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West Amwell Township Committee

West Amwell Township is governed under the Township form of government. The governing body is a three-member Township Committee, whose members are elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor.

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  • John C. Dale
    (Rep)

  • Rebecca Smith-Casey
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing our municipality? How do you intend to address these challenges?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this office?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

The State’s Attorney General has directed all county and municipal police agencies to identify discriminatory policies and practices and work to eliminate them. What can our municipality do to promote accountability and non-biased policing in law enforcement?

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

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Campaign Address 1308 Route 179 Lambertville, NJ 08530
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Smith-Casey-for-West-Amwell-104819817995286
With no real local newspapers anymore we must rely on social media and websites to gather information about what is happening in our community. However, the West Amwell website is sorely lacking in information. Without word of mouth or the unofficial local Facebook page residents would have little idea what is happening in our community, be it changes to trash collection, plans for development, or road closures and power outages. West Amwell would benefit from a community newsletter (either in print or via email) a few times per year so that residents are informed about important issues like our budget, taxes, development and housing. Our children are relying on stable internet connections for their schooling now more than ever, however outages and unstable internet connections are becoming more frequent and more stressful. Our Township Committee needs to partner with other communities in Hunterdon County and with our county and state governments to improve the internet access.
I attended the College of New Jersey where I earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. I attended law school at Villanova School of Law, where I completed my JD in 2006. I then attended the doctoral program in Psychology at Kean University where I earned a Doctorate in Combined School and Clinical Psychology in 2016. I have served on the West Amwell Environmental Commission in the past, as well as volunteering with local sports teams where my son plays sports. I volunteered with the American Red Cross from 2004 to 2013 on the Disaster Action Team. Since 2011 I have s been a NJ Survivor Ambassador with the American Heart Association and co-chair the Government Relations Committee which has included several trips to Congress to advocate for health care initiatives.
West Amwell would benefit from a community newsletter (either in print or via email) a few times per year so that residents are informed about important issues like our budget, taxes, development and housing. The Township would also benefit from an official Facebook page to provide residents with up to date information. West Amwell would also benefit from resolutions aimed at updating the parks in the community to make them safe for children and more usable for residents.
The demographics information available suggest that West Amwell Township is approximately 90% White, however our police would benefit from ongoing training aimed at increasing understanding of issues related to diversity and issues related to working with those experiencing mental health crises, including training opportunities related to use of force. Additionally our police would benefit from online or Cloud based resources that would allow them access policies even when out on patrol, which would allow for increased compliance with current and up to date policies on a variety of issues.
I would like to see our municipality make connections with various community resources to benefit residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID, from information related to housing assistance programs, programs for those dealing with food insecurity, and programs available in the state for those struggling to pay for medications due to job loss. Additionally, I would like to see West Amwell partner with programs like Mr. Fix-It that would offer senior residents access to professional volunteers to do maintenance work on their homes that may create safety issues but be ignored due to economic concerns.