It continues to be a pleasure to serve as your councillor for District 4. Thank you for your continued support and the confidence you have shown in me. I am enjoying working on the finance portfolio and my priority over the last few years has been to ensure that the city finances are well managed. The goal of the city has been to maintain or improve the services offered while keeping the tax rate as low as possible.
We are continuing to focus on improvements to the city’s infrastructure. Last year we saw renovations to the Westminster and Côte Saint-Luc underpasses, the library building envelope and renovations at Trudeau Park. In the next year, you will see extensive work on Côte Saint-Luc’s system of water and sewer pipes, including many sections of pipe in District 4. We have sleeved about 20 percent of the water pipes in the city so far and have reduced the number of water main breaks significantly over the last few years, through preventative maintenance.
In the summer and fall, you will see a new Nature Path / Dog Run built in District 4, just west of Richard Schwartz Park. I thank the residents who have given their feedback toward the project and I look forward to it being completed.
On the environmental front, we continue to produce large annual increases in waste that is diverted from landfill through either the brown or blue bin programs, household hazardous or bulky waste. From 2007 to 2016, the amount of garbage going to landfill from Côte Saint-Luc has decreased by 33 percent while the amount of waste diverted has more than tripled.
Côte Saint-Luc has been forced to cut down hundreds of diseased trees over the last few years, mostly due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We are trying to replace the trees as quickly as possible. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, we are inviting residents to plant a tree at Trudeau Park in honour of a loved one for $150. See CoteSaintLuc.org/150trees for more details. I encourage all residents to use the city services and facilities and look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming special events throughout the year
Educator and local activist Steven Erdelyi was re-elected as a City Councillor of Cote Saint-Luc District Four by acclamation during the electoral period of October 2013. In the previous municipal elections on November 1st, 2009 he was re-elected with 94% of the vote. This set the stage for Steven Erdelyi to continue to work on improvements to District 4 and Cote Saint-Luc as a whole.
Since 2013, Steven Erdelyi has worked as Principal, then Head of School of Solomon Schechter Academy after serving as Principal of Hampstead School and Vice-Principal of Westmount High School. Previously, he was the head of the Science Department at Marymount Academy where he taught Math and Science for six years. He has served Quebec’s English-speaking community for many years through his positions as a member of Alliance Quebec’s provincial Board of Directors and Vice-President of the Alliance Quebec Youth Commission. Erdelyi also worked as a Project Coordinator for Alliance Quebec, where he successfully lobbied for improved services in English for Montreal-area residents.
Erdelyi, who worked very closely with former mayor and current MP Anthony Housefather, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and Councillors Glenn J. Nashen, and Ruth Kovac, played an integral role on the Cote Saint-Luc Demerger Committee. During the demerger campaign, he focused much of his efforts on District Four.
Erdelyi is also known for co-founding MATCH-LQ, a political action group seeking to encourage young people to stay in Quebec. During his days at McGill University, he was an active representative on the Student Council where he initiated a Library Improvement Fund that has raised over $10 million. In the past, he has co-chaired a fundraising committee at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and was a member of the Young Leadership Israel Advocacy Initiative.
Erdelyi served a two-year term on the board of La Symbiose, a non-profit group aiming to help new immigrants to the area adapt to life in Canada. He was a member of the board of the Montreal Jewish Hereditary Disease Fund, whose aim is to raise awareness and promote screening of common genetic diseases. He was a member of the board of the Quebec-Israel Committee, and then served on the board of the organization's successor the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs - Quebec.
Erdelyi is a graduate of Queen's University with a B.Ed. and McGill University with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. He completed a post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership at McGill University and is working on an additional degree in the same field. He is fluent in English, French and Hebrew and partly fluent in Japanese. In 2007, he and his wife, Randi Berman, welcomed the birth of their son, Matthew Harry Erdelyi, and in 2009, the birth of their daughter, Bailey Leah Erdelyi.
COTE SAINT-LUC DISTRICT 4 MAP
WITH CAPITAL PROJECT, 2006-
Orange = Road Resurfacing & Underpass Repairs
Green = Park Renovations
Blue = Watermain sleeving & Pump Station Repairs
Light Blue = Watermain Protection (Sacrificial Anode)
Red = Traffic Light Replacement