The application and interview process takes place annually in the fall for any Rutherford resident interested in serving on a Board, Commission or Committee for the following year.
Boards and Commissions
Boards and Commissions are strictly governed by by-laws and require minutes and agendas. Their regular meetings are open to the public.
Advisory committee meetings are not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) as no formal action takes place and therefore are not required to be open to the public.
Art Committee - Council Liaison: Matthew Cokeley
Focused on advancing the visibility of arts in Rutherford.
Access for All Committee - Council Liaison: Stephanie McGowan
This committee, comprised of members who are either persons with disabilities, parents of a child with a disability, a resident family member who is the caregiver of a person with a disability, or Borough residents seeking opportunities to help those with disabilities, is charged with providing opportunities for greater unity across the borough through identifying and addressing barriers within the Borough’s borders for residents with disabilities.
Citizens’s Finance Advisory Committee - Council Liaison: Mark Goldsack
The Citizens Finance Advisory Committee is tasked to financially analyze and offer strategic advice to the Mayor and Council concerning existing and /or new programs established in the Borough.
County Park Development Committee - Council Liaisons: Tom Mullahey & Ray Guzmán
Bergen County plans to build a new County Park on the site of the abandoned Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on the East Rutherford/Rutherford border.This committee would work in conjunction with counterparts in East Rutherford and Bergen County to determine what features the new County Park would be most desirable for our area.
Data and Analytics Committee - Council Liaison: Matt Cokeley
An exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of data collection and analysis that can help inform decisions made within the Borough and promote evidence-based governing. By analyzing large data sets, the committee could alert the governing body to trends and outliers potentially useful for grants and other programs
Downhill Derby Committee - Council Liaison: Tom Mullahey
The Rutherford Downhill Derby is an annual town event providing kids and adults with the opportunity to design, build and race gravity powered race carts.
Green Team - Council Liaison: Maria Begg-Roberson
Historic Preservation Committee - Council Liaison: Ray Guzmán
The objective of the Historic Preservation Committee is to educate the community about what value historic preservation offers to maintain the character of neighborhoods as reflected by the architecture and aesthetics. Furthermore, the Committee advises any borough board or agency of the historic nature of a property should demolition or construction be proposed.
Municipal Alliance/Youth Advisory - Council Liaison: Stephanie McGowan
The Rutherford Municipal Alliance is comprised of parents, students, teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and other community stakeholders to focus on efforts to help the children of Rutherford understand the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Municipal Alliances are local planning and coordinating bodies established in all 21 counties to assess needs, set priorities, develop plans and implement programs that form the foundation of New Jersey’s substance abuse prevention activities. New Jersey’s Municipal Alliances provide over 3,800 prevention programs statewide
Recreation Advisory Committee - Council Liaison Stephanie McGowan
The Recreation Advisory Committee meets monthly to discuss issues pertaining to Recreation. The committee meets with coaches and coordinators before the season to ensure proper preparation and after the season to reflect on what needs improvement and what we can build upon.
Stigma-Free Committee - Council Liaison: Stephanie McGowan
To help make people who live with mental illness feel less isolated.
Streetscape Committee - Council Liaison: Mayor Nunziato
A committee devoted to the aesthetic preservation and economic development of Rutherford businesses.
Volunteer Committee - Council Liaison Mark Goldsack
Highlights of the committee’s work since its inception include: Sponsoring Club Fairs to encourage residents to become involved and make positive contributions to our Borough. Sponsoring the Summer Reading in Lincoln Park program, in partnership with the Rutherford Public Library and Rutherford Recreation staff. Initiating an Outstanding Citizen Award program. Hosting an educational forum for Rutherford residents featuring members of Courage to Connect NJ. In February 2016, the Community/Quality of Life Committee welcomed new members of the former Board of Aesthetic Review