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.

Letter to the Editor - Broad Street West

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. Enjoy outdoor dining in downtown Summit

    At its May 3 meeting, Common Council unanimously voted to close Maple Street in both directions from Springfield Ave to the nearest alleyways to allow for outdoor dining. The road will be closed from Thursday, May 5 to Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
  2. Is your business ready?

    New ban prohibits distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags by retail stores/businesses. Grocery stores larger than 2,500 sqft may not provide single-use paper bags, and must provide/sell reusable bags. New law also prohibits use of polystyrene. Understanding the Ban (pdf)
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