My name is John Sincaglia, and it has been a privilege for my family and I to have resided here for nearly 30 years. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent Berkeley Heights as a member of the Township Council. Along with current Council member Jeanne Kingsley, I am asking for your support on November 7.
The same things that attracted us to move to Berkeley Heights still ring true: top quality schools, a quiet suburban feel, the way people take pride in their homes and community, the reputation of being one of the safest towns in the state, outstanding recreation, cultural, and traditional activities….all topped off with easy access to a major highway and rail transportation. After we moved here, I began to understand everything that contributed to the wonderful quality of life that exists here: dedication by Township officials and Board of Education officials; the Recreation Commission, PAL and PBA; and the many volunteers who do so much for the community including our Fire Department, Rescue Squad, Parent Teacher Organizations, Booster Club, Education Foundation, Scouts, and so many others. We enjoyed the availability of the Community Pool, the annual Mt.Carmel Festival, and the good restaurants and local businesses that serve us so well and support our community. None of this happens without the commitment and hard work of our PEOPLE.
I have been involved in community activities for most of my years in town, be it PTO, coaching, and more than 12 years as a member of the Board of Education. Over the years, I have witnessed many positive changes. We now have new and improved playgrounds and recreation facilities, additions and upgraded facilities at our schools, new businesses and restaurants, a first-class fire department building, aesthetic improvements to our downtown and parks, and a well-deserved memorial to our veterans. I want to see our town continue to thrive and improve. The Township Council has just successfully and significantly reduced our obligations on court imposed affordable housing mandates. They have saved the Community Pool by negotiating a deal with the YMCA which has taken it over and is obligated to totally replace it within six years, and build a facility that will be available to all residents and provide gymnasium space to some of our local youth athletic activities. The Council has embarked on the rebuilding of our municipal complex, which when completed will finally provide a proper police station, a place for our Seniors to meet, a new and greatly improved library, adequate office space for township departments and an upgraded facility for our Department of Public Works, not to mention additional parking for our railroad commuters.
A great community does not stay that way if you don't invest in it. Together with you, I hope to take part in the decisions that need to be made along the way to ensure that new development is in accordance with previous agreements with developers, our Master Plan and building code requirements. I want to see these things done in an efficient, cost effective manner while at the same time making sure the services we expect and rely on are maintained. While on the Board of Education, I made sure we listened to the public and actively sought their input. I consistently shared detailed explanations of issues, and managed costs effectively. I understand the impact our schools have on our local taxes and their importance to our town’s property values. An outstanding working relationship between the BOE and Township officials is essential. By working together to understand mutual needs and the costs involved of projects, we can share services and develop programs with a full understanding of how they impact the taxpayer. Affordability is important to all of us. I will continue to ask for your input and listen to what you, as residents, have to say about what is going on in our town, and pledge that I will always make decisions in what is best for our community.
Please vote Column B Kingsley and Sincaglia on November 7. The polls are open from 6am to 8pm. Applications for mail-in ballots are available at the Library, the Township Clerk's office, or on-line at www.unioncountyvotes.com, or you can contact our campaign at Info @ KingsleySincaglia.com, and we will see that you get one.
Here are some of our Platform Highlights. For more details, please visit our website:
1. Together we will deliver crucial services in a balanced and cost-effective way.
2. Keep the small-town feel of the Berkeley Heights we all know and love.
3. Ensure residents are well informed about important Town issues & Township Council initiatives. Communication is key.
4. Optimize collaboration with public and private organizations and agencies in order to fund Town initiatives. Neighbors helping neighbors in our community.
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