PRIORITIES

Our team is committed to restoring responsive, resident-focused government in City Hall. We have many ideas, but at the forefront of our vision is you - our neighbors. We’re committed to a future for all of Hackensack.

Housing

Our community has an urgent need for affordable housing. We will review all new development with equity in mind, ensuring new development is inclusive and affordable. We will not allow our downtown to be gentrified. We will work diligently to ensure every resident can afford to stay in our community and will promote affordable home ownership opportunities, growing our tax base.

COVID-19

Support our community in the wake of COVID-19 by connecting residents, small businesses, and local organizations with resources. Our number one goal is keeping everyone healthy, while bolstering our local economy to get everyone back to work and financially stable. We’ll partner with our local hospital and other organizations to bring support directly to residents.

Taxes

We all know that new developers are not paying their fair share–and our taxes keep climbing because of it. With more than 15 projects already underway, our community has something that developers want. We will only pursue relationships with developers that bring benefits to all of Hackensack. Together, we will fight to ensure existing developers pay their fair share and follow through on making a meaningful contribution to our community, especially our schools.

Local Businesses

Local small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing thousands of jobs for our City residents. We will foster a relationship with local businesses and create opportunities that help them grow, even during these challenging times. We’ll also work to keep our City’s charm by supporting our beloved local businesses throughout our city so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

ABOUT

The For Hackensack’s Future team is rooted in service to our community. During these challenging times, Hackensack needs leaders focused on uplifting fellow residents and building a vision For Hackensack’s Future.

Leila Amirhamzeh, J.D.

Leila Amirhamzeh is a proud Hackensack resident and homeowner, having lived, worked and served as a volunteer in the community for more than 20 years. She is the Director of Development for New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA), a statewide progressive nonprofit organization that fights for social, racial and economic justice for all. She served as a Trustee on the Hackensack Board of Education from 2017 through 2020, and has volunteered as an adult ESL teacher with the school district’s Comet Parent Academy for the last seven years.

As the daughter of immigrant parents who came to the United States from Austria and Iran more than 50 years ago, she is proud to be a part of – and celebrate – Hackensack’s rich diversity. In addition to English, Leila speaks Spanish, German, Farsi, and French. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Newark School of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drew University, earning a B.A. in both German and Political Science.

Clarence “Randy” Glover

Clarence “Randy” Glover, a 10+ year resident of Hackensack, is the Chairman and Executive Director of Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation. As chairman, Randy created the Tri-Arc Food Pantry Network of Hackensack, Englewood, and Teaneck in an effort to alleviate food insecurity. Randy serves as the Economic Development Chairperson for the Bergen County Chapter of the NAACP and was the recipient of the 2019 NAACP Community Service Award.

He is a member of the Housing Consortium of Bergen County, which seeks to prevent homelessness. His interest in the arts led him to create Randy G Music, which produced the original Main Street Live Concert Series at the Atlantic Street Park featuring multicultural artist and groups, hiring local residents. He also created the Toyota of Hackensack Future Leaders Scholarships for Hackensack residents. He is the founder of the Bergen County Music Festival at Overpeck Park and the Bergen County Film Festival.

Andee Post​

Andee Post has been a Hackensack resident for 32 years. On her daughter’s first day at Nellie K. Parker, Andee joined the Parent Teacher Association, specializing in organizing the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. She eventually served as PTA President in both the Hackensack Middle and High Schools. She was co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 722 and taught extracurricular activities as part of a pilot program at the Middle School.

Andee is a member of the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce and works with the Rotary Club to provide for those in need locally and globally. She was honored to serve for ten years on the Hackensack Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse. As a Realtor with Keller Williams, Andee helps manage RED DAY, a worldwide day of action. She has organized donations for Center for Food Action and Table to Table, animal adoption events, and clean ups of our local reservoirs.

Caseen Gaines

Caseen Gaines is a lifelong Hackensack resident and dedicated voice in our community. After graduating from Rutgers University—New Brunswick, where he triple-majored in English, Journalism and Media Studies, and American Studies, he returned to serve his city as an educator and theater director at Hackensack High School, where he graduated from in 2003 and has worked for the past fourteen years.

Since 2005, Caseen has staged sold-out performances and hosted community events at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) with Hackensack Theatre Company, a not-for-profit arts organization he cofounded, in conjunction with the Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts and Recreation Department. In 2016 he was appointed to a five-year term on the city’s Cultural Arts Board, assisting with the opening of the theater and art gallery at HACPAC. In 2017, he also served on an Ad hoc committee to explore the feasibility of adding a dog park in Staib Park.

Mary Lopez

Mary Lopez has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seventeen years. She worked her way through the ranks, ultimately becoming an Executive Hospital Representative serving major hospitals throughout the New Jersey and New York area. Her sales portfolio required her to become versed in neuroscience, cardiology, and diabetes management. Her interest and experience in public health caused her to see the disparity in access to care and resources people faced based on their economic status, often in their greatest hour of need.

In 2018, Mary’s love for science and business led her to DIRMA Skincare, an independently operated innovative skincare company she co-owns and is President of. With DIRMA, Mary is actively involved in the company’s finances and budgeting, and manages the daily operations. Prior to her work in the corporate sector, she worked for ten years as a professional actor, both on stage and on television.

Clarence “Randy” Glover

Andee Post

Clarence “Randy” Glover, a 10+ year resident of Hackensack, is the Chairman and Executive Director of Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation. As chairman, Randy created the Tri-Arc Food Pantry Network of Hackensack, Englewood, and Teaneck in an effort to alleviate food insecurity. Randy serves as the Economic Development Chairperson for the Bergen County Chapter of the NAACP and was the recipient of the 2019 NAACP Community Service Award.

He is a member of the Housing Consortium of Bergen County, which seeks to prevent homelessness. His interest in the arts led him to create Randy G Music, which produced the original Main Street Live Concert Series at the Atlantic Street Park featuring multicultural artist and groups, hiring local residents. He also created the Toyota of Hackensack Future Leaders Scholarships for Hackensack residents. He is the founder of the Bergen County Music Festival at Overpeck Park and the Bergen County Film Festival.

Andee Post has been a Hackensack resident for 32 years. On her daughter’s first day at Nellie K. Parker, Andee joined the Parent Teacher Association, specializing in organizing the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. She eventually served as PTA President in both the Hackensack Middle and High Schools. She was co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 722 and taught extracurricular activities as part of a pilot program at the Middle School.

Andee is a member of the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce and works with the Rotary Club to provide for those in need locally and globally. She was honored to serve for ten years on the Hackensack Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse. As a Realtor with Keller Williams, Andee helps manage RED DAY, a worldwide day of action. She has organized donations for Center for Food Action and Table to Table, animal adoption events, and clean ups of our local reservoirs.

Caseen Gaines

Mary Lopez

Caseen Gaines is a lifelong Hackensack resident and dedicated voice in our community. After graduating from Rutgers University—New Brunswick, where he triple-majored in English, Journalism and Media Studies, and American Studies, he returned to serve his city as an educator and theater director at Hackensack High School, where he graduated from in 2003 and has worked for the past fourteen years.

Since 2005, Caseen has staged sold-out performances and hosted community events at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) with Hackensack Theatre Company, a not-for-profit arts organization he cofounded, in conjunction with the Hackensack Department of Cultural Arts and Recreation Department. In 2016 he was appointed to a five-year term on the city’s Cultural Arts Board, assisting with the opening of the theater and art gallery at HACPAC. In 2017, he also served on an Ad hoc committee to explore the feasibility of adding a dog park in Staib Park.

Mary Lopez has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seventeen years. She worked her way through the ranks, ultimately becoming an Executive Hospital Representative serving major hospitals throughout the New Jersey and New York area. Her sales portfolio required her to become versed in neuroscience, cardiology, and diabetes management. Her interest and experience in public health caused her to see the disparity in access to care and resources people faced based on their economic status, often in their greatest hour of need.

In 2018, Mary’s love for science and business led her to DIRMA Skincare, an independently operated innovative skincare company she co-owns and is President of. With DIRMA, Mary is actively involved in the company’s finances and budgeting, and manages the daily operations. Prior to her work in the corporate sector, she worked for ten years as a professional actor, both on stage and on television.

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