I have never been prouder to have the privilege of being your Mayor and a Wayne Township resident! As we are all too aware, our community, nation, and the world are dealing with the most catastrophic pandemic that we have ever faced. Although this has been an extremely trying time, I am pleased to say that I have witnessed our Wayne residents rally together to fight this virus as a united community. When COVID-19 hit, a necessary course of action was immediately implemented, and our township employees rallied to fight this “invisible enemy”. Working together with the Township’s Business Administrator, Neal Bellet, Health Officer, Mary Ann Orapello, OEM Coordinator, Det. Capt. Dan Daly and our Chief of Police Jack McNiff, we put into action several life-saving measures to help ensure the health and well-being of our residents. This plan, however, could not have come to fruition without our valued employees, the 114 member Police Department under the direction of Chief McNiff, the five volunteer fire departments under the command of Commissioner Bob Minarick, the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad under the direction of Chief Stu Steinberg, medical professionals, the Wayne BOE, and all of the essential workers and you, our residents. From donating money & supplies, making masks, checking on our senior population, and providing meals and suggestions to keep our residents safe, we all worked together.
Multiple volunteer organizations came together: “Flag of Greater Wayne”, was formed as a local chapter of a national movement which provided an avenue for residents to donate funds to provide meals for the front-line workers. They, along with other volunteer groups and the various restaurants who provided the food, did an amazing job! I would also like to thank Wayne residents for making face shields for our medical community; for providing the case by case chart which was posted every day to keep our residents informed about the progression of the virus and for creating a music video to thank our front-line workers. These are just a few examples of Township residents’ commitment to our community, but please know that I appreciate everyone’s thoughtful assistance.
Although most of our residents who battled COVID-19 have recovered, I want to send my thoughts and prayer to those families who lost loved ones to this disease. You have my deepest sympathies.
Even though we face municipal budget challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, my ultimate mission as your Mayor is to be fiscally prudent. Accordingly, with the Township only controlling 20% of the tax bills, our major objective is to keep our tax base as stable as possible; a goal that we continue to achieve. Promoting economic viability and enhancing economic stability, I am happy to inform you that the development and redevelopment in Wayne Township continues to grow and I strongly believe that the business community wants to invest in our Township.
Lastly, I want to express my appreciation to the Township Council; our dedicated employees; the men and women of our Police Department; the members of our Volunteer Fire Department, and the members of the Wayne Memorial First Aid Squad for their steadfast commitment to our residents. Additionally, I would like to thank the members of the various Township Boards and Commissions; and all the volunteers who donate countless hours of their time for the betterment of our community.
As I have said many times during this pandemic, “We will get through this together.”
I thank you for your continued support to serve as your Mayor and please feel free to contact me at 973-694-1800, ext. 3200 or email with any thoughts or concerns you may have. I look forward to your input.
Christopher P. Vergano