University of Pittsburgh, Political Science
Qualifications for office
I spent 5 years working for former Congresswoman Melissa Hart in the House of Representatives and her campaigns. I learned firsthand that any public servant must focus all their efforts on serving their neighbors and community and weigh the interests of that community against every decision and project they undertake.
In 2007, I joined an alternate dispute resolution company with a mission to help people settle costly civil litigation as amicably and fairly as possible. I have put my experience managing and implementing an extensive budget to use in my role as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Franklin Park, Ward 2
I will continue to build on our excellent foundation and to support the well-maintained balance between further development and preserving Franklin Park’s character. This includes ensuring that our tax rates, and debts and expenditures per capita remain one of the lowest in Allegheny County, and continuing to support and preserve our amazing parks and green space – well over 600 acres.
I will also continue to support and prioritize our Police and Fire Departments and the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority, and the redesign of the I-79 and 910 interchange to alleviate congestion.
My background and experience have prepared me for addressing the issues Borough Council face in a balanced, proactive and responsible manner, and I do so with the careful consideration of all relevant factors, giving significant weight to the viewpoints of our residents.
We recently added mandatory body cameras to our officers' equipment, to both protect them and ensure transparency. We also recently hired a new police chief, lieutenant and three new sergeants, all of whom are very committed to ensuring that our officers have the best and most comprehensive and up to date training and equipment possible. I believe that this support and training is the best way to improve and increase police accountability and effectiveness in the community.
University of Kentucky, B.S. Accounting
West Virginia University, J.D.
New York University, LL.M. Taxation
Qualifications for office
As an attorney, I have the ability to understand the ins & outs of the MPC & the policies behind it, which allows me to understand what ordinances need to be updated to meet today’s environment & challenges. I’m an advocate for those that I represent. Within Franklin Park, I would serve as the greatest advocate for all residents to ensure that I’m representing their values, opinions, & wants within their community. I’ve worked as a financial professional for a non-profiit & served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit educational institution, & I have vast knowledge of tax law/policy.
Susan Striz for Franklin Park Borough Council
My top three priorities are (1) improving proactive communication, (2) updating storm water management ordinances, & (3) updating the borough's comprehensive plan to plan for future growth in a more responsible manner. Communication methods in the borough need to include more 21st century options to reach more people so their voices can be heard. Many residents are dealing with unnecessary flooding, and improved storm water ordinances would aid this issue. Finally, many residents are concerned with over-development, & it's time for Council to update its comprehensive plan to address this.
Applying the laws of the borough to every person in the same fashion is baseline promotion of equity and justice at this level. As an attorney, I have a keen understanding and sensitivity to these issues and will always use my position of public servitude to listen to all citizens and make decisions fairly.
Proper employee vetting and training are necessary to ensure police accountability. I would ensure that Franklin Park is at the helm of training and leadership for its police force.