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Freehold Township Committee

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE – Full Term – Vote for OneFreehold Township is governed by five Committee persons, each of whom is elected for a three-year staggered term. At the beginning of each year, the Committee members elect one of their members to serve as Mayor and one as Deputy Mayor for that year.This five-member Committee is empowered to enact local ordinances, to levy municipal taxes and conduct the affairs of the community. In almost all cases, it can review and approve the actions of other Freehold Township boards, committees and agencies. The Township Committee conducts all of its business during monthly meetings open to the public.

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    Scott A. Berlin
    (Dem)

  • Maureen Fasano
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

One of the most important issues in Freehold Township is traffic congestion. Route 9 is a mess and Route 33 will only get worse with continued development. We need to ensure we are working with our neighboring towns, Freeholders, and Assembly members to move forward on public transit options to reduce our commute times and increase public safety. For the past decade, there has been no discussion of building the MOM rail line, and as Committeeman I will make this conversation one of my top priorities.

We also need to focus on transparency and communication with residents. In 2019, it is untenable that we have no public web portal for planned DPW maintenance around town so people can easily navigate around construction. We should also be streaming our Township Committee meetings so all residents can watch meetings even if they cannot attend.
I am a small business owner - I have a political & public relations consultancy and a software development company. I know how to negotiate with stakeholders and business partners to put differences aside and get the work done. With my consultancy, I have worked with governments and elected officials around the country in order to help navigate the political water.

One of my proudest achievements was working in the Arizona State Senate when we passed, with bipartisan support, Medicaid Expansion to give access to health care for hundreds of thousands of low-income residents.

Never have I backed down from a cause because it was seen as too difficult and some view the fight to build the MOM line as an uphill battle. I believe I am uniquely qualified to be a strong advocate for public transit in Freehold.

I have served on the board of the American Diabetes Association Planning Committee for the 2014 Tour de Cure and volunteered with various non-profits including Kiwanis and the American Cancer Society. My family has long been involved in charitable causes around Monmouth County. In fact, the American Cancer Society of Monmouth & Ocean County has a room dedicated in honor of my late grandmother, Helen Fried, simply called “Helen’s Room”.
Freehold Township is a great town, but we need to take action to ensure we stay a great town 10, 30, and 50 years from now. We do a great job at fixing yesterdays’ problems today, but we should focus on how we make tomorrow even better than today. I would only be 28 year sold when assuming office, but I plan on raising a family here in Freehold and I want them to have the experience of growing up in the best Freehold Township possible.

That includes focusing on how our residents get to work and around the county, focusing on local business and property taxes, and creating a long term, sustainable plan for the Township.

It is time that the millennial generation has representation in order to bring a more diverse set of viewpoints and challenges to the forefront of Freehold Township.
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