Letters to the Editor

December 11, 2018

Dear Editor: As I draw to the close of my seven years as Councilman, I would be remiss if I did not thank the voters and residents of Chatham Borough for giving me the honor of a lifetime. My late Dad emigrated to Jersey City, NJ from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico in 1946. He came with a third ...

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Dear Editor: I’m pleased to report that the 10th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot was our most successful race ever! The event had nearly 1,000 runners and raised more than $27,000 benefiting our first repsonders and diabetes research and education, including the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire ...

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To the Editor: November 30, 2018 Dear Chatham Cross Country, Washington Avenue School, Bob Breen and Chartwells, Stanley Church and Chatham Community family: This week’s Bridges Outreach run to Manhattan celebrates 10 years of Chatham Cross Country’s commitment to a team service project of ...

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To the Editor: Thank you, Chatham. Thank you!! After declaring my candidacy for Borough Council this past April, it is hard to believe the Election Day we were working toward is now behind us. Jocelyn and I are thrilled, and humbled, to have received this vote of confidence from you: our ...

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To the Editor: I should like to offer some post-election commentary. Local elections often pit neighbor against neighbor causing a schism not easily mended simply because election day is done. That divide is a greater loss than who did or didn’t win the election. Insight and decorum are ...

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To the Editor: Dear Chatham Township Neighbors and Friends, I want to thank everyone who supported me not only in this campaign, but over the past six years. Your sentiments and well wishes have been wonderful and heartfelt and I greatly appreciate it. One of the pleasures of having served ...

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Dear Editor: Last evening, I phoned both Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen to offer them my congratulations on their hard-earned victory. They were both extremely gracious in accepting my call. I offered them every bit of assistance I could provide to help ensure a smooth transition. It is ...

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To the Editor: We want to offer our sincere congratulations to Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen on their victory in yesterday’s Borough Council election. We wish them the best as they assume their new roles on the Council in January. Thank you to all of the Chatham Borough residents ...

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Dear Editor, Tuesday when the election polls closed, Chatham lost two of its best.  Len Resto and Peter Hoffman were not re-elected to Chatham Borough Council. Between the two of them they devoted 35 years of service to our town with dignity and respect for every citizen’s concern no matter how ...

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Dear Editor, Let me start by saying this letter will not end in an endorsement for any candidate. I'm not sure anyone is even reading these letters to the editor anymore about local politics because it is getting overwhelming.  I've never put too much stock into party affiliation at a local ...

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To the Editor: Dear Chatham Township, As a longtime friend of Kevin Sullivan, I want to send my personal endorsement for his re-election campaign. Kevin and I were classmates and roommates at The Pennsylvania State University. Kevin went on to adventurous challenges in the United States ...

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Dear Editor: I have known Len Resto for 20 years through our mutual interest in transportation issues. He has been tireless in his efforts to improve rail service between Chatham and both New York and Hoboken. He has also been a strong supporter of making sure not only that there is good PATH ...

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To the Editor: Dear Chatham Township Residents and Friends: On November 6th, 2018, you will head to the polls to select the best candidate to serve as our representative on the Chatham Township Committee. I am writing today to ask you to join me in voting for Kevin Sullivan. Kevin has been ...

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To the Editor: If you are voting for Bob Menendez you need to take a serious look into your conscience.  His actions go beyond politics and go right to the heart of right and wrong, good and bad. There is no gray area on this matter, there is no “well...” or “but...”  This man is corrupt and ...

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To the Editor: I am very excited on Tuesday to vote for Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen. Not only will they bring needed balance to a council that historically, and even today, is overwhelmingly male, they have wonderful ideas and the time and energy to get them done. Carolyn wants ...

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Editor- I received an interesting campaign flier yesterday from the Dempsey-Mathiasen campaign for Chatham Borough Council, which I found disingenuous, hypocritical, and insulting to women. Do the women of Chatham Borough need a lesson from Dempsey and Mathiasen on how to vote, putting gender ...

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To the Editor, I’m baffled, even saddened, by those who disparage the stability and credibility of a community like ours, both Chatham Township and Chatham Borough, with the frenzied clamor for Change. To what end, I ask? To wrestle and wrangle for a seat on one of our presently thoughtful ...

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To the Editor: As this campaign for Chatham Borough Council comes to a close, I wanted to comment on the candidates. I am a former Mayor of Chatham Borough and know a bit about the requirements of an effective Council. First, Len Resto and Peter Hoffman should be re-elected. They, by far ...

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To the Editor: I am an independent voter who was born and raised in Chatham Township. I have been here for 50 years and in that time I have voted for both Republicans and Democrats. I have also seen both positive and negative changes in the Township during my time as a resident. I admit to ...

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To the Editor: As a former mayor and councilman in Chatham Borough, I continue to follow with interest the activities in town. As the election for Chatham Borough Council nears, I felt impelled to address several of the recent falsehoods and misleading statements of the Dempsey and Mathiasen ...

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Dear Editor,   “Go green” and re-elect Len Resto and Peter Hoffman to Chatham Borough Council. As council members, Resto and Hoffman have donated countless hours and hard work to improve the environment and reduce expenses in our town.  The Green Initiatives Committee, Environmental ...

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To the Editor, Recently, Ms. Carolyn Dempsey and Ms. Joycelyn Mathiasen posted their ‘5 Point Plan' for revitalizing Main Street Chatham. Please see: Our 5-Point Plan to Revitalize Main Street. Included with the plan was a picture of Helen’s Dress Shop meant to portray the decay and decline of ...

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Editor- As a professional career woman in Chatham Borough, I find the attempt of the Dempsey-Mathiasen Campaign to secure my vote on November 6th largely because they are women highly offensive. I, and other women, in Chatham Borough, do not need candidates Dempsey and Mathiasen telling us ...

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To the Editor:  We are picking favorites. Not because of qualifications or experience, but on emotion, identity and party lines. It’s become a full-blown popularity contest, with the supporters descending on contrarians that don’t agree. Neighbors are angry, arguing, cursing each other out.

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To the Editor: Having served 9 years as Council member and Council President, I have a good view into what it takes to govern a town like Chatham Borough. My experience gives me a unique perspective that cannot be gained by sitting outside throwing darts.  I’ve never seen a local campaign take ...

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To the Editor: I do not live in Chatham Township, NJ so I cannot vote in Chatham Township in the coming election. However, in 2016 I had the pleasure of working with then Deputy Mayor Kevin Sullivan. I want to thank Kevin Sullivan publicly for his tireless efforts in helping me convey property ...

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To the Editor The nastiness of the local elections remind me of the downright slime on the national scene. In this climate, I do not know how any decent person decides to volunteer their time to serve their community. But maybe that’s the goal of the mud-slingers. Here in Chatham, Peter ...

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There are some very negative mailers from Peter Hoffman and Len Resto being distributed in Chatham Borough today. I won't address the ridiculous content. Carolyn and Jocelyn have written their own excellent response. I do want to ask the question: Why would incumbents with a built-in demographic ...

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Dear Editor: I would like to encourage all eligible residents of Chatham Borough to vote in the upcoming midterm election. And I implore everyone to consider casting ballots for two fresh faces – Democrats Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen – who have stepped up to run for the Chatham Borough ...

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To the Editor: Kevin Sullivan has done more for the greater good of Chatham Township than any local leader in recent memory. I am presently serving my second term on Township Committee with Kevin and speak first hand of his commitment to our fine community. And so, I write today to remind my ...

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