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Sunday, May 12, 2019 12:00 AM

5/12/19 - Letter: Quattrocchi Is A Strategic Thinker

Dear Editor:

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I don’t usually get involved in political elections. However, I am writing this letter in support of John Quattrocchi for Verona Town Council because I feel strongly that John has a lot to offer and we as a community would be fortunate to have him on the Council. I know John from his time on the school board as well from our time together as Brookdale Avenue School parents.

Since moving to Verona 12 years ago, I have seen the school offerings and the facilities grow immensely. For such a small town, Verona offers its children a top-rate education with advanced school programs and too many AP classes to list! Currently, I have three kids at the high school and we know that a lot of work has gone into bringing the schools to this point, where they are some of the best in the state. We know that John has been an important part of it.

Specifically, John and I worked closely when I started up the boys’ freshman soccer team at VHS three years ago. This was no easy task as there were a lot of things to consider. During this effort we went before the Board of Education to present our case. John was prudent in asking the right questions to safeguard the Board throughout the process, asking thoughtful questions and helping us think through some of the potential issues. At the same time, he valued and respected my opinion and helped me create a plan for success for the team, which can be sustained for years to come. I am proud to say that my son is will be graduating VHS next year and the freshman boys soccer team continues going strong.

John is a strategic thinker and an asset to Verona. Next Tuesday, I will vote for John Quattrocchi and I have no doubt that if elected, John will bring his thoughtful, prudent leadership to Verona.

Sincerely,

John Hogan
Verona

 


Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM

5/11/19 - Letter to the Editor: JQ Gets It

To the Editor:

John Q gets it. I bet you are wondering what that means. I am writing this letter in support of John Quattrocchi, who is running for a Verona Council seat in the May 14 election. I have known John for years and really got to know him while working on the Verona School District Strategic Planning Committee as a parent and, most recently, I had the pleasure to work with him on the Board of Education for five years. John’s passion and desire to make Verona a better place day in and day out is contagious, which was one of the reasons I, and many others, wanted to get involved to keep Verona the great place it is to live.

So back to the question at hand, what does John Q get?

  • John is a strategic and proactive thinker who looks at the whole picture to create plans and goals for the short term and long term.
  • John is a longtime resident and understands we need to take control of the overdevelopment in the town.
    John is a taxpayer and understands we need to continue to control costs by exploring opportunities for more shared services between neighboring towns, the county, and the school district.
  • John is a parent and understands that a strong school district will continue to make Verona a desirable town for people to live, which will keep property values strong.
  • John is a team player and, just as he did on the Board of Education, he will look to collaborate with others on the council to come up with the best solutions for all.
  • John is good at listening to feedback from residents so he can make educated decisions on the council.
  • John understands that open communication is critical to forming a strong partnership with the council and residents, and he is always willing to discuss and be transparent about his decisions.

As residents, parents, and taxpayers, we all have a vested interest in keeping Verona the amazing town that it is today.

We need good people like John Quattrocchi on the council to fight for what is right to continue to improve this town and take control from outside influences that will impact the lives of residents in Verona.

There are five very good candidates running for Verona Town Council and we all have two votes for those two open seats. Please consider one of those votes for John Q as he “gets it” and will do the right things for this town and residents.

Regards,

Jim Day
Verona
(This is my personal endorsement and not the opinion of the Verona Board of Education)



Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:00 AM

5/11/19 - John Quattocchi for Verona's Future

Dear Editor:

I’m writing to enthusiastically endorse John Quattrocchi for a seat on the Verona Town Council.

When you serve in local government with a person for almost fifteen years, you learn a little bit about them. You learn about their work ethic, their character and what they care about. John Quattrocchi deeply cares about Verona and the citizens of Verona. He cares that your children have great opportunities and are achieving to the best of their ability, he cares that Verona is a safe environment for you and your family, and he cares that you are getting a good return on your tax investment and that living in this great community remains affordable. But not only does John care about all these issues, he also delivers on them. I’ve seen it…first hand. You’ve seen it too, even if you’re unaware of it. Under John’s leadership the Verona School District has navigated some rough waters and is now achieving goals that once seemed out of reach.

Now John is running for Verona Town Council and I believe has earned the support of Verona. He brings years of experience in the private and public sector to the table that will serve the town well in the coming years. Development and affordable housing, collective bargaining, and fiscal oversight are just a few concerns facing Verona. John will always take the time to speak with you and explain these complex issues, and although you may not always agree with him, you’ll have a better understanding of what he’s thinking and what the town is doing about them.

Election Day is on Tuesday, May 14thand the polls are open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. A vote for John Q is a vote for Verona’s future.

Glenn Elliott
(This is my personal endorsement and not the opinion of the Verona Board of Education)



Friday, May 10, 2019 12:00 AM

5/10/19 - Letter to the Editor: Quattrocchi Represents Fiscal Restraint

To the Editor:

This year’s Town Council election seems to involve several significant issues for our Verona, and like others, I’ve been watching it more closely than I would have otherwise. Given the issues and the stated positions, my support can only be for John Quattrocchi.

In researching issues for this election, one of the areas that have struck me in which the candidates vary is their approach to fiscal issues, especially as highlighted in the financing of their campaigns. I’m quite surprised at the large amounts of money spent on these election campaigns, particularly when local organizations are working hard to raise money for education, local sports programs, rescue squad, etc.

Many of our candidates claim to be fiscally conservative, yet they spend over ten thousand dollars (at the April 29th 2019 date of the article) towards getting themselves elected for a position that pays $2100 a year. Not only has Quattrocchi not lent his campaign money, he also is spending what I consider to be an amount in line with the office.

Additionally, I have had insight into Quattrocchi through the efforts of some of our community groups to address the overdevelopment in our neighborhoods. Quattrocchi has been very involved with these issues, including liaising with the current Town Council to represent the residents’ issues – much as he would as a Town Council member. It’s this level-headed approach, coupled with his fiscal restraint that has my vote.

Sincerely,

Sheila Lanman
Verona


Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:00 AM

5/9/19 - Quattrocchi Exemplifies Integrity and Honesty

Dear Editor,

My family is supporting John Quattrocchi for Town Council on Election Day, Tuesday, May 14th. We have known John and his family for over 18 years. Our friendship began when our children attended and bonded at Brookdale Avenue School in Verona.

Over the years we have developed a warm, loving and supportive friendship, and we have grown as parents and proud residents of Verona. For over 15 years we have seen John’s tremendous dedication, diligence and success as President of the Board of Education of Verona. His hard work has led our town to be one of the best in New Jersey to raise a family. As testament to who he is as a person, his humbleness precludes him from taking credit for many of his accomplishments.

What our family has seen that many people have not had the opportunity to witness is John’s integrity as a person, as well as his commitment to friends and family. John is steadfast in his values and is committed to doing the right thing, even when doing so is not the most popular choice or easiest path. He is well versed in being an effective leader, but he is always willing to listen to others and be the consummate team player.

John’s love for his family and this town drives him to keep contributing and working towards making this community better for everyone. Voting is a precious right where we as citizens get the opportunity to make our voices heard by selecting leaders to represent our values.

Tuesday, May 14th, I will be voting for John because he exemplifies values I believe in…commitment, honesty, positivity and dependability. I hope that you would consider doing the same.

Djenane Duhaney



Monday, May 6, 2019 12:00 AM

5/6/19 - Letter: Quattrocchi Well-Suited For Town Council Role

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for John Quattrocchi for Verona Town Council. He has all of the necessary experience and is well suited for this role.

I first met John Q about 10 years ago during my time as Forest Avenue School’s BOE liaison. For years I attended every BOE meeting. I found a lot of the discussion focused around VHS and wasn’t always relevant to my children at the elementary school. So, I started speaking and asking questions regularly during the public comment portion of the meetings. John always listened and provided a thoughtful, well-constructed response. And if he couldn’t answer my questions, he would find out and follow up with me. The more I knew, the more I questioned and before long, I had John on speed dial! Not only was he open to dialogue, but he encouraged it. He is a people person and a problem solver. He offered a listening ear, compassion, rebuttals, and empathy where and when it was needed.

Working with John was one of the reasons that I eventually ran for the BOE. Sitting alongside him for 3 years was a privilege.

John knows how to get things done. And while John and I didn’t always agree, we listened to one another and always respected each other. It is one of the things that I admire most about him. When I think of John, the following words come to mind: professional, hard-working, community, respect, driven, family, intelligent. I can’t think of a better person to succeed in this role for Verona. His 15 years of work with the BOE has made our schools stronger. I am confident he could do the same for our township. I hope you will come out and meet John before voting day. Ask him the difficult questions…he’s prepared!

Warm Regards,
Michele Bernardino
Verona Resident
Educator in Verona
Former Verona BOE Member



Monday, May 6, 2019 12:00 AM

5/6/19 - Verona Needs Proven Leader Like Quattrocchi

To the Editor:

In the coming weeks we have the opportunity to elect into the Town Council a remarkable leader and hardworking team player: His name is John Quattrocchi.

Over-development is a big issue for Verona right now. I am pretty sure that no one on the current town council has a broader understanding — as a resident, as a mediator, as a liaison with town management and as a leader in the community – than John Quattrocchi. He not only fully understands the consequences that come from agreeing to a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the schools, our taxes and the impact on the town’s finances, but he is also acutely aware of the town’s unique position and options as it seeks to fulfill its affordable housing obligations.

Recently, I met John in a neighborhood meeting as we discussed a massive development project that aims to take place on 1 Sunset Avenue. This project, as initially presented, encompasses a high-density, 300 unit, residential building and enough parking for over 570 cars. From day one of his involvement as a resident, John has sought to help other residents and the Township reach an open dialogue, to consider alternatives that are a win for everyone, not only for this area but also for the wider Verona community that will also be affected by the massive traffic and financial impact that this development will produce.

Now more than ever, Verona needs a strategic thinker and hard worker like John to get things done. While our Township figures out how to handle the over-development issue, we are losing our battle with the developers. However, in the short time that John has been a part of this initiative, the Town Council has been forced to increase transparency with residents and explore alternatives that are a better solution for everyone.

Other candidates make promises about how they can help Verona when they are elected, John is already doing it. Verona needs proven leader like Quattrocchi, there is no time to waste.

Lisa Sivo
Verona, NJ



Monday, May 6, 2019 12:00 AM

5/6/19 - Letter: Quattrocchi Has Public-, Private-Sector Experience

To the Editor:

I’m writing to enthusiastically endorse John Quattrocchi for a seat on the Verona Town Council.

When you serve in local government with a person for almost fifteen years, you learn a little bit about them. You learn about their work ethic, their character and what they care about. John Quattrocchi deeply cares about Verona and the citizens of Verona. He cares that your children have great opportunities and are achieving to the best of their ability, he cares that Verona is a safe environment for you and your family, and he cares that you are getting a good return on your tax investment and that living in this great community remains affordable. But not only does John care about all these issues, he also delivers on them. I’ve seen it…first hand. You’ve seen it too, even if you’re unaware of it. Under John’s leadership the Verona School District has navigated some rough waters and is now achieving goals that once seemed out of reach.

Now John is running for Verona Town Council and I believe has earned the support of Verona. He brings years of experience in the private and public sector to the table that will serve the town well in the coming years. Development and affordable housing, collective bargaining, and fiscal oversight are just a few concerns facing Verona. John will always take the time to speak with you and explain these complex issues, and although you may not always agree with him, you’ll have a better understanding of what he’s thinking and what the town is doing about them.

Election Day is on Tuesday, May 14th and the polls are open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. A vote for John Q is a vote for Verona’s future.

Glenn Elliott
Verona

(This is my personal endorsement and not the opinion of the Verona Board of Education)


Monday, April 29, 2019 12:00 AM

4/29/19 - Letter: Quattrocchi Is A Capable Leader

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in support of John Quattrocchi, who is a candidate for the Verona Township Council. I served with John for twelve years on the Verona Board of Education. In that time, I came to know him as a capable leader loyal to the cause and dedicated to getting the job done in the most efficient manner possible. Public office is a public trust and John epitomizes that principle.

John and I were both elected to the Board of Education in 2003. It was a genuinely contested election, and as a result, my early working relationship with him on the Board was strained at best. Over the years, we had more than our share of heated discussions and other assorted differences of opinions. However, at no time did I ever doubt John’s honesty, integrity or single minded desire to do the right thing. You don’t ever have to guess where things stand with him. He will be very happy to tell you.

John’s time served on the Board of Education will allow him to hit the ground running and provide him with real hands on experience in getting difficult things done. During the years we served together, the district passed two major Bond Referenda greatly improving the physical infrastructure and overall educational landscape. It hired four young progressive Superintendents to lead the district, each contributing their own distinct creativity to enhance the academic environment.

The town is now faced with a number of important challenges which will greatly impact the long term future of our community as well as our personal quality of life. I believe John has the ability to meet those challenges, help find the most appropriate solutions, and provide the overall community with the best outcomes possible for our well being and peace of mind for years to come.

Thank you,
Joseph Bellino
Verona, NJ


Sunday, April 28, 2019 12:00 AM

4/28/19 - Letter: Support For Town Council Candidate John Quattrocchi

To The Editor:

I was extremely fortunate to work with John Quattrocchi for five years in my capacity as superintendent of the Verona Public Schools. In my nearly 20 years in education, I have never worked with a Board of Education member who was so dedicated to leading a district and advocating for the best interests of students and staff. John not only possesses intellectual prowess and insight, but leads with caring, thoughtful leadership and guidance for all of those around him.

John has ardently worked to enhance rigorous academic learning opportunities for all students; strategically supported programs to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of all children; and engaged stakeholders in meaningful dialogue with his financial acumen that supported all programs and services to enhance teaching and learning. I have always been impressed by John’s ability to articulate a vision for Verona consistent with the district’s unique needs and goals in our strategic plan, through a course that requires intent, process, perseverance, and heart. His philosophy is rooted in the belief that we must always strive to maximize the unique potential in each and every child.
Verona would be fortunate to have John Quattrocchi as a member of the Town Council. He possesses an innate ability to connect with people, to build a team approach, and develop collegial relationships so harmony and mutual respect must exist. Leadership is demanding, but I have no doubt that John is up to the challenge.

Rui Dionisio
Verona, NJ


Friday, March 29, 2019 10:28 AM

3/29/19 - Quattrocchi to Participate in Town Council Candidates Forum / Meet and Greet Schedule

Meet and Greet Schedule - Campaign 2019

March 29, 2019 - Verona, New Jersey, - John Quattrocchi, Verona resident and former Board of Education President, announced his participation in the Town Council Forum that will take place on May 1, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Verona Community Center. All residents are invited to join.

Weekly meet and greets at local homes are set up as well. Verona residents are invited to attend and meet John. Details and locations at www.jqforverona.com

Meet and Greets

https://www.jqforverona.com for updates and locations
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30
- Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:00 AM

3/14/19 - John Quattrocchi - Head of Any Class

Excerpt:

...Upon Quattrocchi’s encouragement, the school board outlined priorities such as finances, culture, academic opportunities and community engagement, and mulled the impediments to success and action.....


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:00 AM

3/13/19 - Five Candidates Will Campaign for Two Seats in Verona

VERONA, NJ - The Township of Verona announces the candidates for this year’s Municipal Election. Two seats are open for a four-year term. This year’s candidates are John FioRito, Christine McGrath, Michael P. Nochimson, Alex Roman and John Quattrocchi.

The Municipal Election will be held on May 14, 2019. Polls are open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm


Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00 AM

3/12/19 - Quattrocchi Runs For Verona Council: Traffic, Fiscal Discipline

By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | Mar 12, 2019 7:00 am ET | Updated Mar 12, 2019 7:00 am ET

VERONA, NJ — John Quattrocchi, a former Board of Education president and longtime Verona resident announced that he's running for Town Council earlier this week. The election will take place on Tuesday, May 14.

"Verona is a fantastic town and I am proud to be a part of it," Quattrocchi said. "I see, however, a real need for firm and experienced leadership to manage Verona's changing dynamics, particularly as it pertains to traffic and safety, fiscal responsibility and collaboration between the various groups that comprise Verona."

Quattrocchi said he wants to "be part of the solution" and help bring people together.

"I believe that without teamwork, there can be no true leadership and my vision will help improve these areas," Quattrocchi said.

Learn more about his campaign and platform www.jqforverona.com

According to a news release from Quattrocchi, here are some of his qualifications:

- Fifteen years on the Verona Board of Education, as president for most of those years/working relationship with the Town Council
- Founding member of Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE)
- Senior leader, mentor and advocate for Barclays Women's Network
- Managing Director / Global Head of Product Development & Strategy at Barclays Bank


Monday, March 11, 2019 11:16 AM

3/11/19 - John Quattrocchi, Former Board of Education Member and Long-Time Resident Announces Run for Verona Town Council

Candidate seeks to apply his vast experience in town matters, management and leadership to support Verona in remaining a great place to live, work and learn

March 12, 2019 - Verona, New Jersey – John Quattrocchi, former Board of Education President and Verona resident for over 26 years, today announced his bid for Town Council. Elections will take place on Tuesday, May 14th.


Monday, March 11, 2019 12:00 AM

3/11/19 - Quattrocchi, Former BOE President, Runs For Town Council

John Quattrocchi, the former president of the Verona Board of Education and Verona resident for over 26 years, today announced his bid for one of the Town Council seats up for election this May. Current Council member Alex Roman And Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson are running for re-election; other candidates will be disclosed by the town clerk later today.

In a statement, Quattrocchi noted that he served for 15 years on BOE and was president for most of those years, giving him an established working relationship with the Town Council. He was also a founding member of Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE), the nonprofit that awards grants to Verona teachers to supplement instructional materials. Quattrocchi ran unsuccessfully for a sixth term on the BOE last November.

In his career, Quattrocchi is now the managing director and global head of product development and strategy at Barclays Bank. He is also a senior leader, mentor and advocate for Barclays Women’s Network.

Quattrocchi says that if he is elected to Town Council, he will emphasize teamwork and collaboration to help Verona to continue to be a great place to live. As he did on the BOE, Quattrocchi will be laying out a strategic vision for the town, and in particular a plan for dealing with over-development. He is also looking to improve the dialogue between the township and town agencies, with a focus on financial responsibility.

“Verona is a fantastic town and I am proud to be a part of it,” Quattrocchi said in a statement. “I see, however, a real need for firm and experienced leadership to manage Verona’s changing dynamics, particularly as it pertains to traffic and safety, fiscal responsibility and collaboration between the various groups that comprise Verona. I want to be part of the solution, bringing people together. I believe that without teamwork, there can be no true leadership and my vision will help improve these areas.”



Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:00 AM

Verona Board of Education president: Frequent referendums are needed

Among the 2018-19 budget highlights, compared to the previous year:

$16.93 million in salaries, down nearly 1 percent
$5.23 million in benefits, up 4.31 percent
$9.1 million for special education, up 10.02 percent
$2.08 million in non-discretionary costs, down 4.69 percent
$1.04 million in discretionary spending, down 5.53 percent



Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Verona's John Quattrocchi is no stranger to leadership

BOE president, vice president reappointed
(Photo: Owen Proctor/NorthJersey.com)

As John Quattrocchi begins his 15th year on the Verona Board of Education, 2018 will mark his 10th year serving as its president, albeit not consecutive.

During his tenure, Quattrocchi got a couple of breaks when he served as vice president.

“Being president is an honor, but the only real differential is being the chairman of meetings and a public voice of the board,” he told NorthJersey.com. “There’s no privileges or rights.”


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Verona students issue challenge to BOE

The BOE members said they had fun trying it for themselves, and Dionisio thanked the students for sharing their experiences. Day said it looked the students had just as much fun as the BOE members did.

“That’s a great part of learning,” he said.


John Quattrocchi for Verona
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