If this past year has proven anything, it has taught us that now more than ever, community matters. Undoubtedly, life as we know it has changed and as most residents are aware, our town is likewise in jeopardy of transforming into something we did not buy into. With this letter, we hope to express who we are and why we are running for council.
Mr. Mark Park previously served our community proudly and seeks to do so again. He is a husband, father and a first generation Korean Englewood Cliffs resident of more than 10 years. Mark represents the epitome of the American Dream. As a past council person, he served the very same way he lives his life, with dignity, integrity, and transparency.
Mr. Tim Koutroubas and his wife are children of Greek immigrants. They chose Englewood Cliffs as a home base a decade ago. With two young children who have enjoyed the public school system, they are very proud of the exceptional performance standards it consistently achieves. On any given Saturday, you can find them at Witte Field participating in the offerings of our recreation department.
What both of these candidates love about Englewood Cliffs is that families here all gather at one field, where people of all ages and backgrounds play and socialize together. It’s the togetherness of this community that we cherish where the norm is respect, acceptance and admiration for cultural differences.
This respect is in stark contrast to the divisiveness exhibited by our past town politics. We do not want that to continue. If the current state of our world has taught us anything, it is the power of staying connected to each other. While we cannot control the crisis and how it is constantly changing around us, we can control how we react, adapt and push forward. In these difficult times we should still focus on caring about our community and what is best for its future.
Rezoning 100+ acres of commercial property to residential, allowing high density housing and bringing in 3,000+ homes to a town of less than 1,850 homes is not acceptable at any time, especially during COVID. We plan to fight against the looming threat imposed by the egregious settlements that will forever change our town and reduce our net worth. We promise to absolutely try our best and we will do so honestly and transparently with only one objective in mind – to maintain all the things we love about our town and to protect both our homes and yours. Our Main Street lies in every single street and every single home.
Englewood Cliffs is our home. It is our job to protect it. The best people to fight for our community are those that proudly live within it. We plan to listen to you and to represent your voice as your elected officials.
With great respect for you and the town of Englewood Cliffs.
-Mark Park & Tim Koutroubas