I have been a Holmdel Village resident for the last ten years and get excited and involved if any issue comes up affecting the Holmdel Village. It is very disturbing that some false rumors have been circulated by some Holmdel group claiming that the Mayor wants to rezone Holmdel Village to allow more commercial development and that the Mayor holds secret meetings with developers of Lucent and other properties. I have since spoken to the Mayor and the Republican candidates and can tell you that there is absolutely no truth to any of those claims.
First of all, I would like to remind the Holmdel Village residents that it was Larry Fink and the then Democratic committee members Tony Orsini and Janet Berk, who rezoned former SS White property in Holmdel Village to put two huge commercial buildings right in the center of the Village that would have created a huge traffic mess, much like Rte 520 corridor in Lincroft. With all your help we fought to overturn that rezoning by electing the Republicans to the township committee who reversed that zoning immediately after getting elected. The zoning still remains Residential with conservation easement along Rte 520. In fact, ever since Republicans took control of the township committee in 2006 they have been extremely diligent when it comes to township zoning matters.
We all live in Holmdel for a reason and enjoy the highest quality of life it provides with parks, open space and other recreation opportunities. The Republicans fully understand that and during my conversation with the Mayor and the Republican candidates Joe Ponisi and Tom Critelli, they have assured me that they would work to preserve the character and charm of the Holmdel Village for generations to come.
With respect to Lucent, the Republicans are defending the township’s interests and not selling out to developers or make any secret deals. Republicans over the last seven years have held several meetings, encouraged public participation and sought public input on this property and want to take a balanced approach that would help the Town’s financial situation but at the same time protect the quality of life of Holmdel residents.
We are fortunate to have two very fine and extremely qualified candidates run for the Township Committee this November. I have known Joe Ponisi personally over the last five years. He coached my daughter’s HYAA/Travel softball teams and he is extremely passionate and dedicated to whatever he does and volunteered countless hours to the community as a coach and as the HYAA Baseball/Softball commissioner. He brings wealth of financial expertise and in these tough economic times, the town can certainly benefit from his financial wisdom to help reduce our taxes and pay for the township projects.
Tom Critelli also has a strong financial background that he will bring to the Committee. Tom holds a CPA degree and his experience in real estate as a home builder will be an invaluable asset to Holmdel as the Lucent property gets developed. Tom has also been an active volunteer in the community with HYAA and St. Catharine’s church. I strongly encourage you to support the campaign of Joe Ponisi and Tom Critelli for the township committee this November.
Finally, our former mayor Serena DiMaso is running for re-election for Monmouth County Freeholder. She has been great working to protect the interests of Holmdel and Monmouth County and I encourage you to support her campaign as well.