So many issues face us. Daniel Carnicella can tackle them and make our community a better place.
Campaign Issues: On3 Redevelopment Project
Since 2012, Nutley has had to continue to maintain a level of uncertainty with the departure of Hoffman La-Roche, and a future development plan that would transform a self contained/ self supporting industrial community, into a multi-use property now known as On3. Its focus was integrating a community in which its residents could enjoy the opportunity to live, work and play on campus. The ON3 redevelopment project is one of the main focuses in our community, not just today but for years to come. ON3 is a long term redevelopment project with the potential to redesign many aspects of Nutley, and enhancing its appeal to future residents. To date, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian Graduate School of Medicine, Ralph Lauren, Quest Diagnostics, and Modern Meadow are some wonderful additions to the On3 Campus. They will continue to provide job opportunities in and about our community.
The largest challenge Nutley will continue to face with a redevelopment of this acreage is the sheer demand on infrastructure not present during the Hoffman LaRoche era. Infrastructure demands can, at times, be easily overlooked. Certain types of development can create a need for increased police and fire, additional roadways as a result of traffic studies, road maintenance, and an additional demand for space in our schools. The balance of redevelopment and revenue is delicate, especially since our community faces ancillary mixed use development in other parts of town.
If elected, I would work alongside the other commissioners to resolve additional codes and statutes, to provide our zoning and planning boards the tools they need to limit over development and stabilize the appeal of our community. We need developers who care about the impact within our community, as opposed to just driving profitability through redevelopment. We need to review our master plan and consider impact fees to help fill monetary gaps within our local budgets.
Campaign Issues: School & Student Capacity
Overcrowding in our schools is a community-wide issue that needs the cooperation of both the school board and Board of Commissioners to see its resolution. My six years on the Nutley Board of Education has provided me first hand knowledge of the challenges the district faces, while the community continues to grow. Over the last several years, the Nutley Board of Education has spent countless hours processing data and understanding the drivers that have reduced space within our schools. The Board of Education has provided community-wide presentations and has successfully presented in two annual joint meetings with community leadership including the board of commissioners, Zoning Board and Planning Board, keeping in mind that our children and our school district are the centerpieces for an advancing community. There is a real opportunity to advocate for our school district, integrate those issues at our municipal level, and take a more formidable stance for Nutley with the Department of Education and our state legislatures. The time is now to work as one community and enhance our representation at the state level.
Campaign Issues: Stabilize Property Taxes
Lastly, we need to stabilize taxes. I am prepared to have difficult conversations regarding taxes, not only at our local level but also at the county and state levels. The last 6 year on our local school board, including the last 3 as Board President, has afforded me the opportunity to oversee the town’s largest budget and largest investment — our school system. Over the last 10 years, Nutley has seen substantial changes affecting tax ratables which has had a costly impact on our residential tax rate. If not for the work of our current Board of Commissioners in securing transitional aid, the impacts would have been even more costly. Our county and state need to continue to review and support the evidence that Nutley deserves and demands the additional funding for our community. If elected, I would work with other commissioners and the members of the Board of Education to form a committee, specifically to work with our senators and legislators, to keep Nutley a budgetary priority. We are an extension of our community. We are a proud community that deserves its fair share of aid that has been delivered disproportionately based on antiquated funding formulas. This committee can be the tool we need to share data, and push our message that the taxpayers of Nutley have felt unrecognized and that the burden of increased monetary need can not continue to rest on the backs of our community.
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