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Freeholder Director Lillian Burry honored by state Federation of Women

By Muriel Smith

Barbara Mitchell of Middletown nominated Lillian for the Honor.

ATLANTIC CITY_ Freeholder Director Lillian Burry was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs at its 123rd annual convention at the Golden Nugget Monday night, the first Monmouth County Freeholder to ever be accorded the honor.

In accepting the honor, Burry joined the ranks of such luminaries as Deborah Tobias Poritz, the first woman to be both Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and state Attorney General, Virginia Bauer, former state Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. Formica Palma, the first woman president of the Medical Society of New Jersey and the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey.

Burry was nominated by Barbara B. Mitchell of Middletown, a long time active member of the Federation and the Women’s Club of Middletown.

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Posted: May 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Lillian Burry is running for reelection

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Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry is running for a fifth term on the board.

Burry is completing her perhaps most accomplished term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Her work was instrumental in the acquisition of Fort Monmouth from the federal government.

While working through her decision to seek reelection or enjoy a well earned retirement, the Director told MMM that she loves doing the job, but did not relish another campaign or possible nominating convention challenge.  She told MMM yesterday that Freeholder Gary Rich’s decision not to seek reelection was the deciding factor in her choice to soldier on. “I feel strongly about the need for continuity on the Board,” Burry said. “With Gary stepping down and with Serena (DiMaso) likely moving on to the the State Assembly in January, there could have been three new freeholders next year.”

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Posted: March 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Lillian Burry will be Freeholder Director in 2017

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Freeholder Lillian G. Burry will be named Director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholder when the Board holds its annual reorganization meeting on January 5 at 4 p.m. at Biotechnology High School, 5000 Kozloski Rd. in Freehold Township.

Freeholder John P. Curly will be named Deputy Director.

The five member Freeholder Board chooses their Director and Deputy Director annually for a one year term.  The Director presides over Board meetings and signs contracts for the county.

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Posted: December 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Monmouth County: A FINANCIAL FORCE MULTIPLIER

By Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

 

Freeholders Tom Arnone and Lillian Burry complete the purchase of Ft. Monmouth with Noreen Dresser, Chief of Real Estate, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, NY Distirct

Freeholders Tom Arnone and Lillian Burry complete the purchase of Ft. Monmouth with Noreen Dresser, Chief of Real Estate, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, NY Distirct

Anyone living in Monmouth County is likely to be aware of the many good things County government provides including our roads, parks and library system.  One of the most important and valuable things the County provides, however, is known to relatively few residents. That’s the role the County plays in enhancing the financial resources of others and it’s a role that’s played quietly, sometimes indirectly, and always with unwavering expertise.

Sometimes it takes the form of a direct payment, providing the County share of the price for preserving farmland that brings far larger amounts of state dollars to a deal. At other times it’s providing a mix of funding and in-kind staff resources as a match for Green Acres dollars used to acquire or develop additional open space or some other worthy grant funded project. And sometimes it’s taking advantage of the AAA bond rating of the County – a rating held by fewer than two dozen of the more than three thousand American counties – to help others borrow money through the Monmouth County Improvement Authority (MCIA) at interest rates that can save significant amounts of dollars in interest payments over the life of a loan.

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Posted: November 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: FMERA, Fort Monmouth, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County: A FINANCIAL FORCE MULTIPLIER

Freeholders Launch “Grown in Monmouth” Marketing Campaign

grown-in-monmouth_webFreeholder Director Tom Arnone and Freeholder Lillian Burry announced a boost to the Agribusiness sector of Monmouth County’s economy last week with the launch of a marketing campaign for farm products grown in the county.

Monmouth County farms and related business can sign up to use the new “Grown in Monmouth” logo which is the first part of county wide marketing strategy funded under a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant the county received last year to evaluate current trends and future opportunities to expand the local farming industry, and to develop a marketing strategy to promote and market agricultural products.

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Posted: September 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Freeholders Launch “Grown in Monmouth” Marketing Campaign

THE BEST BET FOR NEW JERSEY CASINOS

By Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

Burry-Lillian-079The question of new casinos will be on the November ballot, and I believe it’s a good idea, but only if done the right way. Like any business, the casino industry needs to build on existing resources and use potential synergies to its advantage. This means taking advantage of existing betting sites. I’m talking about the racetracks – the Meadowlands, Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway. These tracks strike the perfect balance between the desires to expand gambling and keep it contained. The tracks are experienced in handling gambling and have everything from the technology to parking in place. These are the only places where we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and there’s more to it than that.

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Posted: September 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Soldier On: From homelessness to home ownership for military veterans

SoldierOn1Between 50 and 100 Monmouth County homeless military veterans will have homes, security and futures to look forward to thanks to the tenacity of Freeholder Lillian Burry, Congressman Chris Smith and Soldier On, a non-profit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness.

Since 1994, Soldier On has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to home ownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.

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Posted: August 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News, Veterans | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Soldier On: From homelessness to home ownership for military veterans

Freeholders approve $35 million in bonds for Fort Monmouth acquisition

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Freeholder John Curley, Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso, Freeholder Lillian Burry and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders agreed to back up the acquisition of the 560 acres at Fort Monmouth that is not already controlled by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) with a $35 million bond guarantee.  The Freeholders voted 4-1, with John Curley opposing the guarantee, at their meeting last night which was held in Ocean Township.

The Freeholders’ action enables the Monmouth County Improvement Authority to guarantee bonds issued by FMERA.  With the AAA bond rating of MCIA, the bonds will have the lowest interest rate available in the market.  FMERA will use the proceeds to purchase the land, valued at $90 million, from the Department of the Army for roughly $35 million.  The bonds will be secured by the land.

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Posted: August 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Fort Monmouth, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Freeholders approve $35 million in bonds for Fort Monmouth acquisition

FROM THE DESK OF LILLIAN G. BURRY: Fair is fair and the library has an app        

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Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

Folks get ready, it’s that time of year again, and the 42nd Annual Monmouth County Fair is set to get underway. Once again you can enjoy all the wonderful fun activities that have become synonymous with the Monmouth County Fair. Congratulations to the Monmouth County Parks system and the Monmouth County 4-H Association for leaving no stone unturned. This year’s fair will prove to be one that you surely will not want to miss, and it will run from Wednesday to Sunday, July 27 – 31 delivering excitement for the entire family. From the 4-H shows & exhibits, home and garden competitions and horse shows to the games, rides and live entertainment, it is guaranteed to be a great time. Additionally, you can expect to see crafters and commercial vendors. You will have many opportunities to sample some delectable food, as well as have an opportunity to make purchases from the farm stands that will be featuring local produce. There is even a climbing wall! I encourage everyone to come out to the Monmouth County Fair and be prepared to be totally entertained with lots of laughs and good surprises along the way.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on FROM THE DESK OF LILLIAN G. BURRY: Fair is fair and the library has an app        

THOUGHTS ON THE 4TH OF JULY

By Freeholder Lillian Burry (as prepared for delivery to the Borough of Avon’s July 4th ceremony)

Avon 4thHello and thank you for having me here today. With the Fourth of July at hand, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the meaning of that day in American History and the cause of liberty that makes it special. The fourth is the celebration of the founding of our nation and the ideals on which that founding was based.

When we think of the American Revolution we do not think of any single place or person or act more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. And we recall those powerful words with which our founding fathers bound themselves together and we remember the great men who put their names to them. “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor”.

While that was a singular event, there were many other moments that led up to and followed along after it that also embodied the same spirit of American freedom. We must remember that this was a revolution that rose from the people of the thirteen colonies, each with its own leaders and prominent voices. All were inspired and united with a spirit best remembered in the work of Thomas Paine. Our second President, John Adams, wrote “Without the pen of the author of “Common Sense” the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”

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Posted: July 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »