This letter is sent to congratulate and thank Dr. Thomas Paterniti for his many years of service to Edison Township and the State of New Jersey. "Doc", as he is known, has served in many capacities: State Senator; Mayor; Assemblyman; and Councilman. For the past many years, Doc Paterniti has served as the Chairman of the Edison Democratic Organization.

I have known Dr. Paterniti almost my entire life and he has always conducted himself in a fair, honest, and compassionate manner. He has never spoken negatively about someone in my presence. He has endured a life of discipline and hard work. I am proud to call him my friend and mentor. I wish him good health and success in his retirement.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter J. Barness III, Senator