Ward One





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What the Councilperson Ward 1 Does – Introduction  

Appointed and sworn in on January 19, 2016 by the Common Council to represent the citizens of Ward 1 of the City of Burlington and serve as their Councilperson to complete a vacated term that expired on December 31, 2016. I was then elected to complete that full term from Jan. 1, 2017 until Dec. 31, 2017, and was re-elected in 2017 to serve from Jan. 1, 2018 until my present term expires on Dec. 31, 2021.  As Councilperson of Ward 1, I represent the interests of City residents of Voting Ward 1  ( Map: Voting Wards ), the area commonly referred to as New Yorkshire and Historic Yorkshire neighborhoods and part of East Burlington. Council members perform all appropriate functions with respect to City legislation, including:

•  Preparation of Municipal Budget
•  Writing and Passage of Ordinances to govern the City
•  Voicing concerns and complaints of constituents (City Ward 1 residents)
•  Serving as liaison to Council-appointed boards

For a more-detailed exposition of Council responsibilities, please see Council page.

See Map: Voting Wards

1st WARD POLLING PLACES (listed as Ward number ‘dot’ Zone number) 1.1 Burlington Manor Apts. 255 E. Pearl Blvd. 609-387-3184; 1.2 Corson Poley Center, 451 High Street, 609-387-3878; 1.3 Corson Poley Center, 451 High Street, 609-386-4773,


F0ur years, from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021


I earned my B.A. in Liberal Arts, majoring in Anthropology at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.  As my career progressed, I completed the following degrees to increase my professional skills:  an M.A. in Economics from the Graduate Faculty of the New School, New York City; a B.S. in Computer Systems Technology from Spring Garden College, Philadelphia, PA;  an M.S. in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Moorestown, NJ,  Offsite Campus; and an M.A.S. Management degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,  Federal Aviation Administration Offsite Campus, Pomona, NJ.


I worked 18 years as a Project Manager of aviation and air traffic control computer simulations as a contractor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Center in Pomona, NJ.  In addition to managing up to 50 technical employees, I participated in many multi-departmental and multi-governmental Air Traffic Management research teams designing and implementing large-scale, real-world simulations.  Design and implementation of such simulations required working in diverse groups in a consensus process that evaluated the cost-benefit objectives of each effort. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army (Specialist 5th Class) and served in the former U.S. Panama Canal Zone.


I chose to live in Burlington because I and my wife were attracted both by Burlington’s historic beauty and by the City’s natural advantage as a transportation hub with easy access to major roads in every direction.  We put down deep roots in Burlington because of the City’s friendly residents and welcoming neighborhoods.


Since retiring, I have pursued my interest in helping others.  I am currently a volunteer at Acacia Hospice at the Masonic Home of New Jersey and a volunteer in the Chemotherapy Outpatient Clinic at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  I graduated in 2015 with an M.S. in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at New York. I did my hospital internships at the VA Pain Management Clinic and New York University Hospital Initiative for Women with Disabilities, both in Manhattan. While a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine I served as a volunteer at a grassroots health and rehabilitation clinic for survivors of breast cancer.