MORRISTOWN, NJ When Mayor Tim Dougherty declared August 16, 2014 “Bill Byrne Day” in the Town of Morristown because of Byrne’s advocacy and service to those with developmental disabilities the mayor had no idea that it was so encouraging amongst people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Now, Byrne, a member of the Morris Arc, has nominated Mayor Dougherty for the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project’s Heroes Award.

On Saturday, April 18, Mayor Dougherty will be honored with the award at the organization’s 10th Annual Spring Into Action luncheon, being held at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave., Somerset from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Byrne’s nomination of Mayor Dougherty included many of the reasons that he felt Dougherty was the best person to receive the award. He highlighted the Mayor’s work in the town on issues that promote self-advocacy, like his passion and interest in pedestrian safety. Byrne also highlighted that the Mayor always takes the time to meet with the president of the Morris ARC to ensure their concerns are met in Morristown and throughout the state on major issues.

“I am humbled and honored to not only have been nominated for this award, but to also be able to receive it,” says Mayor Dougherty. “I believe in the rights of all citizens to be afforded a community that allows them to be self-sufficient, and I feel a responsibility to work towards that goal. It is a pleasure to work with Bill, and his passion and energy inspire me every day.”

According to Byrne, “Mayor Dougherty inspires others, he is understanding and mellow, responsible and a man of his word. His encouragement helps me to continue my advocacy work for a better community, knowing that I have a partner in the Morristown Mayor’s office.”