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Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The government consists of a mayor and a five-member Township Council, all elected to four-year terms of office on an at-large basis in partisan elections held every other year as part of the November general election. Either two or three council seats are up for vote each election, with the mayoral seat up for vote at the same time that two seats are up for vote. The Mayor and Council are separately elected, with the Mayor, serving as the chief executive officer, and the Council serving in the capacity of a legislative body.

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  • Paul Carifi Jr.
    (Rep)

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    Michael J. dePierro
    (Rep)

  • Loretta Gragnani
    (Rep)

  • Cori A. Herbig
    (Dem)

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    Judith Hernandez
    (Dem)

  • Robert Kaminski
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your town and how would plan to address it/them?

What in you personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

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Campaign Email mjdepierro@optonline.net
Within our Township, we must continue to protect our quality of life issues. By a 3-2 Council Vote, my running mates and I prevented Parsippany from becoming a Sanctuary City for criminal illegals. We adopted a resolution opposing recreational marijuana in New Jersey. We are opposed to having dispensaries in Parsippany because the State plans to mandate that all dispensaries also dispense recreational marijuana. We are not opposed to medical marijuana. Costs continue to increase but our is tax base is pretty stable. The challenge is to utilize our tax dollars to maximize their impact on our services. We must minimize tax increases so our residents can afford to remain here. Most of our traffic does not originate or terminate here, but we must seek improvements to roads and traffic lights. Safety is a high priority for our school children and residents. We have worked with our School Board and Police to find cost effective ways to improve safety. We will continue to support our Volunteer Fire, First Aid and R&R Services which are essential to the health and safety of our Community. Our Parks and senior services are second to none. We must continue to support them in any way that we can. We will also continue to support our Veterans. I have helped to save over 360 acres of open space. I have always been accessible to our residents and will continue. My running mates and I need to be re-elected as a check and balance to this tax-and-spend Mayor.
I have an Electrical Engineering Degree. I moved to Parsippany in 1965 when I accepted a job offer from Bell Telephone Laboratories. I retired from the Bell System after 30 years of service. I then served as Manager of Telecommunications for the State of New Jersey. My wife Dee and I raised our three children here. Our ten grandchildren have roots here because of my involvement. For the past 55 years, I have been involved with PTA's, Boosters, Soccer, Little Leagues, Saint Ann Church, Civic organizations, Boy Scouts, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War), Rotary, Sons of Italy, Craftsman Farms, and many more. I have served six years on the Parsippany School Board and 36 years on the Township Council. I have served 24 years on the Planning Board and have also served on the Open Space Committee, Traffic Committee, Municipal Alliance Committee, Craftsman Farms, and many more. In all of these positions, I have been dealing with budgets. I am the only elected official in Parsippany to be inducted into the NJ State League of Municipalities Hall of Fame. Experience counts, and I have been serving Parsippany for decades. When Parsippany is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in NJ and in America, I like to think that I am a part of the collective wisdom, over the years that has made this happen. Serving Parsippany has been a labor of love for me and I wish to continue.
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One challenge facing Parsippany is the lack of civic engagement. On the local level we all have similar goals and those goals could and should bring people together and give them a “voice”. Parsippany’s current council governs in a partisan manner which discourages residents from engaging in local politics. I met with our neighbors by knocking on over 2,000 doors and listening to their concerns. Parsippany is diverse and we have so much to learn from each other. When elected I will participate in our Mayor’s local town halls. I will encourage community projects such as multi-cultural events, open space activities and school enrichment initiatives. These are a just few ways to enable increased communication within the community.

Another challenge for Parsippany moving into the future is meeting the pressures of development while maintaining the quality of life that we cherish in our town. That can be done by preserving our open spaces, engaging the community in the planning of how our town grows such as open meetings on the Master Plan Update. I will take a strong position on environmental policies and practices and strengthening ordinances. It also means working with the developers in the Town’s interests not for the developers interests. It does not mean stopping growth; it means growing sustainably (economically, environmentally, socially) so the future generations can enjoy the quality of life we cherish today.
I am well qualified by my active participation in a broad spectrum of positions in the Town of Parsippany-Troy Hills. I hold a position on the Town’s Planning Board, serve as Vice Chair on the Environmental Advisory Committee and serve on the Board of Trustees for the Parsippany Child Day Care Center. Past service includes a position on the Open Space Committee. My broad professional skills include 15 years experience as a civil and environmental engineer. Finally, I have been involved for many years in local politics and serve as the Vice Chair at the Town level. Town, professional and local experience more than qualifies me for this office.

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