Open Letter to the residents of Atlantic Highlands:
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those in Atlantic Highlands who do not know me. My name is Art Weimer and I am a lifelong resident of the area. I come from a family with several generations dedicated to public service. I am presently seeking my third three-year term representing Atlantic Highlands on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education in the April 20th school elections. For the past six years, I have worked hard to balance the the interests of the taxpayers and school staff while providing quality educational opportunities for the children of our community.
While on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education, I have served as chair for each of the functioning board committees and I currently serve as the chair of the board's Negotiations Committee where I have worked long and hard with my fellow committee members to offer Henry Hudson teachers and staff a fair pay increase that is affordable to ALL the citizens of the district.
Before my election to the board, I had the honor to serve as a Councilman for the Borough of Atlantic Highlands. I had a good working relationship with those in both political parties. I am an ardent supporter of open space and while a member of the Borough Council I played an important role in the borough obtaining the Lenape Woods Nature Preserve. As a member of the governing body I worked in a bipartisan manner with Middletown officials to obtain the old Clearwater Tract on Route # 36 for athletic fields for the youth of our community and I worked with students from the Henry Hudson Shop class to construct the benches at the harbor gazebo in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina. I also had the distinct honor to work with former Freeholder Ted Narozanick on the construction of the Bayshore Trail, both as the president of the Leonardo First Aid Squad and as an Atlantic Highlands Councilman.
In addition, I have served as a member of the Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission, a member of the Atlantic Highlands Recreation Committee, served as Atlantic Highlands Fire Commissioner, a past member of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School P.T.O., a member of the Henry Hudson Regional P.T.O., a former Boy Scout leader and I am proud to have obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. I am also an active member of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.
I am married to Saranne Weimer. We have three children; Saranne, the valedictorian of the Henry Hudson Regional Class of 2005 and presently a student at Seton Hall University Law School; A.J., a 2007 graduate of Henry Hudson and a recent graduate of the federal law enforcement officers training school and Kyle, a sophomore at Henry Hudson. I am employed by Foley Caterpillar, Piscataway, and I am a proud member of Operating Engineers # 825.
While on the Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education, I have served as the President and Vice-President of the board. The knowledge and experience I have gained as a member of this board is invaluable.
During these times of budget cuts and a loss of state aid to our schools and communities, experienced decision making is paramount in keeping our expenditures and property tax increases in check.
Please come out and support me in my bid for re-election on April 20, 2010. I ask for and I need and appreciate your vote!
Arthur J. Weimer
member, Henry Hudson Regional Board of Education