BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and Berkeley Heights Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley spoke to an audience of over forty women about the importance of women serving in government leadership positions. Munoz has represented District 21, of which Berkeley Heights is a part, for the past eight years. She is a nurse by profession, mother of five, and wife of the late Dr. Eric Munoz, a trauma surgeon and former Assemblyman. Following his passing eight years ago, Munoz has successfully been elected to the District 21 seat ever since. Respected for her knowledge and efforts on behalf of women’s health, domestic violence, and cost effective measurements regarding spiraling costs, Munoz is well known in Trenton and throughout her district as someone who gets things done.
Jeanne Kingsley has served as President and Vice President of the Berkeley Heights Town Council. Mother of four and a CPA and Strategic Planner, she has been vigilant about zero based budgeting, cost savings resulting from shared services with the Board of Education, and the development of Public/Private partnerships to provide funding for projects and programs. All of these initiatives bring relief to the taxpayer. Kingsley is the only woman currently serving on the Council. “Women have a unique perspective,” she said, “ We are multi-taskers in everything we do; juggling children, careers, household budgets, and quite often caring for our parents.” Emphasizing the critical importance of maintaining programs for children, adults, and Seniors, Kingsley discussed the plans for the new Municipal Complex which will provide modern facilities and space for the Police Department and Administrative Services, Recreation, Seniors, and a new Library. “Finally we will have a place for our Seniors to call home. Companionship opportunities, a place to meet and attend programs, a resource center; our Seniors deserve all of this. There are grants available for programs, but they require that Senior space be available in order to apply. We hope to bring all kinds of programs and activities to Berkeley Heights. Loneliness can be the most challenging part of getting older. A place to consistently gather is essential.” With a changing landscape in the downtown area, she shared that the Council is determined to maintain, “the small town feel that makes Berkeley Heights special, in spite of efforts on the part of developers to increase housing density. New developments downtown are limited in size and contain their own parking areas. We will continue to seek new ways to add to commuter parking, bike access to the train station, and other alternatives means to get there. Builders are required to include our new standards regarding sidewalks and lighting.”
Both government leaders fielded questions from the audience. Munoz emphasized the key relationship between citizens and those elected by them, and between Municipal representatives and State representatives. Added Kingsley, “these relationships are essential in helping to bring our tax dollars back to Berkeley Heights. Whether in the form of grant opportunities or introducing legislation on issues affecting our town and residents, working closely with our state representatives helps us accomplish more.” They both encouraged women to actively participate in government, share ideas and information on initiatives that affect their community, and take leadership roles to enact programs and projects. For more information, Assemblywoman Munoz can be contacted at her district office: 57 Union Place Suite 310, Summit NJ 07901 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (908) 918-0414. Councilwoman Kingsley may be contacted at Berkeley Heights Town Hall, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights or email at email@example.com or by phone at (908) 464-2700. Both are seeking re-election and encouraged the audience to vote in the upcoming Primary on June 6. The polls are open from 6am to 8pm.