Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series about the candidates for the Longport Board of Commissioners election on Nov. 3.
Today, candidate Scott Cianci answers our questionnaire. We asked all eight candidates the same questions. Candidate Veronica Iezzi announced last week that she has dropped out of the race.
Tomorrow we will feature the “Leadership For Change” candidates.
- What do you feel is the single most important issue facing Longport over the next four years?
- What are your plans to address aging Borough Hall? Do you support building a new facility or refurbishing Borough Hall?
- What are your views on shared-services and/or consolidation of essential services?
- Which department would you like to head and why? (i.e., public safety and community affairs, finance, public works)
- What attributes do you possess that make you an ideal candidate for Borough Commissioner?
- Please provide some biographical information in bullet point fashion and a recent color headshot. Include how long you have lived in Longport, employment, prior public service, and awards.
- Tell us something unique about yourself that voters may not know? (i.e. you climbed Mt. Everest, won a Nobel prize or make the world’s best meatballs)
On the single most important issue:
The police department is a major concern. I would like to see the Longport Police take over the dispatching department and the Chief of Police have full authority to run the department.
On Borough Hall:
We need to be concerned about the employees health and safety. An outside professional needs to address and evaluate the current condition of the building and structure.
On shared services:
I am not in favor.
On department assignment:
Director of Public Safety. My father was a previous Chief of Police in Longport, my brother was a chief sergeant. I served 37 years on the Longport Beach Patrol.
On personal attributes:
I am a lifelong resident of Longport, I care about the people of Longport.
- Lifelong resident of Longport
- Served 37 years as a Beach Patrol lifeguard, now retired
- Teacher assistant at the Atlantic City High School for students with special needs
- Started a summer school field trip for the special needs students for nine years with cooperation from the Longport Beach Patrol that included activities and refreshments
- Graduate of Stockton University with a bachelor’s degree in history
- In 2006, I was an American Legion Valor award recipient
- I was one of three people to save the life of one of my students with special needs using CPR.
– Scott Cianci