Candidates for Office of Lieutenant Governor to Speak at FDU in October

Madison, NJ (October 9, 2009) — The autumn series of “New Jersey Politics on the PublicMind” has scheduled two speakers who are running for the position of lieutenant governor.

On Friday, October 16, Senator Loretta Weinberg speaks to the topic, “Women’s Healthcare Issues.” This presentation begins with a breakfast at 9:30 a.m., followed by Senator Weinberg at 10 a.m. A question-and-answer session with the audience follows.

Senator Weinberg is running on the Democratic ticket and has strong Bergen County roots. She served as the Bergen County Assistant Administrator and as a member of the Teaneck Township Council. In 1992, she was elected to represent the 37th District in the New Jersey General Assembly, and went on to serve as Majority Conference Leader, Chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and Vice Chairwoman of the Family, Women and Children's Services Committee.

Her focus on health care issues led the Assembly Speaker to appoint Senator Weinberg to the Mandated Health Benefits Advisory Committee. Other committee assignments included the Community Services, Veteran's Affairs and the Consumer Affairs and Regulated Professions Committees.

On Thursday, October 22, at 3:45 p.m., the candidate for the Independent party, Dr. Frank Esposito, is addressing “Education Reform: K-12 and Higher Education.” Refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to pose their questions after his presentation.

Dr. Esposito was appointed Kean University interim president in March, 2002 until he was succeeded by Dr. Dawood Farahi  in February, 2003.

As dean of Kean’s School of Graduate Studies in 1997,  Esposito led the internal reorganization of the graduate school and graduate office while collaborating with University deans on program development.

Esposito served as vice president for academic affairs, developed the University’s academic policy and budget, headed the general and cooperative education and honors programs, promoted faculty/staff development and recommended faculty for retention and tenure. Additionally, he served as advisor to former President Nathan Weiss.

While serving as acting dean of Kean’s School of Education, he led 102 faculty members and 4,000 students, developed new programs in education and technology, reorganized the school from eight to six departments and contributed solutions to statewide math/science teacher shortages. He was integral to the development of an alternate route for teacher certification in New Jersey. As an assistant dean, Esposito facilitated the creation of the Center for Human Services/Gerontology, as well as several academic program initiatives.

The public is invited to attend the “Politics on the PublicMind” seminars sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind polling institute and the College at Florham Library. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary. A donation to the “Friends of the Library” to help cover the cost of the seminars would be appreciated.

To reserve a seat, contact Colleen Di Gregorio at 973 443 8530 or e-mail Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.


For Immediate Release

College at Florham Library

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