At its April 26, 2011 meeting, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and the Town Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the preservation of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Inter-Municipal Tax Sharing (ITS) program. Under the ITS formula, municipalities with development in their Meadowlands district pay a portion of tax revenues from development into the tax sharing fund and municipalities where there is less development receive payment from the fund.
On April 16, 2011, the Town of Kearny held its annual river cleanup at Riverbank Park in Kearny. Led by Councilwoman Carol Jean Doyle, numerous volunteers showed up at the park’s Frank A. Vincent Marina to help remove litter and debris from the banks of the Passaic River. Many school children participated as did volunteers from the Woman’s Club of Arlington, the Optimist Club, the Kearny Chapter of UNICO and Pathways to Independence.
The Department of Defense POW/ Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Town of Kearny held its 2nd Annual Recreation Volunteer Appreciation Night to thank volunteers for their commitment to children involved in sports and recreation in the Town of Kearny. All volunteers received a Certificate of Appreciation and a Cardinal Recognition Pin from the Recreation Department and soda and appetizers courtesy of Applebee’s.
I am pleased to report that the Town of Kearny reached agreements with all its municipal labor unions that contain concessions on salaries while avoiding all layoffs and demotions. These agreements will generate savings of $3.8 million in 2011, thereby strengthening the Town’s ability to meet the requirements of the new State law limiting property tax increases to 2% a year.
The agreements are as follows:
On Thursday, December 2, 2010, the Town of Kearny held its Annual Town Hall Tree Lighting Festival, sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone.