LAKE COMO, NJ — Democratic incumbents Nicholas De Mauro and David Gardner are seeking three-year terms to the Lake Como Council, both running unopposed in the November 3 general election.

While Gardner is up for re-election to his second full term, this is De Mauro’s first bid for an elected seat after he was appointed to the governing body in September 2019 to fill the unexpired term of John Carvelli.

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como asked the candidates about their qualifications, important issues facing the borough and their top priorities. De Mauro submitted his answers, which are included in the profile below; Gardner did not respond to requests to participate.

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Nicholas De Mauro, 60, of Newman Street has lived in Lake Como for three years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three adult children: Amanda, Alaina and Nicholas Jr.

De Mauro is executive director and chief executive officer of L.E.A.D.-Law Enforcement Against Drugs, an Allentown-based nonprofit organization supported by police officers throughout the country to protect youth and communities from the proliferation of drugs, drug-related crimes, peer-to-peer cyberbullying and violence.

Service to Lake Como

Before being appointed to the borough council — assigned to oversee the board of education and recreation activities — De Mauro served on the Planning Board for two years.

For more than 40 years, De Mauro has been involved in the community, serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations on the state and national level, including the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (appointed by three governors), American Gold Shield, New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education, D.A.R.E./New Jersey and Applied Prevention Science International. He also has been active in various youth sports leagues in Bergen County, as well Allentown Pop Warner in Monmouth County. 

What are the most-important issues facing the borough? And if you're elected, how do you plan to address those issues?

Summer traffic: We need to do a complete review of the traffic plan. Understanding that this year was extremely busy, the current configurations of one-way and two-way streets need to be reviewed and improved.

Tourism: We need to encourage tourism in a safe and organized fashion. Communication with neighboring towns is very important, along with an upgrade of the lake.

Downtown revitalization: The borough has done an excellent job in the past few years in upgrading Main Street. We need to step it up a notch, which will improve all aspects of the community.

Emergency management coordination: The partnership with the Belmar Police Department has been excellent. We are still in the infancy stages, and we need to be more involved in situations like storms or other emergency situations. Our current Emergency Management Plan and Communication Plan should be reviewed and updated.

Park revitalization: Lake Como and Behrman Park need renovations. We need to actively secure grants and financing to bring the parks up to 2020 standards to better serve the community.


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