December 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Mon., Dec. 16, the Town Council of Livingston officially passed the resolution to extend the Shuttle for another year.
Many residents were in attendance at the Council meeting pledging their support for the Shuttle program. One, Adam Wolkin, stated “I just wanted to thank the Council for supporting it [the Shuttle] as it has greatly improved my quality of life.”
Jeff Parker also showed his support for the Shuttle by saying, “any car that is taken off of the roads in this weather is better for the town, and everyone else. This is a town that goes beyond just being a place to live--it’s a town that provides intangibles that make it a great place to live, and I think the Shuttle is another great example of that.”
Councilman Anthony mentioned how the rides of the Shuttle are on an increase, “cracking 500 recently … and I don’t think it has plateaued yet.”
Anthony and Councilman Michael Silverman have both consistently supported the Shuttle on record, with Silverman mentioning how many “supportive emails” he has gotten from residents “none of whom take the Shuttle, but all feel it adds value to their property and being part of the community.”
Anthony and Silverman were joined by Mayor Rudy Fernandez and Deputy Mayor Michael Rieber in voting 'Yes.'
Councilwoman Deborah Shapiro was alone in voting 'No' for the resolution to extend the Shuttle. She said, “I believe it [the Shuttle] needs to be self-sustaining now; however, we are talking about 500 rides, not riders. With 500 riders it would be self-sustaining … I believe that the people benefiting from this should pay for it, so as the riders increase the cost can come down … I’m in support of the Shuttle, what I’m opposed to is making this a line-item on the budget.”
The resolution was passed 4-1.
This was the last Council meeting of the year, and the Council members are set to change positions in 2014, with Deputy Mayor Rieber taking the helm from Fernandez. Many residents thanked Fernandez for his service. Rieber was appreciative too and said, “Thank you for being the punching bag [for us] … you’ve been a great leader!”