Monday, November 26, 2012
Meeting, sponsored by Ellen Dickson, will be a forum to discuss ideas on dealing with storm and its aftermath.
Residents will have another chance to voice their concerns about how the city and utilities handled Sandy and its aftermath, while looking forward at future preparation for storms to come. The town hall style event is being held "to discuss the effects of Hurricane Sandy and seek constructive ideas regarding how to deal with future storm events," reads an official notice from City Clerk David Hughes. The event is not being held as a council meeting, but will take place in the Common Council chamber starting at 7:30p.m.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance calls Mayor Ellen Dickson "a close friend".
Earlier this week, local government changed hands and the Common Council welcomed new members. Ellen Dickson's swearing-in drew a crowd of New Jersey dignitaries (watch her State of the City speech) to Summit. Several members of state government were in City Hall on Wednesday night, including U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) who gave a passionate speech about America and one of his bases of support: Summit.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Learn more about Summit's next mayor.
How many mayors can boast that they have not only a Facebook account, but also a Twitter and Foursquare account? Ellen Dickson, who will take over as mayor of Summit in a Jan. 4 ceremony is indeed plugged-in — to her community. The former Common Council President who ran for a county freeholder seat in 2010 talks to Patch about her upcoming role as "CEO" of Summit. You lost in your bid for freeholder last year. Now that you're going to be mayor, do you feel vindicated? Ellen Dickson: I knew that I would probably never win as a freeholder because the demographics are such that we are outnumbered by quite a large margin by Democrats in Union County. But I knew it was a race where I could make some points about county government, and it …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
To the editor: A heartfelt thank you to the voters for electing me as Summit’s next Mayor. I promise to maintain a balanced, common sense approach to governing. I look forward to my new role and hope to hear from you. Sincerely, Ellen Dickson
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Summit's voter turnout is around 36 percent.
At one point on Tuesday, it seemed like it could be anyone's mayoral race. At the senior center on Chestnut Avenue, an octogenarian who considers herself a Democrat said she voted for Ellen Dickson. A patron at the Summit Diner when pressed about the election said he didn't care who won, "as long as Michael Vernotico became mayor." Another voter, who said she met with Democratic candidates at a block party over the summer said she voted for Eileen Ludden because she felt like she "knew" her. Mayor Jordan Glatt made history as Summit's first Democratic mayor in a century and as he decided not to seek re-election, Dickson won the election that will return a Republican to office again. With three candidates seeking to take over his post, …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
An endorsement for Ellen Dickson.
Inaccuracies abound in the article entitled “Three contenders vie for Mayor in Summit” that appeared in the November 2nd edition of the Independent Press and last Sunday’s Star Ledger, written by Julia Terruso. Mayoral candidate Michael Vernotico continues to rely on exaggeration and misstatements to advance his candidacy. He is not the current chairman of the Public Safety Committee; is not council liaison to the Summit Board of Education and is not president of the Short Hills chapter of March of Dimes. There is no such chapter: the NJ Chapter is headquartered in Sayreville with two subchapters in Vorhees and Pine Brook. Why does he misrepresent his achievements? Michael Vernotico’s statements in the August 3rd Independent Press noted …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Choose Ellen, Greg, Ron and Pat
Summit voters are confronted with three choices for Mayor on Election Day; party nominees Ellen Dickson, Eileen Forman Ludden, and independent Michael Vernotico. The traits we need for mayoral leadership are honesty, experience, compatibility, humility and performance. How do our candidates compare? Eileen Ludden is untested, inexperienced and naïve if she thinks we can reconcile our differences with Union County by playing nicey-nice. She may be a future contender but is not ready to take on the Chief Executive role of a major City and is definitely not a polished successor to Janet Whitman, Walter Long and Jordan Glatt. Michael Vernotico, although a seasoned pro, has personality flaws that have stifled the effectiveness of Council. He …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Despite the bleak weather, residents turned out in droves to witness the three candidates for Mayor debate on crucial issues. The forum was co-sponsored by Speak Up Summit and The League of Women Voters.
The Summit High School Media Center was standing room only this morning as concerned members of the community filled the library to maximum capacity, eager to support their chosen candidate and hear what they had to say on crucial issues. Below is a detailed account of this morning’s debate. Ellen Dickson, the Republican candidate for Mayor was the first to deliver her statement, emphasizing the progress Summit has made since she joined the city Council six years ago. “I think that we have been excellent stewards for the city over the last six years. We have brought the tax rate down every year and we are look towards getting to a flat rate next year… Our new police chief is doing an excellent job patrolling the streets downtown. We have …
Friday, October 28, 2011
As part of a three part series introducing the candidates for Mayor of Summit, Patch sat down with Ellen Dickson, the Republican candidate for Mayor.
As a part of a three part series introducing the candidates for Mayor of Summit to Patch readers, Patch sat down with Ellen Dickson the Republican candidate for Mayor who is finishing her second Council term and is looking for a “new challenge.” Dickson, who has Masters in Business Administration from Babson College has lived in Summit for 18 years and has three children; all of whom graduated from Summit High School. Dickson went on to explain why she chose to leave her Council seat and run for Mayor. “I am finishing my second term, so I could run for a third term, but we had three candidates who are interested in running. My feeling is that when you have new people who want to enter the political process, you should give them a chance. …
She's a dedicated advocate for Summit.
Friday, October 28, 2011
To the Editor: We’ll get right to the point — Ellen Dickson is our choice for Summit’s next Mayor because she is the only candidate with: We’re voting for Ellen because she will be a dedicated advocate for Summit and will provide collaborative leadership for our schools, police, fire department, Common Council and City staff. Charles and Sandra Lizza Summit