1. Why are you running for election to the Piscataway Township Council?
Little League baseball and Pop Warner Football have taught me a lot: teamwork matters, hard work counts, and there is a place and role for everyone.I cherish the time I spend as a Little League commissioner and Pop Warner president because the sparkle in every child’s eye when he or she makes a great play or comes to fully feel as a member of a team renews my faith in community.
Baseball and football can teach people of all ages a lot about how to get along and work with each other.However, unlike baseball and football, serving in public office is not a game.Consensus has to achieved, serious decisions must be made, and we must recognize that we do not have opponents but instead have neighbors.
Piscataway is experiencing a surge in revitalization.By encouraging economic development and smart growth, new companies are moving into the Township offering good jobs for hard working residents.Property values have risen but the impact has been cushioned by the Township’s tax rate being lowered by twelve percent this year.Our community center is being built, our parks are being refurbished, and our streets are being redone.This is because of the teamwork of a Township Council on which I serve.I am running for re-election because I know our progress can continue, our goals are being achieved and this winning team is best kept together.
2. What specific things do you hope to accomplish
- Continue to effectively voice the concerns and desires of Ward 1 residents to the Township Council and other lawmakers.
- Preserve the well-earned, trusting relationship that Ward 1 residents have with our first responders and continue providing our police, volunteer fire departments and rescue squads the resources they need to do their difficult jobs.
- Promote the continued resurfacing and reconstructing of our roads.
- Sustain Piscataway’s designation as a nationally recognized Sports Town U.S.A.
- Increase recreation opportunities for our youth with the building of our community center, refurbishing our parks and providing a full calendar of local team sports.
- Continue to promote understanding by supporting Piscataway’s diversity and cultures.
- Maintain the robust programs that attend to the needs of our senior population.
3. About the person
My wife Kathy and I moved into Piscataway four decades ago. Now married for 42 years, we are the proud parents of three adult sons, all of whom attended Piscataway’s schools and took part in Township youth programs. Our youngest son Robert coaches high school freshman football as well as middle school wrestling and track in Piscataway. While Kathy also works for Piscataway schools, I recently retired after a 47-year career in retail – and that gives me more time to dedicate to public service.
I am a member of the Municipal Alliance Task Force which seeks to stem the scourge of alcohol and drug abuse. Within the Township Council, I serve on the Public Safety and Personnel committees. I also serve as a member of the Recreation Advisory Commission, a counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, a commissioner of Piscataway Little League and President of Piscataway Pop Warner. In fact, I was recently inducted into the Central Jersey Pop Warner Hall of Fame for years of dedication and devotion to the youth of central New Jersey and Piscataway Pop Warner.
I love Piscataway and I will continue to work hard every day to enable all generations of Township families to have wonderful neighborhoods in which to live.