Meet CASID's Board of Trustees
Trustees From Top Left: Gary Solomon, Eddy Gallo, Joe Nachbaur, Sergio Ferreira, Gilbert Mendez, Grace Cutri and Sanford Fishman.
Central Avenue's Special Improvement District Management Corporation is driven by the stakeholders who pay the SID assessment financing the organization. A basic function of any corporation is for stakeholders to meet, discuss meaningful solutions to challenges, and then make collective decisions with the administrative means to act. The SID program ensures that stakeholders have the opportunity to meet nearly every month and routinely administer this process thereby giving all business and commercial property owners within the district a venue to have their voices heard, work together as a community, form important partnerships, and contribute towards improving the neighborhood.
Seven (7) members of the corporation are elected from a pool of nearly 450 stakeholders to serve on the Board of Trustees. Elections occur every two years at an Annual Meeting of the Corporation. It is the responsibility of the Trustees to govern the CASID organization, uphold its bylaws, and maintain the mission to further the economic and social revitalization occurring in Jersey City. Elected trustees volunteer their valued time with NO monetary compensation. They do, however, take pride in fulfilling their civic duty to care for Jersey City as good neighbors and business people. The current two year term began July 1, 2015 and will end June 30, 2017.
PresidentEmail Ph: (201) 656-3900
Business: Bond Drugs (former owner), 371 Central Avenue, JC
Sanford is a property owner on the Avenue and has done business in the Jersey City Heights for 50+ years. He was raised in the family business, Bond Drugs, which was established in the Heights in the 1930s. As a pharmacist, he continues to engage a wide variety of the community on both a personal and professional level. He has serves on the board of trustees since 1999 and elected President in 2013.
Vice President - SEmail Ph: (201) 792-4188
Business: Mendez Travel Agency, 263 Central Ave, JC
Gilbert has run a successful neighborhood business for 40+ years. Mendez Agency has been an institution on Central Avenue since 1975. Working alongside other business and commercial property owners, Gill was a founding member of the first S.I.D. in Jersey City. After a brief pause, he returned to the board of trustees in 2007 to serve as Vice President South.
Vice President - NEmail Ph: (201) 222-8866
Business: State Farm Insurance, 505 Central Ave, JC
Both a business and property owner within the district, Joe has grown a successful business in The Heights since 2006. As a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne NJ, Joseph holds a bachelors degree in Communication and minor in Criminals Justice. He specializes in insurance and financial services. He previously owned and operated an Applegate Farm Homemade Ice Cream store in Hoboken at 1401 Hudson Street.
TreasurerEmail Ph: (201) 659-2774
Business: Eye Contact Vision Center, 368 Central Ave, JC
Sergio holds a bachelors degree from Duke University and received his optician license from Essex Community College. He has owned the business since 2003 which operates in two Special Improvement Districts. With a location on Central Avenue as well as Newark’s Ironbound, he uses his savvy business knowledge to succeed in two distinct urban markets.
SecretaryEmail Ph: (201) 659-5195
Business: Hauptman Carpets, 307 Central Avenue, JC
A founding member of Central Avenue’s S.I.D. program, Gary is a second generation businessman in the Solomon family. He has over 41 years of successful business experience. Hauptman was opened in 1909 by William Hauptman before being transferred to the Solomon family in 1960. The business reached the 100-year milestone few small businesses reach which is a real testament to the Solomon family’s commitment to outstanding customer service and workmanship.
TrusteeEmail Ph: (201) 653-1600
Business: DC Travel, 2 Lincoln St. (rear of 341 Central Ave)
Since 1971, Grace has operated a business on Central Avenue and continues to be an active member of the community. She is affiliated with the Dante Alighieri Society, Societa Unita of Union City, and Jersey City Kiwanis Club. She has served on CASID’s board since 2001 and chairs the election committee.
TrusteeEmail Ph: (201) 386-1770
Business: Angel Azul Bakery & Cafe, 460 Central Ave, JC
A native of Ecuador, Eddy helped start a popular and family owned Spanish bakery on Central Avenue that opened in 1998. Aside from the food industry, he graduated from NJCU with a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He worked for Compaq as Systems Engineer-Project Lead/ Manager for several years before he was hired by Quest Diagnostics as a software engineer in 2005. He is also a Certified ServSafe Instructor.