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Our Green West Orange’s mission is to keep our town safe, green, and affordable. But real estate and other business interests have influenced our elected officials and changed the nature of our town.
As a result, any one of us could find ourselves on the wrong side of a rock landslide or flood, like the 45 families at the Ron Jolyn apartments at 275 Northfield Ave who lost their homes. Or without proper shade trees. Or sitting in interminable traffic on Main Street, or Prospect Avenue, or Northfield Avenue. Or facing skyrocketing tax rates.
We believe that our town has become less safe, less affordable and less green in the past year.
The Our Green West Orange 2021 Report Card reflects significant votes on areas of concern to us. We recognize that our officials are involved in other township activities including helping seniors, the arts, and mental health, but it is their votes as council members that matter the most.
The mayor and council did one wonderful thing this year: they voted to purchase 94 acres of wooded steep slope from the Crestmont Country Club, a move that will protect the Pleasantdale neighborhood from flooding. But, until a conservation easement is imposed, this property does not have meaningful protection. The same is true for the Rock Spring Golf course, which still has the threat of development hanging over it. The mayor is pro-development and influences the majority of the council.
We are disappointed that the Council, under the leadership of Susan McCartney (ironically the liaison to the Environmental Commission), has actively obstructed the purchase of the 12.7 acre Mt. Pleasant forest. This forest sits atop a rock-faced cliff and holds back millions of gallons of stormwater from destabilizing the cliff above the 178 unit Crest Ridge apartments. Do we really need to lose another community to a rockslide?
We believe that the best voter is the informed voter. For this reason, we have graded each council member on their conservation and fiscal record.
Are you voting for the same people term after term?
Mayor Parisi -three terms, plus two terms as councilman. In office since 1998!
Susan McCartney-five terms. (20 years) Since 2002!
Michelle Casalino -three terms. (12 years)
Cindy Matute-Brown -one term.
Bill Rutherford -one term.
Tammy Williams -one term.
The OGWO Board