Environmental Commission

About the Clifton Environmental Commission
Established by municipal resolution, the Clifton Environmental Commission is an advisory body composed of Clifton residents appointed by the Mayor. It is comprised of 7 regular and 2 alternates including a member of the Clifton Planning Board. All commissioners serve one, two and three-year terms.

The role of the commission is to study, evaluate, and make recommendations to the City Council regarding local environmental issues, including (but not limited to): solid waste management and recycling; clean water resources; storm water management; energy conservation and renewable energy resources; air, noise, and light pollution control; preservation and use of parks and other open spaces; land use; and protection of flora, fauna, soil, and landscape throughout the City of Clifton. The Commission also conducts research and coordinates activities regarding the use and potential use of open land areas, including recommendations to the City Council for acquisitions of open space. It also serves as a watchdog for environmental concerns opportunities within the city.

The Clifton Environmental Commission also provides environmental education to residents.

Mission Statement

Schedule of Meetings
The Clifton Environmental Commission meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month (except July & August) at 7:00PM at Clifton City Hall, Conference Room 101. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings. Please see the calendar for all meeting dates.

Dundee Island
Dundee Island Preserve is a 1.4 acre area that is located on the Lower Passaic River in the Botany Village section of Clifton. It is unique in that is one of the few areas of the Lower Passaic River that is being designated as a nature preserve. The purpose of the preserve is to provide a place where residents can learn about the natural ecology of the area and enjoy the natural beauty that the preserve provides. Two walkway paths are proposed to be added to the already existing pathways to provide greater accessibility to the site. Along these pathways educational signs will be placed that will describe the local flora and fauna of the area. Benches will also be added so people can sit and enjoy the scenic view of the nature preserve. An outdoor educational classroom is also proposed so that students in the surrounding areas can come to Dundee Island and learn about the area’s impact and importance to the surrounding environments.

Who are the Commissioners?

The Clifton Environmental Commission is comprised of 7 regular members and 2 alternate members, who are officially appointed by the Mayor. They guide the activities of the Commission.
Current Commissioners are:

Stephen Shukaitis, Chairman

Vera Lazar, Vice Chairman

Victoria Kaufman, Secretary

John E. Biegel, III, Health Department Representative

Anthony Marrone, Health Department Representative

Phil Binaso, Municipal Planning Board Member

Joseph Labriola, Citizen Representative

John Neglia, Citizen Representative

Mary Rogers, Citizen Representative

Sam Sofer, Citizen Representative

David DeGhetto, Alternate Citizen Representative

Samantha Richardson, Alternate Citizen Representative

What are the Powers and Duties of the Environmental Commission?

The powers and duties of the Environmental Commission are


Three River Watershed Characterization Study

Photos of Dundee Island Park
Natural Resources Inventory
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Environment New Jersey
New Jersey Environmental Federation
New Jersey Audubon Society
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
The Sierra Club – NJ Chapter
Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation

Sustainable Jersey

Any questions or concerns can be directed to: John E. Biegel III, Health Officer, 973-470-5760.