My Detailed Positions On Matters of Interest to Our Residents

Police, Fire & EMS Services

My Bottom line:

Our residents cherish these community-based services and oppose any measure that would result in a response delay or compromise in their level of service.

The subject of out of town ambulance transport remains a concern in our community. In an effort to aid in the understanding on this topic, I presented a detailed history of the legislative and regulatory issues surrounding it. If you have not already seen it, please watch the video at the bottom of this page.

I strongly support resident input on issues of public safety, which is why I led the drive to create the Essential Services Board [ESB] in Ponce Inlet. This non quasi-judicial board will meet several times per year to research, analyze and provide recommendations to the Town Council, with resident input, on matters related to police, fire and essential works.

Land Use & Development

My Bottom Line:

At the time I was sworn in for my first term in 2015, the Town was involved in a protracted, expensive and divisive lawsuit involving the application of our Land Use and Development Code (or LUDC.) Our legal fees were more than $5,000,000 and our community was bitterly divided.

I have been a licensed trial attorney since 1981. The advice I give my clients is simple: The only good lawsuit is the one that you avoid.

It is imperative that our elected officials have comprehensive understanding of and appropriately apply the LUDC.

Working with my fellow Councilmembers, I will apply my experience, skills and knowledge to help ensure that we never again have to bear the pain and expense of complex litigation..

Sea Level Rise

My Bottom Line:

Situated on a barrier island in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River, our coastal community is uniquely vulnerable to severe weather, storm surge and rising sea levels.

Because so many of these factors are beyond our control, our best option is resiliency. The time to plan for this is now, not when a Category 5 storm is off our coast and moving our way. Fortunately, we are not alone in facing this challenge. The science of resilient design continues to offer solutions and as this field develops, we will learn about how we can protect ourselves from the threat of flooding.

As a Member of the Advisory Board of the American Flood Coalition, I work toward opportunities and solutions that are available to us now, such as the pursuit of grant funding and the commission of studies.

My Experience With Labor Unions:

In addition to the legal work I performed for the Teamsters (Local 945), I represented hundreds of rank and file union members under contract with Local 1262, a 27,000+ member AFL-CIO affiliate in New Jersey. I routinely appeared in Municipal, State and Federal Courts, day and night and on short notice to provide representation for Union Members. So close was my relationship with the rank and file that I was routinely invited to their weddings, Christenings, bar-mitzvahs, funerals and parties. I enjoyed this part of my legal practice very much and am proud of the work and service opportunity I had for these hard working individuals.

Learn About the Ponce Inlet Ambulance Transport Program – Watch the Video.

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