Marlboro is headed in the right direction under the able stewardship of Mayor Jon Hornik, Councilman Frank LaRocca, and Council President Randi Marder.
Just take a quick look around town and you see the dramatic improvements and changes from just four years ago. We now have an active, open, transparent government that regularly communicates with its residents via e-mail, televised broadcasts, social media, and its website. We have many more tracts of permanently preserved open-space, thousands of new shade trees and almost no new residential development. We have a dog park, better-maintained athletic fields, and an increased number of businesses and commerce. We have happier, active and more engaged seniors. We have appreciative and empowered teens in our TAC program that are committed to community service. We have town parades, festivals, and multi-cultural events and celebrations, and we have heightened volunteerism. Overall, there is a feeling of community pride in our town that has not existed for years!
At the same time, the size of our government has shrunk considerably in the last four years. We are doing more with less. Municipal departments have been consolidated to eliminate inefficiencies; there are more patrolmen policing our streets and less at desks; our township employees have been cross-trained and multi-task; fiscally burdensome white and blue collar union contracts have been re-negotiated; municipal expenditures have been reduced; there is no more wasteful spending; every penny that the government spends has been considered, debated, and is fully accounted for. As a result, the municipal portion of our property taxes is finally stable. There is no more corruption.
Notwithstanding the worst economic downturn in any of our lifetimes, Marlboro Township has flourished in all respects under Mayor Hornik and Councilpersons LaRocca and Marder. This is not by coincidence or by happenstance. Rather, it is because Jon, Frank, and Randi are smart, progressive, and fiscally conservative. They are problem solvers who set realistic goals, create strategic plans, and then execute on those plans to achieve the goals. They are caring, honest, and tireless. They are involved in government for altruistic reasons, and not for self-gain. They enlisted the best people to serve our community irrespective of political party affiliation, race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation. They empower volunteers to take action and improve the town. They run the town like a CEO runs a successful business.
As Deputy Mayor, Director of Economic Development, and adult facilitator of our town’s Teen Advisory Committee, I have had the distinct privilege of working daily and very closely with each of them doing what we believe is best for our Town. There is not a single day that goes by that the Town and its residents are not at the forefront of Jon, Frank, and Randi’s daily priority list, and we owe them each a debt of gratitude for their efforts on behalf of our Town. Being law partners with Jon and Frank and working out of the same office has provided a front row seat to their efforts and passion for governing and community service. Never have I met smarter, more honest, caring, or selfless individuals. Each day these three fine community servants subordinate their own personal and family needs and their jobs to the greater needs of the Town. All of Marlboro’s residents are better off as a result.
On election day, I respectfully recommend that you vote to stay the course and re-elect Jon, Frank, and Randi. They are the right team for our town, and they will continue to lead us and Marlboro Township in the right direction.
Proud Resident of Marlboro Township