Who In Lakewood Would You Want to See on the Township Committee, Planning or Zoning Boards?

Often times in the comments sections, many readers make comments such as, “We need new people on the boards in Lakewood,” or, “They’ve been there way too long.”

But yet, nothing changes, because there are actually few people willing to step up to the plate and take on the task of public office. Why? Likely because it entails putting themselves in the spotlight, being hounded by residents day and night, and leaving them with little or no family time or time for themselves.

In past elections, several public figures announced they would take on the task, but those candidates either dropped out of the race before the election or lost the election.

Which public figure, or other, would you recommend to sit on either the Township Committee, Planning Board of Zoning Board?

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  1. Reinstate Louie Follman to the planning board. He was doing a great job and implemented stong controls in the Master Plan that thwarted high density traffic inducing applications until road improvements are done

    He was rewarded by being kocked off the board.

  2. Here the scoop is giving you a opportunity to have your voice heard and you act like shmuks.

    And you wonder sometimes why ppl don’t like us…

  3. I would like to be on the Planning or Zoning Board. I have been on both before as well serving on the Town Coucil for 16 years, 10 as Deputy Mayor.

  4. The only reason no one runs for the township commitee or any other local public office is because it’s almost impossible to overcome the block vote that follows the Vaad’s endorsements. If the Vaad would suspend local endorsements, you would have a long list of qualified people running. Lakewood has not had a serious discussion over an election for decades because no intelligent person would run against the establishment pick. Open & free elections are the only way to restore accountability & allow bold new ideas to be considered to save this special city. WE need real serious change to be implemented to save Lakewood from it’s own township. As long as it’s business as usual each election, expect the same problems we face to only get worse. The Vaad is very important for County & State shtadlonus & we have hakaras Hatov for the good work they do, which we all benefit from.

  5. Maybe a non jew who has never been to Brooklyn, has no idea of the joys of living one on top of another with nowhere to park. maybe he can bring fresh ideas and an outside view of how a town is meant to look…….

  6. Someone that has enough brains to make the roads wide enough to drive on. There’s no reason why a development street or any street has to be so narrow that you could barely even ride a bicycle on it. Let alone drive a car. Try adding parking on both sides on top of everything & squeezing through that. And don’t give me the excuse one side parking or one way street. I live in a development & no one cares one iota about that. They drive the wrong way & park on both sides anyway. Busses & trucks have the hardest time squeezing through. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Make the roads wider.

  7. Remove every single person that is on the planning and zoning board, and have a vote on who should replace them.

    There should also be term limits as well.

  8. It is a real shame what has happened to Lakewood. Just drive down Cross Street and all you see is litter and properties that are a disgrace. Lakewood needs strong leadership to clean up that the town. It used to be a beautiful town and well maintained properties. Now same lifestyle is spilling over to other towns. Truly sad!

  9. I think that Moshe Bender, the current head of the Department of Education, would be a phenomenal choice for Township Committee. He’s such a mentch, and he really cares about the people of Lakewood.

  10. The Orthodox leadership has all ready made it known to the general non-Orthodox public the population increase their community is expected to have. They also have made it known that they are going to further expand into local towns. Knowing what has happened to Lakewood (and the ills of infrastructure collapse, traffic and poor urban planning), shouldn’t the community as a whole have a longer term plan to ensure that what happened to Lakewood does not replay itself in TR, Brick, Howell, Jackson, and Manchester or other locales expected to have an increase in the Orthodox?

  11. It is only right that the two candidates who have been trying for many years to get on the Township Committee should finally get the popular vote this year, now that there are openings. They are Mordy Gross and Moshe Raitzik.

    • I agree that Moshe Raitzik should become a member of the committee. He has indeed been trying for many years.

      Mordy Gross, on the other hand, has not. He also does not have a sufficient record of public service.

  12. I see some of these names and know that they have participated in exactly the kind of “camaraderie” everybody complains about – i guess everyone wants the guy who is going to give him the sweetheart deal – not a great recommendation. This is a complex question, and even wonderful answers, like use a bais din, or a established people who have been here for a long time and proven their ehrlichkeit, there will always be somebody who will say – they are crooked, they are too old, etc – i guess the fairest thing would be elections although for some reason we keep reelecting the same people

  13. Nochum Modes from LCSW would be very good on the township committee. He spends his days (& nights) helping the Lakewood community & has said more than once that he will run if there was any chance of the Vaad not getting involved in local elections & pushing in the same people who ruined this town.

  14. ban anyone who is a developer or has any business connection with them. put people in that have experienced the traffic mess in town

  15. How about someone chasidish? why do I feel some of these Brooklyn or upstate chasidishe busy guys or the most tichdig?
    As a litvak I feel there is something very efficient, loads street smarts, and tond of energy to get things done right by the chasidim

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