WESTFIELD, NJ — Decisions for reopening the town will rest in the hands of a 16-member task force comprised of municipal officials and business leaders.

Mayor Shelley Brindle on Wednesday announced the formation of the commission to determine best steps in support of public health and meeting the needs of the business community as the town is allowed to gradually reopen.

“I am grateful to each of these individuals for their willingness to lend their time, perspective and expertise to one of our most critical efforts as we slowly transition into a post-COVID landscape for businesses and consumers alike,” Brindle said in her COVID-19 update. “I will keep you apprised of our plans as they continue to develop, knowing that we all have a role to play over the long term to maintain public health while positioning our local business environment for success.”

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The task force members will be as follows, Brindle said:

Chair: Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director, Downtown Westfield Corporation

Elected Officials:

  • Mayor Shelley Brindle (ex officio)
  • Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, Council liaison to the DWC
  • Councilman Scott Katz, Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce


  • Town Administrator Jim Gildea
  • Police Chief Chris Battiloro
  • Fire Chief Tony Tiller
  • Westfield Regional Board of Health Principal Inspector Helen Mendez
  • Parking Director Sergeant Scott Mersereau
  • Public Works Downtown Supervisor Craig Gibson

Business Representatives:

  • Jerry Eicke, owner, The Salad House and DWC Board member
  • Gene Jannotti, Executive Director, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Lew Kimble, DWC Board member and resident
  • Patricia Hanigan, DWC Chair, owner of Patricia & Paul
  • David Martone, owner, Classic Thyme Cooking School and past DWC Chair
  • Lillian Pien, owner, Akai Lounge and downtown property owner
  • Thomas Walsh, resident and commercial real estate executive with Walker & Dunlop

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