Letters to the Editor

November 15, 2018

While an overwhelming majority of towns in New Jersey, including leading towns, such as Millburn, Princeton and Ridgewood, incorporate tax-payer funded full-day kindergarten (FDK) into their public school budgets, Summit has been hesitant to join them. Why should Summit tax-payers make this ...

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On November 6, Summit residents will have the opportunity to re-elect Council President David Naidu (Ward 1) and elect Greg Vartan (Ward 2) to Common Council. These gentlemen are smart, hardworking and principled men who will continue the tradition of honor and respect that prevails at Summit’s ...

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In today’s divisive political climate, it is important to understand that we all need to work together, whatever our political differences. As such, I think it is fortunate that we have some really great Republican candidates to consider on Tuesday.   Summit is fortunate to have Bob Hugin ...

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I recently received two startling pieces of mail— attack ads focused on the Democratic Ward 2 candidate, Greg Vartan. I had hoped that our town would be above the political fray; that in a year when political tribalism seems to outweigh common sense, that our local candidates would focus on the ...

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One of the most hotly contested elections in New Jersey is right around the corner, Tuesday, November 6. Both sides of the aisle have been busy sending out literature, canvassing neighborhoods, phone banking, having postcard parties, and following up with voters to ensure that they get to the ...

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Vote for Senator Bob Menendez on Tuesday for his proven voting record on issues important to New Jersey and our country. Menendez is a Democrat who helped draft Obamacare and the Superstorm Sandy bill and who has worked for years to enact a responsible immigration policy, among other progressive ...

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Republican Candidates for Summit Common Council, John Dougherty (Ward 1) and Lou DeSocio (Ward 2) bring two unique sets of skills that would strengthen the effectiveness of that body. Lou DeSocio, Chair of the Drug Awareness Committee, works to raise awareness of youth drug addiction. Addiction ...

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I’ve heard that in local politics, you vote for a person rather than a party. If that’s true, then Greg Vartan should win everyone’s vote for Ward 2 Council. His active engagement in making Summit the best it can be is carried out with thoughtfulness, energy and a genuine concern for addressing ...

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Summit Neighbors, If you haven't been paying attention to the New Jersey Senate race, now is the time. Polls show Marine veteran, job creator and my friend, Summit resident Bob Hugin in a statistical dead heat with Bob Menendez. I have known Bob for years, our families attend the same church ...

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We are not a family whose lawn is filled with campaign signs. If you look, there is only one that adorns our lawn, and it is for the same candidate that we proudly supported in 2015, our current Council President and Ward 1 Councilman David Naidu. We have known David and his family for almost 10 ...

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The latest accusation of negative campaigning leveled by Summit's Democratic leadership is really nothing unexpected. After all we are in the final stretch of the election season when your opponents typically try one last time to mount the moral high ground by decrying unparalleled incivility and ...

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It has become almost trite to observe that we're in a politically divisive period, but I had thought local politics could remain on higher ground here in Summit. I'm dismayed to see this has not been the case in recent weeks, as I observe tactics that are going above and beyond the typical sign ...

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With the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad in the midst of its Annual Fund Drive, I am moved to express my deep gratitude for the organization and all of the incredible volunteers, both current and past. The emergency and transport services the squad provides to our community—at no charge—are ...

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I will be voting to re-elect David Naidu for the Ward I Common Council seat this November and I urge you to do the same. David has been our Council President for the past year and I have seen firsthand all of the wonderful things he does for our community. At every turn, he displays fiscal ...

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Greg Vartan has the skills, character, and judgment to represent Summit as a member of Common Council. I have known Greg through his involvement on the Summit Recycling Advisory Committee and as Planning Board liaison to the Environmental Commission. In both of these settings, I have had the ...

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I have worked with David Naidu on the Planning Board for over six years. During those years, I have observed David during the Master Plan re-examination process, zoning changes, and complex and sometimes contentious variance applications. During our work together David has consistently shown that ...

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I encourage you to vote for Greg Vartan for Summit Council, Ward 2 this November. As a first-year Council Member in Summit, I have had a deep look into how our city runs in 2018. We need someone like Greg to join us on Council to continue the progress we’ve made. Greg embodies all of the ...

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Dear Summit friends and neighbors, I have a selfish request. Would you please make a donation to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad during our annual fund drive so that I may continue to serve?   Thank you. Oh wait. You probably want an explanation.   You see, I have been on the Squad ...

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I am pleased to write in support of Council President David Naidu’s bid for reelection. I have known David since we served on the Environmental Commission together 10 years ago. Additionally, I have had the privilege to serve with and learn from David as a member of the Common Council for the past ...

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I have never written a letter to endorse a candidate before, but I am doing so now in support of our current Council President David Naidu as he seeks re-election. I first met David when he knocked on my door in 2015. He was running for Council, and I had just moved into a new home in the ...

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Summit is a unique community filled with many great not-for-profits. They are part of what makes the fabric of this community so wonderful. There is one organization, in particular, I feel as citizens we take for granted. That is the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. Many of our residents think ...

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I strongly believe that Greg Vartan will be a healthy addition to the Summit Council.  I have know Greg for a number of years and I am very impressed with his positive, can do attitude.  When he shakes your hand he exudes healthy energy.  This is the approach he brings to everything he does. People ...

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It’s vital that we vote true to our values, so I’ll be voting for David Naidu for the Ward I Common Council seat this Fall. David is honest, hardworking and truly cares about our community. During his first term on the Council, David was able to engage the community by seeking new ideas and ...

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I am writing to endorse David Naidu for re-election to Summit’s City Council in Ward 1. As many of you know, David Naidu and I have worked closely together for three years, first as running mates in 2015, and then as Council colleagues from 2016 to 2018. On the campaign trail, I learned that David ...

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Dear Voter:  The last two years have been unprecedented in American politics as our national conversation continues to become increasingly disrespectful, if not hateful.  Minorities are being disparaged, and families are being separated simply for who they are by Washington policy objectives ...

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This November 6th, Summit has the opportunity to elect two great candidates for Summit’s Common Council: Council President David Naidu (Ward 1) and life-long resident Greg Vartan Ward 2. Greg is a 4th generation resident who has given back to Summit at every stage of his life. During his years ...

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“Para atras ni para coger impulso!” (Loosely translated to “don’t go backwards not even to gain momentum”).  These are words I heard over and over again in my home. Life is about moving forward, about learning and making decisions based on new information while rooted in values and integrity.

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A victory by Tom Malinowski would send a bad message: no good deed by Leonard Lance goes unpunished by the voters. Don’t send that message. Incumbent Congress Member, Leonard Lance, a moderate Republican, is known for reaching across the aisle to solve problems. In fact, Leonard is a key member ...

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Planning for Summit’s long-term development requires a vision for downtown Summit – Greg Vartan is the candidate whose age and stage in life gives him the proverbial “skin in the game” for a better Summit, not just for today, but for tomorrow as well. Recently engaged, Greg and his fiancé, ...

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Leonard Lance represents what’s wrong with Washington, Tom Malinowski represents what’s right. Lance votes against the interests of his constituents, especially when it comes to healthcare. Leonard Lance has attacked affordable health care ever since he got to Congress. Lance voted 19 times to ...

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