Borough News Room



Madison, NJ – November 19, 2018 – On the morning of November 18, 2018 at 2:02 a.m., Madison Police Detectives Ken Shannon and Adam Riley arrested Jesse J. Kimball, 48 of Madison, NJ. During the evening of November 17th and the morning of November 18th, Madison Police were notified of vandalism throughout the borough, including several buildings on Waverly Place and Main Street, various signs on Main Street, and several locations within New Jersey Transit train station property on Kings Road. The spray paint vandalism depicted racial slurs that were targeted at a veteran Madison Police Officer.

Through the investigation, it was determined that Kimball was responsible for the vandalism. Within 12 hours of the initial report, Kimball was later located at a Main Street location, where he was arrested by Madison Police Officers and charged with 4th degree criminal mischief and harassment. Subsequently, Kimball was charged by NJ Transit Police with 4th degree criminal mischief. Kimball was later released pending a court appearance in Morris County Superior Court.

Upon initial report of the vandalism, the Madison Department of Public Works on call crew was called in to cover up the depicted racial slurs. The damage has been totaled in the amount of several thousands of dollars.

“These unfortunate set of events resulted in an outpouring of support from our residents and friends in Madison towards our Police Department and officers. The swift reporting by witnesses and thorough police work of our Madison officers helped bring the incident to a close, but I would not expect anything else from all involved,” said Darren Dachisen, Madison Police Chief.

“I appreciate the quick work of the Madison Police Department and Department of Public Works, to ensure that this incident was addressed and corrected as quickly as possible. I echo the statement from Chief Dachisen, and want to emphasize that this type of behavior is not accepted in Madison or anywhere for that matter,” said Mayor Robert H. Conley.

No further information is available at this time, and no further comments will be made on this case. The suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Madison, NJ – November 6, 2018 – The Borough of Madison Recreation Department has installed three Automated External Defibrillator (AED) call-box stations and 10 AED cabinets’ at select playing fields and parks throughout the borough. 

An AED is a portable device that has the capability to check a hearts rhythm, and, if needed, administer an electric shock during cardiac arrest to the heart in hopes of restoring a normal rhythm. If an AED is used in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, the victim’s chance of survival is three times more likely. The three AED call-box stands have the capability that when removed, they automatically broadcast a message over the police radio channel to allow for an expedited response by the Madison Police Department and the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps (MVAC). The 10 AED cabinets are supplied with an AED, that when opened sets off an alarm. 

“The installation of the AEDs throughout Madison allow us to be prepared when an emergency situation arises,” said Robert H. Conley, Mayor. “The accessibility throughout Madison will make it possible for Madison Recreation volunteers who are trained in proper use of an AED to provide rapid defibrillation until medics arrive, in the event that it’s needed by a player, coach or spectator,” said Conley. 

Beginning on November 10th, the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, in conjunction with the Borough of Madison, will be offering free CPR certification courses to all Madison Recreation volunteers. Classes will be held on two Sundays per month at the Ambulance Corps Building, 29 Prospect Street. Each class will be instructed by one of the MVAC’s certified trainers. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last approximately four hours. Each class has a limit of 10 participants. After successfully completing the course, participants will receive a 2-year Basic Life Support certificate. To sign up, please visit 

“We feel the presence of these AEDs at our athletic fields, along with the corresponding training program, will go a long way toward enhancing the safety of our players and spectators alike,” said Zach Ellis, Director of Recreation. “We would also like to extend our thanks to the leadership of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps and specifically Paul Rogers and Kevin DeBiasse for providing a flexible course schedule for our coaches and volunteers,” said Ellis. 

The three AED call-boxes are located at the Madison Recreation Complex, Dodge Field Playground and Dodge Field Baseball Field. The 10 AED cabinets are located at Bayley Ellard Field, Memorial Field (Rosedale Soccer Field), Memorial Field Ice Rink, Summerhill Park, Niles Park, Lucy D. Anthony Complex, Rosedale Baseball Complex, Madison High School and Madison Junior School.

Residents are reminded that the use of AEDs are intended for life saving use only. In the event that an AED is used, please call 911 immediately. 

A PDF of the release can be found here

AS IT PERTAINS TO THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOLRoad Closure Press Release_Photo_Final_Caption

Madison, NJ – August 31, 2018 – The Borough of Madison would like to thank all residents for the continued patience, understanding and cooperation as we continue to work diligently to upgrade required infrastructure throughout the borough. As we enter the beginning of the school year, we wanted to take this time to update you on three projects that have an impact on travel throughout the borough.

Greenwood Avenue:
The only road closures we expect through Friday, September 7th with a potential impact to the school and traffic, is the closure and detours at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Rosedale Avenue. Madison Police Department will ensure that detours are in place for an easy flow of traffic. PSE&G has finished up with the required gas main improvements between Main Street and Fairview Avenue. In the next few weeks, the borough will have our contractor, Midwest, complete a few minor curb and sidewalk repairs near Greenwood and Fairview, as well as lay down soil and seed in affected areas. The complete mill and paving of Greenwood is scheduled to take place at the end of September.

Central Avenue:
We only expect minor intermittent road closures between Main Street and Cook Avenue through Friday, September 7th. Small areas of sidewalks will be repaired. The work that will be done by Morris County, includes handicap ramps at the sidewalks, catch basins and a complete mill and overlay and is out of our jurisdiction. When more information becomes available we’ll ensure that it gets relayed to borough residents via Rosenet, NotifyMe® and our social media channels.

Cook Avenue & Community Place:
The entire length of Cook Avenue and Community Place will be closed to through traffic. Cook parking lot will be accessible. Beginning next week and lasting approximately three weeks, PSE&G will be working on Cook Avenue, from Central Avenue to Ridgedale Avenue and Community Place, from Park Avenue to the end to replace the gas main infrastructure. The Cook Avenue parking lot will remain OPEN and accessible throughout the duration of the project. For continued safety, the Madison Police Department will be assisting vehicles in and out of the lot during construction hours.

Please note that the potential end-dates, schedule and closures are all tentative and subject to changes due to weather. For the latest updates on road improvement projects, please visit: The next update will be available on Friday, September 7th.

A PDF of the release can be found here



Madison, NJ – May 9, 2018 – Mayor Conley and Borough Staff met with JCP&L officials last week to establish a process for dispatching Madison Electrical Department personnel during mayor and jcplsignificant electrical outages to assist in restoring power to neighboring towns.

Madison Electric Department is a ‘home town’ electrical department that for more than 100 years has been providing the Borough with reliable and safe electrical services. Madison Electric Department will first and foremost address any/all electrical outages within the Borough. When these outages are addressed, Madison Electric Department will help restore power in bordering neighbors (Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Morris Township and Florham Park).

The Madison Electric Department, along with JCP&L will participate in annual training exercises that will allow Borough staff to be immediately dispatched by JCP&L in a time of need. This will allow for quicker dispatching than previously encountered.

“The ‘home town’ utility service that the Madison Electric Department provides all of its customers is something that we’re proud of here in Madison,” said Robert H. Conley, Mayor. “With this established process between the Borough and JCP&L, we’re able to utilize our Electric Department personnel when they’ve finished getting Madison back up and running, to help assist our neighboring towns get power restored, a shared service that I’m proud has been created so we can assist our neighbors during times of need.”

Madison’s Electric Department is prepared for and willing to meet any challenge to insure that customers have and will continue to have the finest electric service in the state of New Jersey. Their top priority is a commitment to their valued customers. Safety, service and reliability is what Madison Electric Department endeavors to provide. Visit for more information.

A PDF of the release can be found here

Message from Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley regarding Federal Tax Reform Legislation (Senate Bill 1893)

On May 4, 2018, Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill 1893 which authorizes municipalities, counties, and school districts to establish one or more charitable trust funds, each for specific public purposes, and permits certain donations to those charitable funds to be credited toward the donor’s property tax obligation.

The entire message from Mayor Conley can be found here

Police Department Accreditation Award - February 13, 2017

The Madison Police Department was recognized at Monday’s Borough Council meeting for receiving accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). Out of 470 Law Enforcement Agencies in New Jersey, there are 170 police departments that are accredited in the state of New Jersey. To achieve accreditation from NJSACOP, the police department’s policies, procedures, operations, support services and over one-hundred other standards were reviewed by NJSACOP.

The Madison Police Department accomplished something further; less than 1% of the accredited agencies have a flawless final onsite, as they did.

Mayor Robert Conley and Accreditation Program Manager, Harry Delgado congratulate Police Chief Darren Dachisen and the Madison Police Department.
Harry Delgado (Accreditation Program Manager), Lieutenant John Miscia, Lieutenant Joseph Longo (Accreditation Manager), and Police Chief Darren Dachisen.

MVAC Lift Assist - January 5, 2017

LIFT ASSIST.  Pictured above are members of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps testing new electric stretchers and electric power lifting equipment.  Through the generous donations of Madison residents, the Corps was able to purchase this equipment which will help safely lift patients into the ambulance, making transport of patients safer and reducing the risk of injuries to Corp members and other first responders.  In this picture, Kimberly Marotts is suspended in mid-air from the back of the ambulance by this equipment without the assistance of any Corp members.
The Corps would like to thank the residents of Madison and the Borough Government and Administration for their continued support which allows us to provide 24/7 emergency medical services free of charge to our residents year-round.
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MVAC Captain Robert Landrigan, Tim Fawcett, Jenn Bruns, Corey Minnick, and Ahsan Ullan.  Seated is Kimberly Marotts.

CrimeStoppers Program Award - November 28, 2016

Congratulations to Detective/Sergeant Paul Kosakowski and the Madison Police Department, Bureau of Investigation for receiving the Morris County Sheriff’s Department’s Leaping Leo Award for their extensive use of the CrimeStoppers program. “This recognition shows how working together through programs such as CrimeStoppers our police department not only serves Madison but also supports the County law enforcement efforts," said Mayor Conley. Police Chief Darren Dachisen noted “Madison Detectives received 7 tips, 4 follow up tips and released 3 ‘Crimes of the Week’ publications”. The award will be received by Detective Kosakowski and Chief Dachisen during the CrimeStoppers yearly fundraiser on December 12, 2016. From left to right: Lieutenant John Miscia, Detective Paul Papamarkos, Chief Darren Dachisen, Award Winner, Detective/Sergeant Paul Kosakowski, Mayor Robert Conley, and Detective Ken Shannon at the Madison Public Safety Building.

Saint Vincent Thanksgiving Outreach Program - November 22, 2016

Members of the Madison Police Department assisted Saint Vincent Martyr Church with their Thanksgiving Outreach program. Several baskets of food containing all the “fixins” for a Thanksgiving meal were delivered to the Madison Senior Housing Buildings by Police Department members (and Family Members). Preparation of baskets were completed through donations from parish families and Madison businesses, delivery of baskets occurring the Monday prior to Thanksgiving.

Madison PBA Local 92 Thanksgiving Food Drive - November 16, 2016

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The Madison Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 92 will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive beginning Wednesday, October 1st and ending Saturday, November 1st. During that period residents may drop off non-perishable food donations at the Madison Police Department on Kings Road, where a portable storage unit has been set up to receive the donations. Shoppers of Whole Foods Market may also purchase items and drop them in a box set up at the store. In addition to residents donating, the Madison P.B.A. and Whole Foods Market will be making substantial donations of food towards the effort.

The food will be delivered to the Interfaith Food Pantry (IFP) in Morris Plains, where it will be sorted, packed and distributed throughout the month of November to Morris County households. According to Pantry officials, they expect to distribute 1,600+ complete Thanksgiving meals.

Items being sought include instant potatoes, stuffing, roll mix, turkey gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, brownie mix or cake mix and icing, Parmalat or powdered milk, coffee and tea, jello or pudding, salad dressings, condiments such as pickles and olives. Everyday items are also needed such as regular, hearty and low-salt soups, pasta and cereal.

This is not the first time the Madison P.B.A. Local 92 has helped the Pantry feed local families in need. The local P.B.A. has organized several community events to help the Pantry collect much needed food donations over the past few years. Carolyn Lake, IFP Director of Community Relations & Development commented “Just over the course of two years the Madison P.B.A. members have collected more than 1,800 pounds of food, which helps us tremendously as our program continues to grow.” Lake said that so far this year, the IFP has served over 7,300 residents. “Our clients are primarily low-income working families, people living on fixed incomes and folks unable to find adequate employment. We’re so grateful to the P.B.A. and the residents of Madison for reaching out to those in need”.

The IFP is also accepting donations of fresh and frozen turkeys, chickens and hams at their Resource Center, located at 2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains beginning October 27th.

“A lot of people don’t realize that it’s our own neighbors that need help.” said Dellavalle. “There are about 50 families in Madison alone that rely on the IFP to feed their families. It may be someone you know – a lot of people are living day to day just barely scraping by. We’re happy to be able to help them make their holidays a little brighter.”

New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention - November 15, 2016

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Mayor Conley, Drew President Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger and Madison resident and retired CEO of Verizon NJ Dennis Bone participated in a panel discussion on the importance of municipalities engaging their business communities at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City earlier this afternoon.

All three panelists are members of Mayor Conley's Chief Executive Council for Madison, an organization of executives that live or work in Madison that is dedicated to civic engagement, corporate social responsibility and mentoring Madison public school students and Drew college students.

Over 130 municipal officials from around the state attended the panel discussion, which was moderated by Christy Tighe of Junior Achievement of New Jersey.

Many thanks to Dr. Baenninger and Mr. Bone for their time and support.

Local Executives Mentor Madison High School Students - October 21, 2016

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Over 50 Madison High School students were treated to lunch and career advice from Cali Yost and Kathleen Lynch as part of the Chief Executive Council for Madison Emerging Leaders Lunch Series.  Students learned about industry trends in the workplace, the challenges and benefits of entrepreneurship and the importance of informal networking at home, college and on the job.  Cali and Kathleen met while undergrads at Bucknell University.

Cali is an internationally recognized flexible workplace strategist, speaker and author and is the founder and CEO of Flex+Strategy, Group/Work + Life Fit, Inc.  For nearly two decades, she has helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals partner for flexible work success.  Kathleen is Chief Operating Officer for UBS Americas and Wealth Management Americas (WMA) and is responsible for the oversight of the front to back control environment and supports the execution of the business division's strategy, while also ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness. Critical areas in Kathleen's portfolio include technology and operations, risk management and UBS's regulatory framework.

The Chief Executive Council for Madison is a program that connects executives that live or work in the Madison area with students from Madison High School and Drew University for mentorship, civic engagement and corporate citizenship.  Founded by Madison Mayor Bob Conley, the organization is sponsored and supported by Quest Diagnostics, Drew University and over 80 C Suite and mid-level executives.

Madison Police Department, Fire Department, and Volunteer Ambulance Corps - October 14, 2016

On October 14, 2016, the students at St. Vincent’s school invited a group of representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department and Madison Ambulance Corps for a presentation. The students wanted to thank the first responders of Madison for all they do. Each group got a box of candy and thank you letters. The students wrote a clever slogan for each candy contained in the box.

Mayor & Council, Madison Police Department - October 14, 2016

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From left to right: Lt. Miscia, Rev. Foster, Mayor Conley, Rev. Dunn, and Chief Dachisen
Mayor Conley and the Madison Council members welcomed four new volunteering chaplains to the Police Department of Madison on Thursday, October 13th. The Council unanimously approved a resolution appointing Father Derek Anderson of the Saint Mary’s Church,  Reverends A. Craig Dunn of the First Baptist Church, Pastor Scott Foster of the Presbyterian Church of Madison, and Monsignor George Hundt of Saint Vincent Martyr Church to the position. Police Chief Dachisen and Lieutenant Miscia attended the ceremony that took place in the Council Chambers in the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building at the regularly scheduled Council meeting. 

“I appreciate the chaplains volunteering for this important position” said Mayor Conley.  “Policing initiatives like this are extremely important and help strengthen the bond between the Police Department and the community.” Reverend Dunn has been serving as an unofficial chaplain for the Police department and was instrumental in helping the officers deal with the loss of Police Captain Joseph Cirella, noted Chief Dachisen. 

Chaplains are trained to be certified for the Police Department, and help for a year-long position serving the community. The Chaplains will assist the Police Department with death notifications, youth offenders and other police related duties. Any ordained clergy member in the Borough is eligible to apply for the position. 

Mayor & Council, Madison Police Department - July 14, 2016

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Left to Right: Sergeant Craig Perrelli, Patrolman DiRocco and Patrolman Daniel lowering the flag in front of Hartley Dodge Memorial.  The Mourning Band being worn on Sergeant Peerelli’s badge. Madison Police lowering the flag to half-staff.
At the direction of Mayor Conley, American Flags have been placed in downtown and flags in Madison have been lowered to half-staff in support of the Dallas Police Department, the Madison Police Department and public safety employees across the country.   Police Chief Darren Dachisen has ordered all officers to wear a mourning band on their badge for the next 30 days to honor the officers who lost their lives in the Dallas shooting. Thanks to complimentary plane tickets from Jet Blue, Madison Police Officers Goncalves and Morales will attend this weekend’s memorial service in Dallas for Officer Zamarripa.

Mayor Conley read the following statement at the Council meeting on July 11th.

“In my time as Mayor, we have stood here in these Council Chambers in silence  for moviegoers  in Aurora,  Colorado, children and teachers in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, office workers in San Bernardino, California, adults enjoying a night out in Orlando, Florida and tonight I am asking for  a moment  of  silence for  five police  officers murdered  in Dallas, Texas.  Five officers protecting citizens exercising their right of freedom of speech.  Five officers willing to risk their lives to save others.

So please join me in a moment of silence for:
Transit Officer Brent Thompson
Officer Patrick Zamarripa
Officer Michael Krol
Officer Lorne Ahrens
Officer Michael Smith

And personal prayers and thoughts for the families they have left behind, the entire Dallas Police force, the members of the Madison Police Department and police officers across our country who need and deserve our support as they put their lives on the line every day for us.

In  honor  of  the  slain police  officers  and to  show  our  support as  a community for our police department, I have ordered the flag in front of the Hartley  Dodge  Memorial Building be flown at half  staff through Friday,  July  15th and American  flags be flown on all Borough poles throughout town.”

​Dept. Public Works: June 28, 2016

Styrofoam and Electronic Recycling

Residents are reminded that the Borough Yard on John Avenue is open from 9am - 11:30am on Monday and Friday for drop off of televisions, Styrofoam and other recyclable materials.  Note, Pack, Ship & More in the Plaza is NO LONGER accepting Styrofoam recycling material.  It must be brought to the Borough Yard.  Electronic recyclable materials including vcrs, fax machines, computers and printers can be brought to the Borough Yard or they can be brought to PC Problems at 50 Main Street during normal business hours.

Pictured above are Madison residents Spencer and Tim Koppenol along with the Borough's newly hired Recycling Monitor, Bonnie Mulcahy.  If you have any questions on recycling or trash, please visit or call 973-593-3088.

Health Department - June 23, 2016

The Madison Health Department Urges Residents to Reduce Areas on their Property that Could Attract Rodents and Mosquitoes.
The Madison Health Department has received numerous complaints about rat sightings and properties that are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The Health Department is encouraging Madison residents to be aware of steps they can take to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their neighbors by keeping their properties well maintained.
To prevent mosquitoes from breeding and becoming a nuisance, follow these steps to reduce standing water in your yard:
• Unclog rain gutters
• Cover trash cans
• Clean out bird baths and stagnant fountains
• Repair leaky hoses
• Maintain small ponds
Steps to prevent rodents in your yard:
• Deny food source (use hard sided trash containers, plastic or metal to prevent garbage leakage)
• Make sure garbage containers have tightly fitting lids
• Remove any ripe fruits or vegetables from home garden
• Eliminate water sources (see above)
• Trapping
• Remove any accumulated garbage or debris
• Elevate any stacked wood
• Professional exterminator service
The Madison Health Department will take legal actions on any properties that do not attempt to alleviate these issues.
Please contact the Health Department at 973-593-3079 if you have any questions.

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Madison's Department of Public Works hangs baskets of flowers downtown!

Police Unity Tour 2016

On Monday, May 9, 2016 the Police Unity Tour passed through Madison for the 20th year.  The Police Unity Tour began in 1997 and was led by Patrick Montuore (retired Police Chief) of the Florham Park Police Department.  In 1997, 18 officers, 4 of whom were from the Madison Police Department, raised $18,000 for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund by bicycling 305 miles from Florham Park to Washington D.C. Today well over one thousand officers representing 7 chapters nationwide participate in the Police Unity Tour and continue to raise money for this fund.

Madison Softball Gives Back to Community 2016

The Madison High School Girls Softball Booster Club (Diamond Club), after years of fundraising, has recently purchased and donated an LED scoreboard to be used at the Madison Recreation Complex for all MHS Girls Varsity softball games as well as Madison Rec and Travel softball games.  The scoreboard was graciously installed this past week by the town of Madison (see photo).
Madison Softball in conjunction with the Madison Recreation Department has also recently completed an $11,500.00 field upgrade at the Madison Junior School. With increased usage of the school fields necessary due to the loss of the Green Village Road Fields, new safety fencing and dugout areas were necessary to protect players and fans. With tremendous cooperation from the Board of Education and the Recreation Department, the project was completed over spring break and ready for opening day. Players in grades 3-8 will keep the fields busy 7 days a week.  This marks the second field project initiated by Madison Softball at the Junior School. In 2010, the program also provided funds for an extensive field upgrade.

This cooperation is what makes Madison a great town to live in.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

On April 28, 2016 Borough Employee Lisa Quinn brought her daughter to the office for our annual Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day!

Spring Brook Clean-Up 2016

On April 18, 2016 Councilmember Carmela Vitale, Borough Engineer Robert Vogel, and Drew University Civic Scholars cleaned up Spring Brook, off of Rosedale Avenue, as pre-May Day event.

Pine Acres Annual Disaster Drill 2016

On April 12, 2016 the Borough of Madison Fire Department and Emergency Management Coordinator held its annual disaster drill at the Pine Acres Rehabilitation Center.