MONTCLAIR, NJ - The first meeting of a task force created to study and provide insight into Montclair's response to COVID-19, will meet on Tuesday, Mayor Sean Spiller announced.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic public health and economic crises, Township organizer's state that the Mayor’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will be responsible for working alongside community stakeholders and liaisons from all levels of government to identify and implement solutions to provide support to Montclair residents, small businesses and nonprofits.

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will be co-chaired by Montclair residents David Pascrell and Shante Palmer and 23 other local stakeholders.

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Pascrell, who is an attorney and co-chair of the Government and Regulatory Affairs department at Gibbons P.C. said, “I am honored Mayor Spiller has asked me to serve on the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. I look forward to working with the Mayor, fellow task force members and residents to help jumpstart our recovery in Montclair."

Palmer is the Director of Government Relations at Montclair State University. She stated, “The Mayor’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will bring to bear the enormous talent, spirit and creativity of our community as we continue to combat the most pressing public health and economic crises of our time,” said Ms. Palmer.

Spiller said the ongoing and unprecedented nature of the Coronavirus pandemic led him to the creation of a specialized task force that will add to actions already taken including the awarding of $150,000 in small business grants, a $60,000 grant to Toni’s Kitchen to help meet demand, parking fee suspensions, deferral of property tax payments, an extensive contact tracing program administered by the Montclair Department of Health and Human Services, increased testing capacity in partnership with Essex County, and a new partnership with Governor Murphy’s office to provide more pre and post-holiday testing.

“The Coronavirus has upended virtually every aspect of our society. In the face of this unprecedented challenge, Montclair has answered with the compassion, ingenuity and resilience our township is known for. The COVID-19 Task Force will be laser-focused on identifying needs in our community, cultivating public/private partnerships, and reviewing the whole-of-government response to the Coronavirus pandemic to help Montclair robustly address this and prepare for future public health crises.”


The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force members include the following:

Shante Palmer, Co-Chair
David Pascrell, Co-Chair

Small Business

Lead - Raj Amin (Founder/Managing Director Teem Ventures)
Lynette Brubaker (Founder/CEO LHB Group)
Jonathan Echeverry (Owner Paper Plane Coffee Company)
Eliot Mosby (Owner Montclair Diner)
Maureen Parker (Director Equity Finance Division - Bank of America)


Lead - Ed Remsen (Former Mayor of Montclair)
Anne Mernin (Executive Director of Toni’s Kitchen)
Jeff Plaut (Partner Global Strategy Group)
Albert Pelham (President Montclair NAACP)
Rev. Ann Ralosky (First Congregational Church)

Community Stakeholders

Lead - Roger Terry (Former Montclair Deputy Chief of Police)
David Placek (Managing Partner BDP Holdings, LLC)
Reginald Jenkins, Jr. (Partner Chasan, Lamparello, Mallon & Cappuzzo)
Don Zief (Former Montclair Third Ward Councilor)


Deb Cornavaca (Deputy Chief of Staff - Governor Murphy)
Ira Karasick & Brian P. Scantlebury (Montclair Township Representatives)
Damen Cooper (Montclair Public Schools Representative)
Jason Gleason (Montclair Business Improvement District)
Zina Floyd (South End) & Paul Giordano (Upper Montclair) (Business District Leaders)
Representatives from Rep. Payne & Rep. Sherrill’s Offices