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Ben Blinder won his hat in the fourth Where In Verona contest.

Ben Blinder started a blog when he ran, unsuccessfully, for Town Council last year. It has morphed from campaign platform to intermittent musings about life in Verona, and he put up a post yesterday that bears reading as Verona considers its options on budget and government matters.

It concerns three issues Blinder raised in the Town Council campaign 18 months ago: the need for an open, accessible government; fiscal discipline and accountability; and clarity and communication on the revaluation. As well as a fourth that affected the outcome: abysmally low voter turnout. Here’s what he wrote yesterday, in part:

…(B)efore we are faced with a public outcry of discontent in August 2011, I urge everyone in Verona to vote in the next election — and EVERY election thereafter — to make your voices and your feelings known while it still matters and can change things for the better.  Even better, please volunteer your time for a township committee or commission, please come to the Council meetings, and please be an active participant in the community.  You will not be disappointed and you WILL make a difference.

You can read Ben’s full post here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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