Berkeley Heights is my home and my family has enjoyed living here for 15 years. In fact, my parents even decided they wanted to move here soon after we bought our home. They came to visit their new grandson at least twice a month from Long Island and fell in love with the trees, the parks and the sense of community. My sisters live out of state and they also love to visit, so most of our family celebrations happen at our home in Berkeley Heights.
It is no coincidence that people who live here love Berkeley Heights. We have so much to offer. What really sets us apart is the people that live here. Everyone really cares about our town. I first experienced the volunteer spirit as I joined our school PTOs when my children first entered school. The first Mary Kay McMillan fund raiser was eye opening – the parents raised a lot of money for school programs – but more importantly everyone had a lot of fun doing it. That is where some of our first friendships with other Berkeley Heights families began. Then we moved on to elementary school where the volunteers sponsored so many wonderful events and I participated in the fundraising that helped build a new playground for the school. When I tell my friends that story, they cannot believe the generosity. Then as my kids got older they became involved in sports. I can’t tell you how many friends we made at early morning, chilly soccer games or midday (hot) baseball games. All the coaches were parent volunteers and all of the parents were always looking to help…bring snacks for the kids or carpool with parents who needed a hand. The atmosphere is always warm, helpful and caring. And not just in good times. Whenever people in Berkeley Heights hear about a family in need, the meal trains and car pools begin and people jump in to help in any way possible. It is truly heartwarming and contagious.
When I recently got involved in the Republican Municipal Committee, I got a glimpse of a different kind of volunteer. I saw the amount of hard work and brain power required to run our local government. The volunteers that govern our community are intelligent, talented, and work hard as a team for all residents of Berkeley Heights. They are honest and they have deep experience in engineering, business, law, real estate and communications. We are so fortunate to have this team who works together because they care about our town.
I am honored to have been elected by this Council to temporarily fill in the seat vacated by Craig Pastore. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community and earn your vote. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working hard with this Council like I have been doing in my professional career at major investment banks for more than 25 years. I have been analyzing problems and finding solutions at some of the most successful, well known and demanding firms seeking financial solutions to complex issues, where millions of dollars are at stake. Experience matters. My experience will help our town. I will be able to provide guidance for implementing financial controls and resolving issues as we seek to streamline workflows and maximize our tax dollars. My fiscal control mindset is critically important as we maximize efficiency and continue to develop sensible plans to repair roads and improve services. I have navigated complex finance projects, leading large teams to successfully accomplish strategic initiatives. In doing so, I have learned how to listen to all perspectives and ensure they are considered to deliver solutions that take into account priorities from all stakeholders. I will use these skills to make sure your priorities are heard as we tackle the important changes that are happening in our town. I know it is vital to maintain our small town feel and I will work with this team to protect that Berkeley Heights community spirit in the most financially efficient way possible.
Please support our team at the polls this election day, the team that will continue to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work for all residents of Berkeley Heights. The team that will continue to improve communications and build partnerships with local businesses. Please vote Column A, Woodruff, D’Aquila, Greco on June 5. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.