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Frelinghuysen Township
Office of the Mayor

An Interview with Frank Desiderio Jr.

Frank Desiderio, 62, was recently appointed Mayor of Frelinghuysen Township. He sat down for a brief interview before touring the grounds of the newly-restored Frelinghuysen Recreation Center, which is located on the Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve North property on Lincoln Laurel Road.

Tell us about your history here in Frelinghuysen.

I have lived here for 28 years and served on the township committee for 10 years.

Tell us about your family.

My wife, Karen and I have two children, Anthony and Jessica. Both are in college now.

Tell us about your work life.

I've been an independent excavating contractor since 1979. I work on septic systems, site preparation projects, fire suppression systems, and other jobs.

Describe your proudest moment as a member of the township committee.

Without question it was the day that we opened up the ball fields behind town hall. Every day I get to see a multitude of people using it, people of all ages from small children to senior citizens. (Desiderio was heavily involved with the creation of the ball fields and surrounding path, volunteering long hours and supplying equipment for the project at no cost to the taxpayers).

What is your primary goal as Mayor?

To be cost effective with the taxpayers' money. We want to invest those funds into projects which will benefit the majority of taxpayers, like the ball fields and the new recreation center.

What do we need to know about the new recreation center?

The property is more than 200 acres, with a pond, hiking trails and a community center.

The Frelinghuysen Recreation Center is available for events, like school field trips, classes and private parties. Several groups already use it for exercise classes. There are locker rooms with showers in the building. The center will have a fully-equipped kitchen when the renovation is completed. We are grateful to the Girl Scouts who did an amazing job blazing hiking trails around the property. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are planning to help refurbish the picnic tables on the deck, and they are interested in developing a camp site on the property. The next step is to improve the parking lot. Eventually, we would also like to utilize the pond to host a fishing event.


January 2017 - Radon Action month
Mayor: Frank Desiderio Jr.
Phone: 201-259-6559


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