Councilman Tom Brizzolara
Tom was elected to his fourth term to the Norwood
Council in November 2012. He previously served on the Council from
2000-2006 and 2007-2009.
Taxes and Norwood’s affordability are his primary
concerns. Tom believes that Norwood needs to take a hard look at all
shared services opportunities to stabilize or reduce municipal costs. He
supports attracting development and redevelopment of our downtown,
commercial and industrial areas to increase our business tax base to
stabilize residents’ tax bills. Tom also supports tough zoning and code
enforcement and repeal of the codes which he believes the Borough does
not take seriously enough to enforce consistently. He opposes repeal of
the Norwood’s nepotism ordinance.
Tom is Director-Public Affairs for both Orange and
Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) and Consolidated Edison Company of New
York’s Westchester County service territory, both of which are part of
the Consolidated Edison, Inc. family of companies.
A 33-year O&R veteran, Tom is responsible for
maintaining and enhancing a positive corporate leadership presence in
the communities the companies serve through his direction of the
companies’ community outreach, government relations and other civic
activities. Additionally, Tom serves as a member of O&R’s Corporate
Policy Committee (CPC), the group of O&R’s top executives that sets
policy for the company. He has held both posts since January 2007.
Since joining O&R in 1979, Tom has worked in a
variety of disciplines for the company, assuming posts of increasing
responsibility and authority in a variety of areas including: media
relations, legislative affairs, customer service, executive staff and
Tom was born in Nyack, raised in Orangeburg and
attended South Orangetown schools and Tappan Zee High School. He is a
magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s (STAC) Class of
’78 and is past president of the Alumni Association. In 2005, Tom was
inducted into St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2011,
he was named to a three-year term on STAC’s President’s Council.
Tom is well known for his civic involvement and volunteer leadership
in many service and charitable organizations throughout Rockland and
He has been a United Way of Rockland volunteer for over 30 years,
spending most of that time in a leadership capacity in the community and
a champion for the organization and its work inside O&R. Tom has helped
make O&R the region's model for corporate charitable fundraising and the
perennial top United Way contributor --- raising $4 million since 1994.
In 2006, Tom was honored with the United Way of
Rockland County Bobbi Lewis Volunteer of the Year Award which annually
recognizes one community leader who has continually demonstrated an
exceptional commitment to the organization.
He also was honored by the Girl Scouts of Rockland
County in 2004 with its Trefoil Leadership Award, which is presented to
community leaders who exemplify the principles of Girls Scouting.
Tom has led Rotary International’s regional
fundraising efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. His leadership in
Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign helped raise more than a quarter million
dollars. He has served twice as president and is a 30 plus-year member
of the South Orangetown Rotary Club.
He is one of the founding board members of Keep Rockland Beautiful
and serves on the board of the James F. McGuire Senior Center
(Northvale, NJ). Additionally, Tom is a volunteer for People to People,
Rockland’s largest food pantry, who has donated nearly one ton of
vegetables grown from his home garden as part of the organization’s
Plant a Row for the Hungry initiative.
After living in Valley Cottage and Congers NY for
20 years, Tom and his wife Nancy moved to Norwood in 1998 with their
three children: David, Michael and Alicia.