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The Green Brook Township Committee is the governing body of the municipality and is comprised of five elected officials. They establish the laws and policies for the Township. An elected Green Brook Township Committee member serves a three year term.

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  • James Benscoter
    (Rep)

  • Francis Gaffney
    (Rep)

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    Bryan Murdock
    (Dem)

  • Matthew Stanisci
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are your short-term and long-term plans to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on municipal operations that will change how municipalities operate in the future?

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Campaign Address 50 Greenbrook Road
Campaign Email frankgaffney50@gmail.com
Green Brook has not increased the municipal portion of the tax bill for 7 years. I have never voted for an increase in taxes. COVID-19 is a pandemic that will have an impact on local taxes however much of the municipal costs are tracked and will be reimbursed by the federal government under the Stafford Act Declaration President Trump signed.

Unfortunately many businesses and workers will face financial difficulties due to the lock downs and subsequent lack of travel an spending. I feel a great deal of empathy for those that are effected and will do whatever I can to make sure our businesses and families that are in need receive the support locally that we can give them. We have done already this by voting to allow parking lot usage for eating and exercise. We are very tight with our finances and no waste is found in our budget. Unfortunately we live in a very high tax state however I will continue to do what I can to keep our local taxes as low as possible.
We should be learning that when we see possible future issues we need to plan for them early. I would not have thought a pandemic would occur in 2020 however the possibility has been discussed for years. Municipal governments need to discuss what other risks can be seen on the horizon and make plans to address them. We know that we are in a period when heavy rains are more common for our area. We have ordered a piece of equipment to clean out our area streams. We have found that our town Internet has some weaknesses and we should encourage competition to reduce the strain one provider has when we are all online especially since many homes now have multiple devices such as cameras on the web. We need to solicit public input to see what our residents need as they know their neighborhood better than anyone. When we all work together we will get the best Green Brook possible!
Campaign Address 101 Gold Street, Green Brook, NJ 08812
Campaign Email stanmur2020@gmail.com
Website https://sites.google.com/view/staniscimurdock/home?fbclid=IwAR1ojYPMgkwOoasR51TIg9BW7bBYtPlrB1I89M8wHQpIDEiIbEctJgX6Vr4
It is difficult to predict with much accuracy what impact the economic down turn will have on the municipal budget. Two large factors influencing the township's budget are property tax revenues and state funding. Unlike the great recession, which was triggered by a mortgage crisis resulting in a steep decline in home values and concomitant reductions in property tax revenues, the current economic crisis is still unfolding and appears less threatening to property tax revenues. State funding, will likely be cut and could significantly impact public education and municipal programs and services across the board. With so many fixed costs in education and public safety, discretionary expenditures would have to be trimmed in the short term. In the long term, formulating policies aimed at increasing commercial development in an effort to diversify and increase the tax base along with efforts to consolidate programs and services through shared service agreements, need serious consideration.
From online teaching to remote town hall meetings, the COVID health crisis is leading to innovations in how municipal government operates in three different ways: First interactive platforms like ZOOM and Google Meet allow greater participation in governmental proceedings and meetings by removing barriers and by improving access to citizens. More citizen participation can help government be more responsive to resident's needs and issues as they arise. Second, governmental transparency is greatly enhanced and facilitated by the combination of new technologies and publicly accessible data. I am committed, to the extent legally and fiscally possible, to deploying technology to provide access to all Township transactions, processes, and documents for public review on the internet. Finally, leveraging new on-line tools emerging from the sharing economy can be an efficient and cost effective way to promote civic engagement and connect neighbors together during times of crisis.

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