BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the June 6 Primary election, the Republican candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council will answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.

The following answers are from Republican candidate Marc Faecher.

I'm Marc Faecher and I currently serve as Berkeley Heights Council President. As an attorney and environmental law specialist, I consider all issues from a fiscal and community impact point of view prior to rendering a decision. Conducting sound due diligence, research, and collecting the facts is essential. I ask challenging questions regarding the matters under consideration (such as the recent State-mandated affordable housing litigation), and seek new sources of revenue for parks and programs. Maintaining affordability is crucial, but so is providing the services and resources our citizens expect. Working together achieves both.

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Question 1:  What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the Council?

One of the things that makes Berkeley Heights special is its small-town feel filled with traditions passed from generation to generation.  It is essential that we protect that.  As a community, we have to take control of our future as best we can.  As an attorney and environmental specialist, I come from a unique vantage point in my approach.  As an advocate for neighborhood preservation, traffic and pedestrian safety, I ask hard questions regarding the impact of new housing developments on these areas.  The state-mandated affordable housing demands had the potential to drastically effect all aspects of our Town.  I was proud to take the lead in our negotiations, and while not quite complete, have brought us to a point of managed development and a significant reduction in the number of housing units when compared to the numbers initially sought by developers.  We are determined not to let our Town become something none of us would recognize.  We have a wonderful community filled with the neighborhood feel that makes it special in today’s world.  We will not give that up.

Question 2:  Why are you running for Council?

I'm seeking re-election because our work is not complete.  I'm the kind of individual that sees things through; who works with others to bring about positive community change; who respects all points of view and always seeks a common ground.  Together we have made tremendous progress; and together we can continue to do so. Prior Councils have recognized the need for new and updated Municipal facilities since the mid-1980s.  Not only will the new Municipal Complex be a focal point of activity, it will be located on one of the Township’s 'Four Corners' along with the volunteer-renovated Veterans Memorial Park, Train Station, Mondelli and Peppertown Parks, forming the heart of Berkeley Heights. The complex includes space for Administrative services, a new Library, Police headquarters, Recreation space, and at long last, a place for Senior citizens to call home.  The combination of green space and modern facilities in the center of Town together with transportation to NYC is not only truly unique, but a tremendous asset to property values.  We have a bright future ahead, and along with Jeanne Kingsley, we ask for your continued support in the June 6th Republican Primary.  The polls are open from 6am to 8pm.  

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in the answer are the candidate's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the candidate.