I would like to thank you all for once again re-electing me to the greatest part-time job that I’ve ever had, being the Mayor of Wayne Township! On November 7th I was humbled by the strong show of support at the polls which allowed me to continue to serve as your mayor. I want to express my gratitude to the voters of Wayne Township for believing in our message of progress and the proven track record of stable taxes, crime rate reduction initiatives, expanded recreation programs, a steady stream of capital improvements and securing new revenues that enhance the quality of life for our residents.
I am also very pleased to be able to report that the Township’s commercial base continues to grow. In the near future our residents will be able to enjoy a new Marriot and Hilton Hotels on Route 46, a state of the art cinema in the Willowbrook Mall along with the recently opened Dave & Busters themed restaurant, CarMax on the old State Farm property on Route 23 and the redevelopment of the Wayne Hills shopping center to name a few. Likewise, we are excited about the impending completion of the new Alps Road turf fields facility that will enrich the youth sports programs throughout our community.
Winter did not want to leave us this year. As you are all painfully aware, our area was impacted by several Nor’easters within a three week time period. These storms brought heavy snow and strong gusts of wind resulting in many residents being without power and widespread tree damage. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this trying time. Additionally I would like to thank the Township employees who responded to these catastrophic events and worked tirelessly to make sure our roads were cleared of snow and fallen trees. The amount of downed trees and branches experienced was second only to that encountered during Superstorm Sandy and as a result the cleanup effort had to be our top priority. Our Parks staff along with our DPW staff worked tirelessly, as a team, to get the job done. Again, I would like to thank you all for your patience during this period. Likewise, I would like to thank all of our first responders who continued to answer emergency calls regardless of weather and road conditions.
Public safety will always be our top priority. The men and women of the Wayne Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Clarke, along with our emergency dispatchers are out there day and night, in all types of weather protecting us both reactively and proactively. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank our extraordinary police department on its 100th anniversary of serving and protecting our community. I am not only grateful to our fine men and women in blue but also to their families who understand and accept the risk that their loved ones take every day when they go to work. It’s because of their due diligence that Wayne Township is the safe, family oriented community it is.
We are truly fortunate to have five Volunteer Fire Companies who serve under the direction of Fire Commissioner John Wozniak. Let us take a moment to thank the over 100 volunteer men and women who dedicate so much of their time to answering the call for help at all times of the day and night and in all kinds of weather. The alarm sounds and they respond. I would also like to thank the members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad. This group of dedicated volunteers responded to over 5,000 calls in 2017. These individuals are always there in our time of need. Again, the alarm sounds and they respond. I would like to say a very special thank you to Ex First Aid Squad Chief Stu Steinberg who, after fifteen years of dedicated service, retired from that position. Stu…on behalf of the 54,000 plus residents of Wayne, thank you for your service.
Each and every one of us do our part to make Wayne a great place to both live and work. Along with those already mentioned, I would like to thank our dedicated Township employees, the Township Council, the members of the many Township Boards and Commissions, the PAL, Wayne Boys and Girls Club and all of the volunteers who donate countless hours of their time. Together, you have all made a difference in the lives of our residents and your contributions are greatly appreciated.
I again look forward to working with the Township Council and am very confident that we will all work together for you, our constituents. We may not always agree but I know that we all have your best interests in mind. Thank you for your continued support to serve as your Mayor and please feel free to contact me at 973-694-1800, ext. 3200 or Email the Mayor with any thoughts or concerns you may have.
Christopher P. Vergano