Mayor Skibitsky on Communication with Residents
Saturday, September 14, 2013 • 5:15pm
The Town of Westfield is full of talented, creative, and passionate individuals with great ideas for the betterment of our community. Because I believe that input from residents is invaluable, I promised to improve communication between the council and residents. I have kept that promise.
Since taking office, I have met with hundreds of residents during my Saturday morning office hours. Through these meetings I have enjoyed getting to know many residents, listening to their concerns and suggestions, and acting upon those suggestions. I have also improved communication between County and State officials to help bring the State’s resources to Westfield. During Hurricane Sandy, thousands tuned-in to a town-wide conference call in which our County Freeholder, Al Mirabella, and legislative representatives Tom Kean Jr. and Jon Bramnick participated. Residents were kept informed of the status of the Town through the Town’s website, e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.
We have also made the Town’s website more user-friendly to keep residents well-informed. The minutes of council and committee meetings are now regularly posted on the Town’s updated website. In addition to presenting the full budget during a public meeting, the budget is posted in its entirety on the website. Tax payers also receive an annual letter detailing the year’s budget so that it is clear exactly how are tax dollars are being used.
Thank you to those who have taken the time to meet with me on Saturday mornings, call Town Hall, and speak at council meetings to make your ideas heard. If re-elected, I will continue to foster communication between you and your elected representatives so that we can work together to make Westfield an even greater place to live and raise a family.