Presenting a proclamation to the Upper Montclair Business Association.
Participating in a Board of School Estimate Meeting
Located just twelve miles west of New York City, Montclair is truly where the suburbs meet the city. We are a vibrant and active community with much to offer. Montclair is a destination for many due to its arts and culture, restaurants and entertainment.
It was an honor to serve as Deputy Mayor from 2016-2017, and I am thrilled to have been elected again for 2020. For the last eight years, I served on the Montclair Board of School Estimate and the Finance Committee. We worked to reduce the Town's debt by over $40 million dollars. As a result, the Town's bond rating was upgraded twice from AA- to AAA, saving a great deal on our debt service. Recognizing we cannot sustain the large property tax increases we incurred prior to our administration, I worked tirelessly to control the municipal and school operating budgets - there was no increase in the municipal tax levy in 2014, 2018 and 2019. I worked closely with Federal, State and County officials for our Town and Ward.
I reconstructed many of the parks and paved over fourteen miles of roads and replaced 74,000 linear feet of curb in the First Ward - more in the last six years than during the last twenty. I secured funding for the restoration of the Bellevue Avenue Library. I led the effort to keep the Upper Montclair Train Station on the historic registry. I started the First Ward Beautification Day. As promised, I instituted quarterly Ward meetings where residents can meet with local officials to discuss the issues they feel are important. I work closely with the Upper Montclair Business Association, Yantacaw Brook Park Conservancy, Friends of the Bonsal Preserve and Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library for the betterment of our Ward.