Amy and I are proud to be candidates for Waldwick town council during these unprecedented times. As involved residents of this town we love so much, we’ve decided it’s time we give back with our energy, our determination, and our ideas. We want to ensure our community is inclusive for all.
Both of us are fixtures at our bimonthly council meetings. We listen closely and understand not just the rules and procedures, but also how to work in diverse groups to achieve a common goal. In fact, that’s what we are aiming for: a town that attracts new businesses and new families and offers opportunities for residents of every age, race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and creed. A town council should represent a true cross section of its residents. The more diverse a council is, the more creative it can be when brainstorming ideas, solving problems, and reaching all populations.
Since the advent of COVID-19, we’ve changed our ways of living like nothing we ever could have imagined. In Waldwick, small businesses have been heavily impacted. In addition, we have adapted to working remotely while caring for our loved ones and practiced social distance measures in the hopes of protecting ourselves and our neighbors. During these challenging times, community wellness is extremely important.
Therefore, Amy and I have outlined some of our ideas for a #StrongerTogether Waldwick:
· Partnering with the Board of Education
We need to strengthen the council’s relationship with the Board of Education with a liaison
who will look for opportunities to advocate for the community. The liaison and Board should
actively collaborate in areas that affect both the town and school. A strong relationship
between the council and the BOE benefits all of Waldwick.
· True Environmental Sustainability
The environment is important to our town and we need a more visible and proactive
Environmental Committee. We deserve one that motivates the residents to beautify
the parks, maintain clean water, and connect with neighboring towns.
· Revitalizing Downtown
Residents want a thriving downtown that serves the community’s needs and attracts new
businesses. We need to continue to expand safe outdoor eating, improve businesses’
relationships with the chamber of commerce, and help business owners with opportunities
and resources available to them, including the CARES act and the Small Business Grant
One of the things we like best about Waldwick is its welcoming community. Waldwick boasts the best people who encourage one another to rise up and meet challenges. We see this as our time to give back.
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Amy Weiner graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She is an accounting executive and CPA with 20 years of public and private accounting experience, as well as learning and development. With this skillset, Amy brings a wealth of financial expertise in budgeting, financial reporting, financial statement reviews and analysis, and internal controls.
Amy is passionate and committed to fostering change in her community. She served as the former treasurer for the board of the YWCA Northern New Jersey and currently is the director of supporter engagement for Women for Progress, an organization dedicated to raising awareness on a wide range of issues. Amy has developed professional training workshops on resume building and interviewing skills for women in transition from domestic abuse. A child sexual abuse survivor herself, Amy is also the co-chair on the Time Is Now Action Coalition’s committee for supporting other survivors.
Yet the most important role to Amy is being a mother to her young son Matthew. They have lived in Waldwick since 2015 and love how the town is such a close-knit community. Together (and sometimes with their dog Roxy) they participate in town activities from sports (go, Warriors!) to school events to volunteer opportunities. Amy strives to teach Matthew about the importance of community involvement, the rewards of giving back, and how to be the best person you can be.
Running for town council is a natural next step for Amy. She is committed to ensuring that neighbors are there for neighbors, that government is transparent and responsive, and every resident in Waldwick feels heard and understood. With fresh ideas and boundless energy, Amy will bring her strong work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm to the council—she is a true advocate who knows how to get the job done.
Anthony Paradiso has lived in Bergen County with his husband, Vincent, since 2014. Two years ago they moved to Waldwick with their dog Lizzie and they’ve never looked back.
Anthony loves Waldwick’s inclusive, hometown feel as well as its shops, restaurants, and parks. Anthony enjoys traveling (and is looking forward to getting back to Turks and Caicos and Europe one day), taking walks with his pup around the neighborhood, and spending time with family and friends (even at a distance). He’s a self-acclaimed ice cream connoisseur, and BBQ expert, and loves to kick back and enjoy a good book when he has time (his recent recommendation is Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys).
Originally from New York, Anthony attended Rockland Community College and then received his bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and eventually his master’s degree in human relations and business from Amberton University. He has more than fifteen years of human resources leader experience, with an expertise in diversity and inclusion and employee relations. As the founder and president of AllThingzAP, Anthony helps all individuals discover their full authentic selves. Additionally, he is on a host of councils and boards and has authored and been quoted in several articles about leadership, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations.
Anthony has served as the Bergen County Human Relations commissioner over the last four years, promoting tolerance and combating bigotry while encouraging respect for human rights and cultural diversity within our county. Now he hopes to represent his own wonderful town by running for Waldwick town council. He pledges to work closely with fellow council members to improve communication and transparency while continuing to embrace an inclusive environment. Anthony wants to ensure that Waldwick continues to be a vibrant place where families want to live, send their children to school, support local shops, and dine in its delicious restaurants. Anthony is not only running for Waldwick town council for his family but for everyone’s family.
Amy & I were endorsed by Congressman Gottheimer. See it for yourself!
Future endorsements are on the way – be on the lookout.
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