The Republican candidates for Borough Council in Red Bank today unveiled a plan of actions they pledge to take during their first six months in office and promised not to seek reelection if they failed to deliver on their promises.
Brian Hanlon and Kelli O’Bosky Colwell are both running for public office for the first time. If they win, the Red Bank GOP will have a 5-1 super majority on the council and little justification not to deliver on its promises. Hanlon and O’Bosky are seeking to unseat incumbents Kathy Horgan, a Democrat and Cindy Burnham, a Republican turned Independent after she was denied renomination by the GOP. Democrat newcomer Erik Yngstrom is also competing for one of the two seats on the Council that voters will choose on November 8.
Hanlon and O’Bosky Colwell’s plan will freeze salaries for borough department heads for three years, establish a new partnership with Red Bank’s business community, create a new pedestrian safety plan and balance the budget with consolidated services.
“We are Red Bank business people, not longtime politicians or government bureaucrats,” said Hanlon. “Like us, our Red Bank neighbors are tired of hearing politicians make vague promises at election time only to watch them ignore or oppose those pledges during their terms. The plan Kellie and I have unveiled contains specific items to make Red Bank an even better place to live, work, and raise our families.”
“Today’s announcement is not just to inform residents about what we are going to do; it is also to ensure residents hold us accountable when we are elected,” said O’Bosky Colwell. “If Brian and I do not follow through with our plan, we will not run for re-election. We are not running to get a government job; Brian and I are running to make government actually serve the public.”
The Hanlon-O’Bosky Colwell Plan adheres to the following schedule:
-Call for an operational review of our water utility to determine what part it plays, if any, in the pollution of the Navesink River and to make an accurate assessment on the viability of keeping or selling the utility.
– Introduce a resolution demanding an immediate three-year salary freeze for all applicable Borough Directors.
– Introduce a resolution requiring all mayoral/council e-mail correspondences be conducted in Borough e-mail accounts, thus making them subject to OPRA requests.
– After conference with the Borough Chief of Police and Engineer, develop a Red Bank pedestrian safety plan.
– Create a Red Bank Business Community Commission to bridge the gap of communication between Red Bank residents, commercial property owners, and business leaders, and to work on fundraising for a new park on the West Side.
– Call for an operational review and comprehensive audit of all Borough operations to ensure tax dollars are being spent in the most efficient manner, and to develop a plan to consolidate services.
– Call for the completion of an update to the Borough’s master development plan.
– Create an economic development master plan for the borough.
– Introduce a balanced budget that consolidates services where able.