Remarks of Mayor David L. Ganz
before the Jewish Community Relations Council
September 25, 2002
I am truly honored to be here today. Before I begin I want to wish everyone a sweet and prosperous New Year. L'Shana Tova.
I am here to represent my friend and colleague Dennis McNerney, the Democratic Candidate for Bergen County Executive. I am also fortunate to be running with Dennis to a seat on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Regrettably, Dennis could not attend this meeting because as a Freeholder he has a meeting of the board, which he could not miss.
As you might know Dennis is a lifelong Bergen County resident, growing up in Teaneck and he currently lives in Ho-Ho-Kus with his wife Cathy and two small children, Kevin and Julia.
Dennis has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware and received his Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University. Currently he is a municipal finance expert with a brokerage firm in Jersey City.
As Mayor of Fair Lawn, I can tell you firsthand that Dennis McNerney has been an excellent Freeholder and I have no doubt he will be a great County Executive.
Dennis will be a great Chief Executive for our County, no matter what town you live in, what Party you belong to, what race you are, or what religion you practice. He is a decent caring man.
He also is not afraid to show leadership on important issues. He led the fight to end the practice of costly car allowances for Freeholders; he has shown leadership on trying to get the County Budget under control. In fact when he was the Freeholder Finance Chairman he cut $7 million off the proposed Administration Budget.
As you might know, I am running for Freeholder with Dennis and look forward to working with him. He and I have discussed what we plan on doing for the County. Some of our ideas are straightforward. For example, create an emergency response system for Bergen County in the chance a major tragedy occurs. I created such a phone alert system in Fair Lawn and now it is time for it to happen Countywide.
Education is another issue we have talked about. We both feel that we need to make sure Bergen County's education system remains a top-notch system. This can be done by keep our technical school and academies well funded and make sure the County provides as much assistance as possible to local districts. I educated my children in this County, at Solomon Schecter and also in public schools, we need to keep the children our county is well educated.
Dennis doesn't talk about issues like education he lives them. I want a County Executive who actually attended Bergen Community College, like Dennis did.
Though being County Executive, does not directly get involved in issues regarding Israel, or Jewish issues directly. If Dennis needs to consider issues of that nature he will consult his colleagues who are Jewish like Congressman Steve Rothman, Assemblywoman Lorretta Weinberg, or for that matter, me.
Before I conclude, I want to say something personally. As a member of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center – Congregation Etz Chaim and as Mayor of Fair Lawn, I would be honored to have Dennis McNerney as our County Executive. I also would be honored to serve as a member of the Freeholder Board with Dennis as County Executive.
Thank you for the opportunity to be here tonight.