I come from an Irish Catholic family, and am one of eight. I met my wife Maria in High School, and we married after graduating college. When it was time to start a family, we chose Westfield.
In 1989, we purchased a two-family house close to Downtown. Built in the late 1800s, it was neglected and needed a lot of work. We rented out the upstairs for the first ten years while renovating and eventually, little by little, with a lot of sweat-equity, we were able to restore it back to a single family. Most weekends, you can still find me working on it. We love our home and feel fortunate to have raised our three children here.
Through the years, I’ve coached youth sports, served on the Mayor’s Parking Advisory Committee, currently serve on the Westfield Green Team, and volunteer with Ward 1 Community Connect. I’ve enjoyed serving this community and treasure the friendships I’ve made as a result.
Professionally, I’m an environmental engineer and currently work as a risk specialist for an insurance company. I trust science, seek fact-based solutions, and work to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks. Risk management is central to what I do for a living and is essential to any organization, whether it be a Fortune 500 Company or a mid-sized municipality in New Jersey. I know my skills can assist the Town as it works to revitalize our business district and remain fiscally sound.
I believe that proactive leadership, coupled with the foresight to map out a vision, will allow Westfield to plan for a successful future. With the upcoming adoption and implementation of the Master Plan, it’s critical to have smart, independent and fair-minded individuals on the Town Council. As your councilman, I’ll work to address your specific issues and to formulate solutions to the larger, underlying systemic causes of them.
I am running because I want my children to return to a community that I helped strengthen. Which is why, as your Ward 1 Councilman, I pledge to be accessible, to listen and act upon your thoughts and concerns, to always be ethical, and to focus on what moves our town forward.
I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 5.