At his last council meeting as mayor, Gerald Drasheff received a warm tribute from his fellow council members, as well as local and regional officials and the Guttenberg community.
Drasheff is retiring this year, with his last day in office on Dec. 31, 2017. At the council meeting on Dec. 18, 2017 he was presented with a plaque and proclamation honoring him “for his service and outstanding contributions to the residents of Guttenberg.” A portrait of him was also unveiled, to be mounted on the wall alongside the past mayors of town.
Drasheff served as councilman for six years before becoming mayor in 2008. He was overwhelmingly re-elected for two additional four-year terms in 2010 and 2014. As noted on the plaque, “under the leadership of Gerald R. Drasheff the residents of Guttenberg have enjoyed tremendous progress in many areas including senior services, recreation and stable municipal taxes.”
During his tenure as mayor, Drasheff spearheaded the creation of the Waterfront Park in conjunction with North Bergen, and the building of the new community center and annex to Anna L. Klein School. He also served as chairman of the North Hudson Council of Mayors, a member of the north Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Board of Directors, and commissioner of the Garden State Municipal Join Insurance Fund.
Among those offering their thanks and appreciation to Drasheff at the meeting were Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Hudson County Sheriff Francis Schilari. Also in attendance were former West New York Mayor Sal Vega and many co-workers, friends, and family members.