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LETTER: Published 5/5/17: Support from Herb Lev

LETTER: Published 5/5/17: Support from Nora and Mark Brenneis

LETTER: Published 5/5/17: Support from Council member Alex Roman

LETTER: Published 5/3/17: Support For Ryan, McEvoy, Piccuirro (Larry and Mary Bovich)

NEW: Published 5/3/17:  Why you should vote for me:

LETTER: Published 5/1/17:  McEvoy will Fight for Verona (Michele Bernadino)

NEW:   Published 4/29/17:  Link To Forum Videos from

 Published 4/28/17: Verona Candidates Sound off At Forum

Published 4/26/17: Verona Candidates share views on budgeting

Published 4/25/17:  Candidates Questions#6:  Municipal Employment

Published 4/21/17: Verona Candidates Weigh In: Traffic Issues

:  Published 4/20/17: Letter of Endorsement: Jack McEvoy Cares (Steve Foster)

LETTER: Published 4/18/17: Letter of Endorsement: Support Jack McEvoy for Town Council  (Scott Chesney

Published 4/11/17: Candidates Question#5: How to appeal to residents that speed

LETTER  Published 4/6/6: Letter of Endorsement: Support Hardworking Candidates Ryan, McEvoy (Lisa Sivo)

Published 4/4/17: Candidates Question#4: What do prospective voters ask you about most

Published 3/28/17: Candidates Questions#3: Most rewarding volunteer work and why

LETTER Published 3/28/17: Letter of Endorsement: Support Ryan, McEvoy (Al DeOld)

LETTER Published 3/27/17: Letter of Endorsement: Keep the Improvements Coming (John Sampers)

Published 3/21/17:  Candidates Question#2: Eliminate one ordinance and tell us why

Published 3/14/18: Candidates Question#1: Verona’s biggest challenge

Published 3/10/17: Candidate Statement from Jack McEvoy

Support for McEvoy, Ryan, Piccuirro

To The Editor:

Please vote for Kevin Ryan, Jack McEvoy, and Christopher Piccuirro for Verona Town Council next Tuesday, May 9th.

We support these 3 candidates because they will keep the Town Council moving forward in a positive direction with Council Members Michael Nochimson and Alex Roman: listening to and representing the wishes of every resident and taxpayer; keeping our taxes as low as possible while spending every tax dollar wisely with absolute honesty, integrity and transparency; and ultimately maintaining and improving services and safety for all Verona residents.

We want candidates that have no motives other than a love and care for Verona. We want qualified and bright Council Members who think individually, not as a unit, with varying and unique perspectives, members who might not always agree but are willing to discuss and problem solve for the benefit of Verona taxpayers and residents. We want members who are willing to listen to residents concerns and suggestions. Mayor Kevin Ryan has certainly proven he fits that bill and Jack McEvoy and Chris Piccuirro will be new additions of the same ideals.

Kevin Ryan has kept his promises while serving on the Council and during the last 3 years, along with Nochimson and Roman, he helped stopped the closed-door, “tax and spend gravy train” ways of the former town manager and his town council voting block. Kevin helped transform our municipal government into a well-run municipality under the direction and oversight of the Town Council, and the management of our new Town Manager, Matt Cavallo, and our new Chief Financial Officer, Matt Laracy. They succeeded in a zero tax increase over the last 2 years, while maintaining and improving services.

Jack McEvoy has been a part of the positive change we enjoy today as he has been attending Town Council, Planning Board and Adjustment meetings for 5 years and is outspoken at the podium, making suggestions that have benefited all residents. Jack is a life-long Verona resident, and a licensed home inspector after running his own contracting business. Jack’s goals address a wide spectrum of issues including safety, budgetary oversight of new building projects and developments, and capital savings for future needs. Jack will hit the ground running as a new Council Member. Continue reading

McEvoy Will Fight for Verona

To The Editor:

I am writing in support of Jack McEvoy for Verona Town Council in the upcoming municipal election on May 9, 2017. I met Jack and his wife Jessica through mutual friends a number of years ago at a social event. Over time I have come to admire Jack’s Altruism, Business sense, and Character. As a public school teacher, I’ll say that I can strongly relate to the ABC’s of Jack McEvoy!

Jack McEvoy was becoming a household name as he fought to preserve the integrity of our town by opposing the blasting and overdevelopment of the land near Everett Field. Having three boys who used that field, and being someone who commutes down Bloomfield Avenue every day, I applaud his altruistic efforts. He has spent countless hours fighting for the rights of others in the community. Not only was Jack concerned for his property, but more so for the elderly folks that have been living closer to that blasting area for many years, knowing their houses could be destroyed, leaving them with no options. As of today, that property remains undeveloped.

Jack strongly supports small business in Verona and feels the need for change in our zoning ordinances. This change is essential to pave the way for new businesses to move into Verona and keep our storefronts occupied. I myself have faced challenges trying to move a business in the township of Verona and agree that change is needed, specifically abolishing the “Change of Use” ordinance as Jack has proposed. His business sense will help remove the roadblocks that prevent Verona from being a thriving small business community. I believe the abundance of “For Rent” signs will be a thing of the past under Jack’s tenure as a councilman.

My conversations with Jack over these past few years, and more specifically these past couple of months, have shown me Jack’s true character. Without children of his own, he remains an advocate of supporting Verona’s schools and promises strict oversight of the town’s PILOT projects to ensure our schools get the funding they need. If you attended the Candidates Forum or had the opportunity to attend one of Jack’s Meet and Greets you would know that he is informed, well spoken, and has a strategic plan for Verona’s future. He is open to ideas and engaging conversations on how to make Verona even better. After growing up in town, Jack decided to make Verona his lifelong home. He is invested and dedicated to our community.

While the residents of Verona face many challenges today, I believe that Jack McEvoy is a man of the people and will do what it takes to serve this community well. Please consider voting line 4A at the polls on May 9th.

Warmest Regards,
Michele Bernardino
Verona Resident for 14 years

Verona council candidates sound off at forum (VCG Times)

With the May 9 Verona Township Council election looming, the six hopefuls met for a public forum Wednesday night, April 26, at Congregation Beth Ahm.

The candidates, Donna Cannizzaro, Carrie Ford, Ted Giblin, Jack McEvoy, Chris Piccuirro, and incumbent Mayor Kevin Ryan spent an hour-and-a-half introducing themselves to a packed crowd in the Grove Avenue synagogue and answering questions about the issues facing the township.

The six candidates will be vying for three spots.

Verona High School students from the broadcast journalism and AP government classes assisted in the forum.

Meet the Verona Township Council candidates

Verona council candidates weigh in: Traffic issues

Verona council candidates share views on budgeting

Some of the questions included:

How do you keep up on town maintenance and making the town look nice with dwindling funds available?

Giblin said the maintenance and upkeep of the town is something he feels strongly about. The Department of Public Works “works tirelessly” to keep the town in tip-top shape, but the council needs to find other creative ways to pay for those expenses, he said.

“I think people in Verona receive and expect a high level of services from their community,” Giblin said, suggesting grants such as Green Acres or Open Space as ways to cover the costs.

McEvoy said it’s always good to find “commonsense ways” to go after the budget and try to keep expenditures low. For the past two years he’s been looking at the budget closely and said that’s where the money for road repair needs to come from, since it’s a yearly expense.

“We can’t go out and bond for this anymore,” McEvoy said. “You bond for road repair, you’re spreading it over 20 years. You’re paying interest rates on that money.”

McEvoy also suggested using money from the $2.8 million surplus the township accrued. Continue reading

Town Council Candidates: Right Sizing Government (Q#6 from MyVeronaNJ)

Question 6: What is the appropriate staffing level for a town like Verona and what would you do to get us there?
Jack McEvoy:  Verona has gone through many staffing changes over the past two years. A number of employees have recently retired while we’ve seen moderate growth in other departments. The answer to the question is really based within the question itself. The use of the word “appropriate” is key.

Any employment changes must be based upon need as well as an understanding of the contracts we have in place and the statutory laws that guardian those contracts.

When necessary services and appropriate maintenance of departments are lacking, we must revisit the hiring process. However, in circumstances where we are overstaffed or when certain roles have become obsolete or unnecessary, then rehiring for those phased-out roles would be wasteful and unnecessary.

Verona provides its citizens with a number of excellent services. Some come from our workforce directly while others are procured from outside contractors where staffing questions aren’t at issue. We must examine which service would be sensible to offer vs. those we may receive and offer to others via shared service agreements.

Our Department of Public Works has experienced recent attrition due to the retirement of some employees but we’ll need to make sure that the remaining force in place meets demands. DPW oversees the roadways, the recycling center and the leaf dump on Commerce Court among a myriad of other functions. Continue reading

Letter of Support by Steve Foster

To The Editor:

With a little more than two weeks to Verona’s Municipal elections one candidate – Jack McEvoy– stands head and shoulders above all the others.

Jack was born and raised in Verona, is a lifelong resident and a homeowner, property owner, business owner and is available 24-7.

Jack has diligently attended Council Meetings, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment meetings for several years. What other candidate can make such a claim?

Jack is concerned about the environment, regularly participating in clean ups on the Hilltop and Peckman river.

He is on the Board of Hillwood Terrace, showing his concern for our senior citizens. During a recent snow storm, when returning from shoveling out his mother’s property, he saw a lady with a corner property struggling to clean her walk. Jack stopped, opened the back of his truck, took out his snow blower and proceeded to clean up the entire property. Continue reading

Letter of Support by Scott Chesney

I’m writing to tell my fellow Verona Residents about Jack McEvoy, a friend of mine since childhood who is running for a seat on the Verona Town Council.

When Jack informed me that he was running for Town Council I immediately said, “Yes!”  You see, Jack is not a politician, but yet can dive into the world of politics and not only survive, but thrive.  He has spent countless hours doing research, reading, reviewing and preparing for every meeting he attends…simply because he cares.  There is no hidden agenda.  He competently and respectfully approaches the public portion of each of these meeting when he feels that something is missing, or when he disagrees with an ordinance or when an item of importance should be brought to light. In doing so, Jack has proven that he is a dedicated hard-working advocate for Verona.  Running for Town Council is not self-serving for him.  Again, he just cares so much about this town and he’s all about fairness.

Jack began attending Verona municipal meetings about five years ago when a developer applied to severely alter a piece of property across the street from the Annin Flag Factory.  The plans called for rock blasting for up to a year, as close as a 15 to 20 feet from residents’ homes, in order to build a three-story mini mall.  Jack, an experienced contractor, researched the plan and discovered that if executed, it would likely damage, if not destroy the neighboring properties; residential homes that have surrounded Everett Field for well over a century.  The residents in those surrounding homes were rightfully frightened and didn’t know how to combat this application or protect themselves from this invasive plan. Continue reading

Town Council Candidates: How to appeal to residents that speed (Q#5 from MyVeronaNJ)

Question 5: Speeding is a quality of life problem on many Verona streets. How would you appeal to your fellow Verona residents to get them to slow down?

Jack McEvoy: I have an issue with this question because speeders through Verona’s streets aren’t limited to only our residents. Even if every single Verona resident obeyed the speed limits, it doesn’t solve our problem.

Verona’s main streets are conduits from east to west, north to south and vice-versa. Thousands of drivers use the county roadways that connect us to Roseland, Cedar Grove, Newark, Fairfield and beyond.

I think there are certainly appeals that can be made to our caring residents, many of which want desperately to feel safe walking through our town. This same appeal, however, may not have an effect on those who race through Verona on their way to work or an appointment.

Growing up in Verona, everyone walked or biked everywhere. And it wasn’t all that long ago! Friends that lived in the far sections of Forest Avenue and Afterglow would walk to VHS daily. Almost all children walked to their elementary schools, HBW, and families walked to the Avenue to go to Terry’s, “the Deli”, Cohen’s, Patches or to go to the Park.

Back then there were speeders too. The difference was in how many cars there were. With so much development in and around Verona, we have a definitive increase in the amount of cars that also speed. So what sort of appeals would be effective, here in Verona, to hamper that bad habit? Continue reading