SHORT HILLS, NJ – The Short Hills Association will be hosting a forum to include the four candidates vying for two seats on the Millburn Township Committee. The annual event hosted by the association includes the two incumbent members; mayor Ted Bourke and deputy mayor Ian Mount, and challengers Dianne Eglow and Sam Levy.
The forum provides the residents of Millburn Township to hear directly from the candidates in a debate-style format on current issues that concern residents. It is also an opportunity for residents to ask direct questions on any topic relevant to the governing of the municipality.
The evening will provide each candidate an opportunity to address the township outlining their qualifications, accomplishments and capabilities to lead and serve the residents for a three-year term. The election of Township Committee members coincides with the national election on Nov. 8.
The Township Committee is comprised of five elected members who oversee an annual budget of approximately $50 million. The members amongst themselves elect the mayor and deputy mayor annually and announce the appointments at the reorganization meeting held in January of each year. The current Township Committee members are Ted Bourke (mayor), Ian Mount (deputy mayor), Cheryl Burstein, Robert Tillotson and Jodi Rosenberg.
Short Hills Association board member Tom Hildner will take the helm at the podium to moderate the event supported by association president James Ladue monitoring the time and board member Alan Kuritsky assisting attendees with their questions. Board member Jonathan Sym is managing the event’s logistics.
The forum is tonight, Thursday Oct. 27 and will commence promptly at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude at 9:15 p.m. The association encourages residents to arrive at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy a pre-event reception. The Candidate’s Forum will be held in the main conference room at the Education Center located at 434 Millburn Ave. All Millburn Township residents are invited to attend.
Disclosure: TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills editor Jonathan Sym is a board member of the Short Hills Association and an elected member of the Essex County Republican Committee. He represents the 13th Ward in Short Hills. He has recused himself from participating in the formulation of questions that will be asked to the candidates.