Just got my ballot in the mail today. Does anyone know who this gross guy is that's running against akerman?http://www.app.com/story/news/local/jackson-lakewood/lakewood/2016/10/27/lakewood-election-2016-committee-school-board/92764894/
UPDATE: Lakewood incumbent wants to curb growth
'I've been crying to curb it forever,' Lakewood Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman says of the township's explosive growth.
LAKEWOOD – Calling himself "the most anti-growth" member of the Township Committee, Republican incumbent Albert Akerman says more needs to be done to slow down development and upgrade the township's infrastructure.
"I've been crying to curb it forever," said Akerman, 40, who is seeking his third term on the governing body. "Now, suddenly, it's becoming in style to say it."
His opponent in the Nov. 8 election, Democratic newcomer Mordecai Gross, 38, doesn't disagree that growth poses a major challenge for Lakewood, but he says he's not in favor of any kind of building moratorium, as some residents have called for.
“It's very, very complicated. It's very nice to say, 'Let's slow things down,'" said Gross, a corporate attorney. "There are people who want to move to Lakewood. It's a challenge."
Akerman, a mortgage broker, hasn't come out in support of an all-out moratorium, either. But as mayor last year, he refused to put any zoning change requests on the committee's agenda. More recently, he's called for the creation of an advisory board of residents to study low-cost ways to improve traffic flow, piggy-backing on the recommendations that came from a recent traffic study of the badly congested Route 9 corridor by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
“I see the traffic myself, because I drive the streets everyday," Akerman said. "It's ridiculous and out of hand. Every few months I think, ‘Wow, it’s getting worse.’”
Gross said as a newcomer to local politics it's premature for him to propose any specific initiatives.
"I believe that I'm going to add a different, fresh perspective," he said. "I'm definitely ready to listen."