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New Britain - Borough Council (4 YR Term) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Borough Council is the governing body for the borough. A borough council member oversees the provision of borough services, enacts ordinances and sets the borough budget and taxes.

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    Steve Ascher
    (Dem)

  • Peter LaMontagne
    (Dem)

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    Margaret M. Remmey
    (Rep)

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    Eric VanDerSluis
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider to be the most important issues facing your community, and how do you propose to address them?

Why are you running for this office?

What qualifications and experience do you have that will assist you in the performance of the duties of this office?

Experience Assistant Professor of Statistics - Temple University - 5 yrs 2 Statistical Consulting Companies - 7 yrs Johnson & Johnson - 26 yrs Chair and Secretary - CBC Committee Officer in NJ Statistics Chapter
Education PhD - Statistics MS - Statistics BS Math/BA Statistics all at SUNY at Buffalo
Email address stelbon@comcast.net
Campaign Phone (215) 534-9436
There has been tremendous progress in converting New Britain Borough from a pass-through community to a destination community. I would work with Borough officials to attract businesses. The development of University Village and the surrounding area should also be of top priority. Through the Community and Business Committee (CBC) of which I am chair, we have a new welcome sign and are working on a second. More community events are proposed. We are working on wayfinding signs to point out attractions. As I knock on doors in the Borough I find that residents would like to be heard. I would work with Council on having more town halls and surveys. Results would be shared and action plans developed. The Borough motto is: A friendly place to live. I would like to see us be a more beautiful place to live and a great place to do business as well. We have an exciting future!
I am honored and privileged to run for a seat on the New Britain Borough Council. I am running for Council to become more involved in helping the Borough achieve both its short and long term goals. In addition, I believe I can make even more valuable contributions to the Borough beyond what I currently do as chair of the Community and Business Committee. I enjoy what I currently do for the Borough and want to step it up a notch by being a member of Council.

As a 33 year Borough resident, chair of the Community and Business Committee (CBC), and regular attendee of Council meetings, I believe I am well versed in issues facing our Borough. I volunteer my services as a statistician to help the Borough. In my professional career as a statistician and my work for the Borough, I am detail-oriented, a people-person, a good communicator, and a team player. I am also an officer in the NJ Chapter of the American Statistical Association where I have visited schools (e.g., CB West and Souderton) to talk with students about careers in Statistics. In summary, I believe I am well qualified for a seat on the New Britain Borough Council.

Experience I have been on council for + 8 years, and have actively worked and contributed to the betterment of our Borough. Like most other engineer, I’m very good at identifying the core of an issue
Education BS Chemical Engineering
Campaign Phone (215) 348-7879
Our long term plan is to be a healthy, walk-able community. We have a very limited tax base, and capital improvements cost money. Since 2013 the Boro has obtained $1,700,000 in grant money, with my wife Tess and I writing the majority of the grant applications. It's enabled the Boro to build sidewalks, bike and hike trails, and modernize the Boro office and Burkhart Hall. Going forward, our Shade tree committee is planning to plant shade trees along the major streets and sidewalks. We are looking for grant money, and some innovative ways to make this happen. We've also established Friends of New Britain Parks, to solicit tax deductible contributions for borough improvements individual donors wish to support, and in it's first year it's raised over $20,000 in cash and nearly a like amount in services. We Have a wonderful Nature Preserve, and I've worked to expand it 20% adding 6 acres (with no taxpayers funds), now 33 acres. There's a possibility to enlarge further.
Borough government is the base of our democracy. Like other council persons, I am an unpaid a volunteer, elected by residents, many of whom know me personally. We do have paid staff and consultants, but much of the work and the decisions are made by volunteers. We have twelve committees from the Nature Preserve Committee to Planning and Zoning, all staffed by volunteers. For many years my contribution of time was to CIVIC and Covered Bridge Park. Now I am semi-retired, and have both the time and talent to do good. New Britain Borough is my home, I’m a part of it, and it’s a part of me…many others feel the same, making this a special place. I try to lead by example, to recruit volunteers by suggesting where their interests fit a committee’s needs. Being on council, am able to actively encourage and support them. If you have such a sense of place, consider becoming involved in the Borough, most of us have learned from others on the job.
Ten years ago, as a citizen, I saw the need for us to have a bike and hike plan, I put together a small team to study other such plans, and write our own. I also got a $ 10,000 Peco grant to help. I took Courses in Historic Preservation and helped with the restoration of the Nature Preserve’s Groner house. More recently my wife and I put together the package of grants and private donations to purchase the Miller properties for the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve: two lots (3.4 acres), one with a house and an adjacent building lot. Appraised at $482,000, the purchase price was $452,000, My wife and I obtained a DCNR grant for $210,000, and used $242,000 in Groner funds to complete the purchase. In addition, I obtained $41,000 in private donations for the maintenance for the house. The owner of the house agreed to rent the property for the foreseeable future, the is rent indexed to the Treasury Funds rate, assuring the Groner fund a rate of return higher than otherwise available.
Education Bucks County Community College, Temple University Criminal Justice Program
Email address walkmmr@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (215) 534-8221
As a member of the Planning Commission I feel the continued update and completion of our Comprehensive Plan is a priority..This navigational tool will help direct us towards achieving our community goals and long term vision.
I want to be part of a collaborative effort to make positive contributions that will support the quality of life and well being of the residents.
I have always found it important to be a active participant in shaping my community. I have spent most of my adult years serving on numerous professional and community organizations including Zoning Hearing Board,Civil Service, CBRPD Commission , Borough Council , Planning Commission. In addition, I have served as a New Britain Borough State Pennsylvania Constable.
Experience Teacher, Volunteer, Bucks County Children's Museum Board Member, Leadwrship roles in organizations
Education MSEd University of Pennsylvania BA History Minor in Political Science The College of New Jersey
Campaign Phone (732) 259-8887
Development of the borough community and creating a safe and vibrant place for families, children, and people of all backgrounds to feel welcomed. I'm interested in helping the borough do this through planned development and building a vibrant main street.
I've lived in the borough for 7 years, have a young family and want to help support the borough as it prepares for the future. I want to be able to give back to the community that has given us so much. The borough has been a great community for us to raise our children and I want to be able to give back in a way that sustains the community and engages the future.
My professional life has given me valuable experience working with complex organizations. My work has brought me around the world, helping leaders and organizations create workplaces that engage and empower employees to be their best selves. I started my career as a teacher and have always felt that there is an obligation to give back to your community and support the broader social fabric.