WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Mayor Keith Kazmark hosted a victory celebration for three council incumbents and officially announced his campaign for reelection last night at the Westmount Country Club.
Over 250 people attended the event including dozens of state, county and local officials, local and Passaic Valley Board of Education members and school superintendents, Police Chief Anthony Galietti and over a dozen local police officers, Elmwood Park Mayor Robert Colletti, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano and members of the Little Falls Council, as well as other officials from area municipalities including Bloomfield, North Arlington and Parsippany.
Master of ceremonies and Passaic Valley High School Board of Education member Sam Yodice introduced Councilman Joe Spinelli, Councilman Gary Holloway and Councilwoman Rita Pascrell, who were reelected in November.
“West Paterson could not be in better hands,” said New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie of the incumbents. “Still, you need to have an outstanding leader, which you are fortunate to have.
“I’ve worked with Keith since he was a college student. This is a celebration of the past, but also of the future with Keith as mayor, and I’m pleased to see this outstanding crowd. It shows you believe in him like I do.”
Kazmark, who serves as municipal clerk in Elmwood Park, was brought to the podium by Mayor Damiano, who said that he has never seen someone “who is in more places in one time.”
“Keith makes me look lazy,” he laughed.
After acknowledging his wife Lauren, children Alexander and Caroline, family, and running mates, he took to the podium to announce his campaign.
“I could not be more proud to stand before you after five years,” he said. “Serving as mayor has been one of the highest privileges and honors of my lifetime.”
The mayor noted noting the continued economic growth in town, including the opening of Christmas Tree Shops and World Market coming in the summer as well as two grand openings last weekend.
“We’ve brought in $22 million in new ratables,” he said, also noting the significant improvements made to borough parks in the past few years. “We have done all this while keeping Woodland Park affordable.”
Kazmark was first elected to the Borough Council in 2001 at age 21. He was elected mayor in 2011 and again in 2014.