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Fine, Josh

  • Divisions:Mayor & Borough Council
  • Title:Councilman
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 Joshua Fine

For the past five years, Josh has served as an elected member of the Borough Council.

On November 4, 2014, Josh was elected to a three year term on the Borough Council, and he took the oath of office on January 6, 2015. 

From 2015 through 2016, Josh served as Chair for the Health and Human Services Committee, and was the Council liaison to the Board of Health, Commission for Universal Access, Community Food Pantry, Housing Authority, Human Relations Commission, Mayor's Wellness Campaign and Public Library.

In 2015, Josh introduced an ordinance banning sale of tobacco and electronic smoking devices to people under 21 years of age, as well as a resolution recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to recommit to full implementation of the ADA. He also introduced changes to the Code of the Borough of Highland Park, which provided for the appointment of liaisons from the Board of Education to the Board of Health and Human Relations Commission, and a liaison from the Highland Park Police Department to the Human Relations Commission to foster better communication and cooperation between these municipal entities.

In 2016, he introduced ordinances to license establishments that sell electronic smoking devices and create a Highland Park identification card program. Josh also introduced resolutions urging the State of New Jersey to prohibit the sale or transfer of any 50 caliber firearm or 50 caliber cartridge, and supporting the designation of Highland Park as a HeartSafe Community.
From 2017 through 2019, Josh served as the Council Chair for the Finance Committee and as the Council liaison to the Community Development Block Grant Committee, Digital Data Task Force, Ethics Board, Finance Department, Public Library, and Shared Services Commission.

In 2017, he introduced a resolution to establish a Shared Services Commission, whose purpose was to make recommendations to the Mayor and Borough Council regarding potential revenue and savings opportunities for Highland Park to pursue. On November 7, 2017, Josh was elected to a second three year term on the Borough Council that began on January 1, 2018.

In 2018, Josh continued to advocate for solutions to address the growing deer population in Highland Park, and met with representatives of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to explore a possible deer management program. Always interested in shared services opportunities, Josh met with Governor Phil Murphy’s Shared Services Czars Nicholas Platt and Jordan Glatt to discuss ideas for potential shared services with other New Jersey municipalities. He introduced a resolution to reunite children and parents separated by U.S. authorities under the Trump administration's "Zero Tolerance" Policy. Josh also advocated against the legalization of recreational marijuana and for an ordinance prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana in Highland Park.

In 2019, Josh explored the possibility of Highland Park establishing a joint or shared municipal court with other municipalities in Middlesex County. Josh met with representatives from Metuchen and Piscataway and representatives of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to discuss the pros and cons of such a shared service.  Further discussion regarding possibly establishing a joint or shared municipal court is set to take place in 2020.  Josh introduced a resolution urging adoption of Assembly Bill A-3818/Senate Bill S-2173, to remove the religious exemption as a reason public and private school parents can refrain from having their children vaccinated in New Jersey. Josh was also outspoken about the need to combat anti-Semitism across the political spectrum.

In 2020, Josh, in his sixth year as a member of the Borough Council, is serving as Chair of the Recreation and Arts Standing Committee. In this capacity, he also serves as the Council liaison to the Recreation Committee, Arts Commission, Council on Aging, Municipal Alliance, and Historical Commission.

Prior to becoming a Highland Park Council Member, Josh volunteered for the Borough of Highland Park in various capacities, including as a member of the Planning Board, the Environmental Commission, Master Plan Review Advisory Committee, and the Shared Services Task Force. He also previously served as a representative on the Highland Park Democratic Municipal Committee.

In addition to his service for the Borough, Josh has served as President of Central New Jersey Kehilot Investing in Day Schools, Inc., and on the Executive Boards of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park and Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva.

Josh has worked in the insurance industry for the past fourteen years and is currently an environmental claims manager at Crum & Forster. He earned a Master's in Environmental Law from George Washington University, a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a B.A. in History from Yeshiva University. Josh, a licensed attorney in New York, previously served as an assistant counsel at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
Josh grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He and his wife, Jennie, have been active members of the community since moving to Highland Park in 2006. They have two children, Dovie and Sophie.

Josh is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of Highland Park residents. He is specifically interested in exploring ways to stabilize property taxes, encouraging mixed use development in Downtown Highland Park, and focusing on preservation to protect our environment.

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