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Former Councilman Al Granell
2015 Council Assignments
Al Granell first served on the North Arlington governing body from 2007 thru 2010 and then from 2013 to 2015. Serving as a Recreation, Planning, Public Safety and Health board Liaisons. He also served as Council President and Finance chair.
Al was also the borough technology liaison and works with various charitable organizations including Autism Speaks.
He is married to former North Arlington Board of Education Trustee Sharon Granell, who is the daughter of Arthur Miller of Art Roberts Photography Studio. One of North Arlington's longest running businesses. They have two children Adam and Alexis Granell who both attended the Queen of Peace Grammar school and graduated from North Arlington High School.
Al was elected in his first council term after opposing the Encap project, working with a new majority in 2007 to defeat that project that would have produced 100's of unwanted housing units in North Arlington. During his tenure on the council.
AL has served on all the council liaisons assignments. He has sponsored resolutions to increase stipends for Recreation, and funding to perform background checks for coaches and volunteers to protect children, coaches and parents in Recreation. He also successfully negotiated the usage of the newly renovated Riverview county park for the NA Sports rec leagues. While also finding grant and budget funds for successfully upgrading Allan Park for girl's softball, Vinnie Macaluso's park playground and renovating the North Arlington Little League field.
As Finance chair he has produced two 0% tax increase without any loss of borough services and he has led the borough in upgrading it's computer systems and borough webpage. Under those budgets, voted on in a bi-partisan fashion. The Borough has purchased, Ambulances, Fire Trucks, Police Cars, DPW Sewer Jetter vehicles, Fire department turn out gear as well as new staffing for the NAPD. Al also serves as a member of the North Arlington Planning Board since 2007.
The Councilman has also recently completed the Office of Emergency Management or Bergen County Certification for CERT(Community Emergency Response Team) and CART(Community Animal Response Team).
Politically, he is the former New Jersey District 36 Democratic Vice Chair and has served on the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, representing the New Jersey Democratic Delegation in attending both the 2008,2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions. In Denver 2008, Charlotte 2012 for Barack Obama and in Philly in 2016 he was a pledged Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 DNC.
He is also the former North Arlington Democratic County Committee Vice Chair and formerly served on the Bergen County Democratic County Committee and a former President of the North Arlington Democratic Club.
Al now serves as the Social Media Chair for the NJDSC Progressive Caucus and is a member of the OUR REVOLUTION Bergen County Chapter.