To My Fellow Chatham Borough Residents:

I am a full-time working mom, lawyer, NYC commuter and community volunteer. I grew up in nearby Roseland and was fortunate to receive a quality public school education. After graduating from West Essex Regional High School, I earned my bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and my law degree from New York University School of Law. I now work as an attorney at Bloomberg L.P. focusing on intellectual property and technology licensing. I also work with various non-profit organizations to provide pro bono services to immigrants seeking to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Like so many of you who made the city-to-suburb migration, my husband and I moved from Manhattan, to Hoboken, and ultimately chose Chatham Borough as the place we wanted to put down roots. Chatham was an easy choice for its commute and great schools. Most of all, we fell in love with Chatham’s small-town charm. We moved to Chatham Borough in 2013 and are raising our two young children. Our long-term goal is to retire here.

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At this time in particular, Chatham Borough is at an inflection point. We need to redevelop both Post Office Plaza and River Road. We need to do our part in protecting our water supply and air quality. We need to introduce traffic calming measures and make our streets safe for drivers and pedestrians. We also need to address senior living and make Chatham an affordable place to live for young people and after retirement. We are so fortunate to have so many neighbors volunteering their time to make our community better. For my part, I currently serve on two committees that are focused on planning for Chatham’s future. The Undergrounding committee is investigating the feasibility of undergrounding our electric wires to improve the reliability of our electric service and save our trees from further butchering by JCP&L. The Communications & Technology committee is looking into modernizing our means of communicating vital information to our busy residents. Last year I advocated for Chatham Borough to stop spraying harmful pesticides on our recreational fields. I am pleased that the Council listened to its residents and that our kids’ playing fields are now pesticide-free. In the coming months, the Council will be negotiating a redevelopment contract with the Post Office Plaza redeveloper. I negotiate for a living. We should also conduct regular reviews of our shared services contracts to make sure we're getting the optimal service for what we as taxpayers are paying. I can help.

I am running for Council because I plan to live here for the next 50 years, and I want to help Chatham build a sustainable, thriving future. Our communities are strongest when we all get involved. With the important groundwork already begun by Councilman and mayoral candidate, Thad Kobylarz, and with the business skills of Council candidate Karen Koronkiewicz, I believe we can make substantial and valuable improvements while preserving and enhancing those qualities that so many of us value – the sense of community, the schools, and Chatham’s small-town charm.

Irene Treloar