This November there are (3) candidates vying for New Providence Borough Council.  There are however only two qualified candidates who have the experience and leadership who can receive my endorsement, and they are Councilman Rob Munoz and Michele Matsikoudis.

Councilman Munoz will be seeking his fourth term on Borough Council. I have had both the honor and privilege to serve on Borough Council with Rob Munoz during my two terms in office as your Councilman.   We worked together on several strategic committees and learned a great deal from each other.  It was a pleasure to work with Rob, to garner insight within challenges we were addressing, or coming up with unique solutions that helped create positive change within our community on specific projects.   During Rob’s tenure on Council, he served as Council President and has been a part of almost every committee and functional work stream within the Borough operation which makes it difficult to list all the accomplishments and value that he has led or helped guide but the list is an impressive one.

Rob was part of the original committee that oversaw the assessment and redevelopment of every park and athletic field project that has been completed throughout the community.   These projects include the renovation of Hillview Field, Lincoln Field, the NP Community Pool Basketball Courts, Jaycee Park, and the gem of them all, the redevelopment of Oakwood Park.  These facilities are utilized by every recreational program within our community.  Rob served on the Executive Committee within New Providence, Millburn and Summit for the Shared Dispatch Center that has made all three member communities safer and improved dispatch and response times for Emergency Responders.  Rob also introduced the historical method of marketing the alcohol consumption licenses which resulted in the 4 restaurants leveraging these licenses including Harlee’s which opened recently.  In his “spare time” Rob is extremely involved and committed within Troop 63 of the local Boy Scouts organization.

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I’ve known Michele Matsikoudis for close to 20 years and her involvement, passion and commitment within our community is visible in many places.  Michele provided guidance and input on improving recreational programs as well as providing insight on improving our recreational facilities while I was a member of the Community Activities.  I’ve also worked with Michele on past election campaigns of Councilman Bob Robinson and Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy, as well as the campaigns of Councilman DeSarno and Councilman Cumiskey most recently.  Michele has a remarkable intensity with the balance to listen to all viewpoints to make the most well-informed decision on issues.

Michele has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley which she has leveraged within and across her vast community resume.  Michele is a whirlwind of community service involvement from her leadership within the New Providence Education Foundation over a six-year span, to her being PTA President at Salt Brook and New Providence Middle School she has constantly been at the forefront of improving the education or our children within our community.  Through her involvement with local church organizations, Michele has helped Youth Group Program and Summer Bible School programs, the PCNP Mission Trip to Mexico Youth Group, as well as contributed her professional experience within the Career Days within New Providence High School.  She has also been a member of the Board of Health and Economic Development Committees.

Perhaps the most pressing issue facing our community is Affordable Housing.  Michele and Rob oppose high density housing imposed upon New Providence by way of the Affordable Housing mandates.  They believe that communities not Courts or Court appointed groups, should be able to decide what’s appropriate and feasible for New Providence.   They are the only candidates for Council who join and support Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz in their challenge of Trenton’s irresponsible over-development of our community.

Michele and Rob represent and epitomize the very best of New Providence which is evident in the many results that you can point to within our community.   They can speak to what they achieved and not merely what they think they want to do.   They are the only two candidates with a steep investment and contribution within a vast span of involvement.  They are the only two candidates in the upcoming Borough Council election worthy of my support and hearty endorsement. 

We encourage all residents to do their homework, place value in experience and results.  On November 5th, vote for the only qualified candidates, Councilman Rob Munoz and Michele Matsikoudis for New Providence Borough Council.