NUTLEY, NJ - The first candidate for the open seat on the Nutley Board of Commissioners announced their intent to run for office.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners consists of five elected members who oversee the Township of Nutley's five departments. The departments are Department of Public Works, Revenue and Finance, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety, and Public Affairs. The current commissioners are Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli, Thomas Evans, Mauro Tucci, Alphonse Petracco, and Steve Rogers, Four of the commissioners have announced their intent to run for re-election. Steven Rogers, a proponent of term limits, announced that he will not seek re-election in 2020.
Christopher Cullari, a 41-year-old Spring Garden resident, set up a campaign website ahead of the Spring 2020 election. The entrepreneur and real estate investor has been resident of Nutley since 2004. He is a married father of two girls who attend Spring Garden and John H. Walker Middle School in the Nutley Public Schools system.
Cullari states that "I believe we should be more aggressive in the redevelopment of the On3 site, while being responsible in not over burdening our schools and not negatively affecting the quality of life we have here in Nutley." He also understands the major challenge facing the school district: "The main contributor to overcrowding in our schools is not the number of new apartments being built, but rather generational turnover and an aging population that’s leaving Nutley, in favor of places with a lower cost of living. The end result is that younger families are moving in to fill the void. These younger families are simply trying to enjoy the quality of life as well as the excellent school system that Nutley provides."
Cullari has attended BOC meetings, and recently addressed the governing body seeking more information about Prism's On3 redevelopment project of the former Roche North American headquarters site.
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