LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Councilman William “Bill” Liess served at his last Township Council meeting on Dec. 17 and was honored for his 13 dedicated years of service. Freeholder Director Cassandra Lazzara and Mayor James Damiano, along with the Township Council members, presented Liess with a plaque for his dedication and successful career.
Liess started his career as a history teacher in Clifton in the 80s, and in 1985 began serving as Clifton’s Superintendent of Schools, a position he held for 17 years. He has served as a councilman from January 2005 to December 2010, and again in January 2015 to December 2018. Liess has dedicated his life’s work to public service serving as a member of the Finance Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Regional Flood Board, Local Emergency Management Council, and chairman of Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.
“Today is my last day being a councilman," he said. "The experiences over the years of serving as a councilman have been the times I enjoyed most of all. My decision to step aside is based on my interest to serve the senior residents of Little Falls to organize activities, and I will work to expand current activities that are best for everyone.”
Liess will continue to serve as chair of the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and is excited to work on developing and creating events and activities dedicated specifically for the betterment of the township’s senior citizens and their needs.
Councilwoman Maria Cordonnier shared her experiences working alongside Liess.
“After a long and successful career, it has been my honor to have served the council and campaigned with you as you have always been supportive and willing to teach," she said. "Your commitment to civic duty and your long history of involvement is a model that others will follow. I thank you.”
Councilman Christopher Vancheri congratulated Liess on his special night along with an extraordinary and successful career.
“It has been a privilege to have sat next to you, as you have been a tremendous asset to this council, always being there to offer advice and suggestions," he said. "As you start a new journey doing great work with our senior residents, as you have already done over the years, you will continue to help this town move forward like it has been in the last few years.”
Joseph Wenzel, township attorney, shared a piece of Liess’s long history of civic duty. Liess was Superintendent of Schools in Clifton where Wenzel grew up and attending grade school.
“It is no surprise today, to see the residents of the township love Bill Liess, because he is an absolute gentlemen and public servant serving with authority and quiet dignity, and those are qualities that no one can learn, and they are in Bill Liess’s bones, and to witnessing his quiet dignity serve as a beacon for the entire township,” he said.
Mayor Damiano and the council presented Liess with a plaque inscribed with his years of public service.
“I, personally, am eternally grateful for what Bill has done," Damiano said. "I may have never run for council in 2012 and again in 2014, and then for mayor in 2016, without Bill’s persistence and encouragement.”
The plaque reads, “William C. Liess, Township Council January 2005 to December 2010. January 2015 to December 2018 serving as a member of the Finance Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Regional Flood Board, Local Emergency Management Council and Chair of Senior Citizen Advisory Committee for your dedication to your community and a recognition of your outstanding commitment for Little Falls.”
Freeholder Lazzara, on the behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders for the County of Passaic, joined the council members in presenting Liess with the plaque publicly recognizing his service and for his dedication to the community. Lazzara recounted the experiences she shared when campaigning with Liess over the years stating, “Little Falls is truly a lucky town to have someone as focused and dedicated as you.”
“Let it be proclaimed that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the county of Passaic extends its sincere best wishes for Liess for continued success, good health, and happiness and we look forward to continuing our work together,” Lazzara stated.