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Jay Sniatkowski To Seek 4th Council Term

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Jay Sniatkowski (center) at the Council's swearing in ceremony in 2011.
Jay Sniatkowski (center) at the Council’s swearing in ceremony in 2011.

Jay Sniatkowski, who has served on the Verona Town Council since 2001, has decided to seek re-election for a fourth term this May. Sniatkowski filed his paperwork at Town Hall this morning.

“There are a lot of good things happening that I have helped create,” said Sniatkowski, “but there is more to be done.”

Sniatkowski first ran for Town Council to prevent the over-development of the Hilltop and to increase recreation opportunities. “We accomplished Centennial Field at no cost to taxpayers,” he notes. Sniatkowski commented on MyVeronaNJ.com recently that while he supports the development of the two new fields at the Hilltop, he is awaiting financial details. “I fully support the field build out, however no project comes with an open checkbook and I need to make sure the funding options work,” he wrote.

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The announcement by Sniatkowski expands the field of candidates to seven. Kevin Ryan and Bob Manley are seeking re-election and former Council member Teena Schwartz is running again. Al DeOld, Alex Roman and Rich Williamson are new candidates for the May 14 ballot.

Sniatkowski, who worked to prevent Kip’s Castle from development, notes that he has been committed to  making Verona’s business district better.

“We have tried to make Verona more business friendly,” he says of his 12 years on the Council. “It’s important to work with developers to create responsible projects that are an asset to the community. When buildings sit there or get knocked down you lose the ratables.” He notes that in addition to supporting Council’s efforts to improve the Bloomfield Avenue streetscape, he has worked to relax parking restrictions around restaurants and let them have outdoor seating. “You couldn’t have had outdoor seating at places like FrankAnthony’s eight years ago,” he says.

Sniatkowski is proud of holding the line on the municipal portion of the tax levy. It has been flat for the last two years, and may be so again this year. (Property taxes have risen, however, because the ratables have declined.) “We have controlled the tax levy despite two huge storms,” he adds.

“I make rational decisions and I still have a lot to offer,” Sniatkowski says. “I have always been extremely accessible to all residents. and I try to be as honest as I can.”

And he maintains that it has been important for him to work with all the members of the Town Council. “I am an independent voice–I have crossed the aisle to get stuff done.”

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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