MADISON - Candidates for re-election to Borough Council Councilwoman Carmella Vitale and Council President Bob Landrigan and the Madison Democratic committee invite the public to their campaign kick-off picnic on Sunday, September 14 from 1:30 to 4 PM at the home of Marianne McConnell at 142 Ridgedale Avenue. 

The candidates stated, “We look forward to celebrating our official re-election campaign kick-off with Madison residents and hope that many of you can join us.  We expect that Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, and Assemblyman John McKeon will be attending, as will Democratic candidate for Congress Marc Dunec, Mayor Bob Conley, Councilman Ben Wolkowitz and Councilwoman Astri Baillie. ”

“A suggested donation of $25 per person or $35 per couple is requested of attendees,” said Madison Democratic Committee Chairwoman Maureen Byrne. “Donations can be made at the door or can be sent to Mike Hilgendorff, Treasurer, 16 Carteret Ct., Madison N.J. 07940. Checks are preferred to cash and they should be made out to Friends for the Re-election of Vitale and Landrigan. “

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Carmela Vitale is a life-long resident of Madison as well as a local business woman.  Vitale has a long record of service to the community and has served three terms on Madison Borough Council. 

Vitale is Chairperson of the borough’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and served two terms as President of the Madison Board of Health.  She is Membership Chairperson for the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, Vice Chair of the Madison Affordable Housing Authority, and is Madison’s representative on the County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee.  She currently serves on the Utility Strategic Planning Committee, is a long-time member of the Thursday Morning Club, and together with Bob Landrigan was a member of the borough’s Green Village Road School Sale Committee.

Bob Landrigan I grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Newark, NJ when he married his wife Donna, 32 years ago.  They moved to Madison in 1993.

In 2011 Landrigan was elected to the Madison Borough Council and currently serves as Council President.  He is also President of the Madison Board of Health and a member of Madison Rotary.

Landrigan is a long-time member of the Madison Ambulance Corps where he served five terms as the Corps President.  He is also certified as a Madison Auxiliary Police Officer and serves as

the Coordinator of the Madison Office of Emergency Management.   Working with Borough agencies and officials, he managed Madison’s response through Hurricane Irene, the October 2011 Snow Storm and Super Storm Sandy. To date, he has negotiated almost $2 million in FEMA reimbursements for the town.  

Byrne concluded that “all Madison friends and residents are invited to come and meet Carmela Vitale, Bob Landrigan, Bob Conley, Astri Baillie, Ben Wolkowitz, Mila Jasey, John McKeon, and Mark Dunec at our kick-off picnic on Sunday, September 14th from 1:30 to 4 PM at 142 Ridgedale Avenue.  Please do come and join us”