THE 39th DISTRICT
Our opponents say they want to ‘Move Saddle River Forward’, yet they have offered you no new ideas or initiatives. They have called the Mayor’s programs, already in existence, their own ideas, or weighed in on projects that will be completed by the time a new Council is sworn in.
Residents of Saddle River expect that elected officials will anticipate the future needs of our community and put forth fresh and new ideas. Salazer and Ponzini are the only Council Candidates who meet these criteria.
NO DISPENSARY/NO COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION ORDINANCE:
Salazer and Ponzini propose an ordinance that bans businesses from the sale, distribution, cultivation and/or commercial growing of recreational and or medicinal marijuana. We believe that we must stay ahead of the curve and insure that our children are safe and our real estate values remain high. The Borough of Saddle River should never be used for commercial marijuana operations.
MARKER HOUSE FINALIZATION PROPOSAL:
The Marker House property needs to be utilized, but we have been constrained because of unclear grant restrictions that may or may not limit its use. Residents deserve to have a resolution on this issue that has gone on for far too long. Now that the new Governor’s administration has fully transitioned, Salazer and Ponzini propose that our Borough meet with Open Space officials to get the exact clarification needed to finally find a use for this property that will benefit our residents.
PERSONNEL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL UPDATE
With recent movements such as #MeToo, putting workplace and sexual harassment issues at the forefront of American political culture, Salazer and Ponzini propose a full scale review of the Borough’s personnel policy and procedures manual. Residents expect that elected officials, borough employees and volunteers have the most up-to-date rules and guidelines. Furthermore, they expect that these rules and guidelines are both followed and enforced. Taking the time to review and update this immensely important document will help the borough run more efficiently and save the taxpayers money by helping to avoid costly future litigation.
UPSTREAM POLLUTION PROTOCOL
The Saddle River is an iconic natural resource that defines our town. Unfortunately, what happens upstream can have a devastating effect on the river, ecosystem and our property values. Recently, developers upstream may have put dangerous chemicals into a stream that connects to the Saddle River. Despite the appeals of residents and an OPRA request by a Councilman, nothing was immediately done to protect/test the water. To solve this problem, should it ever occur in the future, Salazer and Ponzini propose that an ‘Upstream Pollution Protocol’ be developed by the Environmental Commission in conjunction with the OEM, the Board of Health, and the Public Safety Committee. An Upstream Pollution Protocol is an exact set of action steps that will immediately be taken should we ever become aware of pollution upstream. By having such a protocol in place, we can move swiftly to identify and correct any environmental issues before they become costly or even deadly.
Whether it’s keeping commercial marijuana growers out of our community, getting official clarification so we can finally use the Marker House, keeping the Borough safe from unnecessary future litigation or swiftly handling environmental issues that may compromise the Saddle River, Salazer and Ponzini are the only candidates who are offering innovative and forward-thinking ideas.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
RESIDENTS SAFETY AND SECURITY: Our #1 priority is to maintain the highest caliber Police, Fire and EMS services available
FISCAL DISCIPLINE: Maintain a conservative agenda to insure continued low taxes
WANDELL SCHOOL: Support Wandell in every way possible
QUALITY OF LIFE: Assurance that the services you expect and deserve will be there for you
HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Preserve our irreplaceable historic landmarks to insure their ongoing existence and to guard them from being ‘re-purposed’ or sold into ‘public/private partnerships’.
MAYOR KURPIS HAS STARTED THESE INITIATIVES AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM ON: