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MAYOR’S 2017 NEW YEAR MESSAGE

To begin the New Year, I would like to thank the residents of Bound Brook and all those who serve the Borough as elected or employed officials.  It is a pleasure to work with people who are committed to improving Bound Brook.
In 2017, I will continue to work on these priorities:
  • Communications and Transparency
I will continue my efforts to communicate clearly to the residents of Bound Brook through the Bound Brook Chronicle, Mayor Town Hall Meetings and my Open Door Policy. In addition, I will publish agendas and approved minutes of Borough Council meetings on my web page (mayorbobfazen). I will make every effort to post updates on Facebook (Bob Fazen) and Twitter (@mayorbobfazen).
  • Financial Accountability
First, I will make every effort to ensure that sound financial agreements are negotiated for redevelopment projects.  Agreements must benefit existing residents.
Second, my emphasis will be to increase State School Aid for Bound Brook. The Superintendent and I wrote a letter to the Governor respectfully requesting a $2 million increase in the 2017-18 NJ State School Aid for the Bound Brook School District.  We noted that the existing school aid formula is flawed and there is no immediate remedy forthcoming.  Currently, Bound Brook property taxes are too high and support approximately $14 million of the Board of Education budget and we need this exception to the aid formula to bring about a more reasonable level of property taxes in Bound Brook.  This has been an effort supported by many Bound Brook residents and if you agree with this effort, write, call or email the Governor expressing your support.  If we can obtain an increase in State School Aid, we can reduce the Board of Education burden on Bound Brook property tax budget, enabling more road improvements and/or reduced property taxes.
Third, we are aggressively seeking financial assistance from State, Federal and Private sources to subsidize increased road improvements, first responder training and equipment upgrades and other Borough needs.
  • Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Bound Brook
First, I will continue to ask for volunteers to form a “Green Team” to develop programs to improve quality of life, ensuring environmental, economic and social objectives are met.
Second, I am starting the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign with the “Walk with a Doc” program, meeting at the Bridgewater Commons on Saturday, January 21st at 8:30am and Saturday, February 18th at 8:30am – meeting at the food court.  More “wellness” programs will take place throughout the year.
  • Believe in Bound Brook
I will continue to be the head cheerleader for our town.  “Bound Brook is the Place to Dwell.”
In closing, and most importantly, my New Year’s Resolution remains the same as last year, I will do all I can to create an environment of RESPECT and TRANSPARENCY in government relations. We must all remember:
  • There may be disagreements on issues but we all must respect the views and opinions of others.
  • Actions taken by our municipal government and the justification of those actions must be transparent to all.
RESPECT and TRANSPARENCY are essential to maintaining the public trust.
 
Thank you for your support and have a Happy & Healthy New Year.
Robert Fazen
Mayor, Bound Brook, New Jersey
January 3, 2017

Mayor Bob Fazen www.mayorbobfazen.org

 

Bob and his wife Lynn have lived in Bound Brook for over 33 years and are members of St. Joseph Church.  Both daughters graduated from Bound Brook High School and graduated from New Jersey Universities (Princeton and Rowan).  He was a substitute teacher in the Bound Brook School District, teaching all subjects, K-12.  He is President of the Fazen Organization in New York City and has been professionally active in the development of real estate for over 27 years.  He has planned and managed over $150 million of successful construction projects and been responsible for acquiring financing and organizing design and construction teams to plan and execute projects ranging in cost from $300,000 to $50 million.

  • United States Military Academy, West Point, NY – Bachelor of Science, 1966
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1976
  • Auburn University, Montgomery, AL – Master of Business Administration, 1979
  • Drew University, Madison, NJ – Certificate – Historic Preservation, 2004
  • 15-Year Trustee of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition (helped implement NJ Transit-RVL “one-seat ride” to NYC)
  • Three Term President of the Washington Camp Ground Association (A non-profit organization organized in 1892 to preserve the “Middlebrook Encampment” grounds that were a principal base of operations for General George Washington’s forces during the Revolutionary War.)
  • Two term President of the Bound Brook-Middlesex Rotary Club
  • Two Term President of the Bound Brook-Middlesex Kiwanis Club
  • Former Chairman of the Bound Brook Planning & Zoning Board
  • Former Chairman of the Bound Brook Historic Preservation Commission
  • Co-Founder and Treasurer of We Will Rebuild (A non-profit organization that provided over $1 million of financial support to the communities affected by Hurricane Floyd).
  • Lifetime Member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Former Elected member of the Bound Brook Board of Education
  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (1966-1986)
Bob retired after 20 years of military service.  He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and has earned numerous military awards including the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Wings and Ranger Tab.  His military positions included: Company Commander and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division; Professor of Military Science at Rutgers University; Professor of Engineering Fundamentals at the United States Military Academy; Deputy Chief of Staff of Fort Dix, NJ.
  • President, The Fazen Organization (1986-Present) – www.fazen.org
The company is involved in the development and management of residential and commercial properties.  The Fazen Organization (“TFO”) represents owners in the site selection, financing, marketing, leasing, design, construction and operations of numerous properties. TFO increased the appraised value of 555 Broadway from $14 million to $255 million by planning and completing a modernization of the 100-year old property.  We coordinated $10 million of tenant and base building renovation including facade and roof repairs, window replacement, complete interior renovations and upgrades of mechanical, elevator and electrical systems.  TFO negotiated the largest and third largest tenant leases in NYC in 1992.
Clients have included: TIAA/CREF, Integrated Resources, Aldrich Eastman Waltch Inc., Chemical Bank, Citicorp, The College Board, American Bible Society, Chock Full O’Nuts, Cunard Lines Ltd., Ise Realty Group Inc., JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Metlife, Mitsui Fudoson, Monet, The Beacon Group, The Family Circle, Scholastic Inc. and the NYC Board of Education.
  • A Licensed NY State Real Estate Broker and NJ State Real Estate Sales Associate
  • A lifetime member of the Society of American Military Engineers and West Point Societies of New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia
  • He is a former member of the Real Estate Board of NY and the Building Owners & Managers Association of New York.