Candidate Statements

November 3, 2018

  I just returned from a long day of meeting with residents to find my opponents Max the Tax video and mailer. Once again Kevin is out of touch with our community and took my comment out of context. My comment was made at a school budget meeting where we were facing the loss of three ...

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During our campaign outreach and day-to-day interactions around Chatham, we have been lucky to meet many wonderful residents, representing different ages, political affiliations, races, religions and backgrounds.  The vast majority want Chatham to embrace the values of diversity and acceptance, to ...

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Much of what our local government does for us we only notice when something goes wrong.  Police, fire, and EMS are there if we have an emergency.  When things go smoothly, we don’t really think about thinks like roads, sidewalks, and storm sewers even though we have people working hard in the ...

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  The League of Women Voters Forum gave residents the opportunity to hear from Kevin Sullivan for the first time during this campaign season. And what they heard brought to light clear differences in our views of our community and how to move forward. Staying the course is not the best ...

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Once again, I come before the people of Chatham Township to seek their trust in selecting me to serve another term on the Chatham Township Committee. I am entering my 29th year as a resident of Chatham Township and I often share with new residents that I meet the following; that over my prior 28 ...

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Since I declared my candidacy for Chatham Borough Council I have been asked time and again, “Why are you doing this?” Most of my friends and family members would rather have a root canal than run for office. At first, I found myself searching for the best way to express my reasons, but no answer ...

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Even before I became an elected official, I was a Commissioner and then Chair of the Borough’s Environmental Commission. At present, the Environmental Commission and its sub-committee dubbed the “Green Team” is one of the most active Commissions in the Borough. I am presently the Council Liaison ...

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We believe that Main Street revitalization needs to be a focus of the Borough Council and also of Borough staff. While canvassing, we’ve heard Borough residents repeatedly express concerns about store closures and the absence of new businesses, as well as the decrepit appearance of some storefronts ...

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Chatham Borough is a special place. It has a friendly, small town feel with kids walking to school and families wandering around the farmers’ market on warm summer Saturdays. Broadway and other big city amenities are just a train ride away; a short drive in the other direction allows you to ...

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To my fellow Township residents I am running for Chatham Township Committee because I firmly believe that we need a moderate, fiscally conservative, proactive voice to better represent all of our residents. I am concerned that the majority of the current Committee is no longer in touch with the ...

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Responsible Stewardship of Chatham’s Finances Keeps Our Credit Strong and Maintains Service Quality As Chair of the Borough’s Budget & Finance Committee, I’ve worked with my colleagues and Borough administration to manage the Borough’s finances in a fiscally prudent manner while delivering ...

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Perhaps the most important duty for any member of the Borough Council is to provide outstanding constituent service. While pursuing my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, one course professor preached “delighting” constituents versus “satisfying” them. The satisfaction of residents is ...

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When I ran for Council three years ago, I promised to work to keep the Borough efficient and responsive in the way it delivers essential services focused on health, safety, and infrastructure reliability. I wished to apply my background in municipal, structured, and real estate finance and ...

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Knocking on doors this past weekend, I had one resident ask me “Why should I vote for you?” Well, here was my response: When others are asked to describe me, the words most often said are “good listener,” “pragmatist,” “consensus builder,” “empathetic,” “results-oriented,” and “doer.” That’s what ...

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As part of the Environmental Commission’s mission on environmental stewardship, one great stride made in 2017 and continuing today is making the west bank of the Passaic River accessible to our residents for passive recreation. The three-phase project is referred to as the Historic Riverside ...

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When I ran for a seat on the Borough Council for a second non-consecutive term in 2015, I was honored to receive the endorsement of the Chatham Courier. In their endorsement, the Courierstated  “we endorse Resto enthusiastically and are expecting even greater things from him.” I believe I have ...

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Three years ago, when seeking a seat on the Chatham Borough Council, I promised to work to keep the Borough a beacon of limited, efficient and responsive municipal government, one which delivers essential services focused on health, safety, and sound infrastructure investment at the most reasonable ...

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