Lakewood’s Mayor, By Avi Solomon

Langert as Mayor_wmSteve Langert has reached the height of his political career. After several failed bids to get a seat on Lakewood’s Township Committee he was finally elected in 2008. The general impression I’ve gotten from many residents of Lakewood is that they are happy with Langert’s service and many wanted to see him become Mayor. Steve would be the guy to fight to lower property taxes and clean up Lakewood’s corruption. Perhaps, this is why Steve Langert was elected by the Township Committee as the new mayor of Lakewood.
I believe that Mayor Langert has been fighting to accomplish these goals, but the title of mayor won’t help him win the war. In a Mayor/Council government the mayor of a township has much more power than the other council members. Lakewood has a township committee government where the mayor isn’t elected by the people, rather by the township committee. In Lakewood the mayor is nothing more than a title with the exceptions of being able to perform weddings and setting the agenda for meetings. There is actually some power to being an agenda setter in politics, but not enough to bring about the great reforms that some Lakewood residents believe Mayor Langert is capable of.

If Steve Langert wants to be involved in local politics to make a difference he may be making steps closer to that goal, but he still has a long way to go.


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There are 12 Comments to "Lakewood’s Mayor, By Avi Solomon"

  • Yudel says:

    Give the man a breathing chance to bring some dignity, transparency, accuntability to Lakewood politics. The inspiration must always be way above what you actually are able to accopmplish. If your sites are low, you won’t accomplish anything. Look throgh the glass of a telescope, not a microscope.

  • Anonymous says:

    He has all the power he needs . Ray Coles ,and Meir and Menashe will not stand in his way of cutting waste and fat . If he doesnt do it because he is afraid of another Republican commitee man ,then its his fault

  • clifton ave says:

    well said yudel, hopefully everybody else gets on board and recommends cuts to not just wait for steve and let him take the heat and if its not so bad jump on the wagon like they were behind him the whole tim

  • New guy on da block says:

    Pleasantly suprised. So far so good. Let us support him. We need a positive force not influenced by ” gaiva ” & greed.

  • Anonymous says:

    why not post what larry simons said about our kind hearted mayor?

  • troubled teen says:

    mazal tov to Steven upon reaching this milestone…may we all have much nachas from your contribtions to this air hatorah…

  • free drinks on forest ave says:

    Reb Steve is an omer v’oseh.

  • Anonymous says:

    why wont you post my comment?

  • david says:

    Steve changed the traffic patterns down town in a very down to earth way . When I thanked him for common sense , he let me know that al he got was complains! Sad! What I suggest if. You are happy with , his action or common sense ?then please call him& thank him ! Its not enough to just blog a thank you!

  • Democrats say says:

    Larry Simons says?? Steve will have to make some blunders at least in my eyes, otherwise Mr. Simons wouldn’t have what to complain about at the Township meetings.

  • mayor alert says:

    Republican in name only….
    Lets see budget time how much he is really going to cut…all you out there don’ hold your breath

  • Anonymous says:

    how many of you idiots think you will get any money back from the “extra” taxes you “paid”?

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