Council President George Schnurr

 

Councilman George Schnurr

 

 

George Schnurr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Technology from the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds numerous computer system certifications and is a member of the "International Who's Who of Information Technology". He is responsible for all technology related activities for FedEx Office Commercial Press. His technology automation work led to the issuance of U.S. patents by a sister company.

Schnurr served as President of the Freehold Borough Little League for four years and as a member of its Board of Directors for nine years. In 2003, he spearheaded the redevelopment of the Little League complex where he was instrumental in obtaining almost $400,000 in funding for the betterment of the Freehold Borough Little League. The funding came via a Community Development Block Grant from the federal government, in addition to funding from the State of New Jersey and private donations. Later on, Schnurr started a scholarship program called the "Urban Initiative Program" to give underprivileged children a chance to play baseball. Schnurr was recognized in 2005 by the Asbury Park Press as a “Hometown Hero" for his community involvement in organized youth baseball and for his leadership in the development of Community Park.

 

Schnurr has been on the Freehold Borough Council since December of 2007, was elected in 2008 and 2011 and was selected Council President in 2011.

 

Prior to his election to the Freehold Borough Council, Schnurr was a member of the Planning Board - a position he still serves in as a Class III member. In that capacity, Schnurr recommended that the Zoning and Planning Boards be combined for cost savings and for continuity of public planning decisions. Schnurr was later appointed chairman of the Land Use Committee by Mayor Higgins. This committee serves as the clearinghouse for any issues effecting land use planning, historic preservation and code/construction enforcement. By changing existing policies and procedures to make sure the business community knows that Freehold Borough is “open for business”, this committee was responsible for millions of dollars in economic development.

 

But its not all about downtown. The back-streets are just as important as Main Street. Schnurr networked with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in 2010 to bring a State of New Jersey program called the "Live Where You Work Program" to Freehold Borough. This program, which offers down payment assistance and below prime mortgage rates, coupled with a housing workshop he organized, brought area realtors, lenders and prospective homebuyers together. In 2011, Schnurr introduced another New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency housing program to Freehold Borough called the "New Jersey HomeKeeper". This program provides relief for homeowners who are faced with foreclosure in the form of a second mortgage loan, repayable only if the homeowner sells, refinances or ceases to occupy the subject property within 10 years from the date of the assistance loan.

 

Schnurr serves on the Finance Committee and is part of the team that makes Freehold Borough a municipal leader in shared services with other towns within the county. Schnurr is a founding member of New Jersey's largest shared services "think tank" - the Central Jersey Council of Governments. In that position, Schnurr is working with elected officials from other municipalities to come up with ideas to help streamline the delivery of services to residents.

 

In 2009, Schnurr led the charge against taxi drivers and the owners of taxi companies who routinely found ways to circumvent existing laws. Thanks to the persistence of Councilman Schnurr, Freehold Borough now has Monmouth County's toughest taxi ordinance that other municipalities are now emulating.

 

Schnurr is a member of the "Sierra Club", America's oldest, largest and most influential environmental organization. He is working with the other like-minded members of the governing body to develop plans to cleanup the contaminated "Colaner Property". On council, Schnurr served as liaison to the Shade Tree Commission, which is an embodiment of his love for the environment and conservation of our natural resources. He has been a governmental leader in many of Freehold Borough's "going green" initiatives including the current recycling program that features the Boro blue and gold containers.

 

Schnurr is also the council liaison to the Freehold Memorial Day Parade Committee and is an advocate for veterans in Western Monmouth County. In that capacity Schnurr campaigned for the restoration of Elk's Point which was completed in 2014. The Freehold Memorial Day Parade is the state's longest running parade of its kind and Western Monmouth's largest such parade with over 70 units participating.

 

Realizing that education is the key to a child's future success, Schnurr is on the Board of Directors for Freehold Borough's 21st Century Community Learning Center After School Program as well as a Trustee for the Freehold Borough Education Foundation. Schnurr is also a graduate of the Freehold Borough School District Citizen's Academy program developed by the District Administrative Team to provide an overview of the school district.

 

Schnurr and his wife Diane have two adult children, Michael and Nicole. They are members of the St. Rose of Lima Parish and he is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1672.

 

Schnurr’s business and technology background is an asset to the governing body. As a dedicated and committed advocate for Freehold Borough, his various community activities give him an ear and eye to the needs of the residents and businesses. He is a person that is known for his meticulous attention to detail, for taking on projects and for getting things done in Freehold Borough.


E-mail: GSchnurr@FreeholdBoroDems.org