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Meet Vinny

Posing with Tom Kean Posing with Hunterdon Central staff and students At the Tewksbury Twp Community Day Speaking at Hunterdon Central Graduation Standing at an Aquaduct Standing at a Winery Speaking at Hunterdon Central Graduation Posing with Hunterdon Central Graduates Being Interviewed by NJ12 Eating at a local food truck Speaking at an event Giving a presentation Attending a ribbon cutting at a local small business Celebrating with the team Posing with the Board of Education Friends and Family Party At a Young Republicans Event Posing with others At Raritan Twp Day In front of the Washington Monument At the Tewksbury Twp Community Day Starting my beehive Posing with a Hunterdon Central Graduate
Vinny's family photoI grew up in Neshanic Station, on the border of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. Being the youngest of four, my mother was a stay-at-home mom while my father owned a small business doing commercial furniture installation. Together with my grandfather, he built a modest home where I grew up without air conditioning or cable until high school. My sisters shared one bedroom while I shared another with my brother. We lived well, in a home filled with family and rooted in love, that has shaped me into who I am today.
Vinny graduating at Rider UniversityI attended Readington Township schools and graduated from Hunterdon Central before getting my associate degree in Business Administration from Raritan Valley Community College. I continued my education locally to earn my bachelor's degree from Rider, and I am currently an MBA candidate at Auburn University (Montgomery).
AFScott team photoWhile pursuing my undergraduate degrees, I worked at Hunterdon Central and Purnell School (Somerset County) before transitioning my career to a local, Somerset County-based IT consultant, AFScott. I am currently a member of InfraGard - a federal law enforcement and private sector partnership to bolster critical U.S. IT infrastructure - and ITDRC - a team of IT first responders who help restore critical infrastructure after a disaster.
Vinny in Teacher of the Year ClassroomAs I worked in schools, I developed a passion for education reform and wanted to transform today's classroom into a better environment for our students. In 2012, I was elected to the Readington Township Board of Education and served the K-8 district for a full term before being elected to the Board at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in 2015.
Vinny posing with the Board of EducationMy first four years on the Hunterdon Central Board were spent fighting for a better environment for our students and educators at the High School. After being a vocal advocate and helping to hire a Superintendent, I was elected to President of the Board of Education.

Since then, we have made fast work and achieved the following milestones:

  • Implementing conservative fiscal policies to eliminate debt (as of 9/15/21) while expanding student programs and building new facilities
  • Building strong relationships with the local teachers to successfully settle the contract before expiration for the first time in decades
  • Promoting energy independence and cost-savings by installing solar, participating in power-purchase agreements, and instituting green policies
  • Creating the Racism, Equity, and Diversity (RED) Committee to fight for under-represented students
  • Making sure Hunterdon Central students do not miss a single day of education by successfully and safely navigating Phil Murphy’s COVID restrictions
  • Leading the state in forward-thinking school re-opening plans to get students back in the classroom
  • Publicly calling Phil Murphy on his failing COVID policies which hurt NJ teachers and students, specifically the deprioritization of teachers on the vaccine list, misleading guidance on events like graduation and sports attendance, and a "one size fits all" approach to re-opening
Vinny, Amanda, and Sally getting ready to flyOutside of my professional and political lives, I have been together for 12 years with my high school sweetheart, Amanda, and I recently proposed in Somerset County at Natirar Park. Her love for mathematics has driven her to break down gender barriers as a STEM teacher at Roxbury High School and professor at The College of New Jersey. You can often find us floating over Central NJ in a hot air balloon, as I am an avid commercial balloon pilot.

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