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My wife, Dr. Elizabeth Giblin, and I chose to make Verona our home in 2007. We have often talked about how fortunate we are to raise our children in this wonderful community.

I am the father of two children. My daughter Finola is a 3rd grader at Forest Avenue School and my  younger daughter, Natalie, is a preschooler at The Children’s House Montessori School.  We are parishioners at Our Lady of the Lake.

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Community involvement is important to our family. My wife is a member of the Junior Woman’s Club and currently serves as President of the Verona Library Board.  I have served the town as a member of the Verona Recreation Committee and assisted in the planning of the Verona Mayor’s Charity Ball, both in 2012 and 2014.

I was raised in Montclair as the third of five children and attended St. Peters Prep. Later, I earned my BS in Business Administration from Providence College, cum laude, and earned an MBA from Seton Hall University, also cum laude. I am a proud Eagle Scout.

Professionally, I am a Financial Advisor with Mass Mutual in Roseland. As a Certified Financial Planner™,  I primarily focus on assisting individuals and families with accumulating funds for retirement needs, estate planning, risk management as well as employee benefits.

I feel that my professional knowledge would help me as an elected official in areas of fiscal responsibility.  As a Councilmember, I feel our priorities need to be focused in three key areas:

Public Safety

  • Work collaboratively with Verona PD and County of Essex  to ensure traffic laws are followed on both local and county roads
  • Proactively address traffic and safety issues ahead of planned K. Hovnanian project in Cedar Grove.
  • Create a  task force between local and county government officials to address traffic and safety concerns.

Downtown Development

  • Work with business community, the zoning board and Town Manager’s office to establish Verona’s downtown as a pedestrian-friendly shopping destination.

Taxes

  • Hold the line on excessive tax increases.
  • Explore increased shared services with other municipalities while continuing the same high-level services that our residents expect.

I feel strongly about the future direction of our town. I am asking for your vote on Tuesday May 9. Please vote Edward “Ted” Giblin, 1-A.