SUFFERN, N.Y. -- In an effort to make Suffern a go-to destination, Mayor Ed Markunas said the village had recently formed the Downtown Development Committee that would also enhance the commercial tax base and bring vital economic impact to the village.
"The committee will work to attract new businesses, residents and visitors to reinvigorate the community. Suffern is the last suburban town before the mountains, and it offers the best of both worlds … city and country," Markunas said.
In addition to the new committee, the village is also working to improve relations with the Code Enforcement Department and local businesses and residents.
"One of the key drivers of my administration is to increase collaboration in and between our village departments, business owners and our residents. Without collaboration, Suffern will not be engaged at its fullest potential," he said. "We will continue enforcing code compliance within the business community and our home/property owners. With that, I value input from our community and see the necessity for re-evaluation. Bottom line, we are all looking to improve the quality of life in our village for those who have their homes here and/or those who make their living here."
The mayor added that code violations put first responders, as well and residents in dangerous situations, particularly through overcrowding. He said the village, along with the Police Department and code enforcers identified and charged numerous landlords and their tenants with overcrowded conditions.
"We will strive to maintain safe and secure living conditions for village residents. As for our business district, we look to join forces with business owners to build upon the charm, the character and the atmosphere of our village," he added.
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