I write to offer my support in the Township Council Election to Councilman Joseph Cicala.  Councilman Cicala is dedicated to our community and has served us well as a member of the Cedar Grove Board of Education and, now, as Councilman.

I have known Joe for more than ten (10) years.  He is principled, honest and straightforward.  He is a family man in the true sense of the word.  As a public servant he is trustworthy and fiscally responsible.    

Recently, Joe has proposed that the Town Council open negotiations with the City of Newark to purchase the 40 acre tract of land across from the Reservoir.  After the development of the Hilltop, that property will be the last large tract of open space left in Cedar Grove.  Joe sees the importance of being able to purchase that land so as to ensure that it will remain open space and can never be developed.  

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Joe has also shared with me his ideas for assimilating the Hilltop development into our community.  So many potential issues may arise when you expand a small community like ours by 10%, which is what will happen after the Hilltop is completed.  Joe is prepared to start planning for the expansion now so that we do not have problems later.  

The expansion of the Hilltop will also bring to Cedar Grove additional revenue, by way of property taxes.  This revenue, designated as PILOT funds, will almost exclusively go to the Township.  Joe has proposed that we use that additional revenue to purchase the aforementioned land owned by the City of Newark.  That being the case, the purchase of said land would not cost the taxpayer any additional money by way of tax levy.  It is thinking like this that makes Joe Cicala the only real choice for Councilman.

On May 9th, I ask that you join me in voting for dedicated leadership for Cedar Grove by electing Joseph Cicala to the Cedar Grove Township Council.  He is committed to provide us a voice, vision and leadership and we, as residents, couldn’t be in better hands.