Lempert’s Guidance, Balance, Compassion, Helped Make Witherspoon-Jackson 20th Historic District

To the Editor:

I was born, raised and educated in Princeton.  I have and will always consider this my home, but for most of my adult life I have never been 100 percent comfortable here, I have never felt like I “fully belonged.”

Sad commentary…right?  It is sad, but it is also true.  The good thing is that when Liz Lempert became our mayor, my feelings began to change.  I am not a clinical psychologist, but I will tell you that Liz hears voices…not just some voices, but all voices.  She is the consummate listener.

As chair of the Princeton Housing Authority’s (PHA) Board of Commissioners I know and have seen firsthand our mayor’s willingness to jump into the fray to help solve problems.  When children of PHA residents had an issue with transportation for afterschool programming at the Little Brook School, she was there.

On numerous occasions during the yearlong discussions of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood becoming the 20th historic district in Princeton, I and others sought the sage advice of Liz and Council members to navigate through the process and bring the ordinance to a successful conclusion. Although the decision seemed like a “slam dunk” to many because it was long overdue and “the right thing to do,” nothing could be further from the truth.

Had it not been for her guidance, balance, compassion, and stewardship along with strong and strategic community based activism in guiding the process we might still have only 19 historic districts in our town. In difficult, daunting and uncertain political times this seminal, momentous, and impactful decision represents no less than a “rebirth” for our town and because of Princeton’s unique place in American history, our nation as well.  For this, she has earned the respect and gratitude of many.  Our mayor is accessible.  She shows up at community based events, communicates effectively, and maintains an open office at the Public Library.  To promote diversity Mayor Lempert made Princeton one of only 80 municipalities in the country to celebrate “Welcoming Week,” an annual series of events where communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in the spirit of unity to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone, including new Americans.

Under her capable leadership, Princeton is now more inclusionary, more diverse, more open, more fair-minded, more welcoming, more friendly, and yes, more American.

Under a consolidated Princeton our police department led by a capable chief has assembled and can boast the most diverse group of law enforcement officers I believe, anywhere in the state of New Jersey, and quite possibly the entire country! Great things have happened under her watch. “We” are getting things right!!!

In November’s upcoming election I will not be voting for Liz because I’m a Democrat, I will be voting for her because for the first time in my life I feel like I’m not just from Princeton but I belong here, and I am now more proud than ever to call it my home.  My message to my mayor…

“leadership is everything…thanks for everything!”

Leighton Newlin

 

Mayor Lempert is open, attentive and positive

We strongly support the candidacy of Liz Lempert as Mayor of Princeton. We have a general interest in the fiscal health of the town and the quality of its services. Our specific interests are parks and open spaces, and in special education, particularly autism education and treatments. Pamela has served on Town’s Environmental Commission and on its Shade Tree Commission. In addition, she has served as President of the Marquand Park Foundation. Roland has served as investment director of the State for over twenty years and finally as State Treasurer, retiring in 2001. From time to time, we have brought our concerns to Liz, in her capacity as Mayor, and she has always been open and attentive, and has always made positive recommendations. She has been directly involved with the care of Marquand Park, and she attended special occasions at The Princeton Child Development Institute, a school our family founded in 1970. She provides intelligence and commitment at the highest level to the citizens of Princeton.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Roland and Pamela Machold

Liz Lempert Addresses Needs of Residents, Stands at Forefront of Urban Development

To the Editor:

I am writing to lend my strong support to Liz Lempert as she campaigns for reelection as mayor of Princeton.  I have personally witnessed her commitment to principles of equity and fairness.  She has labored without respite to address the needs of residents while standing at the forefront of farsighted urban development.

Princeton is at a crossroads—to become a gilded cage mostly populated by older, whiter, affluent people or to aggressively pursue a future where people of diverse backgrounds are welcome with open arms.  The first option will turn Princeton into an illustration of all that is wrong with American cities—greater residential segregation, greater concentration of wealth for the benefit of a few, and greater social inequality.  The second option will make of Princeton an example of hospitality, inclusion, and democratic participation consistent with the best American ideals.  Liz Lempert understands this.  She has worked hard on behalf of affordable housing, civil rights, better transportation and multiple measures to improve the quality of life for all residents, including low-income families, racial minorities, and immigrants.

Liz knows Princeton from the bottom up; she has the knowledge and experience to improve our collective life. She also has the temperament to address the needs of our growing population.  Her second term will not be solely about promises but, more significantly, about the fulfillment of  projects she has started and will soon blossom for the benefit of many.

A vote for Liz Lempert is a vote to uphold the best, most constructive sense of who we are as residents of Princeton.

Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Ph.D. 

 

Residents With Interest in Town’s Fiscal Health, Quality of Services, Support Lempert for Mayor

We strongly support the candidacy of Liz Lempert as mayor of Princeton. We have a general interest in the fiscal health of the town and the quality of its services. Our specific interests are parks and open spaces, and special education; particularly autism education and treatments. Pamela has served on the Town’s Environmental Commission and on its Shade Tree Commission. In addition, she has served as president of the Marquand Park Foundation. Roland has served as investment director of the State for over 20 years and finally as State Treasurer, retiring in 2001. From time to time, we have brought our concerns to Liz, in her capacity as mayor, and she has always been open and attentive, and has always made positive recommendations. She has been directly involved with the care of Marquand Park, and she attended special occasions at The Princeton Child Development Institute, a school for autistic children that our family founded in 1970. She provides intelligence and commitment at the highest level to the citizens of Princeton.

Roland and Pamela Machold

Backing Liz Lempert for Mayor Because She Understands and Celebrates Our Differences

Princeton has quite a diverse community, those with high incomes and those with low, those with high net worth and those with low, those with advanced degrees and those with none, those who are literate and those who are not, those advancing in age and those very young, those born in America and those born throughout the world. It is these differences and the fact the town embraces them that makes Princeton the special place that it is.

Liz Lempert understands these differences and makes every effort to support and celebrate them. By recognizing diversity, she recognizes that there are needs for all. While it is impossible to provide for all needs, she recognizes that regardless of the size of the town budget, it is constrained and that compromises need to be made and made fairly.

Liz, together with the council, continues to make Princeton the place we all like to call home. While the council does not agree on all issues and all solutions, it is Liz’s demeanor that sets the tone. With her leadership, all council members have a voice and are free to express their opinions. The result is a consensus that leads to a resolution.

With Liz’s leadership, the town encounters and resolves issues as they arise. In a diverse community, there are many opinions. Not all residents will be satisfied with every solution. But one just needs to look around and observe the town and its people and its community and its activities to bask in its positive atmosphere.

Every day, Princeton is a community most desirable to live in and it’s in large part due to the leadership in our government. That’s why NJ Monthly ranked Princeton in the top 10 percent of the most desirable communities in New Jersey. It all flows from our council members and the leadership they and the mayor provide.

Four more years is a good thing. Please join me in supporting Liz’s candidacy for reelection. 

Ross Wishnick 

Princeton 