MARLBORO — Saying he has "no regrets about the years that I’ve served and a lot of satisfaction for the things I’ve accomplished," Mayor Matthew V. Scannapieco, 58, will end 20 years of public service to Marlboro in December.
Scannapieco, who served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and on the Township Council before being elected mayor in November 1991, announced at a March Republican Party meeting that he would not accept a nomination for his fourth term as mayor.
"My primary focus is my family. They need me more than the town," Scannapieco said, noting that if he was to serve another term his son would be 6 and his daughter would be 8 by the time it was over in December 2007.
Scannapieco said the decision to step aside was not an easy one to make. He said his service to Marlboro has been fulfilling.
"When I drive around town, almost every section has something that I was involved in," the mayor said. "It’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve met wonderful people that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I’ve done things that I wouldn’t have otherwise."
Scannapieco said he is proud of adding parks in the community, preserving open space and parks totaling 1,500 acres, addressing development issues by eliminating more than 900 homes from the town’s affordable housing requirement, maintaining a stable municipal tax rate which reflects no increase in the past three years, implementing the Marlboro Improvement and Cultural Fund, the building of a new swim facility and the town’s successful youth and senior citizens programs.
He said he is especially proud of Marlboro’s police department and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program which started during his first year as mayor and has flourished since.
He has worked on projects such as one to add sewers to the Blossom Heights development, to construct a traffic light at Robertsville and Ryan roads and to see through the construction of a water tower off Union Hill Road that was built lower than originally planned.
"I’m passionate about this town and I love this town," Scannapieco said. "And I still have a passion to make things better, to make life better here."
Even minus the prefix "mayor," Scannapieco said he intends to stay involved. He plans to attend important meetings and provide assistance where he is needed.
"When you’ve worked for as long as I have, you can’t just take it out of your mind," he said. "You can’t just cut it off. You just can’t do that."
Scannapieco only recently made the decision not to seek re-election. He was prepared to run for a fourth term, but said it was the thought of campaigning again that made him rethink his position.
"Marlboro has had a history of having nasty and personally destructive campaigns," Scannapieco said. "This would put stress on me and certainly on the family unit."
Taking everything into balance, the three-term mayor has decided that this will be his last.
"I have no regrets about the years that I’ve served and a lot of satisfaction for the things I’ve accomplished," he said.
Scannapieco was elected mayor in November 1991 and took office in January 1992. He succeeded former three-term mayor Saul Hornik as Marlboro’s top elected official. Three are three declared candidates who are now bidding to succeed Scannapieco. Board of Education member Robert Kleinberg, the Republican Party nominee, will face a June 3 primary challenge from GOP Councilwoman Mary Singer. Steven Glickman is the Democratic Party nominee and he will run unopposed in the June 3 primary. The primary winners will square off in the November general election and in January a new mayor will be sworn in for the next four years.