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 charitable contributions.

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 Bergen counties.

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.



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