1. When I became Mayor, we had a significant number of vacant commercial spaces along Central Avenue. Since elected, I have worked to fill those vacancies and we have seen many businesses move to the Borough. The key to getting businesses to locate here is to provide superior municipal services while demonstrating fiscal restraint. Using my financial expertise, I have teamed with the administration, finance, shared services and public safety committees to control the budget and manage our resources now and for the future. As Mayor and prior Chair of the Finance Committee, I worked with our CFO to develop long range financial plans and strategies to avoid the tax hikes and surprises our neighboring towns are now facing.
2. Yes. Oakwood Park is a perfect example. Many residents came to Council meetings, wrote emails and called. In response to the differing views on that issue, I requested a referendum and persuaded Council to approve it with unanimous support. I pledge to support the outcome of the referendum. Additionally, we recently developed a new website that improves communications with our residents. I have continued to broadcast Mayor’s forums on Borough issues and I meet with residents and Borough organizations every day to hear and address their concerns. I previously moved my business office downtown to be easily accessible to all residents.
B.S., Boston College; M.B.A., University of Vermont
CPA and Managing Member, Thoms & Jordan, LLC
Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran; Awarded Purple Heart.