PHOTO:  Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan was given a certificate of recognition for his outstanding leadership during and after Superstorm Sandy. Pictured left to right: Freeholder Gary J. Rich, Sr., Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Mayor Frank Nolan, Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso and Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.

Mayor Frank Nolan of Highlands given certificate of recognition

FREEHOLD, NJ – Mayor Frank Nolan of the Borough of Highlands was applauded by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for his outstanding leadership during and after Superstorm Sandy.

“As a former mayor, I understand the relationship between a mayor and their community, because you are not only an elected official, you are also a neighbor,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso. “With his home among the 1,500 destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, Frank Nolan and his family took-up residence at the Henry Hudson Regional High School alongside side of his neighbors.”

During his 17 day stay at the shelter, Mayor Nolan helped mobilize resources and set-up the school as a shelter for residents of Highlands and neighboring communities. Mayor Nolan asked and received a 30 day leave of absence from his job at Prestige Motors, Inc. of Paramus to tend to the needs of his community. 

The Borough was heavily damaged when a storm surge of nearly 10 feet swept in from the Sandy Hook Bay damaging or destroying many homes and businesses.

As the storm abated, Mayor Nolan began to organize clean up of the borough and secure additional law enforcement assets to secure the remaining properties from looting. 

“The Board of Chosen Freeholders commends Mayor Frank Nolan for his unwavering commitment to the Highlands community,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.

Mayor Frank Nolan helped the Highlands Business Partnership establish “Hope for Highlands” to send proceeds from fund-raising activities directly to the most needy people and businesses in the community.

While accepting the honor, Mayor Nolan thanked the residents of Highlands for their support. He also thanked his employer, Prestige Motors, Inc. for their generosity and understanding during the critical days after Superstorm Sandy.