>Ridgewood Council candidates discuss downtown
Ridgewood Council candidates discuss downtown
MONDAY APRIL 2, 2012, 10:37 AM
BY JOSEPH CRAMER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
The preservation and maintenance of a thriving downtown business district in Ridgewood is among many issues that will demand the attention of the new Village Council over the next four years.
Village officials have been making adjustments to encourage more activity in the Central Business District, namely an ordinance passed last year that makes it easier for non-traditional “fast food” establishments to set up shop, but competition from malls and online shopping still present a formidable challenge to downtown boutiques.
For the upcoming municipal election, which will take place on Tuesday, May 8, six candidates are running for three seats. The candidates include two incumbent council members, two Ridgewood Planning Board members, and two village government watchdogs.
The candidates will be available to discuss issues facing the community at a Candidates Coffee for Ridgewood’s senior citizens on Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. The forum will take place in the community room of the Ridgecrest Apartments at 7 Ridge Road.
For this feature, The Ridgewood News compiled responses from the candidates to the current downtown climate. The responses below are the candidates’ own words unless otherwise noted. (Candidates are listed in reverse alphabetical order.)