Lambertville is the only city in Hunterdon County, and one of the smallest cities in the United States. It is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Small Municipality form of government (Plan C). The government consists of a Mayor and a four-member City Council, with all positions elected at-large in partisan elections. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a three-year term of office. Council members serve a term of three years, which are staggered so that two seats come up for election two out of a three-year cycle, with the mayoral election the third year. The Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality. The Mayor presides over Council with voice and vote, but has no veto powers; Exercises executive power of the municipality; Appoints Council committees; Appoints municipal clerk, attorney, tax assessor, tax collector and the treasurer, all with Council confirmation. The Council exercises legislative power of the municipality and also approves Mayor's appointees for municipal clerk, attorney, tax assessor, tax collector and treasurer.
P O Box 373
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Like many other communities, Lambertville faces some difficult economic choices ahead. As a Council member, I am committed to ensure that our City spends responsibly and holds the line on taxes. I believe we should maintain the historical and architectural integrity of Lambertville. I do not support the plan to sell historic City buildings to developers.
I have lived in Lambertville for over 35 years and have held positions with various community organizations such as Fisherman's Mark and The Kalmia Club. In addition, I have considerable experience with State and County agencies serving special needs individuals in Hunterdon County. I am a former IT professional with over 40 years of experience with healthcare financials and management of IT projects, contracts and project budgets.
I would support developing a plan for a freeze on a list of items of spending items that do not directly impact public health and safety. We need to do this to prepare for further pandemic budget impacts and hold the line on taxes in next year’s budget. I would also propose that Lambertville examine the costs of relocating the police station as I believe they are excessive as opposed to simply repairing the existing facility. The relocation costs make this project difficult to implement without further increasing the burden on taxpayers. A full presentation of this issue to the public is necessary. I also believe we need to develop realistic estimates for the repair and use of our existing historic structures.
As a Council member, I will support efforts to collaborate with our local police department to review, identify and remediate discriminatory policies and practices. I also oppose any proposal to relocate our police department outside the community as I believe that police-community relations benefit by proximity.
In the short-term Lambertville must curtail excessive & non-essential spending and identify opportunities to reduce budget line items that do not support public safety and economic growth in our community.
Post Office Box 373
Lambertville, NJ 08530
Like many other communities, Lambertville faces some difficult economic choices ahead. Tax and spend is not the answer and neither is overdevelopment. We are a community's population is 3,900 +/-. We should freeze non-essential budget lines. We need to spend less and tax less. We need to provide fair-share housing in a way that preserves our historic city owned buildings and environmentally sensitive land.
I was Councilman for the City of Lambertville from 2002 - 2018 and City Council President from 2005 – 2018.
During my tenure i served on the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Human Rights Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission.
In a volunteer position i served on the board of the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce. During that time a was the event chairman for the Lambertville Shad Festival. The event showcased our city and business district to over 30,000 visitors per year, and boosted our economy. The festival was a three time winner as a Best Event awarded by the New Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism.
Impose tighter controls to limit the density of new development in the city. All new structures must be designated green or energy efficient. Make the business district more user friendly and promote outside dining and public parklets. Also increase bike and pedestrian safety measures.
I agree with the views of my running mate, Benedetta Lambert:
"As a Council member, I will support efforts to collaborate with our local police department to review, identify and remediate discriminatory policies and practices. I also oppose any proposal to relocate our police department outside the community as I believe that police-community relations benefit by proximity".
As I highlighted earlier we first need to freeze non-essential spending. We need to delay any project that does not have a grant associated with it. We must listen to the concerns of the business community and help them thrive.