On August 8th, Bergen County Freeholder Maura R. DeNicola visited Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) to discuss her platform for her re-election in this General Election. She discussed her plans and perspectives on issues critical to the Korean American community, ranging from expanding business opportunities for Korean Americans to ensuring diversity in county government.
Freeholder DeNicola graduated from Boston College with a B.A. and earned her Master’s degree at Columbia University. Freeholder DeNicola has already worked for more than eleven years to public service of Borough of Franklin Lake and Bergen County. She also was elected to be the first female Mayor of the Borough of Franklin Lakes in 2006. Freeholder DeNicola was elected by the people of Bergen County on November 2, 2010 to her current elected position. On January 1, 2011, she was elected as Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. She and her husband of 26 years have 3 sons and 1 daughter.
Freeholder DeNicola decided to run for re-election because she wants to ‘continue services’. She noted that she wants to give back to the community. She said that she has big interest in education and women’s power.
She stressed three main programs that she would focus on if she re-elected; 1. fiscally sound government, 2. increasing shared services, 3. listening to the community. She noted the importance of keeping the county government fiscally sound by keeping budget and tax low. To do that, she mentioned of increasing shared services between municipalities and government departments. Lastly, she planned to listen the voice of many people and support diverse population to make the county government reflect its residents.
She was especially interested in supporting naturalized veterans.Namely, she discussed the importance of supporting former Korean nationals who fought in the Vietnam War; when these veterans became naturalized, they lost their veteran benefits from the South Korean government. She passed a resolution supporting these veterans and is working closely with state senators to ensure their welfare. She also stressed her efforts to support the comfort women through the comfort woman memorial.
In addition, she noted that many Korean Americans are small business owners. To make the county business friendly, the county government holds job fairs, business fairs, and investment board to train people for jobs. She also discussed her support of the pending LG headquarter construction and the importance of small businesses. She thoughts that the LG’s new building is platinum level by LEED rating system, for energy sustainable and environment friendly.