Official Biography of Mayor Paul A. Sarlo
Paul has served as Mayor of the Borough of Wood-Ridge since January 1, 2000. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. He was a Councilman from 1995-2000 and served as Fire Commissioner.
As Mayor, Paul has been focused on promoting fiscal responsibility, improving municipal services, investing in the town’s infrastructure and public facilities and conceiving and advancing the redevelopment of the former Curtiss Wright aircraft manufacturing complex, now known as Wesmont Station.
Under Paul’s leadership, Wood-Ridge has been on the forefront in reforming public employee contracts to reduce perks and save money. He has overseen steady improvement in the Borough’s financial posture by retiring debt, cutting costs, eliminating future liabilities and improving cash flow and liquidity. Today, Wood-Ridge has a surplus balance in excess of $1,000,000 and a credit rating of AA by Standard and Poor’s.
During Paul’s tenure as Mayor over 50% of the town’s roads have been resurfaced, over 1,000 new trees have been planted, 14 th Street Field was built, Donna Ricker Field at Wood-Ridge High School was upgraded with artificial turf, the Senior Center and Civic Center were renovated and Historic Bianchi House was preserved and improved. Additionally, Bowman Park on Jocelyn Avenue, Veterans Park on Valley Boulevard and Bianchi House Park on 2 nd Street were all rehabilitated. In 2013 the former Assumption parochial school was transformed into the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School for grades 4 to 6. Plans are in place to upgrade 14 th Street Playground, Kohr’s Park on 13 th Street and the Little League Field on 6 th Street in 2014-2015.
The Wesmont Station redevelopment continues to progress and provide new tax revenue to the Borough. The project includes a new train station scheduled to open in 2015 and new athletic fields scheduled to open by 2017. Nearly 500 units have already been built with an additional 300 units planned to start construction in 2015.
Paul was born and raised in Wood-Ridge, along with his siblings Diane, Charles and Tom, by his parents, Providence and the late Anthony “Balbo” who was a long-time coach and umpire in the Wood-Ridge Little League. Paul graduated from Wood-Ridge High School in 1986 where he was a scholar-athlete earning varsity letters in Football, Basketball and Baseball. He was named First Team All-Division and All-County in Baseball and was inducted into the WRHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Paul attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He also played baseball at NJIT for which he earned Division III All-American honors and was inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Today, Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer and a licensed Professional Planner. He and his wife, Connie, have two sons, Anthony, born in 2000 and Michael, born in 2004. Paul coaches Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, Junior Football and Junior Basketball. He is a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, is a member of the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus and is an honorary member of the Policemen’s Benevolent Association.