WALDWICK, N.J. — If he could change anything, re-elected Waldwick Republican Mayor Tom Giordano says, it would be the negativity that some people bring to Facebook.
Besides winning his second four-year term in the Nov. 3 elections -- getting 1,189 votes to 574 for challenger James Schulz -- "Mayor Tom" is proud of an award that he and the Borough Council will receive later this month.
The New Jersey Municipal Management Association's Elected Officials Award will be presented at the 100th annual State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on Nov. 18.
It goes to municipal officials "who have selflessly guided their communities through the good times and troubled times with little recognition of their sacrifice," NJSLOM says.
Giordano served as a Waldwick councilman from 2005 until 2012, when he became the mayor. He's also been president of the Waldwick Fire Department the past 20 years.
Daily Voice caught up with the mayor after his election victory.
DAILY VOICE: What would you say are some of your greatest accomplishments as Waldwick Mayor?
GIORDANO: My greatest accomplishments are the handicap park that was built in Borough Park, the lightning detection system we share with the Board of Ed, the new electric sign board being installed in Waldwick, honoring the memory of Police Officer Christopher Goodell and the memory of Staff Sgt. Joseph D'Augustine.
DAILY VOICE: What’s something you’d like to see change?
GIORDANO: I would like to change the negativity on some of the Facebook sites that residents write on. People can hurt others by their words they write. Sometimes it is not true and people get hurt.
DAILY VOICE: What makes you different from other political officials?
GIORDANO: I do not like the word political official. I'd rather be called "Mayor Tom," who was elected to serve the residents of Waldwick. I might not always do the popular thing but I try to do the right thing for all Waldwick residents.
DAILY VOICE: Anything else?
GIORDANO: I would like to thank the residents of Waldwick for allowing me to serve as their mayor for another 4 years. I will continue to serve Waldwick along with my friends Andy, Greg, Anthony, Deb, Chuck, Don and Councilman-Elect Joe with strong dedicated and caring leadership.
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