WEST ORANGE, NJ – Mayors from Essex County met with New Jersey Sen. President Steve Sweeney, D-Salem and New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield to discuss issues in their communities.

The atmosphere was friendly at Mayfair Farms on Saturday as mayors met for the ninth annual breakfast sponsored by several local chambers of commerce. Mayors grabbed plates filled with scrambled eggs, bagels, bacon and fresh fruit and mingled with mayors from other towns both who they already knew and those they met for the first time.

The breakfast is meant to give mayors a more relaxed forum to talk with each other and guest speakers, who this year were two state-level politicians, about politics, taxes, housing and other issues affecting their towns.

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“We get to see how many issues overlap and how many do vary from town to town,” said Millburn Mayor Dianne Eglow, who attended the breakfast as a first-time mayor.

Eglow was appointed to the mayor position by members of the Millburn Township Committee in January.

She asked about issues involving the NJ Transit trains not leaving on time. Glen Ridge Mayor Stuart Patrick also asked about NJ Transit’s trains.

Bramnick explained that employee issues at NJ Transit like employees not showing up on time or staffing shortages could impact train service.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson asked about the state’s school funding formula.

“We should mandate every five years that we look at the school funding formula,” said Sweeney.

Check back for a full story and more photos from the breakfast event.