To the Editor:
This letter is to express my enthusiastic endorsement for Mayor Dianne Eglow and her running mate, Richard Wasserman, Democratic candidates for Millburn Township Committee.
I believe that Mayor Eglow is the right choice because of her long-term devotion to Millburn Township, her advocacy for improvement and her experienced leadership on the Township Committee. Mayor Eglow has lived in Millburn for decades and sent her three children through Millburn public schools. Beginning while her children were still at South Mountain Elementary School, and for the next 15 years, Mayor Eglow served as a member of the volunteer Millburn-Short Hills First Aid Squad: Providing direct emergency first aid care to township residents, driving the ambulance, and serving as Crew Captain. Through this commitment, she got to know township residents, our streets, our police force; our issues, and accomplishments. After observing the multiple problems with the Complete Streets initiative, Mayor Eglow was a vocal and effective advocate for bringing what I believe was the unpopular and downtown-detrimental initiative to a stop, for further review and oversight. During her current and first term as a member of the Township Committee, Mayor Eglow has served on multiple active committees; recently collaborating with the Environmental Commission, the Green Team and the School Green to ban plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam takeout containers. Under her tenure as mayor, the Township has enjoyed new and greatly enhanced communications via emails and alerts; essential infrastructure improvements such as road repairs, the installation of new traffic lights; and plans for a new turf field for our Recreation Department and township youth to enjoy in the years to come.
Dianne has also successfully led a team through tough development negotiations on behalf of Millburn, resulting in a settlement with the Silverman Group who had filed a “Builder’s Remedy” lawsuit against the township in their quest to build an apartment complex on Woodland Road. Mayor Eglow, along with other members of the Township Committee, and multiple municipal lawyer experts, planners and consultants, negotiated for a reduced number of new housing units, and achieved a Judgment of Compliance and Repose, which grants immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits until 2025. I believe that because Mayor Eglow and her team of experts skillfully negotiated this settlement, that a punitive judgment against the township was avoided, which may well have resulted in an injunction for many more new housing units, as has happened in other townships in NJ under the same circumstances.
As for the Republican candidate, Agnes Sym, I have found her statements regarding her proposals for control of development to be vague and naïve.
My second vote goes to Democratic candidate Richard Wasserman, long-time Millburn resident, who also raised his family in town. Mr. Wasserman has attended nearly every Township Council meeting for the past 3 years. As such, I believe that he demonstrates interest and passion for township government, and that he is exceptionally well-versed in township issues; ready to hit the ground running. As a successful businessman, I expect that he will lend welcome financial prowess to the committee.