For the past six years, Joe has delivered on promises to work diligently to help restore West Orange to the affordable, quality community we all want it to be. He is the only Council member who has consistently:
- Scrutinized all spending – and offered solutions to fully fund key public services, like police and the library, while eliminating wasteful uses of taxpayer dollars.
- Brought transparency to the government process by initiating more access to information and fighting to allow residents to speak their minds and get their questions answered by the Council and mayor’s office.
- Held accountable the redeveloper of the Edison Battery project, repeatedly urging the mayor and Council to enforce the contract protecting residents from increased risk, repeated tax delinquencies and delays in construction.
- Based each and every decision on what’s in the best interest of our community as a whole.
Some of the issues Joe cares about:
- Safety & Emergency Services for Residents. Joe advocated for more funding in multiple township budgets for law enforcement so that West Orange would have fully trained, equipped and well-rested police officers patrolling our streets. Joe also advocated (unsuccessfully) for a solution to allow the WO First Aid Squad to continue its half-century service to our community.
- Senior Citizens. Joe worked with grass-root supporters to craft legislation that would have created the West Orange Senior Citizen Advisory Board, similar to ones in virtually every other municipality in Essex County, to provide an organized voice for senior citizens — a vital and growing part of our community – to improve “Aging in Place” for our long-time residents. However, the four other Council members voted against it – without allowing full debate or suggesting changes — citing unspecified “questions,” “redundancy,” and expenses associated with the allocation of town resources.
- A Vibrant Library. Joe championed the cause of the Public Library in recommending the restoration of funding cuts made by the mayor and other Council members in successive budgets that have resulted in a total reduction of $650,000 – a quarter of the library’s budget – and cuts to programming, operating hours and personnel. He is a founding member and treasurer of the revitalized Friends of the West Orange Public Library, an independent advocacy & fund-raising organization.
- Open Space & Historic Preservation. As a member of the Open Space Commission, Joe pushed for preserving the town’s Ridgeway Ave. & 577 Mt. Pleasant Ave. (“The Rock”) properties as passive parkland rather than developments. A liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, Joe has been an active participant in efforts to maintain the historic appearance of the Edison Battery Factory and to restore St. Mark’s Church, including bringing U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen to the site to enlist help.