James Belford Damiano is a lifelong resident of Little Falls. He currently serves on the Little Falls Township Council, a position he has held since being elected in 2014. Since being elected to the Township Council, Councilman Damiano has fought for increased transparency and the stabilization of taxes by increasing township revenues. Prior to being elected to the Township Council, Mr. Damiano served as a member of the Passaic Valley High School Board of Education, a position he was elected to in 2009. Growing up, Mr. Damiano attended the Little Falls Public Schools and Passaic Valley High School. Thereafter, Mr. Damiano received dual Bachelor’s degrees from Roger Williams University where he majored in both Legal Studies and Psychology. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall School of Law. Since graduating from Law School, Mr. Damiano has been an active member of his family’s Law Firm, Damiano Law Offices, located on Main Street in Little Falls where he specializes his practice in the area of Family Law. In this field, Mr. Damiano frequently works with people who are the subject of Domestic Violence, and children who have suffered from abuse. In the past, James served as a role model for the children of Little Falls through his involvement with the local DARE program as well as Hero’s and Cool Kids where he taught children about the dangers of drugs. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach in the Little Falls Recreation Program for baseball, and basketball. In 2013, James married his High School sweetheart Karen, and in 2015, they had their first child together, Olivia, who is now 18 months old. Councilman Damiano is seeking to be elected as Mayor in the Township of Little Falls. If elected to this position, he intends to neutralize the town’s taxes by instituting Zero Based Budgeting, ensuring that there is no wasteful spending in the Township’s budget. Additionally, Councilman Damiano intends to increase the Township’s transparency by holding adequate meetings and increasing the public’s opportunity to voice their opinions at meetings. Mr. Damiano has also vowed to ensure that the Township takes all reasonable steps to alleviate future flooding, while ensuring that the residents who require flood insurance can obtain it at a reasonable cost. Councilman Damiano is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the Township as its Mayor if elected on November 8, 2016.
A twenty-eight year resident of Little Falls,Anthony Sgobba is married to his lovely wife, Marie and together they have beautiful twin children, Phillip and Nicole. He graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1982 and, in 1986, received a B.S. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Anthony is a successful local business owner, as co-owner of Sgobba Monument Works for the past thirty years. Mr. Sgobba is currently seeking a position on the Township Council. He has an understanding of varying and divergent views on public issues, having served on numerous committees and civic associations, such as the Little Falls Environmental Commission, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, and the towns's 9/11 committee. Additionally, Mr. Sgobba has held elected positions and is currently serving on the Passaic Valley Board of Education as Chairman of the Policy Committee, President of the Great Notch Association, Vice President of the Monument Builders of New Jersey, and currently, is a trustee of the Little Falls Library. He has also served his community on the Little Falls Board of Education. Mr. Sgobba will bring valuable small business experience to the council. His goals for the township of Little Falls are to strengthen it's fiscal outlook, combat speeding, and secure the safety of all township residents.
++++++Maria Martini Cordonnier+++++
When Maria and her husband Pascal moved to Little Falls 16 years ago, they were looking for a welcoming community with a “home town” feeling. They found it in Little Falls. They loved the idea of living in a town with its own water fall and Historic Morris Canal Greenway and other nearby Passaic county parks and open spaces. Both Maria and her husband are animal lovers and will always have a rescue pet as part of their family. As a result of her deep commitment to protecting our parks and open spaces, Ms. Cordonnier was appointed to - and currently serves on - the Passaic County Open Space Advisory Commission. Ms. Cordonnier has also served on the Little Falls Ethics Committee and the committee to evaluate productive uses for the old police station. Her community activities also include serving as president of the Little Falls Democratic Club and as a member of the Democratic Committee representing District 7. Ms. Cordonnier also serves her community as a member of the Passaic Valley Rotary Club, a service-orientated organization both locally and internationally. She is a long time member of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, a non-partisan organization that encourages voting and participation in government. It is Maria’s love of her Little Falls community that has motivated her to serve her community and to run for town council. Maria Cordonnier is a graduate of Hofstra University, majoring in Speech Arts and Communication. She was elected to the prestigious Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities. Ms. Cordonnier has 25 years’ experience as a Senior Executive in Sales/Marketing in the garment industry. Her responsibilities included managing personnel, overseeing product development, supply chain distribution and business development at numerous multimillion dollar companies. Ms. Cordonnier would bring this expansive business experience, as well as the ability to work with people, to her role as Councilperson. Recently, Ms. Cordonnier moved on to the next phase in her career and became a licenced Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Group. Maria and her husband are also partners in Cordonnier Contracting, a local home renovations and remodeling company. Maria Cordonnier believes in service and has a great desire to serve the residents Little Falls as their Councilperson. Her areas of interest for Little Falls includes expanding senior services and programs, open space, and flood control. Maria will bring her business experience and commitment to community to the job of Little Falls councilperson and help to bring a Brighter Future to Little Falls.