Councilwoman Jen Blumenstock is in her third year on Garwood Council. During her time on Council she has served as DPW Commissioner for three years, ensuring that the Public Works Department was operating equipment that was safe and reliable for the workers and the residents. Replacement equipment included a new garbage truck, mason dump snowplow, and street sweeper. Her work as Senior Citizens Liaison ensured the seniors in Garwood remained a priority with a Senior Focus grant and additional bus staff. In addition, she was instrumental in giving Garwood the lowest and 2nd lowest tax increase in almost 20 years though her work on the Finance Committee. Councilwoman Blumenstock has also spearheaded many new community days in Garwood such as MLK, Jr. Day of Service and Touch-A-Truck and made focusing on Garwood’s volunteers a significant aspect of her time in her office, with programs such as the Volunteer Rewards Card, and the creation of Garwood’s Green Team, which she was able to bring Bronze level certification with Sustainable Jersey.
Councilwoman Blumenstock volunteers with the Garwood PTA, chairing several events for the group, and is a member of the Education Foundation of Garwood and the Garwood Lions Club. She is also Commissioner on the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. Councilwoman Blumenstock graduated Rutgers University with degrees in Political Science and Journalism as well as a teaching degree from William Paterson University. She is raising her two daughters, age 11 and 7, in Garwood with her husband, Andy.
Councilman Marc Lazarow is in his third year on Garwood Council. As Buildings and Grounds Chair, he was instrumental in the revitalization of Hartman Park, with more than half funded by grants including a Level the Playing Field grant that was used to purchase playground equipment geared towards special needs children. His work as Chair on the Finance Committee has given Garwood the 2nd lowest tax in almost 20 years and brought an increased transparency to the process with “Breaking Down the Budget” workshops and reports. He has led the charge in council meetings against puppy mills and is a fierce Raritan Valley Rail advocate to bring back direct service to New York Penn Station but also to increase stops at Garwood station. His work on the Police and Fire Committees contributed greatly to the continuing safety of Garwood.
Councilman Lazarow is the 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair for the Westfield Education Association advocating for public education initiatives, and he also volunteers his time for the Education Foundation of Garwood as well as the Garwood Green Team. He is a 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, having graduated from The College of New Jersey in English secondary education and received his educational administration masters and post masters reading certification from Kean University. He has lived in Garwood with his husband, James, for ten years.
Councilman Graham is in his first year on Council after unanimously being voted in by the Council to fill a vacant seat. As the current Buildings and Grounds chair, Councilman Graham continues the work of revitalizing Hartman Park with further grants to increase shading. He is also spearheading the rehabilitation and repair of cracks in Borough Hall. Councilman Graham is working as the Historical Committee Liaison on a number of their upcoming projects and also serves on the Laws and Licenses committee.
Councilman Graham previously served on Garwood’s Board of Education for four years, and is currently a volunteer member of Garwood’s Green Team. He is a combat Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving aboard the USS Joseph Hewes and achieving the rank of Yeoman Second Class. Having graduated from Raritan Valley Community College with a degree in Computer Science, Councilman Graham recently retired from a 27-year career in the HVAC industry as a manufacturer’s representative and small business owner, and currently serves as a substitute teacher at Lincoln School. He has lived in Garwood for 28 years with his wife Julie.