Aspinwall voters will choose between 2 mayoral candidates


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Aspinwall voters will see two familiar faces in the Borough’s mayoral race.

David Brown, current Aspinwall board member, is the Democratic candidate. He seeks to overthrow the outgoing mayor, Republican Joe Noro.

Here are their answers to the questions posed by the Tribune-Review:

David C. Brown

Political party: Democrat

Age: 63

Education: BA from the College of William and Mary, MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MS from the University of Pennsylvania, MA from Yale University, 1992, M.Phil. from Yale University

Occupation: Forensic consultant

If you are elected, what are the two short-term goals? “First, change the management culture of the police department to one of good faith transparency and active cooperation with the Aspinwall board and the community,” said Brown. “Supervision is a team obligation, not an individual show. “

Second, Brown said he would reach out and mend what he feels like damaged relationships and harsh feelings with neighboring communities.

“We are stronger when we work together,” he said.

If you are elected, what is a long term goal? “The citizens of Aspinwall should know that I am committed to providing them with truthful, competent, profitable, responsive and transparent local government, while striving to maximize the individual and collective well-being of the inhabitants of our community,” did he declare.

How do you plan to communicate with voters and involve them in the decision-making process?

“My door will be open,” he said. “My phone number will be published. Each group of citizens will benefit from my full cooperation, attention and support.

Meet the Mayor events will not just be a campaign tip, but rather a weekly opportunity for every resident keen to come up with their suggestions for the best Aspinwall possible. “

Joseph D. Noro

Political party: Republican

Age: 63

Education: Did not submit

Occupation: Plant Manager at Schneider’s Dairy

If you are elected, what are the two short-term goals? The mayor’s role is limited to overseeing the police department, Noro said. “To this end, I consider the safety of our community to be my primary and most important responsibility,” he said. “Traffic violations are a big problem at Aspinwall right now. The problem worsened with the work on the bridge interchange.

“Tickets and citations for traffic violations have increased by 30% this year compared to 2020,” he said.

“We have taken many steps to reduce speeding and non-stopping, including a rotational method to watch for stop signs, an aggressive approach for those traveling over the posted speed limit, the monitoring school bus stops in the morning and afternoon and using speed monitors to identify problems and target appropriately.

A second goal, said Noro, is to continue the enhanced night patrols, using lights to ensure that the alleys, porches and walkways between houses are clear.

If you are elected, what is a long term goal? “As public health restrictions have eased, it has been great to return to our 2019 target for community policing,” he said.

“This program needs to be further refined to ensure that programming for the community is year-round and meets the needs of all citizens. Examples of future programs for our residents would include educating our seniors about scams that target them, preventing auto theft, and what can be done to minimize the risk of burglary.

“Good policing is a collaboration between officers and citizens. A particular impact of such efforts will be an increased sense of community, ”he said.

How do you plan to communicate with voters and involve them in the decision-making process? “My efforts in this regard have been transparent and unambiguous. There are no secrets or surprises, neither with the management of the borough, nor with the council, nor with the residents, ”he declared.

“I intend to continue my ‘Meet the Mayor’ sessions which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the borough building. These sessions are an opportunity for anyone with concerns or ideas to come and express them. Using social media is a great way to communicate and get instant feedback, Noro said.

“The block meetings I have had as a candidate have been a great forum and will have a role in my communication plan going forward,” he said.

“The problems, concerns and solutions vary block by block, street by street. I have always been available by phone and email for any citizen with a concern or an idea. “

Tawnya Panizzi is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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