Last week Clarkstown became one of 600 municipalities nationwide to sign the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreeement. The Town Board unanimously approved the agreeement, which commits participating towns to reducing carbon dioxide emmissions to 7 percent below the 1990 levels by 2012.
Clarkstown has been making some efforts in the past. Last year the town purchased six hybrid vehicles and signed on to an energy conservation plan. Two council members â€” Shirley Lasker and Frank Borelli â€” formed a committee to study energy conservation issues. The building department is looking into a updating the building code that would require all new residences to be built to Energy Star standards.
Supervisor Alex Gromack says the town is committed to protecting the environment. We’ll watch out for other measures the town will take to that end.
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Last week Tuesday was a fun day for the Heart of the Hudson Girl Scout Troop 40603. Seven girls were awarded with certificates for their efforts to improve recycling throughout Clarkstown.
The girls noticed that many public spaces in Clarkstown don’t have recycling bins. So they pitched an idea for officials to place bins at all parks, community centers and ball fields. They were honored by Clarkstown Supervisor Alexander Gromack, Councilwoman Shirley Lasker and Jo Anne Pedersen, the superintendent of the parks and recreation department. The recycling bins will appear at public spaces in the coming months.
The girls who were recognized were:
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Doug Hostetter, a Democrat running for Clarkstown Town Board, is planning a “Meet the Candidate/Campaign Fundraising Party” for Sunday, October, 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hostetter, whose top two issues are controlled spending and preserving the environment, is running alongside incumbent Shirley Lasker. The event is to be held at Kristi Zea’s house at 495 Mountainview Avenue in Valley Cottage. For more info on the Town Board race, look for my story later this month on lohud.com!
Also, looks like Howard Gerber, an incumbent Democrat who is running for Clarkstown Town Justice, is holding a similar event at Romolo’s Restaurant in Congers this Wednesday, October 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more info, call 845-267-5003. Gerber, who has worked in the legal field for some 25 years, has been a town justice since January. You can read more about him and his top issues in a story I wrote before the primaries, which can be found here.
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