PHOTO: Honoring Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry on National Women’s Achievement Day are, from left, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Assemblyman Joann Downey, Colts Neck Mayor J.P Bartolemo, Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs, Freeholder Burry, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Freeholder Pat Impreveduto, State Senator Vin Gopal, Matawan Mayor Joseph Altamonte and Freeholder John Curley.Honoring Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry on National Women’s Achievement Day are, from left, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Assemblyman Joann Downey, Colts Neck Mayor J.P Bartolemo, Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs, Freeholder Burry, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Freeholder Pat Impreveduto, State Senator Vin Gopal, Matawan Mayor Joseph Altamonte and Freeholder John Curley.

FREEHOLD – Democrat municipal, county and state leaders joined Monmouth County Freeholders honoring Freeholder Director Lillian G Burry ata recent meeting of the Board, honoring the county leader for her services and commemorating National Women’s Day.

FREEHOLD – Democrat municipal, county and state leaders joined Monmouth County Freeholders honoring Freeholder Director Lillian G Burry ata recent meeting of the Board, honoring the county leader for her services and commemorating National Women’s Day.

State Senator Vin Gopal, a Democrat, was present at the meeting along with Democrat Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs, a Republican, Matawan Mayor Joseph Altomonte, a Democrat, and Colts Neck Republican Mayor JP Bartolemo   to preside plaudits, commendations and citations to Burry for her outstanding leadership at both the municipal and county levels as well as her constant efforts on behalf of the residents of Monmouth County.

In presenting a Resolution signed by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and endorsed by both the Assembly and Senate, Senator Gopal praised Burry for her work last year as Freeholder Director, and all her previous years on the board. He also recognized her years of service to Matawan and Colts Neck where she served as Mayor, and noted his parents live in the township and are deeply appreciative as well of all the freeholder does both for their home town and the county. 

Assemblywoman Downey noted Burry has been a role model for her and many other women and merits and has earned the plaudits and praise accorded on the national day to honor the achievements of women across the nation.

Freeholder Director Gibbs, the first woman in Burlington County to hold that title, also praised the leadership and example of Burry.

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, in introducing the guests to the crowd at the meeting, praised many of Burry’s accomplishments, and thanked her and “all the women of Monmouth County” who have worked so hard and done so much “to make Monmouth County what it is today.”  Other noted feminine leaders currently in county offices include Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, county administrator Teri O’Connor, and Surrogate Rosemary Peters, who is also a former mayor of Middletown. 

In presenting a resolution from Matawan, Altomonte traced some of the freeholder’s connections to the borough, dating back to her residency there, her leadership in preserving historic interest and buildings, and her work for the environment. Particularly significant, he pointed out, was the leadership she gave in securing federal funds for the environmental clean-up of Burnt Fly Bog and its designation as a Superfund site for clearing the environmental destruction done during the 1950s and 60s when it was used as a dumping ground by a private company.  Bartolemo reiterated praise for Burry, citing her leadership in Colts Neck both while she was on the Township Committee there as well as her terms as freeholder.

Burry thanked all the legislators for the honors and resolutions and expressed her own thanks to all the women who have achieved so much in all areas of their lives, both professionally and as homemakers and primary care givers in raising the next generation of leaders for the country.