Four years ago, I promised the residents of Westfield’s Fourth Ward that I would work hard for you if you gave me the opportunity to serve as your Councilman. I would like to thank you for your trust in me and it has been my honor to serve as your Councilman.
I made several campaign promises during my first campaign in 2009. First, I pledged to keep municipal spending (and your property taxes) as low as possible. Upon taking office, we implemented a town-wide government hiring freeze to reduce the taxpayer cost of running our local government. Four years later, we cut the town payroll by 20% without laying off any employees and preserved essential services like our outstanding police, fire, and public works departments.
I promised I would use creative solutions to decrease the municipal portion of your property tax bill. As a member of the Westfield Memorial Library Board of Trustees, I led efforts to identify and return approximately $366,000 in unneeded surplus funds to the town to reduce property taxes.
I promised to tackle the longstanding high school parking issue. We partnered with the Board of Education to expand the student parking lots at WHS and Edison with 107 new off-street spaces, added additional parking restrictions on the surrounding streets, added a bus lane to improve traffic flow on Rahway Avenue, and improved the safety and quality of life of our neighborhood.
I promised to improve the conditions of our streets. We paved numerous roads in the Fourth Ward with more to come in the near future.
I promised to keep Westfield a great place to call home. When the Armory proposed building a 150-foot cell tower in the heart of our residential neighborhood, we stopped construction and preserved our property values.
When Superstorm Sandy caused extensive damage to our town, we relied upon new technologies and each other to get through it.
Most importantly, we kept Westfield the premiere place to call home in New Jersey.
While I am very proud of my first term record, there is always more work to be done. I have walked our neighborhoods and heard your ideas for improving our great town. The ideas you have shared with me are the issues I will focus on during my second term. It is my goal to make sure Westfield remains a safe and affordable place for you to live and for your children to establish their first home.
I will work to secure direct train service to New York City during peak hours, pave more roads, keep your property values secure, and keep Westfield a great place to call home.
As a member of our town council, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this great town. I will continue to work hard for you.
I ask for your vote on November 5th. I thank you for your continued support and trust.
Westfield Councilman, Fourth Ward