2005-11-03 / Front Page
Sayreville Borough Council
At stake: Two three-year terms on six-member Borough Council
Green, 64, is retired as a lieutenant with the Sayreville Police Department, where he served for 35 years. He has lived in the borough for 54 years. Green, who attended Rutgers University, is currently serving his first terms on both the borough Planning Board and Environmental Commission.t
Grobelny is married to the former Jean Zamorski, and together the couple has raised three children. He is a lifelong resident of Sayreville and a graduate of the Sayreville public schools. Grobelny said he has been a strong voice for the community as a member of the Borough Council for the past three years. Grobelny worked for DuPont in Sayreville for 30 years and is now employed by Sherwin Williams. He served five years on the Sayreville First Aid Squad, is a Sayreville firefighter with Engine Company No. 1 and a former Sayreville fire chief. He served as chairman of the Sayreville Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Makransky, 69, has a wife, Helena, and four grown children. The borough resident of 44 years is retired from Hershey Foods Corp. Makransky served as councilman from 1990-95 and has again been serving since 1999. He is serving his fourth term as council president. He has served on the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Committee, the Board of Health, and the Board of Education Blue Ribbon Panel. Makransky has served as a Cub Scout pack leader, Little League coach, president of the PNA (Polish National Alliance) Lodge 2886 in Clark, and delegate and vice president of PNA District Council 192 South Amboy, and is the current treasurer for the Morgan Lions Club.
Zach and his wife, Bonnie, have two grown sons. A lifelong resident of Sayreville, Zach said he understands the needs of the community. He is the former Sayreville emergency management coordinator and now serves as the Middlesex County emergency management coordinator. He is a volunteer firefighter for Sayreville Engine Company No. 1 and a former fire chief. He is a member of the Sayreville Exempt Firemen’s Association.
What are Sayreville’s greatest strengths, and what, if any, are its negative aspects?
As a cop for 35 years in Sayreville, I’ve seen it all. And while Sayreville has its problems like any other town, I can truly say that during my time on the force and in the community, I have never seen a group of people who I would rather have as my neighbors. We’re a tight-knit community who you can always count on to pull together in times of need. I’m proud to be running for council in a town like Sayreville and hope I can make a great town even better.
The greatest strength Sayreville has is its people. I grew up in Sayreville and I want to fight on behalf of the people of this borough so that they can continue to live in a peaceful and affordable community. We need to ensure that property taxes remain stable. That is why my Democratic colleagues and I worked so hard to create a municipal budget with no municipal tax increase this year. One negative that has been ignored is traffic and congestion. The current administration has ignored this issue, and that has to change.
Sayreville’s greatest strength is our people. The town has tremendous character and a strong sense of values. That’s why my wife and I decided to raise our family here more than 40 years ago and never thought of leaving. I’m proud to be part of the team that is turning our biggest negative into our biggest positive through the redevelopment of the former National Lead site. With proper planning and hard work, we are on the verge of turning the site into an engine of economic growth and a revenue generator that will reduce the property tax burden on residents.
I believe Sayreville’s greatest strength is its people, especially our borough’s volunteers. From our emergency services to the people who volunteer to coach our young people and serve on boards and commissions, all our volunteers make Sayreville a nice place to live in. As a councilman, I will work to reduce development and traffic congestion. I will fight to ensure that the property taxes remain stable so that our children can afford to stay in Sayreville and seniors can afford to stay in their homes.
What are your thoughts on the work of Sayreville’s current governing body, making note of any accomplishments or failures?
My running mate, Frank Makransky, is working hard to control taxes, limit spending and slow growth and development. The problem that Frank runs into is politics. Our opponents are pawns of their political bosses. They vote as they’re told. That’s wrong. If I am elected to council this year, I will bring my law enforcement background and straightforward approach to the problems that face our community, roll up my sleeves and try to solve these problems. I’ll listen to the advice of others, but no political boss is going to tell me what to do.
The Republicans on the Borough Council have not been willing to work together for the betterment of Sayreville. My Democratic colleagues and I worked together to keep taxes stable. I introduced an ordinance that will keep sexual predators away from our children. As chair of the Public Safety Committee, I have increased the size of the police force and modernized our public safety equipment. While much has been done, there is still much more to do. I look forward to the addition of Rory Zach on the council so that a Democratic majority can work together for a better Sayreville.
For the most part, Sayreville’s current governing body is doing its best to move us in the right direction. I am proud to have fought for and won a zero tax increase in this year’s budget, and of my work on redeveloping the NL site and other commercial properties. However, we are constantly battling outside political influences which are a detriment to our success. If we can elect Ron Green to join me on the Borough Council next year, we will fight less and accomplish more for the people of Sayreville.
I believe that the Republican administration is not working well. I have seen my Democratic colleagues fight for tax relief while the Republican majority voted against it. I have seen increased traffic congestion that the current Republican administration has done nothing to address. The Republican majority has done nothing to preserve open space and stop overdevelopment. Once elected to the Borough Council, my Democratic colleagues and I will work to stabilize property taxes, reduce traffic and preserve open space.
What is the single greatest challenge facing Sayreville today, and how could it be addressed?
Development. If we can control development and slow growth, it will help reduce the property tax burden, especially school taxes. As a new member of the Planning Board, I am determined not to be a rubber stamp for big developers. In fact, I was recently sued by a developer for voting to block construction of a new 200-home development. I’m happy to say the judge ruled in my favor. As a councilman, I will work to reduce housing density through down-zoning, and upgrade our existing infrastructure to handle the growth past planning boards have stuck us with.
The greatest challenge is getting the Republican majority to address serious issues on the Borough Council. Issues such as traffic congestion and open space have been ignored by the current administration. Traffic in the borough has been increasing and our roads are not being repaired in any logical order. There is an open space fund that the borough can use to purchase open space that has never been used. We need Rory Zach to join us on the council so that the Democrats will have a majority.
Property taxes. We are not being given the tools by the state to address the issue long-term. I am proud to have led the fight for a zero tax increase municipal budget, but the problem is driven by school taxes. As a councilman, I have done my best to slow development by reducing housing density and the size of new homes because less growth means fewer kids in the schools. However, while we must continue to eliminate waste and spend prudently on council, it’s going to take action by the Legislature to put a meaningful dent in property tax bills.
I would like to be a part of improving Sayreville’s quality of life, especially when it comes to overdevelopment, increasing property taxes, and road congestion. The Republicans on the Borough Council have failed when it comes to these quality-of-life issues. I look forward to joining the Democrats on the council so that we can work together to address these issues. We will work with state and county officials to fix our roads. We will stabilize taxes. And we will acquire open space with existing funds that have not been used.
Why should people vote for you on Nov. 8?
As a cop for 35 years in Sayreville, I know this town and I care about its people. I’m not a politician, and am not interested in climbing the political ladder. My one and only focus will be on making Sayreville a better place to live. Putting the brakes on runaway development and controlling taxes and spending will be my top priority.
People should vote for me on Nov. 8 because of my proven record of accomplishments on the Borough Council. I have worked to stabilize taxes without reducing services. I have 30 years of volunteer and community service experience. I understand the importance of working as part of a team. We need to vote for the Democratic team of Rory Zach and myself so that we can work together for the people of Sayreville.
People should vote for me on Nov. 8 because I’m honest, hard-working, I listen, and the future success of Sayreville is very important to me. I will continue to vote against large-scale development, and I take my role seriously as the taxpayers’ watchdog on the Borough Council.
People should vote for me on Nov. 8 because of my desire to make this borough a better place to live and raise a family. I have a 30-year record of volunteering in the community as a fire chief and on the first aid squad. Also, I share the vision of my Democratic colleagues on the council who are working to stabilize taxes, reduce traffic and preserve open space. The people of Sayreville deserve a Democratic majority that will work for them. If they vote for Councilman Dennis Grobelny and myself, they will get just that.