Rich has been a resident of USR since 1994 with his wife Barbara Vitale and son Richard. He coached USR recreation baseball and served as Advancement Chairman and an Eagle Scout Board of Review member for USR Boy Scout Troop 133. Rich is an attorney who has run his own private practice for more than 30 years. He served as attorney coach for the Northern Highlands Mock Trial team and was a member of the Northern Highlands Regiment Marching Band Pit Crew. In 2017, Rich was named a top lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers.
Nvair is an adjunct professor of history at Bergen Community College, where she also serves as Co-Director of the Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation. A graduate of William Paterson University, she has lived in Bergen County all her life. Serving as a consultant for UNICEF and producer for Good Day New York earlier in her career, she currently serves on the Board of the Armenian Film Foundation and the Armenian International Women’s Association-NJ Affiliate. Her husband, Zareh, is an attorney and they have two daughters, Tamar and Lucine.
Our community is comprised of 8,300 residents living among nature’s finest scenery within the New York Metropolitan area. Over the next several years, our Borough will make decisions that will significantly impact the population and landscape of our five-square-mile town.
Together, we can move #USRForward
Living in New Jersey is not cheap and higher taxes should be the last resort to problem solving in USR. Here’s what we can do:
- Reduce expensive professional and consulting fees
- Create a well-balanced budget with your input
- Operate Borough Hall more efficiently with the integration of digital tools
Borough Hall should not operate behind closed doors. We will:
- Inform residents on issues impacting the community before a decision is made
- Actively communicate with you for suggestions and feedback
- Modernize Borough Hall by improving our website and the depth of information available
- Live stream USR Borough Council meetings
Our community is growing and we must protect the environment. We’ll help plan for more sustainable growth by:
- Rewriting Vision 2020 and developing a plan that actually becomes reality
- Ensuring new development does not negatively affect existing homes
- Supporting resident initiatives for sustainable growth improvements
- Protecting the environment from contamination and maintaining safe drinking water.
We are proud of our schools and what they offer our children and families. Residents of all ages deserve to have fun. We can strengthen our program by:
- Expanding the variety of activities offered beyond school-age programs
- Partnering with nearby towns to keep recreation costs to residents low
- Creating programs for seniors to help them stay in their USR homes
- Encouraging residents to share knowledge and skills to enhance our knowledge base by initiating self-funded programs
As we grow, it’s important we do so together
. We will:
- Recognize all volunteer service, encourage others to participate and be inclusive
- Establish a series of events throughout the year that bring us together
- Actively recruit members of our Borough to serve on advisory committees
The cost of litigation for the eruv is approaching $1 million. We’re ready to:
- Aggressively monitor litigation costs to ensure sound legal strategy and compliance with court orders
- Revisit our Master Plan to ensure our zoning laws are enforced to support increasing property values