East Windsor: Municipal Candidates Selected

EAST WINDSOR — Both political parties have endorsed candidates for the upcoming primary election with the East Windsor Republicans taking a vow to work for free if elected.

"For far too long Democrats have had a full majority in this town with no need to compromise on their actions," said GOP candidate Steven Uccio in an email. "The result has been a bloating of our debt, a dreaded red light camera system, rising council salaries, lack of transparency, and an increasingly out of touch Township Council."

There are four, four-year term seats that are open this coming election.

The East Windsor Republications have endorsed candidates Paul "P.J." Hummel, Steven Uccio, and Darren Feist.

Mr. Uccio said that they would be willing to work with a fourth candidate should someone emerge.

He said they are making a major campaign promise in which each Republican candidate will refuse a salary, if elected.

"Reducing the township’s debt of $21 million is also a priority," he said. "They will introduce a series of ballot questions in following elections and let the voters decide certain issues. Two consecutive term limits would reduce long term future pension costs going to former council members who have been in office for extended periods of time."

He said that voters would also be asked to decide on salary reductions for all council members and changing East Windsor’s system of government to allow for the direct election of the mayor.

Mr. Hummel is a lifelong resident of the township.

"I hope to help East Windsor become fiscally responsible and a lot more transparent," said Mr. Hummel in an email.

He earned an associate of applied sciences in Accounting and Management from Mercer County Community College. He also earned a license in real estate in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is enrolled in school to earn his real estate broker’s license.

Mr. Hummel is employed as a real estate salesman by Action USA Jay Robert Realtors in Trenton and also holds a license as a real estate appraiser.

He is engaged to be married to his fiancée Michelle.

He said that his goals are debt and spending reduction and to try and help the township become more business friendly.

"By bringing a salesman’s mentality to the table, I’ll try and make East Windsor more attractive to businesses and future homeowners," he said.

Mr. Uccio earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Brookdale Community College, in Lincroft.

He is married with a one-year-old son. He is employed as a Sales and Delivery for a meat distribution company in Manhattan.

Mr. Uccio ran consecutively for the last two years as a state assembly candidate and later for freeholder as a Libertarian.

He said he joined the Republican Party after seeing what they had to offer.

"For the last few years, I’ve wanted to prove I could run government in New Jersey better than the people we currently have in place," he said. "We’re the next generation of Republicans, socially tolerant and fiscally responsible. We want the government out of your wallet, your bedroom, and your computer."
His said his goals would be to improve the outdated website, capitalize on social media and record town council meetings to increase accessibility, especially to a younger generation.

Mr. Feist earned a bachelors of arts in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, broadcasting credentials from Columbia School of Broadcasting, and is pursuing a teacher certification in elementary education with middle school mathematics specialization.

He is married and has a stepchild who is currently attending Hightstown High School.

"Since elected officials have created the debt in East Windsor, shouldn’t they make sacrifices towards paying it back?" said Mr. Feist in an email. "I believe the first step on the long journey to reducing the debt in East Windsor is reducing the salaries of council members and freezing those salaries until the debt reaches $0."

He was an administrative director for eight years in Washington, D.C., on the Committee on House Administration within the United States House of Representatives where he managed the committee budget, had direct oversight of the Parking Security Office, and provided guidance to members of congress on the regulations pertaining to official office expenses.

"After complaining about politics for years on the radio and witnessing the problems of government in D.C., the only way to make a real difference is to get involved," he said.

The East Windsor Democrats have endorsed Mayor Janice Mironov and incumbent council members Marc Lippman, Peter Yeager and John Zoller.

Mayor Mironov would be looking to serve her 20th consecutive year as mayor if the council members re-elect her to the position.

"I am excited to seek the support of our community once again to build upon our proud record of preserving open space and farmland, providing new parks and pathways and recreational opportunities, constructing a new senior center and continuing to expand programs, undertaking many new roadways improvements and initiatives, and working to grow and support our local businesses," said Mayor Mironov in a press release.

She said that they have a solid record of governing with a fiscally conservative policy and have been pro-active and highly successful in seeking to obtain grants and private sector support to fund major program and activities for East Windsor.

Mayor Mironov serves on the township’s planning board and as liaison to the Economic Development Committee and Clean Communities Committee. She is also a member of the East Windsor Green Team and the Board of East Windsor Green Space, Inc.

Mayor Mironov earned a bachelors of arts in political science from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center.

"We make ourselves very accessible and available to our residents and work hard to outreach to residents and respond to their needs," she said in a press release. "We have a great and talented team running this year and I look forward to working with them."

Deputy Mayor Marc Lippman is a longtime resident and has been involved in the community for many years.

He earned a bachelors of arts from Brooklyn College and is a partner in Sirius Realty LLC in New York City.
He is a member of the Municipal Utilities and the rescue squad.

He also serves as a council liaison to the fire companies.

"I look forward to actively seeking the support of East Windsor citizens for our lengthy record of achievements, including increased recreational opportunities for young people and seniors alike," said Deputy Mayor Lippman in press release. "We have endeavored to provide a highly professional style of government and a fiscally responsible approach in these challenging times."

He said that they have always worked hard to reach out to residents and respond to their needs, as well as to involve them in their government boards and committees and programs and would continue this important tradition.

"I would look forward to continuing to serve and to working as an effective team with our mayor and other members of the council," he said.

Councilman Yeager has been a township resident for the past 18 years.

He earned a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and a bachelor’s degree in political science with highest honors from Rutgers University’s Newark College of Arts and Science in which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

He is employed by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

He served as an intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1998-2006 during which he received the Navy Commendation Medal for his active-duty service at the Navy’s Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He serves as council liaison to the Environmental Commission and coordinator of the East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse. He also serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the non-profit open space organization East Windsor Green Space, Inc., according to the press release.

Councilman Yeager has also volunteered as a soccer coach in the East Windsor Police Athletic League and previously served on the planning board.

"I am excited to continue the good work that Mayor Mironov and council have done in areas such as increasing our open space and parks and recreation facilities, obtaining grants for roadway improvement projects, and working pro-actively to attract business here in East Windsor to provide the goods and services we need," said Councilman Yeager in a press release. "I know what a great place East Windsor is to live and raise a family."

He said that he would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the community.

Councilman Zoller has been a township resident for the past 29 years.

"I love living in East Windsor and would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve the community as a member of the council," said Councilman Zoller in a press release.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Rider University in Lawrence, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

He works as director of corporate compliance and inventory management for Shiseido America located in East Windsor, along with Davlyn Industries in Monroe since 1997.

He is an active member of the professional association APICS and has served as president and has professional certifications in production and inventory management as well as integrated resource management.

He serves as a council liaison to the Economic Development Committee and Commission on Aging and is also a member of the East Windsor Green Team. He previously served as a member of the township planning board and the Township Zoning Board of Adjustment.

He said he is particularly looking forward to continuing and building upon the work of this administration in the area of open space and environmental initiatives.

"With success in obtaining federal and state grants, we also have been able to develop an exciting network of recreational pathways and bikeways," he said. "We all work hard to respond to the needs of our residents." �

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