SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Newly re-elected Councilman Ray Rusnak sees 2014 as a year where several key projects will be falling into place, and he says he’s happy to be there to help make them happen.

“There’s a lot on our plate in 2014,” said Rusnak. “We’ve made big strides on the library expansion, the bus-company cleanup, and the Hollywood Avenue alternate truck route this year, and in 2014 I’m looking forward to more big strides.”

According to Rusnak, all three projects are moving forward, but he sees last week’s announcement about the Hollywood Avenue Project as the most exciting. 

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“After decades of waiting for the abandoned Helen Street Project, residents were rightfully skeptical about whether we’d ever see the alternate truck route move forward,” Rusank said. “I’m excited to see things progressing on Hollywood Avenue. While we still have lots of work to do, we hit a milestone by getting the DEP permit.”

Rusnak is also pleased to see the library expansion progressing. “If all goes well, we’re on track to break ground within the next year," he said. "It’s another long-overdue project that we’ve been able to get moving.  And just as important, the entire project will be funded without increasing taxes or borrowing.  The library already has the funds in place to expand.”

Remediating the bus-company property on New Market Avenue also ranks high among the councilman’s 2014 goals. “Everything is in place," Rusnak said, "and the remediation is about to begin.”  

While the three-term councilman is happy to see key projects falling into place, he also knows that he has to work just as hard to keep things going in the right direction by controlling taxes and spending and by bringing new businesses and jobs to town. 

“In this economy, holding down taxes is vital," Rusnak said. "We’ve also been focusing on business growth and seeing some strong results. New businesses like Progressive Insurance, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Royal Coffee are bringing good-paying jobs to town.”    

Rusnak won re-election by nearly 600 votes, but he says that he and his team have to keep getting results if they want to remain successful at the polls: “We have to continue to put the residents first and get things done. You can’t rest on what you did in the past. That’s why I want to focus on what we can get done in the new year. It’s all about getting results.”     

This is the third in a series of articles profiling South Plainfield’s winning candidates from the 2013 election.