Frank J. Calandriello of Garfield, NJ was born in September, 1958 and is a lifelong resident of Garfield. He and his wife, Joni have been married for twenty eight years and they have a sixteen year old son, Frankie. The family has one pet, a two-year old rescued German Shepherd dog named Marley.
Frank attended Our Lady of Mount Virgin School and is presently a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church. He graduated from Garfield High School where he lettered in football and track and field. He graduated from Upsala College with a BA in Management. He is President of Frankie's Express, Inc., a state licensed moving and storage company which has been a family owned business in the city of Garfield for the past fifty years.
After graduating college, Frank joined the Garfield Jr. Boilermakers Football Organization where he coached children ages eight to twelve for fourteen years, including NFL stars, Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys and Luis Castillo of the SanDiego Chargers. He taught his team members the fundamentals of the sport, along with the importance of team work, discipline, respect and sportsmanship which resulted in a 1994 Superbowl Championship of which the team was honored by the NJ State Assembly in Trenton.
Frank is also a former coach of the Garfield Little League and the Boy's and Girl's Club Association of which he coached baseball, flag football and basketball.
Frank is presently a Trustee at the Boy's and Girl's Club of Garfield, of which he has served for the past twenty-one years. During that time he had served two years as Vice President. In 2002, Frank was the recipient of the Boy's and Girl's Club of Garfield Outstanding Citizen Award. Also, in 2002 Frank received the 2000 Columbus Day Parade Community Service Award, in recognition of Outstanding Community Leader.
Frank has served as a Commissioner of the Garfield Housing Authority, of which he was Chairman for one year. In 1996 Frank was elected to the Garfield City Council where he served as Deputy Mayor for four years. He and his father, Frank B.Calandriello were the first father and son to serve simultaneously in the State of New Jersey. He was re-elected in May of 2000 and has been serving as Mayor of Garfield to the present date.
Frank is a past member of the Bergen County Board of Construction Appeals and the PVSC. Frank presently serves on the Garfield Planning Board, Garfield Library Board and is a member of the Garfield Redevelopment Authority, which is responsible for the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfield sites and areas in need of redevelopment such as Garden State Paper on River Drive and the Vornado property located on Passaic Street. This property has recently been redeveloped to include Applebee's Restaurant, Walmart and the Welcome Care Walk In Medical Center. The Redevelopment Agency has successfully negotiated millions of dollars for the purpose of improvement to the City of Garfield, including a new police station to be built and funded, by the developer of the Garden State Paper site as well as offsetting the burden of high property taxes. The agency is currently overseeing the clean up and redevelopment of the former Kalama Chemical Site at the intersection of Monroe Street and River Drive, along with the former Sketchley Services plant site on Cherry St., and the current C-Mor Shade site bordered by River Drive, Outwater Lane, Jewell Street, and Columbus Avenue.
Also, at the current time, the City of Garfield is looking forward to restoring and completing the historic waterfront park with beautification and redesign of River Drive.
As Mayor, Frank has the responsibility of performing weddings which has enabled him to make donations from these proceeds to various organizations such as the Garfield Dare Program, Garfield Fire Companies, Garfield P.B.A., Project Graduation, Garfield High School Band, Garfield YMCA., Garfield Little League, Garfield Babe Ruth Association, Garfield Junior Boilermakers, Garfield Girl's Softball, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and churches throughout the City of Garfield. He has been a long time sponsor of the Boy's and Girl's Club of Garfield Coaches Association basketball and flag football program.
Through his moving company, Frankie's Express, he has made personal donations, as well as transportation services for the Garfield Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, the Municipal Annual Coat Drive, and the Boy's and Girls's Club of Garfield. Also, he has donated refrigeration services to the Garfield VFW, Garfield Babe Ruth Association, Garfield Junior Boilermakers, Saint Stanislaus Annual Picnic along with Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church Annual Feast.
At the present time, the City of Garfield has an A-1 Bond Rating, and for the past two years Garfield's city budget was under the Governor's 2% state mandated cap without any lay-offs. This success has resulted in the City of Garfield having the fifth lowest property taxes in Bergen County.
This past November, Frank was given the honor of being inducted into the 2011 NJ LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES MAYORAL HALL OF FAME for his service and dedication to the City of Garfield.