April 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM
In a joint announcement, Councilwoman Carmela Vitale of Myrtle Ave. and Councilman Bob Landrigan of Cedar Ave. discuss their reasons for running together for Madison Borough Council.
The candidates state, “Although we were members of different political parties, we have worked together closely on Council these past two years. We both care deeply for this town with its great people, terrific amenities, and wonderful sense of community. Madison continues to be a great place to live in and raise a family, and we both want to keep it that way.
We are now both up for re-election and so we have chosen to run for re-election together. We both know the issues facing Madison do not carry party labels; they are simply Madison issues. Working together with the majority on Council, we have been able to maintain borough services, improve our roads and sewers, expand shared services, maintain Madison’s AAA credit rating, and all the while, we have controlled taxes. Last year we had a minimal 1.48% increase in the municipal tax rate and this year there will be no increase”
Vitale described a number of examples of how she and Landrigan have collaborated together to benefit Madison residents. “Together we had a very successful meeting back in 2012 with our local representatives in the New Jersey State Assembly, the State Department of Environmental Protection, and the Green Acres Commission. The result of which was the release of $1.25 million in Green Acres funding to help pay for the property off of Ridgedale Ave. where the Madison Recreation Center and 38 acres of passive recreation now stand.
We co-sponsored an underage drinking ordinance that would allow the police and courts to better address this ongoing problem. Now they can impose penalties without leaving the minor with a criminal record that could affect them for the rest of their life. We also co-sponsored revisions to the borough noise ordinance that protects our residents from late night and early morning noise from construction activity, and we supported an ordinance that prohibits smoking in public parks.”
Landrigan added that “In addition, Carmela and I co-sponsored an effort to set aside funds to assist Madison families that are displaced from their homes as a result of fires or other disasters.
We both agree that the most important part of our jobs as representatives of the people is to be exactly that, we must represent all the residents of Madison. We need to listen to their concerns, act on them and to have an honest dialogue if their concerns cannot be met. We want to maintain the services and amenities we have come to expect in a fiscally responsible and honest way. Together, Carmela and I will continue to work tirelessly for each and every Madison resident.”