By Tony Fiore, Former Middleotown Mayor and Current Township Committeeman
I am writing today to ask you to join me in support of three extraordinary county leaders who deserve our support on June 4th; Sheriff Shaun Golden, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Serena Dimaso. As the Mayor of the largest municipality in Monmouth County, it should come as no surprise that I have had many first hand experiences working with Shaun, Tom and Serena on a number of issues and initiatives. While I can point to a number of needed improvements that they have helped to bring to Middletown, it is not my intention. Instead, I’d like to share with you my experience working with them during one of the most difficult and challenging times in our township’s history.
Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Middletown was unprecedented. Thousands lost their homes and everyone lost power for almost two weeks. When we needed to secure our devastated bayshore for safety and security, we couldn’t depend on the federal government to get us the necessary resources. However, we could depend on Sheriff Golden. Each day Sheriff Golden would hold a personal call with both myself and the Township Police administration. Through his efforts, officers from as far as Mississippi came into Middletown to help us secure our most affected areas. At his direction helicopters with night vision flew over our bayshore to prevent and catch looters and others who came in to prey on our victims. Through his leadership, we were safe. I received a call or text message from him every day asking for our needs until power was 100% restored and we were back to some semblance of normal.
Like you, I would get increasingly frustrated with the lack of information that we were receiving from JCP&L. Despite the dozens of calls that I would make to my contacts at the utility, often times answers were extremely hard to come by. When I needed answers or an immediate response, I knew I could turn to Tom Arnone and Serena Dimaso for help. When we needed JCPL crews at TOMSA to prevent major issues with the sewer pumps, Tom Arnone stepped into action and made sure that we received the priority necessary to prevent sewerage from backing up into our homes. When we needed answers to what sub-stations would be coming back on line so that we could deploy our resources to other areas, it was Serena Dimaso who would not rest until she called me with the information that we needed. Without their leadership and constant pressure on JCP&L from a county level, I truly believe we would have gone another week in Monmouth County without power. Ask any of your friends or relatives in Morris and Hunterdon County and they will tell you it did take another week for them.
In closing, I ask that you please join me in showing your support for Shaun Golden, Tom Arnone and Serena Dimaso by casting your vote for them on June 4th. Shaun, Tom, and Serena are not only leaders that we can trust, but time and time again prove to be leaders that we can also depend on.