North Caldwell Councilwoman Cynthia Santomauro is running unopposed for a fourth three-year term on the borough's council in the upcoming municipal election.
On the council, the Republican councilwoman has served for nine year as chair of the Legal and Ordinance Committee. She is also a current member of the Recreation and Finance Committees.
Santomauro, an attorney in private practice, is a member of Cooke & Santomauro, P.C. of Hackensack, N.J. and White Plains, N.Y. Her practice concentrates in commercial litigation, including real estate, banking, lease and construction issues; supervision and management of nationwide commercial insurance premium litigation; employment law, representing both management and employees and personal injury litigation.
She earned her law degree from Seton Hall University Law School in Newark.
A native of Paterson, she lives in North Caldwell with her husband and two children.
Patch posed the following questions to Santomauro via email:
Q: What achievement are you most proud of from your current term on the council?
A: I am most proud of the many shared service agreements we have been able to achieve, resulting in significant tax savings to our town.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the next three years?
A: In addition to contemplating additional combined services with like-minded towns, we hope to keep taxes at, or as close as possible to, current levels while maintaining the high level of services our residents expect.
Q: What do you think are the big issues facing residents of North Caldwell and what have you done/what can you do to address them?
A: The people of North Caldwell face the same issues as all New Jersey residents, including financial insecurity, property taxes, and maintaining excellent schools for our children. We constantly look for new sources of revenue to offset increased costs and plan to continue to do this along with creative ways to increase revenue.
Q: What additional merged services might North Caldwell residents see in the future?
A: We have many shared services at this juncture, but it is always possible to explore additional combinations such as with DPW and Police, but any possibility of such shared services would only be with compatible local departments and only if in the very best interest of our residents.
Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: I am always looking for the best deal in everything I do and this always influences me in the way I approach all North Caldwell business. How do we get the most bang for the buck while still providing premium products and services and not sacrificing any quality?
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.