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New Britain Township Supervisor (6 YR Term)

The Township Board is the governing body for the township. The Township Supervisor oversees the provision of township services, enacts ordinances and sets the borough budget and taxes.

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    MaryBeth McCabe
    (Dem)

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    A. James Scanzillo
    (Rep)

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 I have been an attorney for 35 years, the last 22 years as a solo practitioner in Doylestown.
Education Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Penn State, Juris Doctor Temple University School of Law
Email address mbmcclaw@aol.com
The issues are development, traffic and the responsiveness of the Township to the residents. The answer is enforcement of our zoning and other ordinances by all Township Boards. Every proposal for a change in Use or Zoning should be weighed by both the legal requirements and the impact on the community. Simply because a development is proposed with a change in Zoning, does not mean that it has to be approved. The Township's response should not be “There’s nothing we can do about it” or “If we don’t approve this, it could be worse”. The Township needs to improve communication with Residents as to development requests and other major issues affecting residents. When residents attend Township meetings and Plans are under discussion, the residents should be able to view the Plans as well as the Board. It is time to use the tools that the 21st Century has brought us for communication and collaboration.
I feel that there is a need for a new energy and attitude in the Board of Supervisors. I have personally experienced, and heard from other residents, that our current township government does not respond to residents in a timely, respectful and adequate manner. I would like to serve the Township residents by insuring that their local government is working for them.

I believe that government needs to be aware of, and plan for, new issues and what is happening in other County Townships. I would like to address both of the above issues by updating Township facilities with strategic planning not reactiion.
I have practiced law for 35 years and have experience in many areas that are dealt with by local government. My experience has also given me wide exposure to a diverse range of people and problems. As an Attorney, trained mediator and Collaborative attorney, my focus has been problem-solving and reaching solutions among opposing sides. I have served as President of my Collaborative Law group. I have donated my time for Pro Bono Legal Services through the Bucks County Bar Association and have been recognized by the Bar for that s I have served as a Mediator for the Bucks County Court's Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program for several years. In that role, I have assisted residents of Bucks County to avoid losing their homes to foreclosure while working out solutions with the Lenders. I have run my own small business for over 20 years and understand the concerns of the business community. As a Mother, I understand the concerns of a parent raising a child in this community.
Experience Parks and Recreation Board 1990-2007, Planning Commission 1993-2000 and 2004-2007, Zoning Hearing Board 2000-2004, Land Preservation Committee 2005-2007, Supervisor since 2005
Education Bucks County Community College, Temple University - Real Estate
Email address scanz@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (215) 822-7486
The biggest issue we are now facing is a court system that clearly favors developers, thereby interfering with our ability to properly plan and manage growth, also impeding implementation of best practices in controlling many zoning uses. I will address this challenge by continuing to keep abreast of changes in zoning law, as well as maintaining my active participation in organizations such as the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials, and the Bucks County Association of Township Officials. Both of these organizations allow us the opportunity for regular discussions with our state officials, as well as a forum for sharing ideas and strategies with the elected and appointed officials of numerous municipalities.
New Britain Township has been my home since 1986 and I have spent thousands of hours trying to help maintain a high quality of life for our community and I want to continue to do what is best for the residents of our township and, when re-elected, I will always put their needs at the forefront of my efforts.
It has been my privilege to have served the residents of this township for over thirty years. As a volunteer I have served on the Parks and Recreation Board for 17 years, Planning Commission for ten years and Land Preservation Committee for three years. I was appointed to the Zoning Hearing Board for three years and I have been an elected supervisor since 2005.The decisions required by a Supervisor are much too complicated to permit “on the job training”. We manage millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money, must regularly fend off experienced land developers in order to protect our remaining open space, and we make policy decisions that will impact the municipality for generations. Experience counts and protects the best interests of our residents and taxpayers. I believe the experience and knowledge I have gained serving on every major board in the township has prepared me well for the challenges that lie ahead to keep New Britain Township a great place to live, work and raise a family.