I appreciate the support received in the primary, and I seek your support in the general election for Berkeley Heights Town Council on Tuesday November 2nd.

My wife Joanie and I have lived in Berkeley Heights for 14 years and have two children, Christopher 12 and Nicole 9, in the school system. We chose Berkeley Heights for its suburban sense of community. The wooded lots and tree-lined streets were also a draw. Joanie and I also evaluated the schools and the Town’s taxes and decided we wanted to live here.

I am an Assistant Vice President for Moody’s Investors Service and I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College. Although I commute to Manhattan I’m deeply involved when I return home every night. I tell friends its only natural to want to contribute and protect the community where you’ve decided to raise your family.

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Joanie and I first joined a Newcomers club; then participated in the Parent Teacher Organization at Woodruff School. I later joined the Rescue Squad as a volunteer. I’m a merit Badge Councilor for Boy Scout Troops in the District and I volunteer at service projects in our town such as the "Suburban Chamber of Commerce Cleanup Day."

I have been a member of the Berkeley Heights Planning Board for 4 years and served for one-year as a member of the Township Council, during the transition year, in 2007.

As a Planning Board member for the last four years I’ve helped ensure no buildings taller than 36 feet along Springfield Avenue were approved. That is about a story shorter than some of the buildings that were approved before I joined the Board.

I’ve approved the construction of buildings downtown that when built will help to reinvigorate our downtown.

I was a key member of a subcommittee that updated our Master Plan -- it has already helped to add buildings to our office parks. It calls for less housing density downtown keeping Berkeley Heights suburban.

During my one year of service on the Town Council I made numerous contributions, I won’t discuss them all here but will detail them in follow-up articles.

You can reach me at ThomasPirone@comcast.netor 908-508-1538.

Vote on November 2nd for those that have a community focus.

Thank you for your support.