Welcome to the Heights Section of Jersey City, NJ

Meet CASID's Board of Trustees

CASID Board of Trustees 2013-2015Trustees From Top Left: Gary Solomon, Eddy Gallo, Joe Nachbaur, Sergio Ferreira, Gilbert Mendez, Grace Cutri and Sanford Fishman.

Central Avenue's Special Improvement District Management Corporation is driven by the stakeholders who pay the SID assessment financing the organization. A basic function of any corporation is for stakeholders to meet, discuss meaningful solutions to challenges, and then make collective decisions with the administrative means to act. The SID program ensures that stakeholders have the opportunity to meet nearly every month and routinely administer this process thereby giving all business and commercial property owners within the district a venue to have their voices heard, make collective decisions, form important partnerships, and contribute towards improving the neighborhood.

In total, there are nine (9) Trustee positions in the SID/ District Management Corporation. Seven (7) members of the corporation are elected from a pool of nearly 450 stakeholders to serve on the Board of Trustees. Elections occur every two years at an Annual Meeting of the Corporation. It is the responsibility of the Trustees to govern the CASID organization, uphold its bylaws, and maintain the mission to further the economic and social revitalization occurring in Jersey City. Elected trustees volunteer their valued time with NO monetary compensation. They do, however, take pride in fulfilling their civic duty to care for Jersey City as good neighbors and business people.

The remaining two (2) trustee positions are appointed by the Jersey City Mayor and include one member of the City Council and one head of an agency of the City of Jersey City to serve as the liaison to the Mayor and his executive department.

Trustee terms of service are scheduled as follows:

CLASS Term Begins Term Ends
Class A July 1, 2021 June 30, 2023
Class B July 1, 2019 June 30, 2023
Class C July 1, 2021 June 30, 2025
City Council Representative (Appointment) August 28, 2019 August 27, 2020
Mayor's Representative (Appointment) August 29, 2019 August 28, 2020

Sanford Fishman


Class A | Email Ph: (201) 656-3900

Business: Bond Drugs (former owner), 371 Central Avenue, JC

Sanford is a property owner on the Avenue and has done business in the Jersey City Heights for 50+ years. He was raised in the family business, Bond Drugs, which was established in the Heights in the 1930s. As a pharmacist, he continues to engage a wide variety of the community on both a personal and professional level. He has serves on the board of trustees since 1999 and elected President in 2013.  

Gilbert Mendez, 263 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJGilbert Mendez

Vice President - S

Class C | Email Ph: (201) 792-4188

Business: Mendez Travel Agency, 263 Central Ave, JC

Gilbert has run a successful neighborhood business for 40+ years. Mendez Agency has been an institution on Central Avenue since 1975. Working alongside other business and commercial property owners, Gill was a founding member of the first S.I.D. in Jersey City. After a brief pause, he returned to the board of trustees in 2007 to serve as Vice President South. 

Joe Nachbaur, State Farm, 505 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJJoe Nachbaur

Vice President - N

Class C | Email Ph: (201) 222-8866

Business: State Farm Insurance Agent, 505 Central Ave, JC

Both a business and property owner within the district, Joe has grown a successful business in The Heights since 2006. As a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne NJ, Joseph holds a bachelors degree in Communication and minor in Criminals Justice. He specializes in insurance and financial services. He previously owned and operated an Applegate Farm Homemade Ice Cream store in Hoboken at 1401 Hudson Street.

Sergio Ferreira, Eye Contact Vision Center, 368 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJSergio Ferreira


Class B | Email Ph: (201) 659-2774

Business: Eye Contact Vision Center, 368 Central Ave, JC

Sergio holds a bachelors degree from Duke University and received his optician license from Essex Community College. He has owned the business since 2003 which operates in two Special Improvement Districts. With a location on Central Avenue as well as Newark’s Ironbound, he uses his savvy business knowledge to succeed in two distinct urban markets.

Gary Solomon, Hauptman Floor Covering, 307 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJGary Solomon


Class C | Email Ph: (201) 659-5195

Business: Hauptman Carpets, 307 Central Avenue, JC

A founding member of Central Avenue’s S.I.D. program, Gary is a second generation businessman in the Solomon family. He has over 41 years of successful business experience. Hauptman was opened in 1909 by William Hauptman before being transferred to the Solomon family in 1960. The business reached the 100-year milestone few small businesses reach which is a real testament to the Solomon family’s commitment to outstanding customer service and workmanship.

Grace Cutri, DC Travel, 2 Lincoln St. Jersey City, NJ Grace Cutri


Class B | Email Ph: (201) 653-1600

Business: DC Travel, 2 Lincoln St. (rear of 341 Central Ave)

Since 1971, Grace has operated a business on Central Avenue and continues to be an active member of the community. She is affiliated with the Dante Alighieri Society, Societa Unita of Union City, and Jersey City Kiwanis Club. She has served on CASID’s board since 2001 and chairs the election committee.

Eddy Gallo, Angel Azul Bakery & Cafe, 460 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJEddy Gallo


Class B | Email Ph: (201) 386-1770

Business: Angel Azul Bakery & Cafe, 460 Central Ave, JC

A native of Ecuador, Eddy helped start a popular and family owned Spanish bakery on Central Avenue that opened in 1998. Aside from the food industry, he graduated from NJCU with a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He worked for Compaq as Systems Engineer-Project Lead/ Manager for several years before he was hired by Quest Diagnostics as a software engineer in 2005. He is also a Certified ServSafe Instructor.

Daniel Rivera, Councilman-at-Large, Jersey CityDaniel Rivera


City Council Representative | Email Ph: (201) 547-5319

Councilman-At-Large, City of Jersey City

Daniel is a former Clinical Coordinator of Research Projects at both Newark’s Beth Israel Medical Center, and St. Barnabas Health Care. Currently Daniel works at the Jersey City Medical Center in patient services. As Councilman at Large, Daniel has supported the economic and responsible growth of Jersey City and has a track record of advocating for the whole city while making sure it continues to grow. [Read More]

Chad Johnstone, Aide to Jersey City Mayor FulopChad Johnstone


Mayoral Appointment | Email Ph: (201) 547-4719

Chad Johnstone is from Pacifica, CA. His studies brought him to the east coast where he attended NYU to Study Public Policy and Management, as well as be a part of the varsity baseball team. After graduating in May of 2019, he sought a career in public service in the tri state area. Now serving as an aide to Mayor Steven Fulop, he uses the lessons he was taught to sharpen Jersey City policy, and help the City continue to grow.