MILLBURN, NJ - Angry phone calls and emails were received by the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance over the weekend about a statement made by Millburn Township Committee candidate Tara Prupis about her involvement in the DMDA. In her candidate statement released last Friday, it states that "As a member of the DMDA, Tara is spearheading rewriting the organization's by-laws to require to township committee member participation...."

According to Downtown Millburn Development Alliiance President David Sorkin, the person who actually spearheaded the effort to change the by-laws was township resident and DMDA board member Tom Lee. Prupis is not a board member of the DMDA. She is a voting member as a business owner in the alliance.

In a revised candidate statement by the Prupis campaign, the language in reference to the DMDA now reads " Tara was part of the committee that spearheaded rewriting the organization's by-laws...". This was the only change submitted to the original published statement.

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In a follow up phone conversation with a Prupis campaign representative, TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills discussed another statement that was made and requested clarification. No response has yet been provided.

The revised candidate statement is below:

On August 22nd, the Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Party kicked off the campaign for Tara Prupis in her bid for Millburn Township Committee.  As a concerned resident, parent and merchant, Tara has made a significant investment in Millburn’s downtown with her health and environmentally conscious shop, Green Nectar Juicery that opened 5 years ago.

The kick off event was well attended with over 100 people joining in their support of Tara to bring financial discipline, better communication and fresh ideas to the township committee. Governor Richard Codey was the honorary speaker at the event. 

Many local merchants who have seen Tara’s work in transforming the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance support her platform. As a member of the DMDA,  Tara was part of the  committee that spearheaded rewriting the organization’s by-laws that would require township committee member participation, transparency in the finances, and a re-dedication to the mission to improve the economic vitality of the downtown.

Tara has worked closely with members of the Board of Education to begin the conversation of better communication between the Township Committee and the Board of Education.

Tara regularly attends Township Committee meetings and understands the lack of oversight from past committee members on the Complete Streets project leading to mismanagement and waste. Tara’s opponent voted for the 6 million dollar project. Improved pedestrian safety was the motivation behind this initiative that could have been solved by working with traffic engineers to adjust the traffic light signalization and careful monitoring of speed limits through the downtown instead of spending over $6 million dollars in taxpayer funds. Tara is dedicated to seeking a cost effective solution to fixing the problems created by the project including increased response times by emergency vehicles, increased and unsafe traffic through the surrounding neighborhoods and other impediments to residents and visitors.

Tara looks forward to being part of the Blue Wave in New Jersey and is supporting Tom Malinowski in his bid for the NJ 7thcongressional district seat. The large crowd was vey enthusiastic towards both Tara and Tom Malinowski. The general sentiment was that all politics are local, real change starts at the grass roots level. If you would like to volunteer for Tara’s campaign, place a lawn sign, or have any questions please contact Tara at taraformillburn@gmail.com

 

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