On April 5, South Orange Village Trustee Mark Rosner was inducted into the Elected Officials Hall of Fame by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame honors local municipal officials who have served for 20 or more years as a governing body member.
Rosner was first appointed to his post in November 1998 but won election in ’99 and again in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
In an interview four years ago, Rosner said his proudest accomplishments as Trustee included improving South Orange’s downtown, bringing “great developments to South Orange as well as a wonderful supermarket,” working on the River Corridor project “which has included seeing new bridges for pedestrians and bicycles,” the South Orange Vision Plan, and a plan for 3rd and Valley which included “75 additional parking spaces for our residents (commuters and shoppers),” plus the town pool — “a wonderful resource and we were able to expand the pool season by having it open on weekends starting on Memorial Day weekend.”
In an interview in January, Rosner said he would add one more item to that list — the South Orange Performing Arts Center, or SOPAC. Rosner said that the arts center “has met every goal in terms of being a destination” and even exceeded the original numbers projected for attendance and out-of-town visitors.
After his induction into the Hall of Fame, Rosner told Village Green via email, “When I was first appointed, I never expected to have been able to serve for twenty years. I feel very honored to have been on the Board of Trustees for so long and the overall experience was very rewarding. It adds up to about 500 Trustee meetings, about 100 planning board meetings, thousand of committee meetings and community events. In the end it was definitely worth it and I feel like the village is in a much better place than it was twenty years ago.”
“I am very thankful to all those who helped me get appointed in November of 1998 and to all those who helped me get elected,” added Rosner. “And now I look forward to my next chapter of life and wish the best to all those who volunteer for the village.”
In January, Rosner told Village Green that he would be retiring from public life in order to spend more time caring for his grandchildren.