MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn-Short Hills Republicans announced their two candidates for Millburn Township Committee following the April 4 filing deadline. The seats currently held by Democrat Cheryl Burstein and Republican Robert Tillotson are up election come November. The Republican Committee issued the following biographies for their candidates.
Robert Tillotson is currently in his third term on the Town Council where he has served as Committee member, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. He and his wife, Suzan, have lived in Milburn Township for nearly 25 years. They have two sons, now 30 and 33, years old who attended Millburn schools. Both Robert and Suzan became active in the community early, with Suzan serving on the Library Board, assisting with various lighting projects in town and working with the Garden Club as well as the local Art Advisory Board. Tillotson assisted with coaching the recreation department's boys basketball and football teams.
Later, Robert ran for Town Council, elected to his first term in 2008. Tillotson's background is in finance, and he worked in the financial industry in New York City for over 20 years. Currently, he is the CFO of Tillotson Design Associates in New York.
Michael I. Birnberg has been a residence of Millburn for over twenty years. He is married to Jill Marder Birnberg and has three children, Marlee, Jonah and Lila. As a resident of Millburn-Short Hills, he has been quite active in the town. He has coached numerous sports teams for his children and has seen them flourish in our great education system. He served for over six years on the School Board and was its President for over two years. In addition, he was the recent founder and President of the new Kiwanis Millburn-Short Hill Chapter. Recently, he was appointed to serve on the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment as a First Alternate.
Birnberg’s other community involvement extends to being a Trustee, and former President, of the Daughters of Miriam Center. In addition, he is a Mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey. Previously, he served on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ethics Committee and was a Pool Attorney for the Public Defender’s Program.
Birnberg earned his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and General Science from Brandeis University. In addition, he has an M. B. A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.