It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as a candidate for Borough Council in New Providence. My husband, Brian and I moved to town in August 1996 when we were first married. After a few short months, recognizing that New Providence was a special place and ideal for raising a family, we purchased our current home. As a result, our three children, ages 17, 15, and 12, have been the beneficiaries of a top-notch education system, incredible recreation classes and programs, and successful athletic and music programs.
We feel blessed that our children have had the opportunity to participate in the many activities in town. Sports, scouts, church and community activities are just some of the areas in which New Providence has exceled in getting our children actively involved in the community and instilling positive values.
We all benefit from the many family opportunities New Providence offers. Family values are an important part of the culture in New Providence which is evidenced by the popularity of events such as the summer concerts, street fairs, Memorial Day Parade and the Christmas walk. It is also evident in the strong community service organizations throughout the Borough. In working with the scouting organizations, New Providence Lions Club, and the Community Service Association, my family has seen first-hand the tremendous spirit that exists among the residents of New Providence in giving back to the community. We feel safe here, surrounded by terrific people who care about each other and who are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
I am not alone in feeling this way about my home town New Providence. These benefits did not come about by accident. It was through the hard work, dedication and planning of our current and past Mayor and Borough Council in conjunction with the contributions of our citizens who continue to give their time to helping our community. This work has resulted in New Providence being ranked 8th Best Place to Live by NJ Monthly Magazine, AAA bond rating by all three rating agencies as well as countless other accolades for our recreation facilities, public safety, and outstanding schools. New Providence maintains a positive and forward moving path and our strong team of Mayor and Council continue to work to ensure it stays that way. There is now a vacancy on Council that needs to be filled. I believe I am uniquely qualified to take on this role.
I graduated from the University of Scranton in 1991 with a BS in Accounting and have an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University. I worked in NYC from 1991-2005 in the Financial Services industry in Reporting and Analysis and then in Project Management and Corporate Training on financial systems. These skills will allow me to contribute to the municipal budget and audit processes as a potential member of the Finance Committee.
My volunteer experience with PTA/PTO as well my work as a substitute teacher in the School District elementary schools working with a range of students from Special Ed Pre-School through 6th grade provide an opportunity to contribute as the Council Liaison to the Board of Education. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. I thrive on project completion – both as a leader and a team member.
New Providence has attracted over 40 new businesses over the past five years; however, our Downtown Master Plan will help shape our local economy and business landscape for decades to come. My previous experience as a Mayoral appointed member of the Planning Board will help me contribute to the Economic Development Committee. I am in continuous contact with numerous areas of the community through my involvement and I’ll leverage my desire to maintain a dialogue with residents to help improve our economic outlook.
Our residents are amazing! They want to be a part of this town and they want this town to be the best it can be. New families have come to our community to start families. Others have been here for years, while we also have an emerging retirement community at Lantern Hill. As a member of Council, I will reach out to all of them to understand their concerns as well as their ideas. Engaging our residents can only make us better and stronger as a community. I want to work with our different organizations in town – the Board of Ed, the Recreation Department, the Municipal Alliance, the charitable organizations to mention only a few. With the various connections that I have, I can make that happen.
Aa a member Council, I will continue the forward motion that this council and mayor have given all of us as residents. I will bring a fresh perspective as a woman, as a mom of an active younger family, as a hardworking team member and as a proven leader who can and will get things done. I will bring the desire to work and learn, and most of all to make New Providence the best place to live for its residents. That is what this election is all about.
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