Here are two stories, on the West Orange Patch,
which highlight Joe’s leadership activities in the community
during the last campaign.
In the first story about a federal grant to the school district, Joe was quoted:
West Orange resident Joe Krakoviak, who’s running for a township council seat in November, attended Monday night’s school board meeting at Hazel Elementary School and said any cash the schools can get is good.
“The most important thing in this community is to give the kids the best education we can afford,” he said. “It’s a social contract … and we need to do it as well as we can … and it sounds like $315,000 is a great addition to our schools.”
The quote epitomizes Joe’s philosophy for all students, including his older son who is a junior at West Orange High School.
In the second story, Joe was quoted relative to the town council’s recent approval of a $117,300 capital project to upgrade the futsal court at Colgate Field and build a skate park at Degnan Memorial Park. Joe requested information about the project from the town so that residents would have more information and provide more informed guidance to town council. But Joe received only a one-page schematic of the futsal court and three e-mails, one of which indicated that more documents about the project existed and that purchasing for the project had already begun. He’s continuing to try to obtain additional documents to bring more transparency to this project.
Joe Krakoviak, a resident who lives on Grand View Avenue and who’s running for a township council seat in November, said he was denied certain information regarding the skatepark by town officials.
Despite the lack of information, he said the township went ahead with the plans anyway.
Krakoviak also said that he was given one document upon his request, but it was [a] document showing the diagram and layout of the futsal court at Colgate Park, not of the skatepark.
“I’m in favor of giving this project more time and more thought to increase the chances of success at the minimal burden to taxpayers,” he said. “Livingston raised most of its money not from taxpayer money. I think we should give it a shot.”
You can also see Joe speaking to the council on this subject through www.WestOrangeGrassroots.org,
about 2 ½ minutes into the video.