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Langhorne Manor Borough - 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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  • Jay Ferraro
    (Rep)

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    Alicia Gasparovic
    (Dem)

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    Grace Judge
    (Dem)

  • Cheryl Oessenich
    (Rep)

  • Nick Pizzola
    (Rep)

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    Steve Yourtee
    (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?

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Experience PSAB Boot Camp for Newly Elected Officials. PA Center for Women & Politics Ready to Run. Emerge PA 2019 cohort. Regular council meeting attendee. Volunteer clerk of elections. Committee person.
Education BA in Physics & MS in Education - Johns Hopkins Univ; Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Campaign Phone (609) 954-0517
Twitter @VoteAliciaG
There is so much I love about living in Langhorne Manor: beautiful homes, small town feel, and warm-hearted people. But we can do better.

1) We lack a long-term road paving & maintenance plan to extend the lifespan of our roads, fix potholes, and address problems that will undermine this year's $1M paving project. We need to consider the big picture and the impact of future projects before we spend taxpayer money and take on debt.

2) I will correct the lack of transparency and communication with residents by publishing advance agendas & public documents, inviting public comments before votes, eliminating the forms required to speak at council meetings, and following up on resident concerns. We also need to start publicly posting vacancies on our boards & committees.

3) I will expose the services for which Langhorne Manor taxpayers are paying more than in neighboring boroughs, and help improve our record keeping so that we can be fiscally responsible and keep our taxes low.
Running for office isn’t about status or power for me; it’s about doing better for my community. I am passionate about good government & transparency, and am dedicated to making local government more accessible. Government works best when decisions are made WITH the people, not just FOR the people.

With some new energy on council, we can be more efficient and more responsive; we can follow up on questions and concerns; and we can invite residents to give their input and expertise, rather than shut them out from decisions.

We also need to plan ahead and make, rather than miss, windows of opportunity, and work with our neighboring communities to build partnerships and save money through economies of scale, such as when paving our roads.

Our annual budgets should reflect planned future projects, which they currently do not, with an accompanying narrative presented in a public forum.

We can do better, and I can help. This year, you finally have a choice for your council.
I spent the last two years enrolled in training programs for new borough officials, attending council and other borough meetings, both in and outside of the Manor, and building relationships with our neighboring communities. My experiences leading a classroom, leading a team in the corporate world, and studying to pass actuarial exams have taught me to work hard, learn quickly, and team up with a variety of people.

I have been knocking on my neighbors’ doors, learning about their visions for our community and listening to concerns. I am proud to say that our council has already started responding to a push from myself and others on my team to improve our website, correct the accuracy of our monthly financials, and sweep our roads.

We need to continue down this path, and make sure we always provide honest answers to resident questions. I pledge to continue listening to, and learning from, all of you over the next four years as a member of Langhorne Manor Borough Council.
Experience I bring years of project management experience to the job. Active listening & collaboration are my preferred methods to resolve issues which I believe are valuable skills when serving a community.
Education BS in Business Education-Trinity College MS in Instructional Design & Technology –Philadelphia Univ.
Email address judgie1004@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (267) 994-9446
Every day I’m grateful I live in Langhorne Manor! Having lived here 25 years, my neighbors are like family to me and I know I can always rely on many of them to be there in time of need. That said, I believe the manor could be even better. I would like to see communication between borough council and the residents improve. I believe true transparency is the catalyst that instills collaboration between local government and the residents.

Also, as an official auditor of Langhorne Manor borough, I know council could do a better job managing and reconciling the finances. I recommend restructuring the current financial processes to ensure “checks and balances” are in place and followed.
I am running for office because I want to serve my community and I believe my managerial and technical skills will be an asset to addressing the issues I addressed in the previous question.
I believe that Langhorne Manor Borough operations could be run more efficiently by updating antiquated systems. My project management experience, specifically in the technical field, is what I bring to the position.
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Experience LMB resident-32yrs; Landscape design/build firm sole proprietor-30+yrs; PennDOT Engr Distr 6 Munic Svcs-3+yrs. Currently constr inspector-munic/private projects-civil engr firm & LMB Planning Comm.
Education B.S. Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University
Email address labdogsx2@yahoo.com
Campaign Phone (215) 450-1550
Council transparency and quality of services need to improve. Are you happy with services provided by current council? Are you happy with our borough roads? Curblines used to be swept on a regular basis to keep debris out of our stormwater inlets. What happened to that service? Guiderails, street signs, and safety signs used to be straight and repaired. Again, what happened? How did a $142,000 service lane paving project end up being so rough? Do residents know that borough police hours have decreased, while solicitor fees have increased? Do residents know that financial statements consistently contain misappropriations? That the 2019 budget was admittedly a copy and paste of the 2018 budget? Residents have asked repeatedly, and yet the answers from council are unclear. Does this evoke a transparent council, making good decisions, to provide residents with the best services? We can do better. I will make communication, transparency, and improvements to services my priorities.
On March 26, 2019, a Bucks County judge decreed that the names of the three Republican candidates “shall not appear on the ballot for the May 21, 2019 Primary Election” for Langhorne Manor Borough Council because of a failure to follow the directives of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act. The bigger message derived by the judge’s decision that day is that business as usual is no longer acceptable in Langhorne Manor Borough. Eyes have opened, residents are asking questions and attending meetings, and council is finally being held to task. Now is the time for change. Residents deserve to be heard at council meetings, and a quality council should be transparent, have integrity, and be accountable to the people they represent. I am running for change, because we can do better.
I have resided in the Manor for 32 years, choosing to stay all this time because I love it here. I was here when the sanitary sewer system was installed in the early 1990s; now council is considering their second largest project ever, with a possible $1,000,000 price tag, to pave all our roads at once. However, council acknowledges they will not address existing drainage problems or make sidewalks ADA compliant until after the paving is completed. That’s a backwards approach. The proper way to proceed is to first make repairs and alterations, in order to preserve the brand new road surface. And how will a million dollar paving project affect residents over the proposed 10-year loan repayment period? All of our roads do NOT need to be paved at once just because it is an election year. My career experience on both state and municipal road projects will assist in implementing a sensible road program, in phases, in proper sequence, within a manageable budget. Again, we can do better!