It has been a privilege to serve as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and it would be an honor to be re-elected in the upcoming election on November 5th.
Since joining the board, it has been a top priority of mine to shrink the cost of government while maintaining the high quality of life our residents deserve and enjoy here in Monmouth County. As such, I’m proud to report my fellow board members and I have cut the County’s annual spending plan by nearly $44 million since I was first elected in 2010. Moreover, we have been able to reduce the cost of government while not only maintaining, but also expanding the services provided to residents.
During my terms, I have served as liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, the Division of Economic Development, the Office of Shared Services and the Department of Public Information and Tourism, among many other committees and offices. Through each of these different departments, it has been my goal to provide the best possible services to our residents and business community.
I’m proud to have helped establish the successful Grow Monmouth program, which assists our business community and agricultural industry through Made in Monmouth and Grown in Monmouth. It’s important we support our small businesses! This is why I’m proud to have started the annual Made in Monmouth event at Monmouth University every April, where thousands of shoppers have the chance to view products made locally by over 200 crafters and small businesses.
I’m also proud to support each and every one of our 53 municipalities through our Office of Shared Services. From our highway division to emergency communications and nearly every type of service in between, Monmouth County has entered into successful contracts with each of our towns to provide needed services at a reduced cost. This is one of – if not the most – successful shared services programs in the State and I am proud to have established this cost-saving measure to our towns. In fact, we’re the only County in New Jersey to have a dedicated shared services coordinator!
It’s also a priority of mine to promote healthy living and eating to our residents. To extend this important message to our youth, I created the Suburban and Urban School Healthy Initiative – a voluntary, afterschool program for students from different schools to come together and learn about healthy living at a local farm once per week. As a result of this initiative, two elementary schools in the program have their own garden on school property.
As such, it would be an honor to continue serving the residents of Monmouth County. I know there is still work to be done and I, as well as my fellow Freeholder candidate Nick DiRocco and Sheriff Shaun Golden, would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to continue making Monmouth County the place people want to live and work! Thank you.