MANALAPAN – County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry will present a virtual program on historic Colts Neck Friday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m.
The program is presented by the Monmouth County Library and is available at no cost but with registration required. Registration is available at the upcoming Events column on the library’s website, www.MonmouthCountyLib.org.
Burry, who is the county commissioners’ liaison to the library, is a former Mayor of Colts Neck and author of the book, “A Tour of Historic Colts Neck.” The book cites the 13 localities in the township which are designated as official historic sites, and includes a map for visitors who want to tour the sites or learn more of the history about each one. The speaker’s presentation will include descriptions of each of the historic sites as well as her reasons for writing the book and recognizing each site for its role in Colt Neck and Monmouth County history.
Born in New York City, Burry attended public schools and Wagner College, graduating Cum Laude with a B.A. Degree in Political Science & History. She was elected to the National History Fraternity and in 2005 was granted the Wagner College Fellow in Political Science.
She began her public service as councilwoman in Matawan Borough. After moving to Colts Neck, she served as Committeewoman, Deputy Mayor and Mayor, making her mark in historic preservation and open space conservation.
Elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, now the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners, in November 2005, she was reelected in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and reelected to the newly identified Board of County Commissioners in 2021. She served as the first woman Director in 2008 and again in 2010, 2014 and 2017. Her areas of responsibility include Parks, Libraries, the Sheriff ’s Office, County Clerk, Surrogate and the Prosecutor. She is also the liaison to the Board of Elections, Planning Board, Consumer Affairs, the Division on Veterans Services, Vocational School District, and Historic Commission, in addition to the Library..
The Commissioner was appointed to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority serving as Vice Chair and to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, where she chairs the Veterans Affairs Sub-Committee and serves on the Real Estate Sub-Committee. She was appointed by the Commissioner of the Interior, to the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee for the National Park Service several years ago and continues to serve on that Committee.. The recipient of numerous awards and titles, Commissioner Burry received the Claire M. French Award, recognizing her leadership in Historical Preservation. She has been in business for more than 30 years as owner and broker of record of Colts Neck Realty.
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