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Five Somerset County Mayors Announce Mayors for “Main Street” Alliance




By Insider NJ
Mar 20, 2020 7:21 am ET

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – On May 19th, Mayors from five Somerset County municipalities announced the “Mayors for “Main Street” Alliance,” focused on advocating for swift and safe reopening of businesses within their communities. These municipalities – Bedminster, Bernards, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, and Far Hills – will coordinate advocacy to Federal, State, and County officials as businesses continue to be shut down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Businesses throughout our communities continue to suffer because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shut down of the economy. The time has now come to move quickly and responsibly towards a reopening for our resident businesses,” said Bedminster Mayor Larry Jacobs.


“Mayors are more connected to the community they represent than any other official, and it is incumbent upon us as mayors to advocate for the needs of our communities,” said Bernards Mayor James Baldassare.


“In towns across New Jersey, local businesses and main streets have shuttered their doors and may never fully recover. Every day that goes brings these businesses closer to the financial cliff,” said Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose.


“America was built on a spirit of entrepreneurship that is best represented by our small businesses across our communities. We must stand up for our businesses, our business owners, and their employees now,“ said Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench.


“It is vitally important that we allow our small businesses to go back to work. Our “mom and pop” businesses are the cornerstone of our American workforce and need to have the opportunity to support their families and our communities. Let’s open for business and support our local businesses,” said Far Hills Mayor Paul Vallone.


The Mayors for Main Street Alliance will advocate directly to the Governor’s office for immediate action on behalf of residents, as well as asking County, State and Federal officials representing their residents to do more for the businesses and residents suffering.


“We hope all of the officials representing our communities will join us in this endeavor for the future of our business community and local economy,” said Bernards Mayor Baldassare.



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