Alicia Losonczy
Alicia LosonczyAssistance Zoning Officer, City of Bayonne
Website & Technology Committee Chair, NJAPZA

What do you love most about your current occupation?

I have always enjoyed working with the public and assisting people.  I truly enjoy putting forth my energy as a municipal employee in a position for the city I have lived in all my life and love to raise my three children in as well.

 

How long have you been a member of the NJAPZA?

I have been a member since 2017.

 

Why did you join the NJAPZA?

I love getting involved, especially with a professional organization that will assist me in ongoing matters and provide valuable resources.

 

What is a typical work day like for you?

Currently as the Assistant Zoning Officer, I have the pleasure of working closely with our Zoning Officer, Donna Ward.  A typical work day involves enforcing the city’s zoning ordinance, investigating any complaints, meeting with the public, reviewing plans and applications for development and issuing permits. 

 

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I have been involved with the PTA – Parent Teacher Association at my children’s school for over a dozen years and currently serve as the President for the Hudson County PTA as well as on the Board of Directors for New Jersey State PTA.  As I said earlier, I enjoy being involved – especially when it comes

to my children.

 

What do you enjoy most about the NJAPZA?

I feel having an organization to help its members fully understand zoning is crucial to working effectively in this field; in addition to the seminars for continuing education for members and the networking opportunities that then become available for assistance.   I am especially looking forward to participating in the mentor program soon.

 

Who inspires you?

Our current Zoning Office for Bayonne and my mentor, Donna Ward.  She broke the glass ceiling here in Bayonne in 2001 when she became the first woman to become the Zoning Officer.  She does an amazing job, maintains a plethora of knowledge and is extremely professional.  She will leave some very

large shoes to fill when she retires.

 

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

I like to spend time with my husband and our three children; whether its playing board games, Ping Pong, Billiards, riding our bikes, gardening, traveling or attending one of their extra-curricular activities.

 

What’s the best advice you would give someone in your line of work?

I believe knowing your municipality’s zoning ordinance and laws to the best of your ability will equip you to be prepared in every aspect of this line of work, and of course, join the NJAPZA to take part in the valuable education they offer.

Maryann Gulotta
Maryann GulottaGIS Specialist, Toms River Township
Law & Legislative Committee Chair, NJAPZA

What do you love most about your current occupation? 

Currently, I work for the Township of Toms River as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist.  I am nested within the Engineering Department, but I do mapping work for multiple departments throughout the Township, including Planning, Zoning, Tax, and Police.  I have been in the position for three months now.  My favorite part of this job is that I get to work on maps full time now and strengthen that facet of my public service career.  Almost all Township data can be made more meaningful with maps.

 

How long have you been a member of the NJAPZA? 

About 3 months.

 

Why did you join the NJAPZA? 

Although I now work full-time as a GIS specialist, I was formerly a Zoning Officer/Assistant Planner for the Township of Wall for 2 1/2 years.  I wanted to volunteer with NJAZPA so I could stay involved with New Jersey’s planning and zoning community despite a slight change in my career path.

 

What is a typical work day like for you?

Currently, I am helping Toms River update all of its Tax Maps to reflect new subdivisions, consolidations, and easements.  Simultaneously, we are reviewing all Tax Maps for compliance with State standards for Tax Maps.   All work is done in AutoCAD.  This process is very painstaking at times, but the final product will ensure that the Township is ready to complete a much-needed tax reassessment of all properties.  I also complete all 200-foot lists for the Township using ArcMap.

 

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I volunteer at the Cat Cafe in Asbury Park – “Catsbury Park”.  Since our opening last September, we have found homes for over 250 adorable kitties in need.

 

What do you enjoy most about the NJAPZA?

This organization has consistently produced quality seminars and luncheons and shows great commitment to helping aspiring planning and zoning professionals in the state.  Most of all, I just find planning /zoning to be one of the most important and interesting issues out there and so I love staying involved with this community.

 

Who inspires you? 

Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Gabrielle Giffords… among others.

 

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?  

Catching an episode of “House Hunters” while lounging on the couch with my two cats.

 

What’s the best advice you would give someone in your line of work? 

I am still learning a better approach to my work every day.  Try to find acceptance in the fact that you are never done learning – this can be daunting, but also exciting.