Candidate Statements

Vitale and Landrigan Point to Joint Accomplishments

Councilman Bob Landrigan and Councilwoman Carmela Vitale show off one of the signs that will be displayed in all Madison public parks reminding citizens that smoking is no longer permitted in any of our parks. Landrigan and Vitale co-sponsored the 2013 ordinance that specifically prohibits smoking in all Madison parks and recreational facilities.  Credits: David Luber

In a joint prepared statement, Madison Borough Council members and candidates for re-election in 2014, Carmela Vitale and Bob Landrigan describe a number of their joint accomplishments on council.

The candidates state, “We are proud of what we have accomplished together these past three years,  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 municipal taxes.”

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 that resulted in the release of $1.25 million in Green Acres funding to help pay for the 49 acre property off of Ridgedale Ave.

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Collaborating with the Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse (MAASA), 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.  Also in collaboration with MAASA, we supported an ordinance that prohibits smoking in public parks.

Together we also co-sponsored revisions to the borough noise ordinance that protects our residents from late night and early morning noise from construction activity.

In addition, with Bob heading the Master Plan committee for the Madison Recreation Complex (MRC), whose purpose is to identify and develop passive recreation projects at the complex, I served as the representative for Madison’s seniors on the committee.  As a result we now have walking trails that will accommodate the needs of seniors.”

Landrigan added “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 also both organized and supported efforts to aid the citizens of Union Beach that were so devastated by Superstorm Sandy.  And looking forward, Carmela and I will continue to work tirelessly for each and every Madison resident if re-elected.” 

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