Letters to the Editor: Week of October 15 (Part 2)

Letters to the Editor: Week of October 15 (Part 2)


It’s a busy season for letters to the editor at MercerMe! Here is Part 2 of 2 of letters for this week — topics include impact of PILOT on school budget and Hopewell Township Committee candidate support.

Julie Blake, for Township Committee, Advocates for Safe Water

Hopewell Township residents have an opportunity to vote for and re-elect a really unique individual on November 6. She personifies the best sort of public servant. She is smart. She works very hard and is very effective as a current member of the township committee. Equally important, however, is that she is kind and calm and positive. To continue reading, please click here.

Superintendent Explains Impact of PILOT on School Budget

At the September 24 township committee meeting, Superintendent Tom Smith put to rest claims that a PILOT somehow takes money from the schools. At that meeting, Mayor Kevin Kuchinski shared a PowerPoint of a memo from Dr. Smith that explains how a municipality’s PILOT agreement with a taxpayer has zero effect on the school budget. To continue reading, please click here.

Julie Blake for Hopewell Township Committee

I am a Hopewell Township resident and I am writing to endorse Deputy Mayor Julie Blake for another term on the Hopewell Township Committee. I usually avoid politics – and I know how mean people can be when others disagree with them politically – but I will make an exception for Julie. To continue reading, please click here.

Blake on Township Open Space, Pipeline Fight, and Fiscal Responsibility

… I have watched Julie on the Township Committee. I see her commitment to open space, fighting the Penn East pipeline, and fiscal common sense.  I’ve worked with Julie in her role as the Township Committee’s liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission.  She is practical and helpful. Her commitment to making the Township a better place to live is clear to see. To continue reading, please click here.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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