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. For the last seven 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.
Participating in a Board of School Estimate meeting.
Presenting a proclamation to the Upper Montclair Business Association.