Executive Administrative Assistant
2298 Route 33
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
(609) 259-3600, x 102
Dave Fried is currently serving his third term as Mayor after first being selected to fill an unexpired term in 2000 under the prior Township Committee form of government.
As a Committeeman, Mr. Fried supported the change to the nonpartisan, strong mayor form of government that voters approved overwhelmingly in 2004. He became the first Robbinsville mayor directly elected by the voters and was sworn in on July 1, 2005 by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie. Mayor Fried was re-elected in 2009 by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, then elected to his third term with a convincing victory in November of 2013.
On March 10, 2016, Mayor Fried presented his annual municipal budget to Township Council that included a second municipal tax rate cut in three years. Once one of the most taxed towns in Mercer County, Robbinsville is now among the most stable. Council adopted the $22.5 million budget on May 12, 2016 following a public hearing and a vote. The 52.6 cents tax rate per $100 of assessed value marked the fourth flat or reduced tax rate over the past six years. During his current term, property values Township-wide have increased and the sale price of existing homes rose more than 15 percent over a two-year span.
In his first term, Mayor Fried’s commitment to good government included a revised ethics policy for elected officials and staff, which explicitly banned gifts and hiring relatives of elected officials for permanent positions.
Mayor Fried has delivered a new focus on economic development, shared services, and streamlining government. In 2006 and 2007, he merged the independent Fire District and the Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) under the municipal government, saving more than $1 million in direct and indirect costs, while trimming payroll and improving customer service by allowing residents to pay bills and conduct business in a single office. His changes to the delivery of emergency services have continued to reverse the trends that were in place prior to 2006.
Mayor Fried took steps to reduce the costs that drive up property taxes by requiring employees to contribute to healthcare. He also eliminated lifetime benefits for new hires.
The takeover of the MUA was part of a broader strategy to encourage growth along key highway corridors. Following the successful update of the Master Plan in 2006-2007, Township Council approved a forward-thinking Highway Commercial ordinance and adopted sanitary sewer improvement plans that will promote growth where it makes sense. Prior governments stalled growth along Route 130, leading to an imbalance between residential and commercial ratables.
During his tenure as mayor, Fortune 500 companies Amazon (#18), McKesson Corporation (#5), Walgreens Pharmacy (#19) and Starbucks (#146) began to operate in Robbinsville. The Amazon deal will generate over $22 million in revenue over 20 years and provide approximately 1,500 new jobs (more during the holiday season) at its fulfillment center located at 50 New Canton Way in the Matrix Business Park at 7A. McKesson, a leading healthcare services and information technology company also located in the Matrix Business Park, is expected to generate $6.5 million over a 10-year span.
Robbinsville remains a leader in the small business community thanks in part to a "Keep it Local" program that not only encourages keeping revenue and jobs in town, but one that donated $5,000 to its network of charities in 2016. Business-friendly policies and procedures have allowed builders and tenants to streamline the process of getting projects approved and completed in an expedited manner. In 2009, Mayor Fried promoted changes to the Township’s sign ordinance, a small business advertising partnership, and marketing support for grand openings in the Township. Changing the town's name from Washington Township to Robbinsville Township was approved by a 3-to-1 margin by voters in November, 2007.
Mayor Fried’s commitment to economic growth is balanced by his attention to quality of life and recreation. He has preserved more than 550 acres of open space and continues to limit new residential housing in order to keep school enrollment, and taxes, down. If all of the Mayor's 2016-17 initiatives are approved and implemented, the Township will be on target to preserve an additional 400 acres as dedicated open space over the next 12 months. Additionally, his administration has fostered an almost unprecedented climate of community service. Mayor Fried has used State of the Township events in 2015 and 2016 to raise over $60,000 for those in need and to encourage others to "Pay it Forward."
During his tenure, the Robbinsville Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse (R*MAPSA) was formed. The Municipal Alliance supports an array of drug and alcohol prevention and enforcement efforts, including specialized training for the Robbinsville Township Police Department.
Dave Fried also is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. As the CEO of Robbinsville-based TriCore Human Capital Management (HCM), Mr. Fried and his employees provide integrated payroll, benefits administration and human resources management services to employers. In 2012, TriCore became the second company Mr. Fried, a married father of two, has vaulted into the prestigious Inc. 5000 as one of the nation’s fastest-growing Human Resources companies.