Calling All Volunteers!

We promised an open, transparent and collaborative administration. As a first step, everyone interested in serving #WestfieldNJ in any volunteer capacity is invited to apply for the Town Boards & Commissions, and become a General Community Volunteer.

Applications Due by 12/10/2017: westfieldnj.gov/volunteertoday

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Thank You

We did it! All your hard work and dedication—knocking on doors, making phone calls, having conversations with friends and neighbors, meeting at the train, and so much more—all of it made what happened last Tuesday night possible and historic.

--The new governor received 6,491 votes from Westfield, while 7,180 of you came out and voted for me!

--This was one of the largest turnouts in a Westfield mayoral election! We had an overall turnout of 54% compared to the state average of 35%.

--1,733 of you voted early in-person or by mail-in ballot, far surpassing the previous town average of 300, and just shy of last year's presidential election of 1,982.

From the earliest days of our campaign, I was inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of Westfield residents. So many of you stepped up to offer support, join the conversation, and got involved for the first time. The campaign was positive, focused on the issues that matter to Westfield, and engaged our community’s youth like never before.

I’m convinced, now more than ever, that when we pool our collective talent and energy, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. My election, and the election of our new Town Council members Linda Habgood, Michael Dardia, David Contract, and Dawn Mackey, who will be working alongside me to make our great town even better, is proof of this fact.

Now it’s time for us to step forward and build Westfield’s bright future. Just like every step that led us up to this point, we’ll take the next one together too. All of us.

Throughout my campaign, I spoke about engaging every citizen. If you’re reading this you’ve already started, and I’m counting on you to stay engaged. Take the energy and enthusiasm you displayed this election season and channel it into what comes next.

You’re going to have the opportunity to serve our community, and we will soon be sending a call out for volunteers to begin the process. I’m committed to representing every citizen of Westfield, and making sure every voice is heard. Political differences aside, we all want the same thing: to ensure the long-term vitality of our town. I’m looking forward to working with you.

So many of you put your faith in me with your vote, and I know we will be successful because I have that same faith in you. In your expertise, experience, passion, talents, and unique skills. The untapped potential of our community is an unstoppable force. We’ve seen it at work during the campaign. Now, let’s put it to work for Westfield these next four years!

The conversation has only just begun!

With gratitude, 
Mayor Elect, Shelley Brindle

 

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TAPintoWestfield: Letters to the Editor It is Time for the Incumbent Mayor to Pass the Torch

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Sept. 19, 2017

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Dear Editor:

There is a reason why the Westfield primary turn-out was historically high this year. Westfield residents are hungry for change. I, for one, give credit to the incumbent mayor for his accomplishments. After 12 years in office, some are to be expected. Length of service in politics is a double-edged sword; it can lead to complacency. The best thing about this election year is that it has caused some attention to town issues and maintenance items. 

 

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TAPintoWestfield: Downtown: Planning for Success

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Sept. 29, 2017 

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 As a Westfield resident and former executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), I appreciate all that our community has to offer. But my heart has always been located downtown. Westfield is blessed with a historic town center that has enormous potential and is full of beautiful buildings and wonderful people. Yet our downtown is now facing serious challenges such as vacancies, inadequate parking and a need to upgrade public spaces. 

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TAPintoWestfield: Prioritizing Westfield’s One-Seat Ride

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 3, 2017

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When my family moved to Westfield in 2008, the fact that the town is on the train line and so close to NYC played an important role in our decision. We envisioned a shorter, more comfortable commute for my husband. We quickly realized how poor NJ Transit service is, with routine delays and canceled trains. Commuters from Westfield must transfer from a diesel train at Newark to an electric train that is able to travel through the tunnel to NYC. The Newark transfer can be difficult: rush-hour commuters rush up and down two flights of stairs, and sometimes not knowing which track the next train will be on. The transfer adds 15 minutes in each direction, and stress to the start of the workday. My husband tried the train commute a few times, and eventually found the bus commute more reliable and comfortable.

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TAPintoWestfield: 40-Year Westfield Resident and Former Colleague in Support of Shelley Brindle for Mayor

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 4, 2017 

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TAPintoWestfield: Shelley, She was Born to Run!

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 6, 2017 

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As a resident of the 07090 since 1991 and a two term board of education member I am officially declaring my support for Shelley Brindle to become mayor of our great town on Election Day. This election is not about Republican vs. Democrat. This election is about the future of our town and realizing that we must look forward and not in the rear view mirror anymore. The time for back slapping and talking about the good old days has come and gone.

 

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TAPintoWestfield: I Support Shelley Brindle for Mayor of Westfield

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 7, 2017 

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I am a registered Republican. I am voting for Shelley Brindle. Let me tell you why.

First, I’d like to congratulate Andy on doing an excellent job as mayor these past 12 years. I have nothing but good things to say about him, but 12 years is a very long time. The status quo must be challenged, or we will lapse into complacency and fall behind the times.

After many conversations with Shelley Brindle, I am convinced she will improve the lives of residents and our business community. Shelley has the vision and leadership experience to return Westfield to its proper place as a premier town in our state, and our country. Yes, good things can get even better!

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TAPintoWestfield: Building a Plan for the Future

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 11, 2017

tapreal.png My family has called Westfield home for almost 60 years. My wife’s family has been here nearly 40 years. We’re Westfield “lifers” by choice. There’s a reason that we, and many of our former classmates, are now raising our children here. We know the many wonderful things that have made Westfield a destination in our lives, and not just a stop along the way. From the downtown to the schools to our neighbors, there is so much to love. This is a great place to live.

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TAPintoWestfield: My Conversation with Shelley Brindle

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 13, 2017

tapreal.pngWhen I first met Shelley Brindle, I was impressed. I was impressed with her intelligence, her experience and her passion. But I was also uneasy. I’d seen her announcement video and heard the message about open communication, collaboration and changing the culture. But I wanted to hear the specific action plans and I thought other Westfielders would want the same. I expressed this to Shelley and she responded in two ways.  

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