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The four members of Township Council are elected at-large to four-year terms in partisan elections on a staggered basis with either two or three seats up for election every other year. The mayoral seat is up for election directly by the voters in the year when two seats are up for election. At an reorganization meeting held in January after each election, the council selects a deputy mayor from among its members.The duties and responsibilities of the Township Council include: Establishing policy for the Township Appointing the Township Manager, Township Clerk, Township Attorney and the Tax Assessor Creating commissions or other advisory boards Appointing committees to conducting departmental investigations

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    Joe Camarota
    (Dem)

  • Julie Ferrara
    (Rep)

  • Archana "Ann" Grover
    (Dem)

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    Josephine Hochman
    (Dem)

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    Michael Kushwarra
    (Rep)

  • Brian Wojaczyk
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges for South Brunswick Township?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges?

Please address changes in goals or priorities to the annual operating and capital budgets that you feel are necessary as a result of the pandemic.

Given the voters' competing needs for a safe environment, adequate transportation, and appropriate housing development, what new proposals for ordinances, if any, are needed?

Residents without cars are hard-pressed to get around our area. Do you think South Brunswick needs a bus system with more frequent trips and more stops? If so, how should it be managed?

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The health, safety and welfare of every resident in South Brunswick is our most paramount concern; while being fiscally responsible and keeping a stable municipal tax rate. We must also maintain a exemplary level of services, in particular, within the police, public works, health, EMS, fire & safety and transportation departments. The devastating effect this insidious virus (COVID-19) has had on our community, state and country is still being assessed. Our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to do outstanding work in diminishing the impact on South Brunswick in terms of reported cases and the mortality rate. Their extraordinary and remarkable efforts, along with our Township Manager, Police Department, and Health Department, has enable us to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 to the extent that New Jersey State Department of Health continues to list South Brunswick as having the virus suppressed at this time. As we move forward, we must remain vigilant in these efforts, while also addressing the needs of our businesses to reopen in a timely fashion.

Despite South Brunswick being the benchmark for affordable housing in New Jersey for the first two rounds, Round 3, with the inability of our state representatives to properly legislate this, thus losing their jurisdiction over this to our court system, we have become the outliers having to face onerous and oppressive requirements . We need, and will continue our efforts in working with the courts to establish a fair and reasonable number of needed units.
I’ve been a resident of South Brunswick for 32 years, having the distinct honor to have served on the council since 2005 as a councilman and as deputy mayor. I’ve been involved with South Brunswick’s Recreation Advisory Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Aquatic Task Force, Economic Development Committee, Kingston Village Advisory Committee, Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Board of Health, Transportation Advisory Committee, Task Force Opposing NESE, Mapleton Preserve Commission, Social Services Committee, VFW Post 9111, Hugs for Brady Foundation, St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church and Princeton Manor Homeowners Association. I’ve also been fortunate to be involved in soccer and basketball leagues in North Brunswick, South Brunswick and East Brunswick as a coach and player. My strong educational background, combined with over 35 years of civic participation, and close to 50 years as a small business person, that has provided me with the necessary skill set that is demanded from today’s local government officials. Being able to work with the public and private sectors, understanding budgets, having the correct temperament and realizing that being a councilperson is an honor and privilege and that we are only there to serve and represent the individuals of our community has prepared me for the challenges associated with this position.

The greatest impact on our budget this year, as a result of the pandemic, was on the revenue side. Due to the stay at home orders, we incurred precipitous declines in construction fees, recreation fees, library fees and hotel taxes. On the appropriations side, even though our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) experienced an increase in their expenses in managing the pandemic, those costs were offset by decreases throughout the other departments in Town Hall. As the recent adoption of our budget will indicate, despite those significant increases in the OEM budget, we were able to reduce our overall expenses by about $350,000. We also anticipate a reimbursement from Middlesex County through the CARES act for our Covid-19 related costs, wherein we are in the process of submitting a request for about $2 million. We have also placed several of our capital budget projects on hold for this year.
We recently passed an ordinance, that became effective in the beginning of July, regarding electric vehicle charging stations. In the United States, electric vehicle sales increased by 80% from 2017 to 2018. According to a November 2018 forecast from the Edison Electric Institute, the number of electric vehicles on US roads is projected to grow from 1 million vehicles at the end of 2018, to almost 19 million by 2030. This exponential growth will create an enormous demand for recharging stations, both public and private. All new single-family homes, townhouses and condominium units that are assigned a specific garage for the parking of one or more motor vehicles shall provide, to the extent practical, a 240 V electric outlet in the garage in order to accommodate Level 2 electrical vehicle charging equipment. Additionally, all new apartment complexes, townhouse complexes, condominium complexes and cooperative complexes in excess of 20 residential units that do not provide individual garages for parking vehicles, will also have to supply charging stations in the common parking areas. This ordinance also applies to all new hotels, motels, retail establishments, restaurants, movie theaters, and other commercial establishments.
South Brunswick currently has a two prong approach regarding busing, public and private. We have a very robust transportation department that provides residents transportation for medical appointments, shopping to various mall outlets, food markets, and regularly scheduled trips to the senior center and library. Additionally, we have two private bus services that traverse and make regular stops on the three main corridors in South Brunswick. Another concept that we would like to explore would be to negotiate a Township wide discounted ride sharing program with an established company
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Campaign Email johochman3@gmail.com
Thinking about the present and future, the health and safety of our residents is our most important factor. No one predicted the pandemic of COVID-19. South Brunswick is fortunate to have a Mayor who immediately acted on the Governor’s orders to shut down the State and we shut down the township. South Brunswick is one of the Townships that has the lowest number of COVID reported cases and deaths. Our residents are fully cooperating and following the guidelines. So, for now we go on doing the people’s business. Keep taxes low, and maintain the same degree of services we have had in the past.
I have always been involved with people. I have my Bachelors degree from Rutgers University in Psychology. I started as a volunteer for the EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and quickly coordinated it in South Brunswick and was a Trainer/Coordinator for the State of New Jersey. I accomplished this over 18 years while being a Mom and involved in school activities. I was Chairman of the Municipal Alliance for many years, Chairwoman of Planning Board, and a member of Zoning Board. I am presently the liaison to the Library Board of Trustrees, the Arts Commission and Chairperson of the SB Board of Health, liaison to the Advisory Board of Health and the NJ State Boards of Health. I am also a member of the NJ Leagues of Municipalities. I also have the experience from my 8 years on the S. B. Council working withIn the budget and keeping the high level of services expected by our citizens.
There was definitely a change in the budget that was unexpected due to the pandemic. We experienced a decline in revenue due to less construction fees, recreation fees and the hotel taxes. However, there was a decrease in expenditures in projects that had to be postponed. The majority of the expenditures went to the Office of Emergency Management. We will try to get a reimbursement from Middlesex County and the Cares Act.
The Council recently passed an ordinance concerning electric automobiles and charging stations. There consistently has been an increase in buying electric cars. This new ordinance concerns construction of new homes, townhomes and condominiums with garages to have the necessary voltage for charging autos. Parking lots with housing more than 20 units must have outdoor charging stations. Also, across the township more charging stations will be installed in parking lots. This ordinance also covers all new retail establishments, restaurants, hotels and motels and any other commercial establishment.
South Brunswick has had a bus service or car service to meet the needs of people that had doctor appointments or a need for shopping. Residents can now get transportation to many of the malls, shopping centers, food markets, and regularly scheduled stops to the Senior Center and Library, Also, we are always adding to the Township wide walking and biking paths. The latest installation being from the High School to the shopping center on Route 1.
The balance of growth within the community, concern with proper development, and staying ahead of the curve of Traffic Infrastructure
Over 40 years of commitment to our community, as a resident (native), as an employee, and as a volunteer. I worked on much of the Townships Traffic Infrastructure over the years both from an engineering and regulation standpoint. Enjoyed much success and have developed networking in areas to help accomplish what needs to be done.
We need to evaluate and coordinate with other elements of Government including the School Board in developing more shared services, and cooperation in regards to routine functions. Include Municipal and School employees for input regarding ideas in these areas.
As someone who has written Municipal Ordinance and presented the same for adoption, the process cannot be taken lightly, and there must be a realization for every action there is potential reaction. I;m not sure over regulation or the presenting of regulation to appease particulars groups is always the right way to go. While I have idea's, the right way would be to present to our professional staff and the members of the public before throwing something out there. Our Constitution after all is a Government for the People by the People.
I have believed we needed an expansion of Bus System for years. It works great in neighboring communities. As Traffic Congestion increase, and the number of residents relying on mass transit increases this is a must. I think we must work with NJ Transit to develop ideas and establish more routes, and re examine our municipal transportation of seniors and handicapped and possible expansion of programs already in place.
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