Hynes ‘Smart Growth South Orange’ Website Lays Out Key Positions

by The Village Green
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Emily Hynes, one of two candidates running for South Orange Village President this May, recently released a website that lays out some of her key platforms and issues.

Hynes, who officially kicked off her campaign in late March, has made development a key part of her platform, noting that she stands for “growth that will be sustainable in the long-term.”

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On her website, she writes, “We have to retain the architectural integrity of our Village, including the Village Hall and other historic structures, and ensure that new construction is appropriate to the surrounding spaces – including green space, and the surrounding residential and commercial communities.”

Noting several proposed developments in town, including townhouses at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, a mixed use building on Irvington Avenue, a project at Fourth and Valley Streets and the building currently being constructed at Third and Valley Streets, Hynes asks how the projects will “contribute to our town’s already straining budget — there is no new infrastructure in place to support these new homes, cars, people or children.”

Hynes also cautions about how the developments will affect fire and police resources, as well as traffic and parking problems.

Hynes is running against Sheena Collum, a current South Orange Trustee.  The municipal election is May 12.


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