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TOWNSHIP COUNCIL – Full Term – Vote for TwoMarlboro Township is governed within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government. The Mayor is elected directly and the Marlboro Township Council is made up of five members, with all elected positions chosen at-large in partisan voting to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with a municipal election conducted in odd-numbered years as part of the November general election. Three council seats come up for vote together and two other council seats come up for election together with the mayoral seat two years later. At a reorganization meeting held in January after each election, the Council selects a President and Vice-President from among its members. As the township's legislative body, the council sets policies, approves budgets, determines municipal tax rates, and passes resolutions and ordinances to govern the township. The Council also appoints citizen volunteers to certain advisory boards and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Council may investigate the conduct of any department, officer or agency of the municipal government. They have full power of subpoena as permitted by statute.

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  • Alan Ginsburg
    (Rep)

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    Randi Marder
    (Dem)

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    Michael Scalea
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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If re-elected to a 4th term on Marlboro’s Town Council, I would like to continue to work with our local Alliance. They do critical work to educate our youth about the dangers of substance abuse. Unfortunately, there is a drug problem affecting our youth and the need to be proactive to prevent experimentation is critical. Additionally, I would pursue the preservation of more open space and farmland to take the remaining large parcels of Marlboro land off the market to limit large housing development.
I have lived in Marlboro for almost my entire life, having grown up here and raising my family here. I am a graduate of Marlboro Elementary School, Marlboro Middle School and Marlboro High School. I have been on Marlboro’s Town Council for 12 years and have been a part of an amazing turnaround in our local government. Amongst many things to be proud of, our Economic Development Committee has been hard at work to make Marlboro a more business friendly town. This encourages businesses to move here and the residents have been receptive to the additions of businesses like Fireside, Osteria, Cuzins, Hobby Lobby, Whole Foods, Costco to name a few that have arrived in the last 10 years. Shop Marlboro! has promoted Marlboro businesses for residents to support and in return earn tax deductions for their local loyalty.
Safety is a concern in everyday life, no matter where you live. Marlboro’s police department does a remarkable job of being responsive and protective. Their presence in our schools and houses of worship is reassuring. It is sad there is that need but they are always there when needed. As we approach winter and the possibility of dangerous weather, keeping our roads safe is a priority. Marlboro’s DPW does a great job pre-treating and plowing township roads. Unfortunately, these actions damage the roads and require large fund allocations to repair. With the Mayor, this Council has approved dedicated funds to improve our roads. $5,000,000 last year and another $5,000,000 recently. In the event of long term power outages, our recreation center is now equipped to be a shelter if needed.
I feel the challenges we face in our community are the same challenges we see in our society today. I think first and foremost is to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children and residents. I think the work that we did to provide extra security in our school systems is an example of how our Mayor and Council are quick to respond and act on serious and important issues.

Another challenge we face is the ongoing COAH initiative and the impact that has on our community in general. I feel that we have a sustainable plan to provide the resolution to comply with the policy and maintain the proper balance of open space.
From a personal perspective, I enjoy serving the community and volunteering my time and adding value to this administration. I take pride in what we have accomplished and I'm honored to serve alongside my fellow council members. We have an incredible Mayor and his commitment to improving the quality of life is inspiring to anyone that wants to serve within his leadership.

Professionally, I run a global practice for a large consulting firm and while having the privilege to work within different cultures it allows me to easily relate our diverse community that Marlboro represents
We will continue to invest our budget on road improvements which is the largest capital expenditure in our annual planning. With regard to education, we will continue to build on our youth exchange program providing the ability for students to experience different cultures and reciprocate for those students in China and Japan to experience our community.