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CYNTHIA SANTOMAURO AND JOHN CHIAIA
We are running for re-election to the North Caldwell Borough Council in a contested election. Many people know our voting record and our platform—all reasons why the official North Caldwell Democratic party did not put up a ticket against us when we began our journey this year. In this highly political year, your vote is more important than ever! Regardless of national and statewide issues or party affiliation, our local race is important, too. Our leadership, dedication, vision and qualifications speak for themselves, but for those of you who don’t know us yet, please read on.
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Cynthia (Cindy) and her husband Tony have resided in North Caldwell for over 30 years, where they raised their two sons and have been active in township activities, including serving on the board of the North Caldwell Baseball Association. Cindy has been a member of the North Caldwell Borough Council since 2003 and has served as Council President for the last seven years—the first female to serve as president in North Caldwell’s nearly 125-year history. She listens to all sides of an issue, is always open to hearing the merits of an opposing position, and brings laser focus to our borough’s decision-making process.
At her law firm, Cooke & Santomauro, PC, she specializes in litigation and transactional matters. A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Committee, Cindy has most recently served as the committee’s chairman as well as having served as a member of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. She has been a municipal prosecutor, a member of the Essex County Planning Board, and a commissioner on the Essex County Improvement Authority. She is also a court mediator and arbitrator. Cindy was the original incorporator of the North Caldwell Recreation Foundation, which raised over $80,000 to be used toward the new turf field.
Her extensive legal experience and deep love of the community uniquely position her to meet the challenges North Caldwell faces with respect to land development, contract negotiations, and the many issues municipalities deal with on a daily basis. Her goal is to make sure that every Council decision improves the character of the town and the quality of life for its residents.
Having grown up in North Caldwell, John’s roots run deep. He and his wife, Michele raised their two sons here and John has always been very active in town, helping with recreation projects and volunteering his time and legal expertise where needed. He understands that running the township is running a business, and brings out-of-the-box thinking to the issues we face. Michele was a member of the North Caldwell Board of Education and together, they have a vested interest in the quality of life for the residents of this town.
John is a former member of the North Caldwell Planning Board and presently serves as a member of the Essex County Planning Board. As part of his Council duties, John has chaired the Finance Committee and Recreation Committee and has served on the Public Works, Public Safety and Personnel committees. John is also the Council representative to the Camp Wyanokie Commission.
His law firm, Chiaia & Associates, LLC covers several practice areas including corporate legal services and civil/equity litigation. He is a past chapter president and national officer of UNICO, is a CCD teacher at Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell, and has coached baseball, basketball, and soccer in town.