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Tsivgas: Change in Direction Needed in Green Brook

Letter to the editor

As a resident of Green Brook, I’ve experienced the stressful burden rising taxes have placed on all our residents, while each year seeing services being diminished or worse, eliminated. No longer can I sit idle and observe our community decline, there has been no middle ground, no balanced approach – this is why I have decided to run for Township Committee.

I commend each current Township elected official for their civic duty to Green Brook, however, I fundamentally disagree with the direction the Republican majority has chosen for our community. Our current officials are working hard, but their approach is not working – it’s not in our best interest. 

The current Republican majority has proven they are incapable of finding a resolution to the tax problem. Each year taxes rise, but what do we have to show for it? If we continue the habit of diminishing essential services, will we still be able to call Green Brook a great community? We have chosen to live and raise our families here because we have made the decision to invest in our community – this is why Green Brook is a great place to live. We cannot afford to cut what makes Green Brook great.

 On Nov. 6, my running mate, Dave Breen, and I, need your help. If elected, Democrats will gain majority control of the Township Committee. Together, we vow to work as a team with not just the rest of the council but the community as a whole to help move Green Brook in the right direction – we cannot do it alone, we must work together. It is essential for the governing body to work cohesively with the residents, the business community, the school board, and our emergency services – we have the relationships to facilitate this cooperation.

If elected, we will work hard to establish a system that places Green Brook residents at the forefront of municipal job hiring and promotions before looking beyond our town limits. We believe it is important to have workers serving the community that are invested in it. We also vow to be proactive in attracting new business to the Route 22 corridor, which if done properly, will increase our municipal tax revenue.

Our current administration has failed in attracting new revenue streams for Green Brook. Tax increases are not the only option. They have failed in looking at alternative opportunities, and they have failed us, the residents, in finding affordable solutions to advance our community. Every year, Green Brook misses out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding that can benefit many projects, including public safety, environmental programs, and education.

I, Tom Tsivgas, am running for office with Dave Breen to work to bring the change in direction that Green Brook needs. I am devoted to our community, and as your neighbor, will do my best to find the best solutions our government has to offer its residents.

Very truly yours, 

Tom Tsivgas

The writer is a Democratic candidate for a seat on the Township Committee.

Sue Osnato October 06, 2012 at 11:41 PM
We have in the past, and still do have business liaisons that work with the business community. This has been held by both democrat and republican leaders. Do you have a different approach to this? Lastly, unfortunately taxes have gone up every year under every rule. I appreciate any efforts made to stop that trend. I do appreciate your taking the time to respond. The areas you touched upon are important. However, I still do not hear any details on how to achieve those noble goals. Thank you.
Tom Tsivgas October 07, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Ms Osnato, I read a few of your comments in the patch regarding a number of issues both in Green Brook and in our nation. You seem like you are genuinely concerned about our community and our country regardless of party lines. Regardless of who you vote for, its concerned citizens like you that keep politicians on their toes. I would like to stop by with my running mate Dave Breen and discuss our plans in detail when we are walking in your neighborhood. This with your permission! Tom Tsivgas
Sue Osnato October 08, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Mr. Tsivgas, I am concerned and I welcome the conversation.
Tom Tsivgas October 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Mrs Osnato, It was a pleasure speaking with you last night and I always enjoy listening to a well informed and concerned resident of Green Brook. It allows me to see and hear things that are happening in town that many don't know about. Running for office can sometimes be exciting but the down side is when knocking on doors and meeting people, you get to see how much Green Brook residents are hurting financially. People ask me if I'm elected can I do this or that to help them and I would like to say yes to everything but we all know everything can't be accomplished over night. I do promise all the residents of Green Brook one thing and that is that if elected I will fight for you regardless of which way you voted and with drive and determination that you have never seen before. When I was in the army they taught me to fight and never quite. This is my third time running and lost by 22 votes last year, so that should show a lot of people how determined I am to this town. Tom Tsivgas
Sue Osnato October 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Mr. Tsivgas, It was a pleasure speaking with you as well. I do appreciate your taking the time to reach out. I thought we had a very good back and forth and I appreciate your efforts and information you shared. I will admit I have concerns. I am sure you are well aware from our conversation that I do not expect results immediately. That would be foolish. I do, however, expect results and reason. I look forward to my continued attendance at meetings with whomever is elected in the hopes of moving forward in a positive, productive way for our town. As I shared with you last night, many people are struggling in this town from the seniors, to young families, to those with no children at all. The tax burden is great. We need to seek valid answers and solutions. Again, I thank you for your time and I wish you well in your endeavors.

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