party to join with us in working to change the direction in Clarkstown.