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Vol. LXII, No. 12
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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Township Committee Candidate Nemeth Has “Sensitivity, Diligence” for the Job

ADAM G. BIERMAN
Grover Avenue

Former Member of Township Committee Offers Leadership Skills to Serve Again

YVONNE BLEIMAN
Campbell Woods Way

Deputy Mayor Bernie Miller Endorsed for Re-election to Township Committee

STEVE FRAKT
Lake Drive

State Senate Committee Has Delayed Compliance with Paper Ballot Mandate

REV. CAROL S. HAAG
Ridgeview Circle


Township Committee Candidate Nemeth Has “Sensitivity, Diligence” for the Job

To the Editor:

I am writing to urge Princeton residents to join me in supporting Sue Nemeth for Princeton Township Committee. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to know and work with Sue on the board of Princeton Community Democratic Organization and as fellow members of the Princeton Township Democratic Committee. In both roles, she has been an effective communicator and leader.

Sue has made Princeton her home for the past eight years and has a teenage son who attends Princeton public schools. She is known around town as someone who cares about our kids and community. Sue has a much longer history of working for the public interest. She is an established development professional at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, helping to create leadership education programs for women across the country. Working for NJ Citizen Action early in her career, she was instrumental in organizing a coalition that successfully lobbied for passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act in New Jersey. She has a proven track record of working collaboratively to develop solutions to tough problems.

I believe that Sue is exactly the kind of leader Princeton needs to address a lack of affordable housing, reduce taxes, and become a “green” beacon for the rest of the country. Her sensitivity, diligence, and sense of humor also make her a joy to work with, qualities that will serve her well on Township Committee.

ADAM G. BIERMAN
Grover Avenue

Former Member of Township Committee Offers Leadership Skills to Serve Again

To the Editor:

Following on the letter of former Princeton Mayor James Floyd, I also wish to endorse Casey Lambert who is running for Princeton Township Committee. I am very pleased that Casey will be back on the scene. I have known her for many years and have always admired the intelligence and creativity she brought to the governance process as a former Committee member. I feel very confident that she has the qualifications and qualities as a person to go on to be an extremely effective leader on Township Committee.

In her up-and-coming campaign Casey has made a commitment to explore with the community the value of zero-based budgeting, land-use policies, leadership in all forms of sustainability, effective and realistic emergency plans, beneficial and sustained relations with Princeton Borough and Princeton University, and transparency and responsiveness to “we the people.”

Let’s back a great candidate.

YVONNE BLEIMAN
Campbell Woods Way

Deputy Mayor Bernie Miller Endorsed for Re-election to Township Committee

To the Editor:

I write in support of the re-election of Deputy Mayor Bernie Miller to the Princeton Township Committee and urge the members of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization to endorse him at their meeting on March 30.

In his six years on Township Committee, Bernie Miller has worked diligently to establish a more responsive, effective, and efficient municipal government. He has offered a thoughtful, creative, fair, and independent perspective to our community dialog. Applying his career skills as a businessman and international consultant, he has worked hard to ensure fiscal discipline in evaluating programs and setting budgets.

A long-time Township resident, Mr. Miller has been a forceful advocate for many initiatives for the betterment of our community. As a member of the Housing Board he worked to ensure the development of the highly successful mixed-income Griggs Farm project. As chair of the Cable TV committee, he fought for a rebuild off the old system and negotiated the contract for a greatly improved service. On Township Committee, he has achieved tax savings through a restructuring of the Police Department, worked for the preservation of open space, and fought for a preference for Princeton residents in senior housing.

Bernie Miller has served our community with distinction, and I am glad that he is seeking another term on Township Committee.

STEVE FRAKT
Lake Drive

State Senate Committee Has Delayed Compliance with Paper Ballot Mandate

To the Editor:

On Monday, March 10, the Senate State Government Committee failed the citizens of New Jersey. They forwarded to the full Senate the bill S-1381 that once again delays voter verified paper record of votes cast on electronic voting machines, this time past the critical presidential election in November. Without a paper trail, any person’s vote can be lost or switched and no one will ever know.

The committee ignored extensive testimony that dependable and less costly voting alternatives have been adopted by almost 20 other states and that these can be put in place well before November. Instead, they voted once again to extend the deadline. They placed their trust, through the Attorney General, in the Sequoia Company, which, like the Attorney General, has broken promise after promise.

The New Jersey state legislature passed a law in 2005 requiring that by January 1, 2008, there would be voter verified paper ballots. In November 2007, the Attorney General pushed for a delay and the first week of January the deadline was pushed to June 3, 2008, with a promise of “no more extensions.”

Shame on Chairman Nicholas Scutari, shame on Vice Chair Loretta Weinberg, and shame on Senators Jennifer Beck, Kevin O’Toole, and James Whelan; they have failed as legislators.

Now it is up to the full New Jersey Senate to stand firm and not extend the deadline, thus requiring the Attorney General’s office and Department of Elections to implement a voter verified paper ballot immediately. Please write or call your legislators to vote against S-1381 and A-2229 and deny an extension of the deadline.

One person, one vote that can be verified: That is all that is being requested. The New Jersey Legislature has required it. Our democracy depends upon it.

REV. CAROL S. HAAG
Ridgeview Circle

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