Environmental Commission


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Wednesday of every month
  • Town Hall
    530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike
    Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
  • View the meeting calendar.


Per New Jersey Statutes Annotated 40:56A-1 and Township Code §3.28 this committee is made up of 7 members and 2 alternate members:

  • Thomas L. Newman, Chair
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2020
  • Thomas E. Andrea, Secretary
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2019
  • Tasha Connolly
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2021
  • Ralph DiBuono
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2020
  • Lorelle Laub
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2020
  • Jeffrey Mauriello
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2019
  • Andrew Watson
    3 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2020
  • Spencer Andrea, Alternate 1
    2 Year Term Expiring December 31, 2019
  • Richard Thurmann, Alternate 2
    2 Year December 31, 2019

Liaison Members

  • Councilwoman Russell, Council Liaison
  • Nina Sydoryk, Youth Liaison

About Members

The Environmental Commission, consisting of 7 members and 2 alternates, was established by the Township Council. Any resident interested in serving on the Environmental Commission is encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and should submit a completed Volunteer Application/Citizen Leadership form (PDF) to the Township Clerk.

About Meetings

Members of the Environmental Commission meet monthly or as necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend, but we suggest that interested parties contact the Chair beforehand. Also note that if the main entrance is locked, attendees can use the police entrance at the south side of the building.

During monthly meetings, members discuss current issues affecting environmental issues in the township, review and may comment on any site plans that have been submitted as part of the permitting process, and plan future activities.

Mission Statement

The Environmental Commission represents the public and its long-term interests as local environmental advocates. We work towards these goals by: 

  • Advising the town council and the planning and zoning boards about a wide range of environmental issues that affect the town
  • Advocating for open-space preservation
  • Keeping residents informed of environmental issues
  • Promoting environmental education; and working with neighboring commissions and other organizations to meet these goals