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Madison Borough Council

Madison is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle

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  • Michael Dailey
    (Rep)

  • Mackaella Goodwin
    (Rep)

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    John F. Hoover
    (Dem)

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    Robert Edward Landrigan
    (Dem)

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I believe, along with my running mate Bob Landrigan, that Madison’s vibrant and welcoming community did not happen by chance. It has taken strong leadership, experience and a full appreciation for what our community needs to thrive, especially in these tough times. Our highest priority has been to keep Madison both safe and thriving in the face of the COVID-19 contagion and to mitigate the impacts that it has had on our residents and business community. (Please see my response to your question on COVID-19 for steps that we, the Madison Borough Council, have already taken in partnership with Madison’s volunteer community to accomplish this end, and what we plan to do in the future.) The borough must continue to invest in our infrastructure – our roads, our sewers, our water mains, and our electric utility. Infrastructure continues to age and ultimately deteriorates. We must invest at a rate that ensures that we stay ahead of this process of deterioration. We plan to do that in a sustainable, pay-as-you-go rate, utilizing surpluses from our water and electric utility. We also need to preserve the charm and character of our historic town. To help us do this, we need to write a new Master Plan for the borough and to strengthen our historic preservation ordinance. Efforts to accomplish these ends are already underway, and I support them. We, on the Borough Council, have worked diligently at managing the municipal budget and in controlling taxes. Since 2012, the total in
I believe that my performance on the Council, my years of community service, and my professional training and experience have given me the tools I need to continue as an effective member of the Madison Borough Council. I currently serve as the Council liaison to the Downtown Development Commission (DDC), the Board of Education, and to the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. I am also a member of the PIC, and Arts and Events, and the Marketing and Business Development Committees. I serve as Vice President of the Tri-Town 55+ Coalition and am a member of MAASA, the Rotary Club of Madison, and the Madison Chatham Coalition. I serve as the Chair of the Elks Lodge 1465 Drug Awareness Program and volunteer at the Market Street Mission. I see myself as a results-oriented, enterprising and accomplished professional. My experience in public and private sector delivery of financial services strategies, operations, and compliance span the globe. I have held the position of Senior Vice President at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and as the Southeast Asia and Greater China Regional Project Manager for the American International Group. I also established Citibank’s ten state West Coast regional sales and service office providing global and domestic custody and master trust services.
I see Madison as a thriving community, yet I believe we always have more to do, particularly as we face uncertain times due the COVID-19 health emergency. Now, more than ever, we need a steady hand and experience to see us through. I am confident Madison is resilient and will come out stronger and more connected as a community. And I believe I have the right qualities and experience to help guide the important work of our Borough Council. Specifically, we have already enacted a series of measures, referred to as the Covid-19 Crises Response Toolkit which included: extending the borough’s targeted $200 electric rebate to those residents who were recently furloughed or had their jobs terminated due to the contagion; implementing a $400 electric rebate for businesses designated as non-essential and had to close, and those that have seen a major downturn in their revenues due to the lock down; and suspending any utility disconnects and interest payments for non-payment.” The health of ou
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A. Services and Infrastructure: Maintaining and improving the infrastructure as it, along with the Electric Dept, DPW and First Responders, enabled us to recover from major events such as Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as well as the October Snow Storm in a fraction of the time as compared to others. Now, they enable many to work from home. B. Sound Financial Footing: To accomplish the above, while minimizing the financial impact on taxpayers, requires extraordinary planning while looking back at Madison's past “pay as you go” ideology, minimizing debt. It requires the use of available financial resources with an honest and transparent approach. The Borough has been able to manage its portion of the overall tax bill (22%) by utilizing the electrical surplus and carefully managing expenses while applying for grants and taking advantage of FEMA reimbursements from storms. It is a year by year process and the Borough has been able to accomplish annual Borough tax increases, in some years O% and other 0.5% to 1%. C. Inclusive: We live in a is politically and racially divided COVID-19 world. Madison has a proud history of being inclusive and providing for all its residents. To accomplish this, the Borough must continue to work with its Health Department and First Responders to coordinate the approach for COVID-19. It should continue its work to comply with State and Federally mandated affordable housing requirements in its practice of being open and transparent.
A. Professionally, I was an internal auditor and officer for a major New York based bank where, in addition to reviewing and certifying financial controls, managed and implemented several financial and real estate database systems both domestically and internationally. Currently, I work at a New York based law firm specializing in real estate valuation and tax appeals. B. While serving on Council for two terms, I served and chaired several committees that included Finance, Audit, Board of Health, Public Safety, Utilities, Downtown Development Committee and Recreation Advisory Committee. I also proposed and played a key role in the redevelopment of the Bayley-Ellard athletic fields and co-sponsored the Noise Ordinance. I worked with the Borough and Thursday Morning Club to establish a protocol to assist those in need should they become displaced following a natural disaster, home fire, etc. C. I served as Coordinator of the Madison Office of Emergency Management during Hurricanes Floyd, Irene and Sandy as well as the October Snow Storm where I negotiated $2 million in FEMA reimbursements. I also served as Captain and President (and current riding member) of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and was an Auxiliary Police Officer.
The Borough has, and must continue, to work with its Health Department to provide the necessary guidance for its residents to remain safe and provide assistance for those feeling the need for counseling. For our businesses, we must work with them to ensure their survival as families are reliant upon them to support them. The Borough should continue to allow flexibility in outdoor dining. The Downtown Development Commission and Chamber of Commerce must continue their great work in promoting “Shop Madison”. For residents, small businesses, and the Borough as a whole, the key is financial planning. The Borough, as it has done in the past, needs to strive to maintain a minimal property tax increase as this tax is a major component of their bottom line. Tied with this is planning for property tax appeals, and potential refunds, from the large corporations in Madison resulting from increased vacancies and lower property values.