Elections

Candidate Statements

Another Good Question

740ecf1737252fa168bd_fair_bn.jpg
740ecf1737252fa168bd_fair_bn.jpg

What is your plan to improve New Providence?

​We all know New Providence is a great town! ​Our campaign platform has been focused on ​lowering ​property taxes, ​enhancing ​public safety, and ​improving the​ quality of life for all residents. We strongly believe the following proposed recommendations will improve our town ​and we are fully committed to leading the implementation of these improvements.

1. Add one or two new towns to our Shared Dispatch Center. At present, the Dispatch Center is shared with Summit and Millburn. In the planning of the Dispatch Center, space was saved for the inclusion of other towns. The addition of another town decreases the expense for New Providence with no change to the award winning service provided by the Shared Dispatch Center.

Sign Up for E-News

2. Achieve a Silver level designation with Sustainable New Jersey. At present, New Providence has achieved a Bronze level designation with Sustainable New Jersey through the joint effort and hard work by the Sustainability Committee, the Borough, the Boy Scouts of America, and residents. Achievement of Silver level designation is significant ​because it offers more opportunities for New Providence to receive additional and more lucrative environmental grants from Sustainable New Jersey. These new grants will decrease our expenses while allowing us to help the environment by decreasing our carbon footprint, a true win – win situation for New Providence.  

3. Achieve a Silver level designation with the Safe Routes to School program. At present, New Providence has achieved a Bronze level designation through the leadership of Cecile Seth and Donna Zane in conjunction with residents and the Borough’s Police, Construction, and Engineering Departments. The Borough was recently awarded a $465K grant from the SRTS program. Achievement of Silver level designation is significant in that it offers more opportunities for greater funding through the SRTS program. This will decrease our expenses, encourage our children to walk or bike to school, and improve the public safety for our children, another true win – win situation for New Providence.

4. Work with the Union County Freeholders to maximize ​the benefits to New Providence​ coming back from the county ​[for our 22% county tax contribution] and to minimize ​future ​county taxes increases. The western part of Union County, encompassing New Providence, Summit, and Berkeley Heights, has ​no local representation on the ​current

Freeholder Board. Working with our neighboring communities, a more equitable representation ​can be achieved similar to what ​exists in most other counties in New Jersey. ​One potential opportunity to decrease costs in the county, which we would explore by working with other towns, is the possibility of combining our County Police and Sheriff's Departments. Of the 21 counties in New Jersey, only Union and Bergen Counties have separate County Police and Sheriff Departments.

​5.  Continue the implementation of the Downtown Master Plan​, because all great towns have great downtowns! The Downtown Master Plan ​has, and continues to ​enable new businesses to come into the downtown area and encourages upgrades and improvements to our existing facilities. ​Our Master Plan also takes into consideration the continued improvement to parking and safety for pedestrians. This implementation will make New Providence a desirable place for people to come to eat and shop.

​ ​​With our experience in municipal government and the aforementioned clear goals in mind, we will work with our residents and our neighbors to make New Providence even better.

Vote Robinson and Geoffroy for New Providence Council Tuesday, November 7th!

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Providence

Lord Stirling To Host Hunter Pace On June 3

May 26, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and the Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable will host the Spring Private Horse Hunter Pace on Sunday, June 3, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. with the last team departing by 1 p.m.  

Lord Stirling Stable is located at 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ.  The Hunter Pace is ...

Union County College President Received Prestigious Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

CRANFORD – Union County College’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin was one of 35 college presidents from throughout the nation to receive a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during PTK Catalyst 2018, the Society’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, held from April 19-21.

The award honors college presidents who have demonstrated ...

A Better Summer with the Y: Join by May 31 and Have Your Joiner Fee Waiver!

From now through the end of May, new members joining the Berkeley Heights YMCA will have their joiners fee waived, because at the Y we believe that everyone deserves to reach their health and wellness goals. With a savings of up to $95, you can focus on the perks of being a Berkeley Heights YMCA member:

Unlimited attendance to more than 100 group fitness classes a week
• State of ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Cycling Champ Laura Van Gilder Returns to Somerville Memorial Day to Defend Race Title

May 26, 2018

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Laura Van Gilder, 54-year-old cycling champion from Cresco, Pa., will return to defend her title at the 75th annual Tour of Somerville on Memorial Day, attempting an unprecedented fifth win in the 25-mile women's race, just one of several races that begin at 10:30 a.m..

The Kugler-Anderson Tour of Somerville, often referred to as the Kentucky Derby of ...

Coach Bottone Tribute

May 19, 2018

2017 Pioneer football players took on a tall task of filling a lot of open spots with not many returning players. We had 30 kids on our football team who all wanted to be there. With a new head coach who just came on board in late April, we had a lot of things to do without much time. Most people would say being on a 1-9 football team would be no fun and, at times, it wasn’t, but it was the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0906ca383804ad4ba17c_tai-chi

Sun, May 27, 9:30 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Tai Chi Chuan

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_f2342d687dc0c02ade5e_rec_swim

Sun, May 27, 10:00 AM

The Connection, Summit

Recreational Swim

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_fc9553e9258ab1b1cc8b_paolo_zumba_teacher

Sun, May 27, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Zumba meets Bolly DazZ

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Mon, May 28, 11:00 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Hath Yoga Flow

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_e7f53aa67b8e7cb310c5_vinyasaclass

Mon, May 28, 7:00 PM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Alignment Based Vinyasa

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3c7abbb40c05a3108a26_yoga_stretch

Tue, May 29, 9:15 AM

Providence Health and Fitness, New Providence

Essential Hatha Yoga

Health & Wellness

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...