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ENGLISHTOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL -- Full Term -- Vote for TwoEnglishtown is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. The Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Englishtown is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

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    Steven M. Bloom
    (Dem)

  • Eric Mann
    (Rep)

  • Cecilia Robilotti
    (Rep)

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    Arun Swami
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Bloom-and-Swami-for-Englishtown-Council-104383321426944
Education Graduate: Master of Business Administration, Monmouth University; Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Accounting and Economics, Ramapo College of New Jersey
1) Improving Communication Between Borough Government and Its Residents

We will improve town communication by leveraging all available communication platforms available. We will ensure that all meetings are televised, and agenda/meeting minutes are provided to residents in a timely fashion. Items like the impact of COVID-19, natural disasters, traffic, and town events on our town need to be regularly communicated to residents through online portals, text messaging, e-mail, etc.

2) Review of our Borough Annual Budget

26% of your tax dollars goes to our municipal budget and we need to maximize its impact on our community. We seek to promote increased shared services (where it makes sense), enhance town services around garbage/recycling collection, parking, and snow removal, improve our town parks and events, and ensure our emergency service squads have the resources they need.
1) I am a regular attendee to Englishtown Borough Council Meetings and former student representative to Ramapo College Board of Trustees. I have participated in discussions regarding items like the need to review our budget during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring regular communication is sent to our residents. At Ramapo, I participated in discussions regarding a $100 million+ budget, strategic plans, and advocating on behalf of the RCNJ community with our government and community stakeholders.

2) I am a published co-author on research on higher education in NJ, student loans and its impact on our society as well as on individuals purchasing their first home. I understand the link between cost of living and its impact on our lives. We must evaluate every $ that is part of our budget to ensure that it is being used effectively.
1) Enhance Englishtown Residents’ Representation

Our campaign slogan is: Fresh Voices to Represent You for a Better Tomorrow. Our town council has been controlled by one party for the last 20+ years, some members of the Council having served the majority of these 20+ years. This has resulted in less input and discussion of fresh ideas. If elected we assure the residents of this great town that we plan to incorporate and seek out fresh ideas and will fight for Englishtown's families, taxpayers, and small-business owners.

2) Town Identity

Provide an identity to our downtown business district (clearing all red tape for small businesses to open and operate) and liaison with them to determine what assistance the town can provide. We will demand improved services and communication provided by our utility providers at all times (leveraging our franchise agreements and contracts when applicable).
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Campaign Email arunswami04@gmail.com
Campaign phone 732-299-3992
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Bloom-and-Swami-for-Englishtown-Council-104383321426944/
Campaign Address 11 Lasatta Avenue Englishtown, NJ 07726
Education MBA in marketing and M.S in International Business.
●• Lack of Communication between Borough and residents: As a resident of this community I have heard from my fellow residents that they are not aware of the actions of the council members through the years, which has come into focus during this pandemic. I hope to change that by designing a standard operating procedure and develop a communication platform to reach out to our residents during hours of need and leverage on this platform to enhance two-way communication between residents and elected officials. Our residents need to view the Borough Council as an avenue to improve their quality of life for their families, not just a place where our tax dollars go.

Small Business Closure : We have seen small business suffer and unable to operate during the current Pandemic in our downtown and we need strong leadership to assist them in their recovery to ensure their survival. Some of these businesses have sadly closed. I bring 15 years of business development experience to the table. I deal with small business in my daily professional life and understand the challenges. My number one goal is to support small business and create programs to promote local business in Englishtown.

I am a proud father of two kids who attend the Manalapan- Englishtown Regional School Distrcit, and I strongly believe in good public school system. My wife of 16 years works for a heath care company in Freehold and as a family, we believe in giving back to our community and developing the next generation of leaders. During my MBA days, I have served in various leadership roles and served in student council for national level business meet. I am a business development professional for over15 years who has dealt with the pains and gains of small businesses. I have experience working for Multinational corporations so I can assist local businesses navigate the red tapes of government and big corporations with ease.
• Enhance Sanford Park and the town pond to provide better recreation for our kids is very important for healthy minds of tomorrow. We need to work on popularizing and maintaining our parks, lake and recreation facilities. • The traffic in Main street has always been a major issue that needs to be addressed. I look forward working with experts of both the County and industry to address this issue and find a permanent solution. This has been discussed by the Borough for several years now and has seen little to no improvement.