@take back. I applaud your efforts.
The only way you will have any legitimacy, staying power, or make any real difference is if you put your name and face to your movement.
Otherwise bringing publicity is great, but it won't affect real change.
You need to either run a legitimate, clean, campaign and run for public office, or find someone else who will run for your cause.
Once you have real official power as an elected official, you should be able to appoint normal people to the zoning and planning birds and get this place in order.
There's a very simple reason that I'm choosing to be anonymous.
If my name is out there as the person running this, it's very simple for this to be stopped. I get a call from a few Rabbis, a few threats and warnings that my kids will be kicked out of school, people start losing their jobs and suddenly everything is back to normal and the movement is squashed. If I'm an anonymous person at my computer, there is no way to stop me.
You may ask - why is is fair that I am anonymous and I'm asking you to stand up in public? The answer is that if the public is demanding something together, there is nothing they can do to stop it. If 100 people and eventually more come out together to a meeting and the committee sees the house of cards crashing down on top of them - they need to react to the demands of the public or they will be easily voted out of office.The fact is that most of Lakewood is not happy with what is going on but they all throw up their hands and say it's hopeless.
In just 3 weeks I've gotten all of the committee members to suddenly go on record that they want to stop density, direction issued to the planning board, zoning board and the master plan committee to stop approving variances, the planning board announcement this past week that they will give a hard look at all variances, two applications that would normally be approved were resoundingly denied, etc etc. Members of the Township committee have now promised to revamp the planning and zoning boards.
Do I believe all of the promises that are now being made? NO.
Have we made some progress and at least gotten the discussion going? YES
However we need the public to stand behind these efforts for them to be successful.
See my comment (toward the end) here http://hefkervelt.blogspot.com/2016/10/video-lakewood-residents-fed-up-with.html
addressing the many couch quarterbacks who say - this town is corrupt but there is nothing that can be done. There is and there will be!!!
Once enough people see that something can be done we'll get new candidates for township committee etc. I've started with the density which while interconnected to many issues, is the primary issue facing Lakewood right now. If we solve other issues along the way and get committeemen who weren't in office for the past 13 years? Excellent.
So whether my name is Chaim Friedman or Boruch Schwartz or Dovid Yosopuf - is not important. All I'm trying to do is rally together the majority of Lakewood residents who are fed up to collectively band together and bring change.