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BOROUGH COUNCIL – Full Term – Vote for TwoThe Borough operates under the Borough form of government with a strong council and a weak mayor. The Borough Form of government provides for a mayor and a six-member council, elected separately in partisan elections at the November general election. The mayor serves for four years, while council members serve three-year staggered terms of office, with two council seats being contested each year. Council members are elected at large from the entire community . The mayor presides at council meetings, but votes only to break ties. He or she has a veto that may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of all members of the council, not including the mayor. A council president is selected annually from among their own members by the council and presides in the absence of the mayor. The mayor nominates all appointive officers subject to council confirmation. However, if the council does not confirm within 30 days, the appointing power is transferred to the council. The law names the mayor as the head of the municipal government and directs him or her to see that state laws and local ordinances are faithfully executed in the borough. The council has all executive responsibilities not specifically assigned to the mayor. However, the council may, by ordinance, create the position of administrator and may delegate all or a portion of the executive responsibilities of the municipality to the administrator.

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  • Linda Cotte
    (I)

  • John A. Elder
    (I)

  • Robert H. Schmitt
    (Dem)

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    Erica Torsiello
    (I)

Biographical Information

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Campaign phone (609) 954-2866
Facebook Page @allentownfirst
Website http://allentownfirst.com/
Campaign Address P.O. Box 662, Allentown, NJ 08501
Education New York University (graduate) University of St. Andrews (undergraduate)
Allentown is a welcoming town with a rich history. Right now it is important for us to preserve that history, while also paving the way for the next generation of Allentown families. These goals can be achieved through road and parking improvements, providing safer spaces for locals and visitors, and small business initiatives such as tax incentives, small business grants, and advertising. It is also important to find new ways to highlight our diverse and interesting history, through signage and community programs, and protect our green spaces through coordination with other towns and acquisition of new funding sources.
I have a background in nonprofit management, community organizing, and fundraising. I currently work as the Assistant Director of the Pennington Fund, and greatly value education. I have worked in political activism and volunteered with various organizations. My work with the domestic violence prevention organization, Womanspace, both as a staff member and victim response team member, provided me with experience working closely with local law enforcement. I am a member of the Upper Freehold-Allentown Municipal Alliance (against drug and alcohol abuse) and The Allentown Village Initiative (TAVI). I have also completed certificate courses in grant writing and marketing.

My husband and I were originally renters and now are homeowners here in Allentown. We're both New Jersey natives, and have an appreciation for the unique historic towns that make up our state. I love living in Allentown and want to serve my community.
The traffic and roads here in Allentown affect the quality of life for our citizens in many ways. There are safety concerns regarding the speeds and large vehicles that barrel through our town. This is also impacting the integrity of our roads, and ability for businesses to thrive. If elected, I would explore options for speed reducing mechanisms (such as increased signage, radar readers, speed bumps and/or additional crosswalks). I would also work with our neighboring towns and county officials to enforce our truck ordinance and find ways to calm traffic on the country roads that run though town.

Our green spaces and business community are also vital to Allentown. The undeveloped land on the borders of town must be maintained, and it would be a top priority for me to be in communication with our neighboring towns in order to be aware of plans and to speak out when needed.

I would also like to have more public participation in town committees and public meetings. If elected, I would work to identify and invite more citizens to serve.