Green Vision & Future For Hawthorne What Does This Mean?
As a Green, I am Purposing an Extensive & Bold Vision.
This is necessary for the Future We Deserve in Hawthorne.
- I will pursue ending our current contract with B and B Disposal for the constant mishandling of the garbage and recycling in our town. Numerous complaints over the last year: broken receptacles, skipped streets, missed Wards, failing trucks, leaking trucks and unmarked trucks on our streets. This is not what our citizens want from our council and administration. I'm committed to working with the administration to find a better company and reaching out to other municipalities to see how they are handling their garbage and recycling removal.
- Working to ensure safety and reduce speeding on major arteries of town. I will work with the administration, county and police. We may need to reduce the speed limits, install better signage around town and utilize our police to patrol more of these highly frequented roads.
- Identifying intersections that need better crosswalks and signage. Walking through and towards key areas of town, Goffle Brook Park or 8 Acres falls on us to manage better. There are definitely areas that need more attention.
- Supporting the No Fossil Fuels pledge and even go further by starting we will take NO money from the Fossil Fuels industry, NO Corporate PAC donations and NO Developer ties. This ensures I'm beholden to you the voters of Hawthorne only!
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Craig Cayetano is running for Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 in 2019
"I'm a lifelong Northern New Jersey resident, predominantly from Bergenfield, but have resided in Hawthorne for fifteen years now. I'm second generation Peruvian on my father's side and Italian/German descent on my mother's. Both my mother and grandmother were hardworking waitresses so living paycheck to paycheck was our way of life. I had been a busboy for them from time to time. Then, I was hired to be a veterinary technician at sixteen and was self-taught. Even back then I was a very good listener. I had varied interests growing up: baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, band, debate but mainly science and the environment were my focus. I helped to form our high school Environmental Club. I was it’s president as well. I studied Biology, Political Science and Philosophy while attending community college before being thrust into the full-time sales workforce. I still am constantly studying one topic or another almost daily and am always learning.
I have always believed in and worked for fairness towards all political parties. Trying to always study all sides of the political spectrum and to develop a common sense or “real world” approach to issues. I have supported many Independent or Alternative candidates up and down the ballot in every election. After stepping away from politics, I re-engage during 2015 for the Sanders primary campaign and supported him until his concession. Since then, I have seen the control, influence and harm the two-party system has affected the electoral process. I respect those that still vote in every election but remain Independent or Unaffiliated. I understand why some have even decided not to vote. While volunteering on a few campaigns over the last few years I truly listen to their reasons and concerns. I honestly love conversing about the day-to-day issues that matter most to people. I strive to build the Green Party because it is focused on community, environment, labor and not beholden to any corporate interests or donors. I first started locally as a member, then Nationally as one of our state's National Delegates and now as a State Co-Chair. I try to lead by example and have been a listener, activist, organizer and will be a strong advocate for the people here in Ward 3 and for all of Hawthorne."
I envision a Hawthorne in which we can unite as a community and welcome all that come to reside here. A thriving neighborhood with a robust small business based local economy. A town that offers a different feel than those around us with more arts and creativity. Even more green spaces, improving our infrastructure and working to preserve the environment for the future we deserve.
I'm dedicated to campaigning using grassroots democracy to connect to those in Ward 3 and throughout Hawthorne. I will be an advocate who listens to and speaks up for the people in our ward and town. While always representing our community with transparency and integrity. Already, pledging to not take any PAC or corporate money and will not be beholden to any special interest groups or developers. I will strive to use ecological wisdom, community based economics and maintain social justice with respect for diversity. My actions and policies will be future focused and promote sustainability.