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Elect two Borough Council Members for one 3-year term

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    Maria Kent
    (Rep)

  • Karl Roman
    (Dem)

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    Gardner Semet
    (Dem)

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    Ekamon Venin
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing Pompton Lakes and how would you plan to address it/them?

What in your personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

Current Elected Position Councilwoman
Children & Ages Philip - 34 years old Adam - 30 years old Two granddaughters, a 3 year old and a 1 year old
Campaign Address 17 Glen Court
Website none
Qualifications/Experience Councilwoman -2020 (appointed by Mayor & Council - current Councilwoman - 2006 (appointed by Mayor & Council
Education Rutgers University, Cook College 1979 Bachelor of Science Environmental & Public Health
Campaign Phone 973-809-9659
Campaign Email riasvette@gmail.com
Years as Resident 34 years
Work and Volunteer Experience NJDEP-42 years Compliance & Enforcement - regulatory inspector
Internet & Energy Improvements: After this past summer's rainstorm, our need for basic public utilities, such as electric, TV, internet, and cable essential to everyday life needs improvement during emergencies. The problem is that these services are currently limited to the existing infrastructure. I feel these public utilities need to improve in operation and communication, especially during an emergency situation. As Councilwoman, I will ask to be a part of an Emergency Implementation Plan (EIP) addressing emergency repairs to the electrical grid systems critical to our community. I will ask for regulatory requirements to improve communications between the utility providers and customers so that clear, concise, and accurate information is provided to the residents when power outages occur. And I will support legislation and regulatory changes that will provide their customers a refund or credit for food and business losses after long delays in returning service to the customers.
Currently retired, I have served as a New Jersey State official for 42 years in Dept. of Environmental Protection, as an Environmental Specialist and Supervisor for the Northern Field Office. I have extensive experience working with industry leaders and government officials. For over 25 years, I volunteered and served on numerous boards and committees, including PLRSA soccer executive board and was head coach & referee coordinator; past elementary school PTA Executive Board & active in students' activities and programs; I serve on the NJ Federation of Republican Women's Board of Governors; I serve on local boards and Committees/Commissions including the Environmental Protection Committee-Chair, Willow, Nature Trails, Shade Tree Commission-Chair, River Cleanup Coordinator, Open Space Commission, & Flood Advisory Bd. Worked with local, county, State & federal officials. Served as council woman in 2006; currently appointed as PL Councilwoman, serving with dedication & experience.
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Current Elected Position Passaic County Democrat Party 6th District Co-Leader
Children & Ages Victor 28 Gabriella 27
Campaign Address 147 Summit Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Qualifications/Experience I have been living in Pompton Lakes since 1966, I have an MBA in Finance and have dealt extensively with the environmental and economic issues of real estate development.
Education BA Columbia Collge, NY, NY - English Diploma in Real Estate Investment & Analysis NYU, NY, NY MBA Columbia University Graduate School of Business, NY, NY Management and Finance
Campaign Phone 646734-9692
Campaign Email gardnersemet@gmail.com
Years as Resident 54
Work and Volunteer Experience Youth About Business NY Advisory Board and program lecturer teaching disadvantaged kids about business. Advisory Board of the Mt. Sinai Department of Geriatrics Pompton Lakes Restoration Committee Currently Senior Vice President and Business line Manager of Real Estate lending for IDBNY Bank. Voting member of the credit committee.
The most important issue is to open Pompton Lakes government to other opinions, The Pompton Lakes Republican Club is currently working to elect their 3rd council member, Kent, by a council appointment and making her their candidate. Council Members Polidori and Venin were brought on to the council in the same way, appointed then run as the Republican Candidates. Pompton Lakes town government is a closed system, afraid to share any information or seek other opinions to address the environmental and development issues faced by the town. The first thing I would agitate for is the appointment of an environmental officer, which has not been replaced since the retirement of the last officer. Since I will be in the minority party, I will bring to the councils attention each case of an environmental issue I discover in consultation with my constituents. I would also fight to bring in competition for broadband and create commuter parking
I have extensive experience as a real estate lender evaluating tax abatements and reading environmental reports wehn making decisions to make a construction or commercial property loan I also evaluate the economics of commercial property and the skill of a developer in deciding whether the project will create value or be lost in foreclosure and bankruptcy. These skills in finance would be useful to evaluate development proposals and changes to land use and zoning. Additionally, I understand what attractd commercial development, reliable and fast broadband access and strong public transportation. I will use my knowledge to guide the town's efforts to increase commercial ratables and lower the tax burden on homeowners.
Current Elected Position Councilman
Children & Ages Kathryn - 12; Melanie - 8
Qualifications/Experience Incumbent Council Member of 4 years currently serving as Council President; Prev. Chairman of the Finance, Personnel and Ordinance Committees; Proponent of Public Safety
Education Bachelor's Degree - Rutgers University; Master's Degree - New Jersey City University (formerly known as Jersey City State College)
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Years as Resident 15
Work and Volunteer Experience 20+ years of Information Technology experience; UPS - 20 year employee: operations, software development/IT, project management; Former Volunteer EMT; Trails Maintenance Committee; Grant writing - community beautification grants; Technology Committee - updated Pompton Lakes Borough website; Responsible for registering pomptonlakes-nj.gov domain; Little Library installation - Hershfield Park; Pompton Lakes Planning Board
Many residents have expressed frustration with our current (lack of) options for TV and Internet. Optimum, formerly known as Cablevision and now known as Altice, is currently the main option for traditional "Cable" Television. Satellite services such as DirecTV and Dish network are other options. Internet service providers for our community are Optimum Online, Verizon DSL and Viasat/HughsNet satellite internet. Internet download speeds drop drastically for DSL and satellite; making Optimum the only viable option. There are emerging technologies that may offer our residents a viable choice for internet and thus streaming services. Maria and I will be watching closely so that when it comes to fruition, our residents will benefit.
Incumbent, 4 years on the Pompton Lakes council; 15-year Pompton Lakes Resident; 30 years of volunteer work; I am a well-rounded candidate who cares deeply about Pompton Lakes. I bring the following to the table: experience in EMS and Law Enforcement, IT certifications, a strong network: personal/political/professional, and excellent people skills. I'm also told that I have a nice smile :)