Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
My hope is that this blog forum will provide helpful answers to questions and spark constructive debate on issues related to the Middletown Supervisors' race.
1. EDUCATION: Pierce College, Philadelphia –A.S., Business Administration
2. OCCUPATION: Telecommunications
3. QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE: President/Treasurer for Non-Profit children’s charity. Served on Middletown Telecommunications Advisory Board and Zoning Hearing Board. Lifetime resident and homeowner with a solid foundation in community service and activism.
What do you consider to be the most important issues facing your community, and how would you address them?
Misguided partisan politics and frivolous lawsuits have disrupted operations in the township. I will work to end the politics of fear & smear and return government to the people. I will represent all residents by listening to, learning from and serving them. I will address quality of life issues; improve recycling and solid waste services, while working to keep taxes at a minimum. I pledge to vote only in the best interests of the taxpayers.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Graduate of Neshaminy High School (1992) and High Point University (1996) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science degree Computer Information Systems.
President of marketing services firm in Langhorne.
3. Qualifications for Office:
Lifelong resident of Middletown Township, homeowner, and president of a Langhorne company. Running a small business has provided me with extensive experience in planning, budgeting, managing people, and solving complex problems. On a daily basis, I interface with a wide variety of audiences, including clients, vendors, board members, employees, volunteers, local officials, and partners, and am very adept and adjusting to the different needs and styles of all of these groups to work effectively with them and accomplish goals.
I have also applied many of these same skills to an industry association, where I have been an active board member for five years and was named “Planner of the Year” in 2006.
4. Most Important Issues Facing Community and How I Would Address Them:
Middletown Township is a great community and I believe the most important issues are “quality of life” issues:
a. Solving traffic issues through responsible land development and re-engineering of difficult traffic patterns.
b. Responsibly protecting our environment, primarily by protecting our limited remaining open space.
c. Attracting new businesses to fill empty buildings with incentives appropriate for our community.
d. Ensuring adequate park and recreation facilities for families, children, and young adults through effective dialog with residents and careful planning with all appropriate members of the community and our local government.
Most importantly, we must accomplish all Township goals, manage all Township activities, and develop our Township within the current financial means of our residents.
If these are the same issues that are important to you and your family, and you have ideas to solve them, I'd love to hear from you!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I was appointed to the Middletown Board of Supervisors in April, 2008. Since that time, I have learned a great deal about local government and the operation of the township. I am proud of the work I am doing and the decisions I have made on behalf of all of the residents of Middletown. Public service at this level has been, for the most part, very rewarding.
Unfortunately, not all of it has been rewarding. There are individuals at work in Middletown Township with no real interest in serving the public. Their sole intent seems to be the disruption and destruction of township government in order to gain more power. After weathering three frivolous (and ultimately, failed) lawsuits launched by the Middletown Republican Party and its attorney, Michael Fitzpatrick, I had looked forward to continuing in the job of Township Supervisor; after all, the "evil-doers" had been exposed, albeit, at a cost to the people of nearly $100,000.
I have spent a lifetime of public service in my career as a teacher modeling how children should be empathic towards others. To witness adults with the attitude of "the end justifies the means" and never mind the whole truth is both a foreign and distasteful concept to me. Their exploitation of a number of emotionally charged issues over the past several months was the final disgrace that sealed my decision not to seek reelection. Those events made it clear that these people will go to any lengths to further their pursuit of power and control. I would never, in my worst nightmare, have imagined so complete an absence of honesty, integrity, or even common decency. I have chosen not to engage them in a campaign for public office, because that is an arena in which they have already revealed their agenda of gaining power at all costs.
Despite all of them, I will continue, for the next nine months, to serve the people of Middletown to the best of my ability. I am confident that, come November, the people will see a clear choice between moving Middletown forward to the benefit of all residents, or being mired in the negative attack politics that seems so typical of the Republican political machine in Middletown Township.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
while there is a significant amount of open space currently preserved [in Middletown Township], protecting the remaining parcels of land will help to reduce the potential for additional development that would contribute to the traffic congestion, threaten the suburban esthetics of the community and place additional stress ont he Township's budget and human resources.
- Links to or is contiguious with exisiting open space or parkalnd
- Is environmentally fragile, including wetlands and steep slopes
- Has potential for public recreation
- Acts as a buffer between conflicting uses
- Is along a stream or creek
- In its undeveloped state maintains the character and beauty of the Township
- Left undeveloped will control traffic congestion and environmental stresses
- Is 5 acres or more
- Is currently or potentially farmland