Government

Caldwell Republican Party Announces Two Councilmen Will Run for Reelection

b845051db728c2042551_Unknown.jpg
ba9e75544827e8b1f191_Unknown-1.jpg
b845051db728c2042551_Unknown.jpg

CALDWELL, NJ — Gordon Lawshe, Chairman of the Caldwell Republican Party, announced this week that Caldwell Council President John Cascarano and Councilman Kris Brown will run for reelection.

“John and Kris have worked tirelessly for the people of Caldwell and under their watch, the tax rate has been stabilized to approximately 1-percent average over the past five years, aging infrastructure has been addressed and energy and cost efficient upgrades have been put in motion throughout the borough,” said Lawshe. “Open space and the environment continue to be high priorities, as well as quality of life, and John and Kris spearheaded an effort to make bulk pickup available to residents monthly rather than quarterly, at no detriment to the bottom line.”

About John Cascarano:

Sign Up for E-News

Cascarano graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Political Science and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall School of Law in 2007.  He has been admitted to the Bar in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Over the course of his career to date, he has served as Aide to the Mayor of Nutley; Judicial Clerk for the Hon. Ronald Marmo, Superior Court of NJ, Law Division, Passaic County; Assistant Prosecutor in the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor; Deputy Chief Counsel for the NJ General Assembly, Republican Caucus; and Assistant Counsel, for the Office of the Governor; and has served as an in-house Attorney for the NJ Turnpike Authority. He is currently an attorney at the law firm of Savo, Schalk, Gillespie, O’Grodnick, and Fisher, in Somerville. 

Cascarano is a member of the Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council, UNICO International and the Nutley Lawyers Club. He has served on the Open Space Committee prior to being elected in 2014, and has served on the Public Safety Committee during his entire term. He is currently chair of the Shared Services Committee.

John married his wife Andrea in 2010, and they have a daughter, Aria, who will turn three years old in May.

“I have extensive experience both at government at every level in this state, as well as in private practice,” said Cascarano. “I also have a law enforcement background, so I know firsthand the concerns of our public safety personnel and needs. I have been able to draw on my vast experience in service to the Borough of Caldwell, and am eager to continue to dedicate myself to the needs of the town and its residents. Caldwell will remain financially efficient, family friendly, attractive to business, and safe for residents and visitors.”

About Kris Brown:

Brown grew up in West Caldwell and graduated from James Caldwell High School.  He attended Villanova University and achieved a BA in Geography in 1995 and received his Masters of Geographical Information Systems from the University of Edinburgh in 1996. His business career includes 21 years of experience managing information technology functions with an emphasis on GIS analysis, system implementation and business development. 

He is currently is employed by MSS Services as an Operations Manager within the Directorate of Public Works at the United State Military Academy, West Point and as such, manages IT projects and budgetary analysis within the Directorate.  He also continues to keep a focus on database and website design, data creation and standardization and total system compliancy. 

Brown has always had a keen interest in soccer and, since 2007, could be seen on the fields as a Coach and a mentor for many of Caldwell-West Caldwell’s budding athletes. Since 2009, he served as the team’s Clinical Coordinator and he is currently the Soccer Club President, a position he has held since 2013.  He has also volunteered his time over the more recent years as a recreation coach for t-ball and basketball and also coached recreation basketball and baseball back in 1999 and 2000. 

Brown has been a member of the Environmental Commission since 2010 and has served on the DPW Committee throughout his tenure, and is currently Chair of the Community Center Committee. He is married to Karen and has two children: a son, Spencer, 14, and a daughter, Cassidy, 11. Both children attend Grover Cleveland Middle School.

Brown said the council has accomplished a lot over the past few years, “especially with regards to public works,” and said he is looking forward to continuing that.

“We’re completing the installation of solar panels at the Wastewater Sewer Treatment Plant, and continuing to make upgrades to our water mains—a project that had been years in the making, and was inexplicably ceased for nearly a decade until 2006,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing that project out to the end.”

Final thoughts from Cascarano:

“Progress is about getting things done, making improvements to infrastructure and quality of life for all residents, at minimal cost to the taxpayers. I am energized to continue the good work that we have made on Caldwell’s Council. There is much work left to do in the coming years and we need a Governing Body that has its members engaged and willing to work hard for the things that are going to keep Caldwell the great town that it is today. I am looking forward to walking the town and talking to our residents in the coming months and I know that Kris is a willing partner in that endeavor.”

To obtain local news and events faster, download the new TAPinto App for iPhone or Android free in the Google Play Store and the Apple Store by searching for “tapinto” or “tapinto.net.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Free Class at CylcleBar Livingston to Support Sustainability

June 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Join us at CycleBar Livingston for Uplift Humanity's first charity event! In addition to getting your sweat on for FREE, you can learn about about how we are using a sustainability-first approach to solve poverty in developing countries around the world. Meet our Board and Founder and get information on volunteer opportunities.

We've partnered with ...

Deegan Dental Implant Special!

WEST ORANGE, NJ - OUR NEW DENTAL IMPLANT SPECIAL OFFER WILL GIVE YOU REASON TO SMILE!

Deegan Dental is happy to announce our New Dental Implant Special Offer that covers a single Complete Tooth Replacement (including the Implant, Stock Abutment and E-max Crown) for only $2,200 per Implant; a Great Value compared with our usual $4,000 fee!

Dental Implants look and feel like your own ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_a3afe040c92e7fef61dc_ffpl_logo_with_address

Sat, June 23, 1:00 PM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

Special Summer Reading Kick Off Show: Green Golly ...

Education

Carousel_image_5e177eaae57739064cd4_397f63ad2fb50392a776_29178074_2107642336134787_2638697507160326144_n

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Totowa

MakerFest 2018

Carousel_image_84a90ab7ab886a6c6979_lbi_sosc_june_25_2018_02

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Anthony Santomauro, North Caldwell

Legends Baseball “School’s Out Baseball Camp”

Education Health & Wellness Other Sports

Winners of 19th Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale Announced

June 21, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Winners of the 19th annual Gaelen Juried Art Show & Sale were announced at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 10.   The show will run through Sunday, July 29 at the Gaelen Gallery West, Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany.

Awards were presented at the Opening Reception for Best in Show and Best /Honorable Mention in the following categories: ...

Obituaries

Mar 23, 1932 - Jun 2, 2018
Obituary - Donald J. Cooney, March 23, 1932 to June 2, 2018 Donald J. Cooney, 86, of North ...
Read more

A Special Thank You For Helping Us Weather The Storm

June 18, 2018

About a month ago, on May 15, 2018, something happened to me and my family that changed our lives. An act of God, apparently a “microburst,” tore through our front yard, and uprooted an approximately 19,000 pound tree. The tree fell into my 8 month old’s bedroom destroying the entire structure of our home.

My husband, with what I call divine intervention, told us to go ...

Sobel & Co. Valuation Practice and EAC Valuations LLC Merge

“We are pleased to announce that EAC Valuations PA has joined the Sobel & Co. Valuation Practice to create Sobel Valuations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sobel & Co.,” said Alan Sobel, managing member of the firm.

“From the first time Frank Merenda, president and CEO of EAC Valuations, met with the Sobel & Co. valuation team, we quickly recognized the power of ...

My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  

 

My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  

 

Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from ...