I am a Democratic candidate seeking one of two open seats on the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in the November 3, 2020 election. My running mate, Joan Voss, is a 3-term incumbent.
As Mayor of the great Village of Ridgewood, a successful business leader, active volunteer in youth sports and my parish, and a member of the Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Committee, I have always worked hard to build a strong future for my six wonderful children and give back to the community that has done so much for me and my family.
More than 30 years ago, my family and I came to this country from the Dominican Republic and found a welcoming home in Ridgewood. I have always believed in the promise of the American dream and I am so proud that two years ago I had the honor of becoming the first ever Latino Mayor of Ridgewood.
I believe such an achievement was possible because we live in the greatest country in the world. I also believe that we are fortunate to live in the greatest county in New Jersey – with excellent schools, thriving businesses, good jobs, beautiful parks and safe, strong communities.
I am running for Bergen County Freeholder because every family deserves the same opportunities I had in order to realize their dreams. While keeping Bergen County strong and building the best possible future for our families is not without its challenges, I am optimistic about what lies ahead.
I am committed to fighting for our Democratic values, ready to take on the tough challenges facing our families and eager to work alongside our Democratic Freeholder team and County Executive James Tedesco to build on the progress they have made so far.
I would especially like to thank the Dean of the Freeholder Board, David Ganz, who has shown what honest and principled public service looks like in more than a decade as a Freeholder.
Public Service Focus & Accomplishments
Infrastructure: Construction of the Hudson Street Parking Garage, and train station parking lot expansion, bringing much needed parking relief to the Ridgewood Central Business District. Approved reconfiguration of train station parking lot which will create an additional 36 parking spaces for commuters and shoppers/diners. Approved over $2 million yearly for repairing and paving our streets.
Business: Led the development and implementation of the weekend outdoor mall concept to help businesses re-open and get back on their feet.
Zoning: Updated the permitted uses in the Central Business District to improve commercial tenant mix.
Public Safety: Worked with electric utility to upgrade lighting conditions and funded sidewalk repairs to improve pedestrian safety.
Older Adults: Worked very closely with Age Friendly Ridgewood and NJ Future with a focus on solutions for aging in place. Funded the purchase of a new senior bus.
Athletic Facilities: Replacement of the largest sports field in Ridgewood.
Clean Water: Supported various capital improvement projects while leading public policy efforts to educate the public on the impact of emerging contaminants. Hired a leading law firm to pursue lawsuits against parties responsible for contamination to our drinking water, in order to offset the cost of remediation. Successfully conducted three rounds of lead and copper testing which resulted in an 82% reduction in lead levels and the lowest lead and copper levels ever recorded in the system.
Environmental: Ban on single-use plastic bags; Commissioning of municipal GIS tree inventory while planting more trees than any other Council in over 35 years; Recipient of the Sustainable Jersey 2019 Creativity & Innovation Award.
Historic Preservation: Restoration of the Zabriskie Schedler House with Bergen County matching grants.
Communications:Improved communications with residents through the use of social media and internet.
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Ramon M. Hache Sr Bergen County Freeholder Candidate Former Mayor & Councilman, Village of Ridgewood