NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 5 election, the candidates running for New Providence Borough Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto New Providence.

The following answer is from Democratic Borough Council Candidate John FX Keane for Week 1.

Week 1 Questions:

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  • Why are you running for Office?
  • What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the elected office you are seeking?
  • What do you think the major issues facing New Providence are at this time?

Why are you running?
I am running for Borough Council to ensure that New Providence remains a great place to live.  I want to leverage my experience and deep knowledge as an active member of this community for 35 years and be a voice for every member of the community. 

What unique skills do you bring to the Council?

I bring several unique skills to the Council.  I have a deep understanding of the issues facing New Providence because I have served on the Planning Board, Economic Development Committee, and Sustainability Committee and am a member of the Lions Club.  I have also served on the Recreation Commission, Boy Scouts, as a Band Parent and a basketball coach.  

Beyond my experience, I have a track record of listening to all perspectives and being solutions-oriented.  It is time for the residents of New Providence to feel that the Council represents their views and priorities.

What are the important issues facing the Borough?
In my conversations with residents, I have heard three common concerns.

First, many residents are concerned about pedestrian safety and traffic flow, especially downtown.  I have common-sense solutions to address these issues which I will announce shortly.  

Second, many residents want to know why New Providence is not doing more to live up to its Go Green slogan.  I have put forward a bold plan to reduce waste by encouraging residents to use recyclable bags while shopping and dining in the Borough.  This is the kind of straight-forward action we can take in partnership with our businesses to be Pioneers in Going Green.

Finally, many residents are worried about affordable housing.  I am disappointed by the rhetoric in this campaign that has sowed fear and placed blame on one political party,  I believe in facts not fear.   I have the expertise to educate residents and work with the Borough Council to ensure that we are in compliance with the law while maintaining the quality of life in New Providence.