To say that Cranford is a special community is an understatement. Growing up here, I was your typical teenager. I couldn’t wait to leave for college and then head out into the world. Later in life, as an adult, I couldn’t wait to come back home. People don’t settle in Cranford. It’s the opposite. Cranford settles in them.
As a single mom, I wanted my daughter to know that there are places where you can count on your neighbors and be a part of a community. That brought me home to Cranford and a family tradition of public service. There is no better way to learn about your community than being involved. I joined several community organizations and served on the Zoning and Planning Boards. In 2013, I realized that I could most effectively serve Cranford residents as a member of the Township Committee.
I am very proud of my record as a Township Commissioner. Fixing roads, flood control and over-development were and continue to be the leading issues facing residents. From 2014 through 2016, twenty miles of our worst roads were paved. Phase 2B and the Orchard Brook flood mitigation projects were brought to Trenton for DEP review, and we reduced the density at Birchwood by 140 units. I worked with the Police department on pedestrian safety initiatives on Brookside Place, Centennial Avenue and the active pedestrian crossing light at the NJ Transit trestle.
In Washington, I fought for regional flood mitigation and in Elizabeth I stood with residents before the Freeholder Board asking for their support against the PSE&G power lines in our residential neighborhoods. I continue to be a voice for our Cranford every day commuters. Our message to Trenton must be clear - Raritan Valley riders deserve an equitable share of peak, midtown direct service.
My sense of community and a desire to bring our community together led me to create the Cranford Community Connection. I reached out to community organizations to start the Town Barbecue and Holiday Decorating Contest. I applaud the volunteers who continue to bring people together throughout the town.
Residents know that I take my commitment to them seriously. Their quality of life is just as important as some of the bigger issues we face as elected officials. That ability to help a Cranford neighbor is what has made the past six years truly rewarding.
On November 5th, the voters of Cranford have a very important decision facing them. That decision needs to be a local one. Who will best serve all the residents of Cranford? Phil Siliato and I are the answer to that question. We will get our paving and flood projects back on track and continue the fight against high-density development. Cranford Police and Fire Departments can count on our support to make sure they are equipped with the tools they need to keep Cranford residents safe.
Phil and I will work hard for all the people who call Cranford home. We will always, in every way, put Cranford first. We are the only team that can make that promise.
On November 5th, vote O’Connor and Siliato for Township Committee. Cranford First!