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The Township of Readington is governed by a five member Township Committee consisting of township residents elected for three year terms. The committee organizes annually during the first week in January, at which time it elects a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among its members. The Mayor presides at meetings of the Township Committee and performs such other duties as the Township Committee may prescribe. In the absence or disability of the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor acts as Mayor. In addition to the Township Committee, a number of boards, commissions, and committees, comprised of township residents, are established. Members are appointed by the Mayor at the annual reorganization meeting or during the year as vacancies become available. Members of these boards, commissions, and committees serve as volunteers.

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  • John Albanese
    (Rep)

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    Alan Harwick
    (Dem)

  • Jonathan Heller
    (Rep)

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    Rene Rao
    (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 Rao and Harwick for Readington PO Box 483 Whitehouse, New Jersey 08888
Website https://www.raoandharwick.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/RaoAndHarwick
The most important challenges facing Readington Township are the economic damage from COVID-19, the township debt incurred from long-term lawsuits, and the lack of retables due to empty storefronts. We will work to enact humane tax policies that will maintain our residences, businesses and school system during the pandemic recovery. We will work to restore fiscal responsibility, openness, and accountability to our local government. Readington currently pays 3-4 times more for legal fees than similar municipalities and we will take steps to address and reduce this debt. Our township needs a five year plan to facilitate our economic recovery and revitalization of the Route 22 corridor and Main Street.
I have achieved personal and professional experience through decades of volunteer service to my communities. I have served as President of Homeowners’ Associations, Social Clubs, Democratic Political organizations, a School Board, as well as a member of the municipal Planning Board, Board of Adjustment (Vice-Chair), Historic Preservation Commission (Vice-Chair), and several Professional Executive Boards. Through my continued display of professional expertise and commitment to social issues, I have gained the respect of my professional peers and the residents of my local communities. I have used my training as a lawyer to bring logic and objectivity to my previous roles and will bring these same attributes to the role as a member of the Readington Township Committee.
I have achieved personal and professional experience through decades of volunteer service to my communities. I have served as President of Homeowners’ Associations, Social Clubs, Democratic Political organizations, a School Board, as well as a member of the municipal Planning Board, Board of Adjustment (Vice-Chair), Historic Preservation Commission (Vice-Chair), and several Professional Executive Boards. Through my continued display of professional expertise and commitment to social issues, I have gained the respect of my professional peers and the residents of my local communities. I have used my training as a lawyer to bring logic and objectivity to my previous roles and will bring these same attributes to the role as a member of the Readington Township Committee.
The Readington Township Committee needs to work with our police chief and officers to ensure they have the training and resources to de-escalate and resolve situations that are non-criminal rather than charging for minor offenses. We need to develop an emergency response system that trains and utilizes a new class of first responders for mental health emergencies, rather than relying on police; and the committee needs to work with the department to enact formal policies to collect, report, and analyze all demographic data on stops, tickets, and arrests.
Short term we would request the township committee temporarily suspend all discretionary expenditures to ensure we are being responsible with Readington’s budget. Now is not the time to raise taxes on our Readington residents. We would work with the State and County governments to provide services for people who have tested positive for COVID-19; for example, residents may not have the available home space to quarantine safely and/or they may need food delivery services. COVID-19 has parents and students working and learning from home, exposing serious issues with our internet capacity. Therefore, long term we would like to work with the State and County governments to improve our digital and electrical infrastructure. We will need to try to prevent evictions and foreclosures for residents and businesses, and we would like to work with our local businesses to form a responsive Readington Economic Development Commission to help our local small businesses recover.
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Campaign Address Rao and Harwick for Readington P.O. Box 483 Whitehouse, NJ 08888
Website https://www.raoandharwick.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/RaoAndHarwick
The most important challenges facing Readington Township are the economic damage from COVID-19, the township debt incurred from long-term lawsuits, and the lack of retables due to empty storefronts. We will work to enact humane tax policies that will maintain our residences, businesses and school system during the pandemic recovery. We will work to restore fiscal responsibility, openness, and accountability to our local government. Readington currently pays 3-4 times more for legal fees than similar municipalities and we will take steps to address and reduce this debt. Our township needs a five year plan to facilitate our economic recovery and revitalization of the Route 22 corridor and Main Street.
I have a deep commitment to Readington Township. For many years I volunteered in our local public schools where my three sons attended. I have been an integral volunteer with the Readington Museums, where I reenact for school field trips as well as plant and care for the colonial garden at the Eversole-Hall House. Additionally, I have been on the museums’ board for the past four years. This past summer I have been part of the Readington Democratic Club’s Give Back Program where I collected and delivered donations for The Flemington Area Food Pantry and the Whitehouse Rescue Squad. Recently, I accepted a position on the new Readington Streams and Groundwater subcommittee, Readington WaterWatch. My volunteer work has taught me many valuable lessons, including teamwork, flexibility and the importance of community. I have been attending the township committee and planning board meetings for over a year and I look forward to continuing my service to the Readington Township community.
We would propose new ordinances and resolutions that would help spur the filling of empty storefronts along the Route 22 corridor and Main St. We hope to facilitate commercial development which would provide construction jobs, increase ratables, expand our tax base, provide jobs for residents, and create places for our community to congregate. We would like to require new housing developments to include more functional public spaces, such as playgrounds, walking/bike paths, or even mini town squares. The septic-system inspection process needs re-evaluation, as it often result in overly-expensive, full system replacements. We need to balance the need to protect our water and the cost of replacing entire septic systems. Finally, we would like to work with experts to design and repurpose our open-space into more environmentally friendly areas. We would explore reforesting areas and developing rain gardens that could help with drainage, rain runoff, and improve our groundwater quality.
The Readington Township Committee needs to work with our police chief and officers to ensure they have the training and resources to de-escalate and resolve situations that are non-criminal rather than charging for minor offenses. We need to develop an emergency response system that trains and utilizes a new class of first responders for mental health emergencies, rather than relying on police; and the committee needs to work with the department to enact formal policies to collect, report, and analyze all demographic data on stops, tickets, and arrests.

Short term we would request the township committee temporarily suspend all discretionary expenditures to ensure we are being responsible with Readington’s budget. Now is not the time to raise taxes on our Readington residents. We would work with the State and County governments to provide services for people who have tested positive for COVID-19; for example, residents may not have the available home space to quarantine safely and/or they may need food delivery services. COVID-19 has parents and students working and learning from home, exposing serious issues with our internet capacity. Therefore, long term we would like to work with the State and County governments to improve our digital and electrical infrastructure. We will need to try to prevent evictions and foreclosures for residents and businesses, and we would like to work with our local businesses to form a responsive Readington Economic Development Commission to help our local small businesses recover.