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VIDEO: New Montvale Mayor Takes Open-Door Policy Step Further

Newly-elected Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali has DPW workers remove the door from his office in alignment with his "open door policy."
Newly-elected Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali has DPW workers remove the door from his office in alignment with his "open door policy." Video Credit: Cecilia Levine
Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali stands in the doorway to his office after having the door removed.
Montvale Mayor Mike Ghassali stands in the doorway to his office after having the door removed. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser

MONTVALE, N.J. — New Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali campaigned on the promise that he'd make Montvale more inclusive to new residents and businesses.

Tuesday he took his first steps towards following through on that promise when he had the Department of Public Works remove the door from his office.

"The office of the mayor represents the values of the town," Ghassali explained. "The town stands for hospitality and openness."

"I want to welcome people into the office and into our town. Removing the door sets the tone that this is more of a reception room than an office," he said.

Ghassali said he hopes an open-door environment will attract new businesses to Montvale.

"We welcome all new businesses and corporations into the Montvale community," he said.

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