In addition to our City Council race I discussed last week, there is a Board of Education race and two local questions on the ballot on Tuesday.
For the School Board, I am divided. There are three seats up, and I know four of the candidates running – Alex De La Torre, Joyce Simmons, Sheilah Dhalara and Shweta Gursahani. Newcomers Joyce and Shweta have a lot to offer our Public Schools. Sheilah has made tremendous contributions to the Board, and I appreciate the business acumen of Alex, Joyce and Shweta. While either of the four would continue the good work of the Board, I am supporting Shweta (1F), Alex (3F), and Joyce(4F).
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As for the Open Space referendums, I am in favor of voting yes for both. However, they are very broad as written. If they pass, amendments to the current law will be presented to the City Council. These laws require tightening by the Council in order not to lead to abusive spending by the administration.
With that being said, I can’t tell you how important it is to have “checks and balances” between the Administration and City Council. This Administration has already attempted to abuse taxpayer funds in the last budget.
As you know, I am supporting the independent candidacy of Tim Crowell 1D. Tim is independent, a real estate investment professional, community volunteer and is practical in nature. He has funded his campaign from Hoboken contributors. I like him, and know you will too.