For Immediate Release: Contact: Amy Gatto
September 9, 2016 609-617-2973
Gatto Selected as Atlantic County Freeholder-At-Large
Vows to Bring a New Generation of Leadership to County Government
Hamilton Township Deputy Mayor Amy Gatto was selected by the Atlantic County Republican Committee to be Atlantic County’s next Freeholder-At-Large at a special meeting held last night at Mays Landing Country Club. Gatto will complete the term of incumbent Freeholder Will Pauls who resigned from the board several weeks ago as a result of a move to Cape May County.
“Whether as a Building Trades leader or as our Freeholder, Will Pauls always put his heart and soul into fighting for the residents of Atlantic County and I’m grateful for his service to our community,” said Gatto.
Gatto was first elected to the Hamilton Township Committee in 2007 at the age of 25 and at 29 became the youngest and only the third woman to hold the office of Mayor in the township’s several hundred year history. She will join Freeholder Maureen Kern as the only other woman on the board. Leveraging her nine years of experience on Township Committee, Gatto plans to face the challenges ahead for Atlantic County with a focus on efforts to oppose the expansion of casino gaming outside of Atlantic City, to protect taxpayer wallets and to advance initiatives that diversify the local economy, attract capital investment and improve the regions competitive positioning.
“Despite the tough times facing our region, in Hamilton Township we were able to eliminate our structural deficit by encouraging economic development and making government more efficient as well as pay down millions in municipal debt without raising taxes three of the last four years,” Gatto said. “County Executive Dennis Levinson and our Board of Chosen Freeholders have set the bar high, leading the most fiscally sound and best run county in the state of NJ. I’m ready to bring the next generation of leadership, experience and energy to the board to carry that legacy forward.”
Gatto will be sworn in to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday, September 13th at 4pm at the Mullica Township Municipal Building, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, NJ.