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ELIZABETH – “Doing more with less” was the overriding theme at the 2011 Annual Mayors Dinner hosted by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Newark Airport Marriot Hotel Monday, March 28. In providing the audience of 350 with a state of their town recap, nearly every mayor or councilperson talked about maintaining services and avoiding layoffs despite reduced operating budgets in the past and coming year.

In keeping with the light nature of the evening each year, the Best Speaker Award went to Mayor Kathi Fiamingo of Kenilworth for her musical rendition of the state of Kenilworth. Fiamingo also won the Mayor of the Year Award, a double-win never before achieved at the dinner.

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The winners were:

  • Mayor of the Year – Kathi Fiamingo, Kenilworth, for promoting open government
  • Business Administrator of the Year – John Laezza, Clark, for his work to deliver more services while capping property tax increases
  • Public Safety Official of the Year – Robert Lucid, Summit, for initiating shared services with other towns
  • School Superintendent of the Year – Patrick Martin, Union, for introducing Saturday Academy

“The mayors, councils and other leaders in municipalities throughout New Jersey are facing the biggest challenges of their careers right now, with less state aid, reduced tax income due to the struggling economy and new state mandates to hold property taxes,” said James Coyle, Gateway president. “Yet they are finding creative and in some cases ingenious ways to meet these challenges while avoiding cuts in services and layoffs. While only one of our nominees was named Mayor of the Year, the residents of all 21 municipalities in Union County are the real winners.”

Also in attendance was Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7), who presented Coyle with a flag that flew over the Capital building in honor the chamber’s 100th anniversary being celebrated in 2011.

Mayor Kathi Fiamingo of Kenilworth, named both Mayor of the Year and Best Speaker at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Mayors Dinner, is flanked by James Coyle (left), Gateway president and Eric Segal, CEO of Security Business Solutions.

John Laezza (center) of Clark, named Business Administrator of the Year at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Mayors Dinner, is flanked by Eric Segal, CEO of Security Business Solutions, and Angie Tsirkas, vice president and manager at Northfield Bank in Linden.

Robert Lucid (right), chief of police of Summit was named Public Official of the Year at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Mayors Dinner, is flanked by Mike Raimonde, executive vice president of Provident Bank (left) and Eric Segal, CEO of Security Business Solutions.

Patrick Martin, superintendent of schools in Union who was named School Superintendent of the Year at the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce 2011 Annual Mayors Dinner, is flanked by Eric Segal, CEO of Security Business Solutions, and Lynn Crystal of Lynn Crystal Company.


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