Vannie D. Parson of Forbes Street was appointed to serve through 2014, filling the seat of the late Courtney Clarke, who passed away a year ago. Daniel Garay of Midwood Drive was appointed to serve a term through 2015, filling the remaining term of Matt Dobrowloski, who stepped down a few months ago. Garay fills the seat originally held by his uncle, Carlos Garay, who served on the Redevelopment Agency for several years until he stepped down in December 2010. At the same meeting, the City Council approved Dobrowloski to serve on the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board.
Parson is an executive manager and payroll assistant, most recently with Viewmark USA. Garay is a teacher at Rahway High School and co-founder and director of New Jersey All-State Wrestling Champs. A former Arena Football League player, he graduated Hofstra University in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration and marketing and also holds a master’s in business education.
More appointments or re-appointments are expected in the new year, with commissioners Timothy Nash and Paul Sefranka’s terms expiring at the end of this year. The seven commissioners, followed by the year their term expires, are:
- Tim Nash (2013)
- Paul Sefranka (2013)
- Vannie Parson (2014)
- Daniel Garay (2015)
- William Rack (2015)
- Michael Staryak (2016)
- Anthony Diege (2017)
Commissioners are unpaid and serve four-year terms. The agency generally meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Hamilton Stage for Performing Arts. The next meeting will be the agency’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 8.