Brian Scanlan and Melissa Rubenstein were elected to the Township Committee today. We thank the voters and our supporters! Brian, Melissa, and Carla

Brian D. Scanlan

Brian D. Scanlan is running for re-election to the Wyckoff Township Committee. He received the highest number of votes in the 2011 and 2014 elections. Known for his independent thinking and fiscal conservatism, Brian has served in a wide range of roles on the Committee, including as deputy mayor, deputy chair of the finance committee, and DPW Commissioner. During his three years as deputy chair of the finance committee, township expenses increased less than 1% annually. Brian has also served on the Library Board, the Planning Board, and the Board of Health, and his liaison assignments have included the Parks and Recreation Board, the Zoning Board, Ramapo-Indian Hills School Board, the Wyckoff School Board, the Wyckoff Ambulance Corps, and the Zabriskie House trustees.
Brian was the first committeeman to refuse the Township Committee stipend, which to date has resulted in savings to taxpayers of more than $120,000 from himself and other Committeemen who have participated. He also declined entry into the state pension program, resulting in further savings to taxpayers.
During his tenure on the Township Committee, Brian established the Nifty Fifty recycling program to save tax dollars, initiated the ordinance to create “smoke free” zones in Wyckoff’s parks, championed Wyckoff’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey Program, and sponsored a “no idling program” around Wyckoff schools.
Brian assisted in securing a $1.9 million county grant used for the acquisition of Russell Farms Community Park. In 2006, Brian initiated a citizen petition drive to put the first referendum to establish Wyckoff’s open space trust fund on the ballot; Wyckoff voters have approved it three times by increasing margins. $1.2 million from the open space trust fund was combined with the county grant to complete the purchase of Russell Farms.
The Scanlans have been residents of Wyckoff since 1995. Brian is the president of Thieme Publishers, which creates health science educational products for students and physicians. He and his family are members of Saint Elizabeth’s Church, where he was co-director of Saint Martin’s Soup Kitchen, served as a Sunday school teacher, on Men’s Cornerstone, and as a youth group volunteer. He was also a van driver for senior parishioners. Brian has coached two dozen teams for Wyckoff Recreation and has also served as a Girl Scout Gold Award advisor.
Brian grew up in Emerson, New Jersey, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Rutgers College, where he met his wife Gail (Kauflin), who grew up in Wyckoff. She owns and operates 3w-presence, Inc., a company which specializes in website design, e-commerce, search engine positioning, and marketing for small businesses. The Scanlans have three daughters, Anna-dora, Norah, and Clare, who are all graduates of Wyckoff schools and Ramapo High School. Dora Kauflin, Gail’s mom, has lived in Wyckoff since 1942.
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