1. Over the past four year, we have seen substantial commercial development right next door: Loreal's US Headquarters, Lifetime Athletic, the Summit Medical Group, and a new hotel just breaking ground, are all examples of the success we can achieve with mayor who seeks to improve commercial properties, rather than convert them into high-density residential development projects. The first step is to end to speculation that commercial properties will be rezoned. Next, we need an economic development program building on nearby successes, to attract businesses that draw on the same resources and talent. We must also revitalize our downtown by aggressively marketing to major retail business.
2. Yes. I led the fight to televise Council meetings so that residents have the information they need to participate in an informed public discussion about major policy issues. Our community has been very active in voicing their opinions during Council meetings, by email, and in open town meetings that I've conducted in the past. Sound public policy can only be derived by the collective vision we share for New Providence. Our mayor has the resources to understand grassroots opinions on town issues, and to ensure that all opinions are heard, considered and respected.
Attorney, Budd Larner, PC in Short Hills, NJ. American University, BA; JD, Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Southern Methodist University School of Law. Former Director of Public Affairs in the New Jersey Department of Commerce and Economic Development.