September 22, 2018
[Joe in his term as the Council President]
Councilman Joe Krakoviak has served the residents of West Orange as an elected official for nearly eight years – including one term as council president – consistently advocating for transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in the municipal government, with a commitment to making decisions in the best interest of all residents.
- Proposed creation of a Senior Citizens Advisory Board and better senior transportation and other services
- Actively worked for increased funding of the West Orange Public Library
- Pushed for expansion of competitive bidding to a greater number of town contracts
- Supported new jitney route, while looking for ways to reduce the service’s more than $500,000 annual cost
- Called for increasing Open Space acquisition and enforcement of the tree-protection ordinance
- Advocated for giving residents the legally guaranteed opportunity to vote on school capital projects, as well holding referendums on moving local elections and on providing $6.3 million of taxpayer-guaranteed bonds for the Edison Redevelopment project
- Appointed the only current member of the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (The Mayor and Council majority have not made their required appointments in years, severely handicapping the group’s ability to analyze and advise on budget matters.)
- Argued to competitively bid – for the first time since before the turn of the 21st century – the $400,00-$500,000 annual insurance consulting contract, and to change compensation from commissions based on the size of the insurance contract to fee-for-service – which has lowered costs significantly for other municipalities and school districts.
September 18, 2018
[First, please remind yourself about my post,
about his run for Township Council,
8 years ago.]
[Then close that window and come back here!]
West Orange is a great place to live and raise a family. But financially, the property values have not kept pace with most neighboring towns, due primarily to extraordinarily high property taxes. Joe Krakoviak, Town Council member for eight years, including a year as Council President, knows the issues and has a plan to move the town in a better direction!
FAST FACTS ON WEST ORANGE SPENDING
The mayor has raised the municipal property taxes by the maximum allowed, 2%, in each of the last four years. He also says he can’t cut taxes. But 67 New Jersey municipalities reduced taxes in 2017, including two in Essex County. With a “common sense budget” that sets priorities and cuts wasteful spending,
Joe K. can cut taxes, too.
Some recent examples of wasteful spending
that Joe has voted against:
October 6, 2017
Did you read my first entry about them?
2015, Silver Award;
2016, Gold Award;
2017, Best. In. Class.
At the NY International Olive Oil Competition—the world’s largest!
April 19, 2017
I received this invitation from Luck Polpat and Julian Valencia,
the managing partner and executive chef, respectively,
of the very successful—now almost 3-year-old—restaurant in Montclair:
They’re opening a second location!
In Jersey City.
With a full bar!
February 16, 2017
New Jersey Health Initiatives is a national program
of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
NJHI is dedicated to supporting innovations and driving conversations
to build healthier New Jersey communities.
The Believe in a Healthy Newark (BHN) Initiative will develop Impact Teams that will focus on three areas of health relevant to the Initiative’s target population – the residents of the South and West Wards of Newark. These three areas include: Healthy Homes, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Food and Fitness.
for long-term healthy living
BHN will utilize a collective impact approach that will allow them to identify common measures, develop common interventions, and use assessments of their success to modify and strengthen their initiatives. These areas closely align with the interests and expertise of steering committee members, and it is expected that this work will result in demonstrable improvements of certain health measures enumerated in the County Health Rankings data for Essex County.
September 14, 2016
I met Daniel Stein at an opening reception at an art gallery. He was (in my way—just kidding!) at the buffet table. I confided to this stranger, “Wow, I was hoping for crackers & cheese, but these fabulous-looking canapes are awesome!” He thanked me. “Excuse me?!” I retorted. “Oh, I’m the caterer; my partner is in the kitchen!” So I went right to Sylvia Becker, to gush further…
Well, they’re both also as handsome as they are sweet-hearted—and those qualities are commensurate to the well-matched excellent front-of-house/back-of-house skills that this dynamic duo provide…