Dear Editor:

I am writing in support of Rob Vargo’s candidacy for Cedar Grove Town Council. Mr. Vargo’s involvement in our community, dedication to fiscal responsibility, and clear vision for our future not only uniquely qualifies him to fill the role of Councilman, but positions him to make a palpable difference in Cedar Grove’s future.

Rob is truly vested in Cedar Grove, and his involvement in our community is extensive. In addition to calling Cedar Grove home for the past ten years where he lives with his wife Chelsea and their three young children, Rob and Chelsea own and operate a daycare center in town. Rob serves as an active member of the Cedar Grove Zoning Board, and is a founding member of an advisory committee known as “Discover Cedar Grove” which focuses on creating a safe and attractive environment for both residents and businesses in Cedar Grove’s Pompton Avenue Business District. This included meeting with the Cedar Grove Police Department to review plans for the upcoming modification to Pompton Ave where it will be designated as one lane in our business district, and meeting with safety experts to attain recommendations for both parking and safety. He has also coached children’s sports in town, and donates to various charitable organizations with a focus on those located in Cedar Grove. Additionally, most residents will recognize Rob’s house as the one with the extensive Christmas display, all done to draw attention to his yearly Toys for Tots drive, which has raised over $25,000 in toys and cash over the last five years.  

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Mr. Vargo possesses both the experience and dedication to drive fiscal responsibility in Cedar Grove. After graduating from Montclair State University, Rob went on to earn his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law where he graduated top ten in his class. He has been practicing law since 2008, and currently works as National Legal Counsel at a national construction company where he is responsible for overseeing all legal budgets, lawsuits, employment matters, and the negotiation and drafting of all contracts. Along with the experience of balancing budgets both in this role and in owning/operating their local daycare center, Rob is dedicated to bringing the same level of scrutiny to every dollar spent in Cedar Grove, and keeping our municipal tax rate the lowest in Essex County.  

Mr. Vargo’s vision for Cedar Grove’s future is one of fiscal responsibility, stabilized taxes, preservation of open space, and a revitalized, safe downtown area. Rob was very vocal at Town Council meetings regarding protecting the best interests of Cedar Grove and its residents relative to the Hilltop Development. He was very adamant about preserving our open space and reducing the size of development’s footprint.  Rob also vocalized his concerns about the layout of the newly developed Cedar Grove Park, expressing a vision of a facility that included amenities that could be enjoyed by Cedar Grove residents of all ages. Rob will ensure PILOT money (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) provided by the development will be used appropriately and effectively to increase township services and facilities, and to further stabilize our taxes. He will continue his efforts as a member of the Discover Cedar Grove committee to work with residents and local businesses to revitalize the downtown area and make it a safe and inviting area to shop and dine.

As noted above, Mr. Vargo’s passion for our town as displayed by his community activities, his experience and dedication to fiscal responsibility, and his vision for our future position him to truly make a difference in the future of Cedar Grove.

Nick & Dawn Nesto

Cedar Grove