In 2013, I wrote about my excitement that there was a woman Mayor, Planning Board Attorney, Applicant’s Attorney, and Planning Board and Zoning Board Chairpersons. At that time, I failed to mention the over twenty years of work from the Planning Board Secretary. This omission shows a flaw in my women’s history analysis. I have watched many men and women leave on the political tide, but our Planning Board Secretary remains the same. Her achievements should be highlighted. Even though she has achieved the title of Administrative Assistant by attending courses, she still hands out the site plans while the members sit and she serves. Why does this bother me? The one thing about which I am sure is that women like the Board Secretary should not be forgotten. They are the ones that opened the doors to let the rest of us enter the room. The month of March should celebrate women’s resilience.
Sherri Ruggieri is the managing editor of Empire State News. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, Ms. Ruggieri is also chairperson of Edison Township’s Planning Board. Additionally, she has served as a college professor, with nearly a decade of experience in teaching law and political science courses.
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