In the Face of Court mandated development, New Providence has fought to limit the impact to our town.
The New Providence Borough Council has effectively created reasonable affordable housing in our community and has been in compliance with the prior rules set by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), a controversial state agency. Because of the failure of COAH and inaction by the Democrats, who for decades have controlled the New Jersey State Legislature, the New Jersey Supreme intervened determining how many affordable housing units each municipality had to realize.
New Providence, like all New Jersey municipalities, was ordered by the State Supreme Court to prepare an inclusionary affordable housing plan for approval by the Fair Share Housing Center (an organization funded by the NJ Builders Association) and the Union County Superior Court. The Borough Council pushed back, working hard over a period of two years to negotiate a more favorable settlement with the court, while the Democrats in control of the New Jersey State Legislature refused to stop the madness.
The Borough Council had to re-zone certain areas to allow for the construction of 1,209 new residential housing units or else take their chances in litigating the matter in Court. (fight the court ordered mandate.) Ultimately the Borough Council settled concluding that the chance of prevailing over the Union County Superior Court and the Fair Share Housing Center was extremely low and the cost of continued litigation was fiscally irresponsible.
In a state and county long dominated by the Democrats, we need to insure diversity of ideas, policies and politics. New Providence Republicans have worked hard over the years to keep property taxes in check while the state and county governments have demanded more and more of your hard-earned money.
Michele Matsikoudis and Rob Munoz will continue to fight for our community. They will work hard to control overdevelopment and mitigate the damage done to our community by the courts, while working hard to maintain our small-town character. They will continue to deliver the high level of services we expect from borough government while being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. They have the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to build on the successes of past councils.
Michele raised three children in New Providence. She has served as PTA President of Salt Brook School, the Middle School and was a top fund raiser for the New Providence Education Foundation. Michele currently serves on the Board of Health and the Economic Development Committee. Michele is a successful entrepreneur, with a degree in business and political science. She has extensive experience in business development with Worth Ltd. and Keller Williams. Michele is a former Vice President in the municipal bond department at Morgan Stanley.
Rob Munoz is seeking a fourth term on the New Providence Borough Council. He is a father of three, and heavily involved with New Providence BSA troop 63. He has served on almost every council committee and as a member of the Capital Review Committee since its inception. Rob has helped plan and overseen the improvements to Hillview Field, Lincoln Field, the Community Pool basketball courts, and Oakwood Park. Rob is an attorney with an undergraduate degree in accounting. He manages complex issues daily in his private practice and brings a needed skill set to address issues facing New Providence.
As a resident, local small business owner, and someone who has invested time, energy and resources into making New Providence a great place to live, work and raise a family, I support Michele Matsikoudis and Rob Munoz for New Providence Borough Council. The Best Choice for New Providence.
Gary Kapner is a former Councilman and Planning Board Member. He serves on the Economic Development Committee, is Past President of the New Providence Business & Professional Association, a Member of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and an active member of the Community.