An important part of how we judge our elected officials is how much time they are willing to devote to a given issue and how productive their efforts have been. Many of us are better at smiling and spinning things than we are at actually getting things done. It is with this in mind that I recommend that Westwood voters consider giving their vote to Mayor John Birkner. As a fellow Pascack Valley mayor, I have seen how dedicated Mr. Birkner is and how tenacious he can be when he wraps his arms around an issue. When Hackensack North opens again where Pascack Valley hospital was, every resident in the valley has a debt to Mr. Birkner for his unyielding pursuit in bringing back an acute care hospital to our residents. The meetings, rallies, letters, phone calls, and everything else he organized were a very big part in making its opening a reality. He was not afraid to be a pest to our state representatives as he relentlessly demanded action as we went through the process. Add to this the flooding issues that he has also been out front on as well as the day to day mayor duties and I wonder how he has time for a real job. Mayor Birkner has shown that he is not interested in politics but rather what is best for the most people.
I do not pretend to know anything about Westwood politics or his opponent, but I can speak from firsthand experience that there is not a harder working mayor in Pascack Valley and I believe he has more than earned the support of his community. So when you are in the voting booth ask yourself if Mayor Birkner has earned your support. I believe the answer is yes.
- Mayor Roger J Fyfe, Borough of Montvale