To the Editor:
I met Irene Treloar while stuffing envelopes for her campaign. She was so approachable and a great listener. Even though I had just met her, I felt like I had known her for years. Irene is working full-time in New York City while raising young children and volunteering in our community. That was me 20 years ago and I know what kind of time management skills and dedication it takes to balance it all.
The second time I met Irene was at her campaign fundraiser. In her speech, she spoke about the potential for the Post Office Plaza redevelopment to include diverse housing options that would be attractive to and affordable for Chatham seniors. She emphasized the importance of keeping our senior population in Chatham because they provide stability to their families and their volunteerism to the community. This resonated with me because my husband and I have called Chatham home for 30 years and we would like to remain. Being able to downsize to a home in the heart of the Borough on Main Street, where we would be able to walk to shops and restaurants and enjoy outdoor space, would be ideal.
Next year, the Chatham Borough Council will start negotiating a redevelopment contract with the Post Office Plaza and the River Road developers and I want Irene on our side. Not only does she understand Chatham’s needs, but as an accomplished senior corporate attorney for Bloomberg L.P., Irene brings with her a wealth of real-world business and legal experience negotiating contracts with sophisticated companies. I am grateful to Irene for stepping up and being willing to take on the weighty and important responsibility of ensuring that the redevelopment in our town benefits us, its residents.
I could stop here but I would be remiss in not mentioning Irene’s active involvement in helping Chatham over the past few years. Irene is a member of the Undergrounding Committee (investigating burying our electric wires) and the Communications & Technology Committee (focused on modernizing Borough communications). Her work on these committees further illustrates her investment in Chatham’s future.
When I asked Irene how she is planning to do it all, she quoted Benjamin Franklin: “If you want something done, ask a busy person.”
How true it is, except that I would change it slightly to match current times -- “ask a busy, working mom.” Irene has a passion for public service, and the drive, education and experience to serve our community. I believe Irene will represent our best interests. I have no doubt she will do so with conviction, professionalism and grace. Please join me in voting her onto the Chatham Borough Council on November 5.