Councilwoman Lee’s concern for community benefit over political incumbency is demonstrated by the successful initiatives she has created and led to improve the quality of life for all of us in Red Bank.
As Chair of the Public Works Department, Councilwoman Lee initiated a program to replace aging sewer lines, repair and pave Borough roads, and purchase a new sanitation truck/snow plow, recycled all-terrain vehicle and backhoe. This equipment has proven invaluable during recent snow and water events. Councilwoman Lee also initiated upgrades to Red Bank’s water and sewer systems, which included replacement of one hundred year old water tanks at the Tower Hill and Chestnut Street facilities.
As Chair of the Code Enforcement Department, Councilwoman Lee led a reorganization of the department which created greater efficiencies, improved the department’s working partnership with the Borough’s Office of Emergency Management, and moved the department toward a model of greater financial self-sufficiency.
As Chair and later a Member of the Recreation Committee, Councilwoman Lee collaborated on a multi-year plan to improve the Borough’s treasured parks and recreation areas, including improvements to Count Basie Field and Riverside Gardens Park. Councilwoman Lee was also a member of the search team for the Borough’s new Parks and Recreation Director.
In 2010, Councilwoman Lee and Councilwoman Juanita Lewis identified Big Brothers Big Sisters as an organization that would provide much-needed afterschool and weekend programs for Red Bank’s children, and helped to recruit the Monmouth County Boys and Girls Club to Red Bank where they are now housed in a building on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. Annually, nearly 200 Red Bank children participate in strong and enduring mentoring and recreational programs that will change their lives for the better, forever.
Councilwoman Lee also served as Council President during Mayor Menna’s first term. She has served for eight years on the Police and Fire Committees, the Finance Committee, and is Borough Liaison to the Eisner Memorial Library Board, a thriving cultural force in Red Bank which recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
As a lifelong daughter of Red Bank and a mother, Councilwoman Lee’s concern for neighborhood preservation runs deep and runs long. In 2007, as Council President, she served as liaison to the Historic Preservation Committee and helped to initiate the Washington Street Historic District project and Cedar Crossing, expanding options for affordable housing throughout the borough. She served on the Planning Board for seven years and currently serves on Red Bank’s Housing Board.
Sharon Lee is an alumna of Red Bank Regional High School and studied at Johnson & Wales College in Rhode Island and at Rutgers University. An Information Sciences professional, she is currently employed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in Woodbridge.
Councilwoman Lee is a member of the Meridian Community Advisory Board and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Affordable Housing Alliance, Horizons Enrichment Program at Rumson Country Day School, and Spring House.
Now in her fourth term as a Red Bank Council member, Sharon Lee’s commitment to Red Bank spans both generations and geography as she continues her dedicated work for the betterment of one Red Bank.
Councilwoman Horgan adopted Red Bank as her hometown fourteen years ago when she arrived here with her husband, Drew Horgan. Six years ago, inspired by her late husband, an international expert in municipal governments, Councilwoman Horgan first ran for office. Six years later, she continues to bring an unbiased, fresh perspective to local government and to her role on Red Bank’s Borough Council.
As Chair of the Education and Technology Committee, Councilwoman Horgan oversaw a re-launch of the Borough’s website, which was recognized in 2011 with a New Jersey e-Government Award for Best Interactive Website in Monmouth County by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Graduate Program in Public Policy. In 2013, Red Bank’s website was one of 15 municipalities out of 540 in New Jersey to receive Honorable Mention by this same group.
As Council Representative to the Rent Leveling Board, Councilwoman Horgan protected the rights of the Colony House residents, many of whom are senior citizens and people living with disabilities, against a condo conversion which would have returned its stabilized rents to market price.
In 2008, as the first President of the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation, Councilwoman Horgan helped to establish Swimming River Discoveries, a project to preserve and restore the Primary School’s 17-acre wetlands property into a nature and learning center for students and residents alike.
As Council Representative to the Human Relations Advisory Committee, Councilwoman Horgan has spearheaded several initiatives to build Red Bank’s diversity. She worked to establish Red Bank’s Fair Trade Town designation, and in 2010 Red Bank became one out of only 14 municipalities in the United States to receive such recognition. Most recently, Councilwoman Horgan worked to launch the first Red Bank Pride event in 2012, as part of ongoing efforts to celebrate and expand Red Bank’s cultural diversity.