Letter to the editor, from Vince Sera; Vice-President; ‘Respectable Government for Brigantine’…
As a spokesperson for Respectable Government for Brigantine, I would like to take this opportunity to answer a few questions.
First, by signing the petition you are not locking yourself into any change of government. By signing the petition, you are simply giving the people of our community the opportunity to decide for themselves if they would like to return to the three-commissioner form of government. As with any governing body, the most important voice should be the citizens. Our goal is to provide the people of Brigantine the opportunity to be heard.
Second, the option for the three-commissioner system was chosen because it best meets the needs of our community and it is still working well for many other shore communities. At the time when we adopted the seven member council/ manager system, Brigantine’s population was growing. We needed a larger government to meet the growing needs of the island.
But times have changed, and the population of our island has shrunk. We no longer need such a large governing body. The issues that we face as citizens of Brigantine are not ones that only affect one area or one small group – they are issues that impact all of us. Brigantine is too small of an island to be divided into competing factions. Under the three-commissioner system, the island would be forced to unify. Elected ofﬁcials would no longer have the ability to focus their ideas or decisions on one small group. They would have to broaden their views and their policies to meet the demands of the community at large.
Third, Respectable Government for Brigantine is not trying to promote any political party or elected ofﬁcial over the other. In fact, the three-commissioner system would be a nonpartisan form of government. One of the major problems hurting our current form of government is the partisan divisions. There are too many people ﬁghting for political control instead of ﬁghting to make our community better. When people become too focused on which party has control over the government, it puts all of our elected ofﬁcials in a bad position.
At some point in time, all of the political groups in our community need to put the grievances and vendettas of the past behind them. We need to recognize that, first and foremost, we are all members of this community and we need to start working together if we want Brigantine to continue to be the great city that we all know and love.
Vincent Sera, Vice-President.
Respectable Government for Brigantine