Editor's note: this blog has been corrected to reflect Quattrone's 61 years of residence in Hightstown.
My name is Larry Quattrone and I am running for the position of councilman, Borough of Hightstown.
I have served on Council for the last 13 years and hope to continue the opportunity to serve my town. Some people have asked me, "Why, after 13 years of service, are your running again?" As a Hightstown resident myself for 61 years, a local businessman for 49 years, and a parent who watched my children be educated through the local education system, I am very passionate about Hightstown and its residents. Motivated by nothing other than the success of this town, I am dedicated to whatever it takes to continue down the path of rebuilding Hightstown after the devastation of Flood Irene in 2011. The day of the flood, I was acting Mayor and had to make a lot of on-the-spot decisions to ensure the safety of Hightstown's residents, business owners, and physical structures.
Now, faced with the opportunity for reelection, I want to make sure the insurance company does right by the Borough and fulfills its obligations in our rebuilding efforts. Our police department and administrative offices are still working out of temporary placement; we need to get them into a more permanent location to do their work most efficiently and to ensure compliance with New Jersey's Attorney General Guidelines. Also, Borough Hall is still located in a flood zone and in order to protect the integrity of this organization, we must move it to higher ground. I have a vision of developing a municipal complex which houses our public works, police, municipal services, and community and youth activities. In place of Borough Hall's current location, I would like to see a sculpture park which would expand the reach of downtown Hightstown and potentially open up the opportunity to re-inhabit the Rug Mill building, which has been vacant for over 20 years.
I believe my experience as a fully integrated resident of Hightstown, as well as my time on Council, will help in our efforts to ask the tough questions, demand nothing but what is deserved from the insurance company, and continue to make decisions that favorably affect our town and my fellow residents. My voting record shows I am always looking out for the best interest of Hightstown and I'm always willing to speak candidly; I keep the budget tight and ensure every dollar is spent wisely. I listen to the people of Hightstown and advocate for our best interest. On November 6th, I ask for the people of Hightstown to vote for me, once again, and allow me to continue to see Hightstown get even better.