HACKENSACK, NJ -- On Wednesday, Jerome Lombardo announced his retirement from chairmanship of Hackensack's Main Street Business Alliance. Bryan Hekemian, a longtime board member and Hackensack business owner, will assume the duties of Chairman of the Alliance.

“Hackensack thanks Jerry Lombardo for his 15 years of service to the Hackensack community, and wishes him a happy retirement," said Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. "Under Jerry’s guidance, the Main Street [Business] Alliance has helped form important public-private partnerships that have boosted our local economy, increased recreation activity, and consistently delivered important feedback from the community. The Main Street Alliance has been an invaluable partner in our Downtown redevelopment which is bearing fruit, increasing everyone’s property values and the City’s tax ratables."

He continued, "Jerry has consistently shared our belief that we can Hackensack’s renaissance is attainable, and can again be the engine that drives Bergen County. Specifically, he was instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands in private donations to make renovations to the former Masonic temple at 102 State St. which has allowed HACPAC to become a major draw for the arts community across the tri-state area. The incoming Chairman, Bryan Hekemian, is a longtime Hackensack resident and business owner who understands the unique advantages and challenges our Downtown district faces. He has big shoes to fill, but I am confident he is the right man for the job and am proud to welcome him aboard.”

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Formed in 2004, the Special Improvement District (SID) has worked continuously with each City Council with the goal of restoring Hackensack's once-great business district. In the process, Hackensack's City government moved to enact new, state-of-the-art Downtown zoning and ordinances that have resulted in nearly 2,500 new housing units that are presently approved or under construction. Lombardo mentioned planning and zoning forward and in particular thanked present Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino and current city council for their tremendous commitment to the downtown area, which he says will benefit the entire Hackensack community.

"I fully expect the City of Hackensack will soon revive Hoboken and Jersey City for residents who want a live, work, and play environment that offers more affordable living in an ideal location," said Lombardo. 

Lombardo plans to stay active in the Alliance, focusing on community relations and actively participate in the SID's continued coordination with the City government.