WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Cub Scout Pack 31 welcomed Mayor Keith Kazmark as a visitor at a recent meeting. The boys had prepared questions to ask the mayor, to learn about him and his job running their town.
Kazmark noted to the boys that he initially studied to be a teacher before becoming involved in politics, first being elected to the Borough Council in 2002, serving three terms for nine years total, and then as mayor in 2012, a position he has served since.
Being asked what was tough about his job, the response was "saying no."
"The hardest thing is to have to say no to a resident," he said. "When you're not able to help someone."
The boys learned about Kazmark's full time job, as clerk of nearby Elmwood Park, where he runs the day-to-day operations for the town there.
Kazmark has been a resident of the borough since he was 5. Growing up, he was involved in youth council in middle school, was a camp counselor, camp director, as well as a coach.
"What's it like to be mayor," asked Cub Scout Nick Domicoli.
"It's busy," he stressed, citing his schedule for that day in particular, which included: dropping his children off at school, an 8:30 a.m. meeting in Woodland Park, work in Elmwood Park from 9 until 12 noon, back to WP town hall for an emergency management meeting on the upcoming snowstorm, back to Elmwood Park for the rest of the afternoon, visiting the scouts, live broadcast of storm info at WP town hall at 6:30 p..m., two meetings after that followed by a stop at a fundraising dinner at The Brownstone in Paterson.