Dear Friends & Neighbors,
As a 20-year resident dedicated to serving our town, I have decided to run for Mayor as an Independent. The reason is simple – partisan politics has gotten out of hand and is hurting our town.
We need a Mayor to encourage and challenge both parties to do what is right for all the residents of Demarest; a Mayor who should not represent just one side or only one party’s viewpoint. There should be only one party in Demarest – the “Demarest” Party. As Mayor, I will work with both parties and every resident to embrace the best ideas for Demarest.
The current Mayor has failed or refused to reach agreements with our Police and DPW departments for more than 2 years. As a result, both departments are understaffed, threatening our safety and quality of life. His lack of action and leadership has resulted in substantial and unnecessary overtime expense – a major waste of taxpayer dollars. Properly staffed departments under contract cost less to operate than relying on costly overtime and corresponding reduction of services. The town’s overtime budget is out of control and will likely exceed $300,000 this year for the police department alone. The overtime expense will greatly exceed $300,000 with every storm this year when the understaffed DPW will be forced to increase their overtime expense because of critical understaffing.
We have all felt the effects of partisan politics: your taxes have increased while services have decreased or disappeared.
- We no longer have the geese police protecting our parks and pond
- Summer concerts in the park are just a fond memory
- The school resource officer protecting our kids is gone
- Demarest Day is now a thing of the past
We are paying more and getting less. The way we do business must change, or else what makes our town so sought after and special to live in will cease to exist.
Running for Mayor, however, is an expensive endeavor and I need your help to get my message out. I am asking for your financial support to make Demarest better. Please help with a contribution to my campaign. Contributions should be made payable to: BKB VICTORY 2014 and mailed to P.O. Box 102, Demarest, NJ 07627.
Thank you for your support.
Brian K. Bernstein
Independent Candidate for Mayor