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first Ward win!

Gearing Up for A Third Term

I am honored and humbled that the voters of the First Ward have resoundingly given me the opportunity to serve on the Town Council for four more years. The overwhelming level of support in such challenging times means a great deal to me. Please know that I remain committed to working with the First Ward residents and community groups that make Montclair so special. There is much to be done, but we are a resilient community, and together we will emerge from this pandemic to make Montclair an even greater place for us all.

Montclair 2020 Progress in Action slate received the unofficial results together on a Zoom call.

Montclair Election: Unofficial Results

Montclair unofficial municipal election results from May 12th posted on Essex County Clerk’s website projected a near victory for the entire Montclair 2020 Progress in Action slate. "Bill Hurlock took the First Ward with more than a 20 point lead, in the most definitive win of all the races."  Click HERE to read the full article on Baristanet. 

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Early Results in Historic Montclair Election

Early tallies from the first round of ballot-counting in the historic mail-in spring election in Montclair show incumbent councilor Bill Hurlock well ahead of his opponent. The final votes will be tallied until May 14 and official results announced on Friday, May 15, according to Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin. Click HERE to read full article on northjersey.com.

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  • I have had the privilege of representing the First Ward on the Montclair Town Council for the last eight years.
  • I have lived in Montclair for twenty-two years.
  • I am proud that my two children are graduates of the Montclair public school system.
  • I am running for office to continue to serve the people of Montclair - specifically the residents of the First Ward.
  • I advocated to maintain the Bellevue Avenue Library when there was a movement to close it.
  • I fought to maintain the historic designation of the Upper Montclair train station when New Jersey Transit and the State of New Jersey attempted to delist it.
  • I held quarterly meetings at the Bellevue Avenue Library branch where I worked closely with residents and community groups to engage in an active, but respectful, discussion about the issues most important to people.
  • I have been instrumental in ensuring that we paved and curbed more roads in the First Ward during the last eight years then were done in the last twenty-five.
  • I upgraded the windows and infrastructure of the Bellevue Avenue Library.
  • I re-drafted the Master Plan to prevent oversized development in the First Ward.
  • Much work has been done in First Ward parks: the Mountainside Park tennis courts and baseball field; the Tuers Park basketball courts and the walking paths in Yantacaw Brook Park. 
  • If re-elected, I would continue to address our debt, which impacts so many of the other issues in town. As a town, we have done remarkably well lowering the debt from $223 million to approximately $160 million in the last eight years. We initiated a policy whereby for every dollar we spend, at least three dollars of debt must be retired. In so doing, we attained a AAA bond rating - up from a AA-. This upgraded bond rating saves the Town millions of dollars on our debt service. These funds can then be used to fund infrastructure projects. We have also held the municipal tax rate steady - zero for the last two years. Most importantly, saving these monies also lowers the tax burden for all of our residents - ensuring that Montclair is affordable for everyone, which helps to maintain the character and diversity of our great town.
  • There is still more work to be done, but based on what we have done there is a firm foundation to continue!

1st Ward Councilor

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Last Call for Voters!

Today is election day! Please vote for me on line C. All ballots must be postmarked with today's date, May 12th, to count. Thank you!

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Municipal Election Candidates Forum

Thank you to the Montclair Public Library for sponsoring the candidates debate on May 7th. Great to have a platform to share my ideas before the May 12th election. 

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Property Tax Extension

I am so very pleased to lead the effort to extend property tax payments given the current pandemic. Montclair Council unanimously passed a resolution this evening to extend the Q2 property tax payment grace period to June 1. Council took immediate action to ensure the resolution was on tonight's agenda after the governor signed Executive Order 130 last week to allow this. To pay property tax bills online, visit the online payment portal HERE

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Bellevue Avenue Library Branch

Working with others, I advocated to maintain the Bellevue Avenue Library when there was a movement to close it and ensured that there was funding in place to upgrade the windows and infrastructure.

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Quarterly Ward Meetings

Since I have been in office, we held 31 ward meetings in eight years. We were scheduled for our 32nd this month, but the pandemic hit.

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This Your Uptown

Please see the following video by the Upper Montclair Business Association.

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Mayor Robert Jackson Endorsement

I am thrilled and honored that my friend and colleague Mayor Robert Jackson has endorsed me in my re-election bid to serve as the First Ward Councilor on the Montclair Town Council! 

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Upper Montclair Train Station

As First Ward Councilor, I fought to maintain the historic designation of the Upper Montclair train station when New Jersey Transit and the State of New Jersey attempted to delist it.

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Montclair 2020 Team Parade

Heading out to a Montclair 2020 Team Parade with my slate mates through our great town.

First Ward Debate-Montclair 2020 Election

Please see my debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Aging In Montlclair and Montclair Local.

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League of Women Voters Debate

Looking forward to the League of Women Voters debate on Wednesday April 22nd, 7-9pm. The forum will be broadcast live on TV34 and the township YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/767RGkTXQIM 

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Tested Leadership

During these uncertain times—now more than ever—we need tested leadership. Vote line C when your mail-in-ballot arrives before May 12th. 

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Supporting Local Businesses

In my role as First Ward Councilor, I support and promote the businesses in Upper Montclair with public/private partnerships. 

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Enhancing Local Infrastructure

During my time on office, I ensured that the First Ward receives its fair share of taxpayer funds to upgrade and enhance its infrastructure.

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Maintaining Parks and Athletic Fields

Since I have been in office, much work has been done in First Ward parks: the Mountainside Park tennis courts and baseball field; the Tuers Park basketball courts and the walking paths in Yantacaw Brook Park.

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Municipal Elections

Municipal Clerk’s Office is open 4:30 to 9pm for Late Night Voter Registration for Municipal Elections. Drop off registration forms through slot located in front of the building or call the Municipal Clerk’s Office for front door pick up at 973-509-4900.

Montclair 2020 Team Message

Our team is creating a brighter future for Montclair with proven leadership. 

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Vote By Mail

While we are all currently facing unprecedented events, please be advised that the Montclair Township May 2020 election will be conducted entirely through the mail. Please note that, per the Essex County Clerk, ballots will be mailed out to all current registered voters on April 21, 2020. To have your vote count the ballots must be returned and postmarked by May 12th or earlier. 

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Official 1st Ward Councilor Candidate

It’s official—I will be on the ballot May 12th for First Ward Councilor for the Montclair Municipal Election!

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Running for Re-Election in the 1st Ward

As many of you know, I have been considering whether to run for office in 2020. I have been very fortunate to have the support of so many. After careful consideration and deliberation I have decided to run for the First Ward Council seat on the Montclair Town Council. I hope that I may count on your support during my campaign. Thank you.