RED BANK, NJ: TAPinto Red Bank posed a series of questions to the candidates running for borough council. Their responses are to provide the residents insight on their personal background as well as their views on issues and the future of Red Bank.
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Red Bank Council Democratic incumbent candidate Kathy Horgan responses:
TAPinto: Tell us about yourself, where you grew up, your family life and how long you’ve been living in Red Bank
Horgan: I grew up in a close-knit Italian-American family in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. I studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, France, and later attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
I am the Liaison to the Board of Trustees and Special Assistant to the Vice President of Development at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, New York City, where I have worked for the past 18 years. I moved to Red Bank with my husband in 1999.
TAPinto: Why are you running for Borough Council?
Horgan: When I moved to Red Bank 20 years ago, my late husband and I became very involved in the community. I knew this would be my forever home. I have a vested interest in this community which has been good to me over the years. I want to give back. I want to make Red Bank the best that it can be for those who live here, own a business or visit our little town.
TAPinto: What are the most significant issues that Red Bank is facing and what are your positions on those issues?
Horgan: The most significant issue facing Red Bank is our residents’ property taxes, and maintaining the affordability of Red Bank for seniors like me, as well as ensuring that our next generation can continue to afford to live here. As a Councilwoman, I have taken specific steps to help address this issue. Keeping my 2016 campaign promise, I voted to commission a Management Enhancement Analysis of the Borough’s operations during my last term, which has already resulted in operational savings. I voted to hire a new CFO and a new Administrator to change how the Borough does business. Finally, I also voted to hire a grant consultant, who has brought over $1M to Red Bank to invest in local infrastructure projects and programs we could not afford on our own.
TAPinto: What policies, procedures, and Borough ordinances will you, if elected, advocate to be changed, and what changes do you suggest? What is your first priority?
Horgan: I want to continue the changes that are taking place in the Borough’s redevelopment process. Serving on the Council, I have seen good projects fail and bad projects happen because of the politics and scrutiny inherent in a bureaucratic, top-down approach to redevelopment.
This past year, I voted to create the Red Bank Redevelopment Agency, which appointed residents to make these decisions. The Agency is comprised of long-time Red Bank residents who know our town best. These individuals will vet all redevelopment projects before they enter the formal land use process at the Borough.
Making sure our residents are in charge of Red Bank’s development is crucial in my view, and this is my top priority going forward through the new Redevelopment Agency.
TAPinto: Why should the voters elect you to the Borough Council?
Horgan: Voters should re-elect me to the Borough Council because I kept all of my 2016 campaign promises to: (1) overhaul Borough government; (2) jumpstart stalled infrastructure projects throughout town, such as Marine Park, road replacements, and the long-stalled Bellhaven Nature Preserve; (3) enhance pedestrian safety; and (4) take the politics out of Red Bank’s redevelopment process.
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Candidate debates are scheduled for Thursday, October 24th, 7:00pm at the River Street Commons, 49 Catherine Street, Red Bank.
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The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019.
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