Mayor Nora Radest

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  1. Nora G. Radest

    Mayor
    Phone: 908-273-6400

Welcome Message


As Mayor, I pledge to listen, to work hard for you every day, to be a forceful and effective advocate, and to always endeavor to be visible, engaged, open-minded, accountable and ever-focused on the needs, interests and concerns of the entire community. 

I promise to be a visible advocate for all of Summit. To me that means everything from cultivating our corporate neighbors so that they continue to provide jobs, revenue, and services to Summit, to calmly sitting with the County to make sure we get our fair share, to making sure Summit delivers for our youth as well as our seniors. It also means taking a strong and visible leadership role when our community faces challenges, even those that are unforeseeable, and pounding the table when needed.

Background and Community Engagement


Nora Radest is serving her second term as Mayor of Summit, NJ. She has been an active volunteer in Summit for more than 30 years. After moving to Summit in 1989, Nora became involved in PTO activities ultimately serving on the PTA/PTO Legislative Committee. In 1995, she was a founding member of Speak Up Summit, an advocacy group for the Summit public schools, and served as its president.
Nora was a member of the Board of Education from 1997 to 2002, serving as the president for the 1998/1999 academic year. In that year the Board of Education approved the 23 million dollar renovation and expansion of Summit High School.
Nora was a member of the board of trustees of the Summit Educational Foundation from 2004-2012 and served as president from 2008-2011. Along with a group of dedicated volunteers, she spearheaded the establishment of an endowment fund for SEF. This was and still is one of the few public school endowments in the state. Nora currently serves on the boards of The Connection and the PEP Foundation.

Nora graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and received a JD from Fordham Law School. She practiced law in the area of commercial real estate.

2020 Swearing-In

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  1. Want to know what is being discussed by Common Council at its next meeting?

    Highlights for its next meeting on Tuesday 7/27 at 7:30PM include Common Council voting on three bond ordinances to fund the Capital Budget and introduction of an ordinance authorizing issuance of bonds to fund construction of the new fire headquarters. Full Agenda Preview
  2. Join your elected officials for quarterly community meetings online

    Beginning in September 2021, Mayor Radest and members of Common Council will host quarterly community meetings remotely by video conference to allow the public to participate in conversations on municipal matters that are important to them. More information
  3. Mayor Radest City Hall office hours and Meet the Mayor events

    The mayor will hold office hours on Mondays from 10AM to 12PM and on Wednesdays from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. The next weekend Meet the Mayor event is Sunday, July 11 from 10AM to 11:30AM at the Summit Farmers Market in Deforest Avenue parking lot 1.. Additional details
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