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The Branchburg Township Committee is comprised of five members, elected by the public for three-year terms of office on a staggered schedule, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. All members have equal power and may vote on all issues. Township Committee hold all legislative and executive powers of the Township. At the annual Reorganization meeting held in January, the Mayor is elected by the committee from among its members.

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    Monica Lazer
    (Dem)

  • Pirouz "Peter" Nejad
    (Dem)

  • Robert Petrelli
    (Rep)

  • Thomas L. Young
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing your municipality? What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges? Lastly, how do you intend to address these challenges?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and please explain why you believe this is so.

Do you think municipal government has a role in keeping students safe in our schools? If yes, what do you think municipal governments should provide?

Campaign Address PO Box 5062 Branchburg NJ 08876
Website FB Lazer and Nejad 2019
I think that increased transparency and proactive approach to challenges are needed. I think that our town could and should be more walkable. More bike friendly and more walk friendly. I have teamed with other residents trying to pursue utilitarian walking paths in North Branch, with pretty much no support from the township committee. As an engineer I have spent my career focusing on problem solving; as a researcher I have always had to think outside the box.
Of all the complaints that we hear from Branchburg residents, the one we hear most is that our ordinances need to be updated. We need ordinances to prevent one neighbor from building a berm on their property line to block the natural flow of storm water from their neighbor’s property, to set weight limits on local roads, to set rules for storage of recreational vehicles on one’s property, to regulate where all-terrain vehicles can be used, to set fire pit regulations, and to regulate the use of spray paint outdoors in windy conditions. I propose that the Township Committee should do a complete review and update of their ordinances.
The safety and well being of students, as well as all residents, should be of highest concern, and the Branchburg Police partner with the schools in town from pre-school through middle school. They run a D.A.R.E. program in the schools to educate students about drugs and alcohol, are present in our schools daily, and attend many school functions outside school hours. I support the continuation of this working partnership.
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