Gayle Brill Mittler - Mayor
Gayle Brill Mittler became Mayor in 2014, when she was chosen by her fellow Council members to complete her predecessor’s term upon his resignation. In 2016, she was elected for her first four year term. As Mayor, Gayle takes a managed and goal-oriented yet grass roots, approach to governing and increasing the Borough’s volunteerism. To that end, she has established five goals for the governing body to address: a) tax stabilization, b) downtown development, c) infrastructure, d) quality of life, and e) transparency.
Under Gayle’s leadership, Highland Park has achieved success in a number of areas, and received recognition from both the County and State levels for many of our accomplishments, including:
Complete Streets Excellence Award at the 2015 NJ
Complete Streets Summit
Named first HeartSafe Municipality in New Jersey
Awarded NJ Municipality’s Innovation in Governance Award for “HP Gives a
Named a Heartsaver and Stroke Hero by the American Heart Association and
American Stroke Association
Gold Level Recognition and Outstanding Achievement award for our Safe
Walking and Biking Committee, from New Jersey’s Safe Routes to School
2017 and New Jersey Smart Workplaces
Honorable Mention in NJ Municipality’s Innovation in Governance Award for
our Police Sensitivity Training Workshops
Silver Sustainability by Sustainable New Jersey
Gayle represents the values of Highland Park as a member of the Board of the League of Municipalities and a member of the Climate Mayors organization. She also focuses her efforts on benefitting all residents of Highland Park. In 2015, she created “HP Gives a Hoot”, a nonprofit organization to help our young residents in need, to bring attention to Highland Park’s “invisible children” – the nearly 38% of our children who are in free or reduced lunch programs. She also helped initiate a resolution to protect and welcome historically discriminated populations, as well as a program which enables all residents of Highland Park to receive Municipal ID cards for use as identification within the Borough.
Prior to her appointment as Mayor, Gayle was a Council member since October 2009, serving as Council President from 2012 – 2014. She has been a business owner in Highland Park since 1995. This combination of residency and business ownership here in the Borough gives her the unique advantage of understanding the needs of our downtown business owners and our residents, within the framework of local governmental requirements.
Gayle has been involved in community for many years. Her service includes:
Past coordinator, Central NJ for Obama, Jewish Outreach (2008)
Past Vice Chair, National Public Policy/Social Action Committee, United
Synagogue for Conservative Judaism (2005-2009)
Past President, Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe
Past Chair, Highland Park Democratic Municipal Committee (2000-2003)
Past Publicity and Marketing Chair, Highland Park Education Foundation
Chair, Black History School Challenge Contest Fund, a 501c3 non-profit fund
Founding Member, Main Street Highland Park
Highland Park business owner since 1995 (All Colors, LLC)
Resident of Highland Park since 1978
Gayle Brill Mittler’s two children are proud graduates of the Highland Park Public School system. She resides in Highland Park with her husband, Uri Mittler.