When I ran for a seat on the Borough Council for a second non-consecutive term in 2015, I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Chatham Courier. In their endorsement, the Courierstated “we endorse Resto enthusiastically and are expecting even greater things from him.” I believe I have delivered on that challenge and stand for re-election to a third term as your Councilman.
By way of background, I am a graduate of New Jersey City University with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. I retired in 2016 from a 42 year career in insurance and risk management and went on to pursue my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University at the age of 63. Aside from my Council duties, I am President of the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, an active participant in the Gen Y Job Networking Group and serve on the Morris County Board of Transportation and Strategic Planning Commission.
I am running to continue my record of achievement such as the following, just to mention a few:
- Helping create the Municipal Pipeline Group (MPG) to keep Pilgrim Pipeline out of Chatham thus protecting our water supply.
- Successfully obtaining a $93,710 grant from the Morris County Park Commission to revitalize Shepard Kollock park and the Historic Riverside Trail
- Pushing for a renewed capacity study at the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting, our shared wastewater treatment plant. The revised study revealed we’ll need to spend approximately $8.5 Million in capacity upgrades.
- Being a leader on transit issues, especially rail transit. I’ve pushed for bridge repairs at Fairmount, Hillside and Washington Aves, replacement of train platforms and having the station open during off-hours.
- Being a voice of inclusivity to ensure all Chatham resident embrace our diversity. Our diversity is our strength.
- Speaking out and having our Council pass a request to our elected representatives in Trenton and Washington for common sense gun laws.
- I’ve been a voice for ending the stigma associated with mental illness. I’ve been co-chair of the “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walks and their top fundraiser.
- Succeeded in working with our Environmental Commission to secure Silver Re- certification in our Sustainable Jersey Program
We have numerous challenges ahead of us. We need to work together on the redevelopment of Post Office Plaza and the revitalization of our downtown. We need to determine how we can reduce waste at the source so as to improve our environment. I will continue to be a pragmatic, common sense individual who listens to our residents and involves them in the process. I am one to find common ground, build upon that and forge partnerships that get things done. My background will continue to serve Chatham well.
I humbly ask for your support.