City Council Candidate
Campaign Website: www.coyneforcouncil.org
Slogan: Experience Counts!
Circle one: Employed, Unemployed or Retired? Employed
If employed, where? Nyberg and Cassioppi, LLC
How long have you lived in Naperville? 14 years
1. What motivated you to run for Naperville City Council?
I have enjoyed serving on the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission. I also have a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, Naperville’s business and not-for-profit communities. I believe my experience in business, community service, and local government have prepared me to serve ably on our city council.
2. If elected to serve your community, will you accept health care benefits from the City of Naperville? NO
3. If elected, how much time per week are you willing to give to prepare for City Council meetings, budget workshops and liaison appointments on boards/commissions?
Average 20 hours per week.
4. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan City Council?
Experience. I offer sophisticated business and legal experience gained from practicing law in Naperville for 14 years. I have also gained practical knowledge as to how our local government functions from serving on Naperville commissions for 8 years.
5. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
- A. Fiscal challenges arising as a result of our state’s very poor financial condition.
- B. Public safety, namely (i) unruly behavior stemming from downtown Naperville nightlife and (ii) drug abuse amongst our young people.
- C. Traffic congestion and accessible parking (particularly for commuters).
6. Do you favor term limits for City Council and other local/state governing bodies? YES
7. Name one contribution you have made to our city that you think was most significant of your community service to date.
Aside from my 8 years of service on Naperville city commissions, my most significant contribution to Naperville was serving as the Executive Director of the 2006 Naperville Last Fling. This event achieved record profitability and groomed numerous people that went on to play huge roles for the event in future years.
8. What boards or commissions have you served previously?
City of Naperville Fair Housing Commission (2006-09); City of Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission (2010 to Present); Lisle Township Rep. Organization, Executive Board (2014-Present); Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2014-Present); Naperville Jaycees, Board of Directors (2003-2006, 2008-2010); Naperville Last Fling, Executive Committee (2003-2006).
9. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the city, what would it be?
I would reduce traffic congestion and improve parking options for commuters. Reducing traffic congestion while increasing parking options would not only improve resident quality of life, it would attract more customers to our downtown and draw more Chicago commuters into our Naperville real estate market.
10. How do hope to be perceived by city staff, city manager, other council members and constituents?
Open, accessible, reasonable, and capable.
11. What business development needs can you identify?
We have done a great job building a vibrant, successful downtown. Freedom Commons has been very successful in the northern part of our city. I would like us to prioritize economic development in the south. Our residents in the south should have more retail, restaurant, and entertainment options.
12. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses?
By serving on the Naperville Plan Commission, I have seen firsthand what an outstanding job our city does on the economic development front. We should (i) continue to work closely with the Naperville Development Partnership (ii) avoid unnecessary obstructionism and/or delays of good projects and (iii) better streamline building permit applications.
13. What can the City Council do to help keep real estate and property values in check?
The best thing we can do to keep demand high for our real estate is to keep real estate taxes as low as possible and vigorously safeguard the great reputation and brand that our City has built over the years.
14. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
We reduce the cost of housing by reducing the cost of building it. Accordingly, (i) real estate taxes must be kept as low as possible, (ii) the affordability of homes should be one factor when deciding which developments are incentivized or approved, and (iii) make our approval process more efficient and streamlined.
15. What service provided by the City of Naperville do you deem most important?
Our police and fire departments are our most important public service. They will play a key role in how we deal with unruly behavior downtown, drug abuse amongst our young people, and how we protect Naperville’s very positive image
Least important? The electric car charging stations I believe should be the responsibility of the individual electric car owners and dealt with in the private sector.
16. Are you a member of a service club or nonprofit board of directors that receives SECA funds or other grants from the City of Naperville?
Yes, I am a member of the Naperville Jaycees, the Exchange Club, West Suburban Irish, and KidsMatter.
17. What city amenity is most important and how do you think it should be funded/raise revenue?
Free downtown parking has been a critical amenity and I believe it has played a large role in the great success of our downtown. As new developments and businesses come in, those businesses should equitably contribute to the construction cost and maintenance of downtown parking through shared cost agreements.
18. How would you qualify Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) applicants for funding?
Only those events or causes that (i) serve a clear public purpose, (ii) are deemed to be of high value to a high number of residents, and (iii) are of high quality and have a high likelihood for success, should receive public funds through SECA.
19. What is your opinion of the bidding and letting process at the City of Naperville?
By and large I believe Naperville has been very transparent in the manner in which bidding and letting is done. I agree with recent discussions that suggest local Naperville businesses should win contracts when all else is equal and/or very close to being equal.
20. In addition to employee salaries and public safety, place in order of importance to you 12 assets and public/private partnerships that currently receive funding from the City of Naperville.
- Public Utilities (Water/Electric)
- Naperville Riverwalk
- Naperville Public Libraries
- Naperville Settlement
- Free Downtown Parking Decks
- The Water Street District
- Naperville Main Street Development
- Our large summer events (Last Fling and Ribfest)
- Naperville Development Partnership
- Downtown Naperville Alliance
- Millennium Carillon
- Embassy Suites and its banquet facility (which received public incentives)