Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you again for your continued support. I was pleased to have received the endorsement of the Chatham Courier and I remain grateful for the opportunity to serve you on the Chatham Township Committee, first as Deputy Mayor in 2014 and 2015, and as your Mayor in 2016, 2017, and 2018. I encourage you to view my address at the Township Committee reorganization meeting where I reviewed our 2017 accomplishments and our focus for 2018.
Over my tenure on the Committee, I have helped spearhead many new initiatives, from communications to public safety and public health, to community involvement. These initiatives have been designed to further improve the quality of life of our residents and ensure that Chatham Township remains a great place to live and raise a family.
A Commitment to Communications
created our new e-newsletter, which remains one of the most visited pages on our Township website, led our efforts to redesign the Chatham Township website, spearheaded the rebranding of our community and emergency alert platform to Alert Chatham Township (ACT Now) to ensure residents are registered for this free community and emergency alert system. In addition, we now post videos of our meetings online, and include links to the resolutions and ordinances discussed at Committee meetings. More recently, we launched Chatham Township Perspectives, a series of Q&A-style videos with key Township employees and volunteers.
Ensuring the Public’s Safety
While Chatham Township has been recognized as one of the safest places to live in America we strive to ensure that it remains a safe place to live and raise a family, in doing so I helped launch our new Neighborhood Watch program, which is a nationally recognized program that brings neighbors together as a community so that they can assist our Police to ensure that Chatham Township remains one of the safest towns in America. In fact, Chatham Township Police Chief Hennelly credited our Neighborhood Watch with helping to make an arrest. If you would like to learn more please call Officer Bloom at 377-0100. In addition, I led our efforts to promote bear safety through a Black Bear awareness seminar with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. I also coordinated community-based presentations on Suicide Prevention, the Zika Virus and Domestic Violence. I was also a proponent of establishing four-way stop signs on Sandy Hill, restricting parking on Spring Street and lowering the speed limit on Lafayette in an effort to ensure the safety of our children. In an ongoing effort to stop the Pilgrim Pipeline, I introduced Ordinance 2017-20, a watershed protection ordinance that prohibits oil transmission pipelines within the Great Swamp Watershed, which represents approximately 75% of the Township.
A Focus on Fiscal Discipline
Ensuring that your tax dollars are being prudently spent remains of utmost importance and I continue to take pride in the Committee's efforts to prudently manage expenses while increasing awareness of the budget process so all residents understand how their tax dollars are being spent. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 we cut local taxes reflecting the lowest local purpose tax rate in more than 10 years! Few, if any municipalities in NJ can tout this significant accomplishment.
Building a Stronger Community
Whether it's my involvement as the Founder and President of The Chatham Turkey Trot, my efforts to rebrand and promote The Colony Pool Club, or my efforts to organize the first annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention "Out of the Darkness Walk," I have always focused on building a greater sense of community and pride in Chatham Township. As a result, The Chatham Turkey Trot has raised more than $150,000 since its inception in 2009 for the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Diabetes Research Institute and the Chatham Emergency Squad. Our rebranding and marketing efforts around The Colony Pool Club has met with much success as we saw an increase in membership of more than 7% following my efforts to build a new a website, and launch a comprehensive marketing campaign. I lead efforts to organize our annual "Out of the Darkness Walks". Over the past three years we have raised awareness and more than $250,000 for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.
While these are a few of the many accomplishments, there are still opportunities that lie ahead for Chatham Township. You can view more of my accomplishments on the subsequent pages.
I hope that I can count on you to join me as we work together, as one community, to continue to Build a Better Chatham.
A Commitment To: