Cuccinello, Wojtecki, Collier and Gardner hold Town Hall Meeting
HAWTHORNE – The Hawthorne Democratic ticket, former Councilwoman and candidate for mayor Lois Cuccinello and Council candidates Councilman Joseph Wojtecki, Naomi B. Collier and Jeff Gardner held a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, which drew a large crowd of engaged residents.
“We want to hear what our neighbors have to say, and we’ll continue listening to the ideas, concerns and suggestions that come from the entire community. Listening is an important part of leadership, and something we are committed to – it only makes sense to hear from the people what’s on their mind, and what they want from their elected officials,” said Cuccinello.
Among the topics raised included traffic and parking issues, code enforcement, development concerns, and quality of life in the Borough. “It’s clear the residents of Hawthorne want to have a voice in our community, and have felt excluded for too long,” said Gardner. “We want to bring a more open, inclusive and respectful government to Hawthorne.”
Lois Cuccinello is a former Passaic County Freeholder who also served as an assistant labor commissioner under Governor Jon Corzine’s administration. She is Secretary-Treasurer/Assistant Business Manager for Local 32 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, located in Union. She received an undergraduate degree from William Paterson University and a master’s degree in labor relations from Cornell University. She represented the Fourth Ward while serving on the council from 1994 to 2003. She resides on Lafayette Avenue.
Joe Wojtecki has represented the First Ward on the council since 2003. He serves on several council committees, including administration, finance, technology, and legislation. He is also liaison to the Shade Tree Commission He is assistant director of customer experience at Clara Maas Medical Center, a division of Barnabas Healthcare System, where he was a former food services director. He is a member of the Hawthorne Fire Department, Company 3, and a coach with the Hawthorne Soccer Association and Little League. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and resides on Elberon Avenue.
Naomi Collier is an attorney specializing in trusts and estates, and provides pro bono counsel to victims of domestic violence. She received an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and a law degree from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is vice president of Democrats for Hawthorne and a member of the Roosevelt School PTO. She resides on Robertson Avenue.
Jeff Gardner is an attorney with a solo practice in Hawthorne specializing in labor law. Prior to opening his own practice, he was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and a law degree from Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is chairman of the Hawthorne Democratic Organization and a co-founder and past president of the Hawthorne Historical Society. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Passaic County Community College.
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