ISSUES

The Republican record of success in Rochelle Park:

Township Committee Acheivements (1992-2012)
  • Fighting the County’s Route 17 expansion project that will take over that will take millions and millions in ratables from Rochelle Park, raise property taxes, eliminate private sector jobs, and threaten public safety
  • Successfully prevented the County takeover, through eminent domain, of an office building in Rochelle Park, that would have raised local taxes nearly $300,000 annually
  • Maintained fiscal responsibility with one of the lowest property tax bills in all of Bergen County –despite massive cuts in tax relief funding from Trenton over the years.
  • Opposed efforts by former County Executive Dennis McNerney to eliminate Rochelle Park through a forced merger with a larger entity like the City of Hackensack
  • Built one of the finest Municipal Buildings in all of New Jersey – one  that actually pays for itself through rents collected from private tenants
  • Improved traffic flow at the Rochelle Avenue and Passaic Street intersection
  • Negotiated a settlement agreement with Westfield (the owners of the Garden State Plaza) that pays Rochelle Park over $125,000 in tax relief annually because of the added costs associated with their mall expansion.  This is purportedly the only agreement of its kind in the world that Westfield has with a neighboring town
  • Regionalized various services to save tax dollars (long before it was the “in” thing to do), including garbage and recycling collection, 9-1-1 emergency calls, traffic light repairs, fuel purchases, and the positions of the DPW Superintendent and Construction Official
  • Acquired over $2,500,000 in grants from various sources to save tax dollars
  • Fought to protect “quality of life” issues by opposing Sunday shopping, supporting the earliest closing time in Bergen County for local bars (1 AM), and imposing tough anti-graffiti and anti-noise laws