Tom was elected to his fifth term to the Norwood Council in November 2015. He previously served on the Council from 2000 through 2005, 2007 through 2009 and 2013 to present.
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.
Tom is Director-Regional & Community 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 38-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 has served as a member of O&R’s corporate leadership team 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 STAC’s President’s Council.
Tom Brizzolara is well known for his civic involvement and volunteer leadership in many service and charitable organizations throughout Bergen and Rockland counties.
As a community builder and a business leader devoted to assisting our neighbors in crisis, Tom served extensively as a long-time volunteer for United Way and Rotary International.
He is one of the founding board members of Keep Rockland Beautiful and 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.