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David L. Ganz
Freeholder Office 1
Bergen County Plaza
Room 535
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel 201 336 6280
Fax 201 336 6297 or
Bergen County resident since 1982.


- Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.), 1973
- St. John's University School of Law (J.D.), 1976
- Lecturer of continuing legal education courses (N.Y. State credit-approved)

Local Civic Activities:

- Freeholder, (3 yr term 2003-2005; 2nd 3 year term, 2006-2008)
- Mayor, Boro of Fair Lawn, 1999-2005 (seven  terms)
- Member of the Fair Lawn Borough Council, 1998-2005 (re-elected Nov. 2001 for term ending 2005) (eight years)
- Member, Fair Lawn Zoning Board of Adjustment (10 years, 1987-1997)

- Secretary, Fair Lawn Zoning Board, five years (1987-1992)
- Chairman,
Fair Lawn Zoning Board, four years (1993-1996)
- Democratic County Committee, 1983-1997

National Civic Involvement:

- Member of the Board of Governors (directors), American Numismatic Association (the national coin club), 1985-1995;
vice president, 1991-1993;
president, 1993-1995;
presidential advisory committee chair, 1995-1997.
Legislative counsel 1978-1995.
- American Numismatic Society (oldest numismatic educational organization in the country), Member (1974-date), fellow (one of 200 voting members), 1991-date.
- Appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to the 1974 Annual Assay Commission pursuant to the Act of April 2, 1792 (1 Stat. 263).
- Appointed by Clinton Administration Treasury Secretary Lloyd P. Bentsen as charter member of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, 1993-1996 (two terms).
- Certified mediator, U.S. District Court national pilot project (District Court of New Jersey, 1995-date).
- Designated arbitrator, U.S. District Court (District of New Jersey and Eastern District of New York)
- Member Board of Directors, Bialystoker Nursing Home, N.Y., N.Y., (2001-2005)

International Civic Involvement:

- Consultant, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy, 25 years.
- President, World Mint Council, 1993-1995, and presiding officer of the 24 nation World Mint Council Conference, Los Angeles, 1994.


- A Critical Guide to Anthologies of African Literature (African Studies Association, 1973)
- "The U.N. and the Law of the Sea," International & Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 26, pp. 1-53 (1973)
- A legal and legislative history of America's bicentennial coinage (Three Continents Press, 1976)
- "Toward a Revision of the Minting & Coinage Laws of the United States", Cleveland State Law Review, 1977, vol. 26, pp. 277-351.
- The 90 Second Lawyer Guide to Real Estate (John Wiley, 1997)
- The World of Coins & Coin Collecting (Scribner's, 1980; 3rd rev. ed. Bonus Books, 1998)
- America's Coinage Laws 1792-1892 (Bowers & Merena, 1992)
- The Official Guide to U.S. Commemorative Coins (Bonus Books, 1998)
- The Official Guide to America's State Quarters (Random House, 2000; revised second edition, 2008)

- New York State C.L.E. approved lectures, "Practice before the Zoning Board of Adjustment" and "Basic Real Estate Closings" (credit)

- Smithsonian Guide to Coin Collecting (Harper Collins, 2008)

Professional Experience:

- Partner in New York City Law Firm of Ganz & Hollinger, P.C. since 1980 and Fair Lawn firm Ganz & Sivin, LLP since 1985.
- Freelance writer (author of a dozen books and more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles in a variety of fields since 1969).


Father to Scott, Elyse & Pam
Married to Kathy
Owned by four cats (D.J., Mistletoe, Busi, and Mimi).

Most Recent Accomplishments:


  • Author of Bergen County Public Advocate for Land Use ordinance.
  • Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee. Made substantial cuts ($500,000 or more annually) to County property taxes (2003,2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) from County Executive's Budget recommendations.
  • Introduced County drug prescription card SaVVer program county-wide, offering discounts on prescription drugs to seniors, children and all other County residents, offering a savings averaging 7% to as high as 41% off of the regular prescription price, discount good at 55,000 pharmacies nationwide... Savings to Bergen County residents: over $1-million....
  • Introduced "Reverse 911" to Bergen County as already used in Borough of Fair Lawn (county-wide security program).
  • Introduced "Cafeteria plan" tax savings for Bergen County employees and taxpayers, offering ability of County employees to pay for child care, medical and dental care and related health care services with pre-taxable funds, saving the County 7.65% of all sums deferred.
  • Introduced "Transit Check" plan for Bergen County Employees, offering ability to County employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for some permitted commuting costs, saving the County 7.65% of all sums so utilized and giving a huge tax benefit to County employees
  • Wrote the resolution calling on President Bush to release strategic petroleum (oil) reserves to lower gas prices at the pump.
  • Wrote the resolution to prohibit Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders from receiving severance packages, "golden parachutes", accumulated vacation pay and sick time, and for other purposes.
  • Wrote the resolution calling on County golf courses to have their flags marked to show the pin's position on the green (front, middle, back) to speed play and increase rate of accuracy for the County's 80,000 golfers.
  • Wrote the resolution from the Board of Chosen Freeholders backing Congressional issue of a circulating coin commemorating the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Created the first intern program for freeholders utilizing summer employees
  • Wrote the Ordinance to ban motorized scooters on County roads as a safety hazard to drivers and children.
  • Wrote the resolution calling for support of our troops and placing of yellow ribbons on County offices until the troops are brought safely home.
  • Helped Modernize the Freeholder meetings by changing the bylaws to allow action votes at work sessions as well as full meetings.
  • Wrote the COPCARS program that allows municipalities to lease-purchase police cars by bonding, rather than paying cash outright, to reflect their three-year lifetime and save municipal tax dollars.
  • Co-sponsored the SAVEBUCS program that allows municipalities to bond capital items cooperatively to save money and minimize costs.
  • Served as principal sponsor of the referendum to increase the voluntary open space tax from a half mil to one mil per $100 of assessed valuation, raising $15 million annually for open space acquisition and use, and author of the resolution-ordinance implementing the new program including an increase to 30% of the municipal recreational component.
  • Served as principal sponsor of The Bergen Wellness Discount Program℠ offering discounts on prescription drugs, offering prescriptions for pets (dogs and cats) at a discount, eyeglass, hearing aid and diabetic supplies at discount.
  • Wrote the ethics law requiring disclosure of campaign contributions to Freeholders, Sheriff, County Executive, Clerk and Surrogate (12/03).
  • Wrote the ethics law requiring disclosure of campaign contributions to Freeholders, Sheriff, County Executive, Clerk and Surrogate (12/03).


  • From 1993 until 1996, served as a charter member of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (appointed by Clinton Administration Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen; fought for creation of circulating commemorative coinage which ultimately became the 50 state quarter program now circulating (returning $5-billion to the American taxpayer and giving the Federal Treasury an incidental benefit).
    U.S. Mint Director Philip Diehl wrote (in 1998): "The idea of a circulating commemorative has been around the hobby for decades, but frankly, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Far more rare is the ability to move an idea to reality, especially in the rough and tumble environment of Washington, D.C. From my vantage point, the lion's share of the credit for making the 50 States program a reality goes to David Ganz, for his persistence as an advocate, and Congressman Michael Castle for championing the proposal through Congress. David gradually persuaded me of the merits of the proposal, and we at the Mint, in turn, convinced Treasury and the Hill that it was doable. There are other claimants, to be sure, but the hobby owes a debt of gratitude to Congressman Castle and Mr. Ganz."
Paid for by David L. Ganz and Ganz & Hollinger, P.C. and Committee to Reelect David L Ganz , Vi Etler Treasurer

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