WESTFIELD, NJ — The June 18 Westfield Town Council meeting began with a moment of silence for Gerald Glasser, Westfield philanthropist who died June 16.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky called Glasser “one of Westfield’s greatest assets.”

“He was one of the greatest humanitarians that I have ever known,” said Skibitsky. “Truly one of the most accomplished people that I have known and also the most humble.”

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Skibitsky said that Glasser’s family is asking that anyone who would like to make a donation in his memory do so to Imagine, a Center for Coping With Loss, PO Box 711, Westfield, NJ.

The council passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of a police vehicle, and another authorizing the police department to advertise that four vehicles that were confiscated over the course of the year will be up for public auction.

The council also passed a resolution supporting “cost-effective and fiscally responsible efforts of PSE&G to enhance their infrastructure to benefit the residents of Westfield.”

The resolution was passed in response to PSE&G’s proposed infrastructure projects to take place over a 10-year period to enhance its systems, including fortifying electrical stations and deploying smart grid technologies. The company’s proposal was made in response to an order by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after Superstorm Sandy  in January directing the state’s electric and gas utilities to implement certain recommendations in the areas of preparedness efforts, communications, restoration and response and underlying infrastructure issues.

“We asked some questions about how this benefits Westfield residents specifically,” Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the council at a conference meeting held earlier that evening. He said they were happy with PSE&G’s answers.

The council also passed a resolution authorizing the submission of application for the Sustainable Jersey Grant Program, which the town would use to enhance the recycling center and increase residents’ recycling opportunities.

At the council conference meeting held earlier that evening, Westfield Area Y Communications/Development Director Bonnie Cohen requested that the council allow the Y to hold two events on Sept. 15—Gretta’s Run and a 90th Anniversary Celebration. Council members had no objections and the mayor called the anniversary celebration a “terrific event.”

Also at the regular town council meeting that night, members of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition gave a presentation about their fight for a one-seat ride into New York City. To read about it, click here.