Councilmen Chris Hillmann & Steven Reyngoudt have sent their FIRST STEPS action plan to the entire governing body of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.

“We feel that it is important to outline a few basic things our town should be doing in the face of this pandemic to keep people safe and be financially smart,” said Councilman Hillmann. “There’s so much more that we should and can be doing, but it’s time we show our neighbors that we are acting in their best interest.”

“As our residents cope with joblessness and tough decisions on how to make their family budgets work, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we rely on their money to make our town run as well,” said Councilman Reyngoudt. “We need to do all we can to keep people in their homes and avoid a deterioration of the quality of life Aviators enjoy.”

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The five-point FIRST STEPS plan proposed by Councilmen Hillmann & Reyngoudt includes:

  • They will forgo pay until the crisis ends. They have asked their Republican counterparts to join them.
  • They are calling for a reduction in interest by half on late tax payments. Reducing interest rate from a high of 18% to 9%.
  • They ask other municipal employees who may be financially stable to join in a voluntary reduction of pay.
  • They ask that Chief Colaneri station the Class 3 officers at school fields and tennis courts to ensure social distancing.
  • They call for the postponement of turf and track replacement at Depken Field until 2021.

This list is not an exhaustive list and the Councilmen ask that other ideas be sent to them. You can reach them at:

“We hope that all our family, friends, and neighbors will continue to be healthy and are able to stay in their homes following this economic downturn,” said Councilman Hillmann. “We just know that we can be doing more to help Hasbrouck Heights and this is our first step.”