|Name||George A. Spadoro|
|Address||145 Echo Ave. |
Edison, New Jersey , United States
|| March 27, 1948
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
Aug 22, 2012 05:52pm
|Info||Former NJ State Assemblyman |
Currently Mayor of Edison
Mayor George A. Spadoro enjoys a wide range of interests and hobbies. He is a skier, tennis player, runner, fisherman, and boater, as well as an avid reader, world traveler, and lifelong student of foreign affairs.
Currently, George is a senior partner in the law firm Spadoro & Hilson in Woodbridge, and is well known and recognized in the Edison community as a leader and citizen activist.
During the 37 years he has lived in Edison, George has served on the Board of Directors of Keep Middlesex Moving Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting transportation issues, opportunities, and alternatives in Middlesex County. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for both the Garden State Games and the Environmental Management Hazardous Waste Institution.
George served as an Edison Councilman for eight years between 1981 and 1988. As Councilman and Council President, George demonstrated an unending commitment to open government, the safety and security of Edison residents and senior citizens, and the preservation of the environment.
George created Edison's Senior Citizen Housing Agency and sponsored the unique Senior Citizens' Set Aside Ordinance, which forced developers of multiple-unit dwellings to designate 10% of the total number of units for low and moderate income senior citizens. He led the fight to halt the construction of two incinerators in Edison and voted to save the Dismal Swamp. In 1988, he organized the Edison Township Waterfront Recreation Area Study.
George was a New Jersey State Assemblyman from the 18th district for two terms, from 1988 to 1991. His leadership allowed him to author and enact New Jersey's strongest financial disclosure law which won him praise from many grassroots citizen organizations and government reform groups. The Director of New Jersey Common Cause, referred to George's legislation as "a real reform, not just cosmetic reform...a major milestone in reforming the way New Jersey State government operates."
One of George's major accomplishments as Assemblyman was his sponsorship of the New Jersey Bias Crimes Act, which has become the primary vehicle for the prosecution of bias-related crimes in New Jersey.
George became an expert on transportation and telecommunications issues as Chairperson of the State Assembly Transportation Authorities, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee. During his term as Chairperson, George authored and was responsible for the passage of legislation that opened the door for the utilization of fiber optics. This legislation was hailed as marking the turning point in New Jersey's emergence as a leader in the telecommunications revolution.
During his tenure in the Assembly, George was also a member of the Insurance and Financial Institution Committee, the Veterans Committee, and the Special Committee on College Alcohol Abuse and Hazing in New Jersey.
George was elected Mayor of Edison in November of 1993. His campaign focused on the issues of job creation and tax stabilization, environmental protection and the preservation of open spaces, and open and accessible government. Mayor Spadoro took office on January 1, 1994.
Over the course of his first term, George led the Edison community through its most serious disaster-- the March 23rd Texas Eastern pipeline explosion and fire at the Durham Woods Apartment Complex. In this role, he has fought to improve pipeline safety conditions and has become a nationally recognized figure for pipeline safety reform nation-wide.
At the local level, budgets proposed by Mayor Spadoro included a stabilized tax rate for Edison's almost 100,000 people. His commitment to reduce the tax burden on local residents is also manifested in several major efforts create a business-friendly environment in Edison, including the establishment of the Edison Economic Development Corporation.
Other achievements include the establishment of the Edison Youth Service Corps. The Youth Service Corps features high school-age students who perform a wide range of community service activities in exchange for modest wages and college tuition assistance.
Also among George Spadoro's accomplishments as Mayor is the formation of a community-policing program. Under this program law enforcement officers establish a closer bond with Edison residents and business establishments in an effort to better understand problems in the community and to stop crimes before the actually occur. Community Policing consists of Edison's first Police Bike Patrol, Civilian Police Academy, and other programs to take a pro-active approach to policing.
George Spadoro ran for re-election for Mayor in November 1997 and 2001 and was overwhelmingly chosen by the people to continue to serve at the helm of the 5th largest municipality in the State. He began his third term on January 1, 2002.
Mayor Spadoro led Edison to purchasing and preserving several parcels of land important to the environment. The Mayor also initiated a program where senior citizens are introduced to the World Wide Web in a relaxed atmosphere at the Edison Senior Center and introduced a police car take home program, reducing maintenance costs and increasing police visibility in the community.
The establishment of the Edison Arts Society marked a triumph for the Mayor, as he increases community awareness about the rich arts culture present in Edison. The first Arts Summit, held in June 1998, included speaker Robert Pastorelli ('Eldin' on Murphy Brown) and focused on the importance of the arts in Edison.
In 1999, the Mayor announced the implementation of a new Defibrillator program for Edison. By increasing the number of Defibrillators in town and by training personnel in the use of them, Mayor Spadoro hopes to save lives. The program includes training of police, fire, and municipal personnel as well as companies and citizens around Edison.
In the future, Mayor Spadoro has announced his intentions to explore the development possibilities and recreational use of the seven miles of Raritan Riverfront that wind through Edison. Also along the Raritan, the Mayor is actively pursuing the establishment of ferry service between Edison and lower Manhattan. George Spadoro will, of course, continue his work in open space preservation, economic development, increased senior citizen services and youth advocacy.