As you may know, I am not seeking re-election as your council representative in 2016. This was an incredibly difficult decision for me. The opportunity to serve Ridgewood brought rewards I could never have imagined. I care deeply about this town. I have always been guided by what is best for the Village, and I believe that at this juncture it is important to hear new voices that support smart government.
Let me explain my thinking.
Over the past few years, Ridgewood has undergone the careful work of managing necessary change and doing so within the context of impassioned and polarized positions. The village council has had to navigate through divisions – between itself, and worse, between our own residents. I have had to make choices in challenging, and sometimes even hostile environments. This has not been easy, but I have prided myself on always taking the time for methodical deliberation.
I am proud to have stuck to the principles that I ran on: keeping tax increases down, providing better services, addressing Ridgewood’s parking problem, identifying the best development options for private properties downtown and addressing the dueling demands of our hospital and all of our residents.
I have supported lots of public hearings, authorized lots of studies and have followed the theory that managed solutions and compromises are better than intractable positions.
This is not the conclusion of my public service, just a new phase. I will continue to serve Ridgewood by building our community in other meaningful ways such as stimulating local volunteerism and working for a more age-friendly Ridgewood.
I will miss the honor and the challenge of serving on the council. I want to thank the thousands of residents who have trusted me to represent their interests. I also want to thank my colleagues on the council for their partnership.
As a village, we have tackled very complicated issues and won some important victories – and it is on that note that I will transition off of the governing body.
Thank you for your trust, your support and your friendship over the last four years.
I see the world differently now, with deeper understanding and more compassion for people, and with a greater appreciation for the burden of leadership.
Gwenn H. Hauck
Councilwoman – Ridgewood