Mayor Bill Laforet
Name : Mr. William "Bill" Laforet
Also known as : Bill
Date of birth : 24 December 1951
Place of residence : Mahwah
Business Owner: Mahwah Sunoco (since 1976)
Party affiliation : Independent
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Mayor Township of Mahwah
First elected: 08 November 2011
Previous elective offices : none
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : none
My name is William “Bill’ Laforet, Mayor of the Township of Mahwah.
I have lived in Mahwah since a very early age. I have raised two beautiful children who both attended Mahwah Public Schools.
My oldest child, Bill Jr. graduated Mahwah High School. My daughter Jeanette, also graduated from Mahwah High School graduated and attended Ramapo College where she obtained her business degree and teacher certification. She is married to a local Mahwah businessman who owns a home in Mahwah where they live and raise my grandchildren. As parents we are so proud of our children and their accomplishments.
We have strong roots in Mahwah. It is where we call home and have always believed it is a great community to raise a family and operate a business. For the past 37 years, I have been the owner of Mahwah Sunoco, located on the corner of Franklin Turnpike and Airmount Road.
I love Mahwah. Mahwah has given me the opportunity to operate a successful business and raise my family. Younger families should have the experience Maureen and I did.
I am a businessman, not a politician and in an overwhelming majority, in 2011, the taxpayers said no more to 26% tax rate increases. We rolled up our sleeves and delivered on our promise, 1.75% tax rate increase the lowest in 11 years. Then we reviewed our debt and achieved the highest Bond rating Mahwah has ever received from Standard & Poor's a AAA bond rating, this allowed us to save $500,000 on the term of our debt. We opened Town Hall to residents in the first ever "Citizen's Blue Ribbon Panel," giving this community a complete access to our government. This takes leadership and a person who is willing to make tough decisions, that is why you sent me here. Not to be Mayor, but finally someone to do the job of being Mayor. There are tough choices to be made and based on the achievements of the past 5 years, we think you will agree, there is more work to be done.
As your Mayor, my priority to is to make sure your family and your business are proud to call Mahwah home and I want to make sure that every single employee of our community and our volunteers in the emergency services and countless organizations have their voices heard and take pride in their jobs, whether they are paid or volunteers.
The Laforet Family