10 Ideas for Hazlet

Idea No. 1: Invest in Hazlet’s Infrastructure

Beginning in 2015, the Mayor and her Township Committee majority made a decision to drastically reduce the road maintenance and repair program.  Good roads and sewer lines are key to protecting our home values.  I will redirect resources for a massive road rehabilitation project.  Every neighborhood, every road in need of repair.  You will see results.

Idea No. 2: Foster a Business Friendly Environment

Businesses provide tax revenue.  They are essential to our financial future.  The Township Committee should lead the way in attracting and keeping them in Hazlet.  I will focus on changing the culture in Town Hall, replacing empty stores on Routes 35 & 36, and taking action to stop the conversion of commercial zones to high density housing.

Idea No. 3: Control Municipal Spending, Set Budget Priorities

Don’t spend more than you take in, don’t borrow more than you can pay.  Rules every family lives by.  I reject the idea that municipal property taxes inevitably go up. I’m a homeowner and my first priority will be to reduce, not expand, the size of local government.

Idea No. 4: Introduce an Anti-Nepotism Ordinance

Public service is not about profit.  The first ordinance I introduce will prohibit family
members of elected officials from being hired by Hazlet Township. This is non-negotiable.

Idea No. 5: Improve Recreation Programs and Services

I’m a product of Hazlet Recreation programs. Quality recreation is central to our home values.  Let’s do more to support our outstanding volunteers by bringing back the Recreation Commission, the Halloween and Holiday parades, more concerts in the park, a Farmer’s Market, and help where we can with HYAL and HUSA.

Idea No. 6: Streamline Garbage and Recycling Collection

Four trucks rolling through a neighborhood in the early morning is unacceptable.  What’s more, homeowners are left to negotiate pick up rates on our own.  My plan is to place garbage collection on the quarterly sewer bill and realize savings by having the Township negotiate on behalf of 7,000+ households instead of the current every resident for themselves model.

Idea No. 7: Protect Hazlet’s parks and open spaces

When a visitor enters Hazlet, they should be impressed by our parks and open spaces. For me, that means clean jughandles, parks that are welcoming, and open spaces with bicycle and hiking trails.

Idea No. 8: Support Our Police, Fire, and First Aid Squad

This is a no brainer.  On duty in Hazlet with the National Guard after Sandy, I saw the incredible work performed by our emergency services.  I am committed to providing them with the support and tools they need to keep our community safe.

Idea No. 9: Preserve the Character of Our Neighborhoods

Hazlet is a suburban town.  I oppose the JCP&L power line, high density housing, and projects that increase traffic in neighborhoods and threaten our quality of life.

Idea No. 10: Deliver Efficient Local Government Services

Town Hall exists to help residents, not the other way around.  If elected, I will insist that tax and sewer bills are mailed accurately and on time.

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Army Veteran Solomeno to Run for Hazlet Township Committee

HAZLET — Vincent Solomeno announced this morning that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Hazlet Township Committee in 2017.

A Captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard, Truman Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, and member of the Hazlet Township Land Use Board, Solomeno, 32, cited a determination to deliver accurate, on time local government services and do more to protect homeowners.

“As an Army officer, I deployed overseas to provide safety and security for our allies.  In the National Guard, I did the same thing here at home during and after Superstorm Sandy.  I’ve served our country, I’ve served our state, and now with your help I would like to serve on the Township Committee,” said Solomeno.  “Hazlet is at a tipping point.  Decisions made now will impact us long into the future.  I believe local government can be competetent.”

“Vincent’s record of community and military service is impressive,” said Hazlet Township Committeewoman Barbara Ronchetti.  “He is a tested leader who will fight for homeowners, attract new business, and deliver smart, competent local government.”

An Army Engineer officer, Vincent works as a senior project manager.  He previously deployed overseas as a future operations officer with U.S. Army Central Command.  As a part time, traditional drilling Guardsman, he serves as a Platoon Trainer with the New Jersey Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, where he instructs, trains, and mentors future officers.  Vincent previously served full time as the Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard.  A recipient of the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, he served on state active duty during and after Superstorm Sandy.

The Hazlet Township Committee is responsible for township services like police, public works, recreation and sewer. Most importantly, they determine and collect the municipal portion of resident property taxes.

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LETTER: Lawmakers must prepare for ‘silver tsunami’

I was dismayed but not surprised to read the Dec. 16 article, “Attorney suspended for improper loan from elderly widow.” The New Jersey Supreme Court was right to suspend Hasbrouck Heights attorney William J. Torre for taking improper loans from the estate of an elderly client.

Monmouth and Ocean counties are facing what Chief Justice Stuart Rabner appropriately calls a “silver tsunami.” According to New Jersey’s Department of Labor, by 2027 one of five Garden State residents will be over the age of 65. A growing and significant number of our fellow citizens are at risk to predators like Torre.

While the vast majority of elder law attorneys are individuals of integrity, it is nonetheless important for lawmakers and judicial leaders to aggressively root out abuse and educate those who have the potential to fall victim to the mismanagement of their assets.

Vincent Solomeno

Hazlet

Published in The Asbury Park Press on December 26, 2015

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