Candidate Statements

THIS is What We are Voting For

6873dc7e79c804e5ad65_image001.jpg
6873dc7e79c804e5ad65_image001.jpg

It has been a privilege to serve on the Berkeley Heights Township Council throughout my first term. Together with our residents, businesses, community stakeholders and volunteers, we have worked extremely hard to improve our Town. There is a small cadre of people who keep telling us how “bad” things are, painting a distorted picture of our homes, neighborhoods, businesses, town center, and schools.  Their desire for political presence has them on YouTube standing eerily silent beside a fringe candidate telling the State of New Jersey that Berkeley Heights is a "swamp" and making other derogatory comments.  I've paid taxes and lived here for over twenty years and have proudly served this Town as your representative.  I can assure you that our community is NOT a swamp, and those who make such claims are hurting our image and potentially our property values. 

Last week I published a TAPinto Candidate Statement which links to actual source documents in order to “set the record straight” as to my Republican Primary opponents’ mischaracterization of the Township’s Affordable Housing settlement in response to this unprecedented state-mandated obligation.  https://www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights/categories/candidate-statements/articles/separating-fact-from-fiction-affordable-housing 

To date, our opponents have failed to articulate an alternate strategy for how they would have the Township comply—This should come as no surprise since our opponent stated on the record at the September 20th Council meeting that he agreed with the terms of our settlement. Similarly, his running mate was not even a resident when our compliance efforts began in earnest during March of 2015, so it is equally understandable how he might lack the necessary background to understand our obligations.  This much, however, is clear—We achieved an extremely favorable settlement by any objective measure (a demand of 860+ units against a settlement of 389 with only a maximum of between 194-206 new units actually needing to be built).

Would we all like to stop over-development in Town and across the State—Sure.  But when faced with litigation compelled by the NJ Supreme Court, we developed and executed a strategic plan with the best affordable housing legal and planning experts in the State by our side.  The result was a settlement that even our opponent supported.  To suggest, as our opponents have that inadequate preparation or due diligence was performed on this and other matters is not only patently inaccurate, it is offensive.  This Council discussed the status of our obligations and the litigation at virtually every meeting IN PUBLIC over the past two years, and we have posted a litany of affordable housing explanatory summaries and project-specific documents on the Township’s website—The picture of transparency.  I will continue to enforce the terms of our hard bargained for settlement against the developers with projects in our Town and will continue to provide updates along the way as I have over the past two years.[1]       

Sign Up for E-News

In the absence of any real plan, our opponents in this Primary continue to suggest that this Council has not been “transparent” in our dealings.  They and their surrogates have repeatedly attempted to present inaccurate and false information on social media, and their tactics are reminiscent of their attempts made in the past to discredit our schools and staff.  They have filed hundreds of Open Public Records Act requests monopolizing our municipal Clerk’s time with nothing coming from it. 

Most recently, our opponent actually sued the Town claiming that he was not only entitled to view the cost to police the wonderful local business sponsored Winter Walk community event, but also wanted to know the number and location of our police officers.  Not surprisingly, our Police Chief sought to redact that sensitive information since in this day and age, it would be unwise to reveal our staffing and security strategy for such events.  Even though he received the invoice and the cost information that he was looking for, our opponent had the audacity to sue the Town while running for elected office here, and in the process impugned the judgment of our Police Chief and Town Clerk.  On Friday, the Court ruled in the Town’s favor—However, we all lost too, since this unnecessary distraction cost us time, effort and legal fees to defend the claim. https://www.tapinto.net/towns/berkeley-heights/categories/news/articles/foregger-hastily-leaves-court-upon-losing-lawsuit 

It saddens me that these attempts are being made to frighten our Seniors and citizens under the guise of “transparency.”  These attempts and attacks have nothing to do with transparency and everything to do with discrediting hard working people for personal self-promotion and political gain. 

Jeanne Kingsley and I are proud residents of our community.  The best interests of our Town and its residents are always paramount.  We have never resorted to name-calling and smear tactics.  We never will.  We have a proven record for you to review:  negotiating State-Mandated housing settlements, protecting our Town from over-zealous developers’ density demands, collaborating with our Board of Education to share services and reduce costs, partnering with organizations and volunteers to provide new services and Town improvements, and vehemently pursuing public-private partnerships. 

For those who want to tell you that “nothing” has been done, perhaps it is because they want “nothing” to be done.  But time moves forward…not backward.  We work together to accomplish a vision and to maintain our small town feel.  We listen to hear concerns and ideas.  We volunteer to make a difference.  Serving as your representatives means protecting our Town, its values, its employees, its volunteers, its residents….not suing them….or disparaging them in front of Dunkin Donuts, door-to-door, on Social Media, and website review platforms. 

Leadership means working effectively with a community to take action and bring about positive results….Results that make a difference today and in the future.  We ask for your continued support in the June 6th Republican Primary.  Registered Republican and Unaffiliated voters can participate in the Primary Election.  We ask for your vote by choosing Column E.  Please learn more about us at KingsleyFaecher2017.com and thank you for your continued confidence and your vote.  Elections do matter because you, the people of Berkeley Heights, matter to us and to our future.

Marc Faecher

[1] A WORD ABOUT PILOTS:  Our opponents are now raising for the first time, their alleged concern over the use of Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs) for certain of the projects that are part of the settlement—The use of PILOTs was expressly identified in the individual site settlements which are incorporated into the overall affordable housing settlement.  PILOTs are frequently used across the State to reduce the overall cost of the project to make the project economics work—This reduces the density and number of units.  PILOTs also dramatically reduce the amounts paid to the County (they only get 5% instead of 25%).  Therefore, more money stays with the municipality instead of going to the County or State—PILOTs further help the Town by ensuring that these projects get built in a responsible way and that the Township’s interests are protected (e.g., nice looking projects that meet our design standards, with decent amenities, as much open space as possible, all at reasonable densities).  

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Honoring Sacrifice and Service on Memorial Day

May 25, 2018

On Monday, May 28, 2018, our Nation celebrates our most solemn event, Memorial Day.  In Berkeley Heights tradition, we will honor those who sacrificed themselves so that we may continue to live in the greatest country on earth.  I invite all residents to join us for the parade festivities and, most importantly, gather at our Veteran’s Park for a brief ceremony.

America has ...

Logic and Sensible Spending Take Priority

Logic.  It's what people use when endeavoring to complete things in the most sensible order.  Everyone knows that "logic" means sequencing events in a formulaic, predictable manner.  We learned this at a young age, as we observed Star Trek on TV and came to understand why Captain James T. Kirk relied on Spock as his first officer because his strategic plans were ...

I will draw on my experience to deliver a great future for Berkeley Heights

I am impressed with the day-to-day leadership of our Mayor and Town Council and I hope to help them continue to do great work. As I have been doing my research since deciding to run for a seat on our Town Council, I have learned a few things about all the work that has been happening in recent years.  For example, while plans for the Stratton House development were recently announced, our ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Rain Didn't Dampen Our Vision for Art in the Park

The rain did not dampen our vision for Art in the Park!! Columbia Middle School was transformed into an art paradise, filled with an array of artists whose talents are nothing short of magical! The Peppertown Park Art in the Park Committee would like to thank all of the artists who came to our very first Art in the Park event. We are in awe of your creativity and immeasurable talents! You all ...

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts Summer Camp Open House Friday, June 1

May 25, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) will host a Summer Open House on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will be held at the Performing Arts School located at 60 Locust Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The open house will feature demo classes centered around summer camp offerings and light refreshments will be served.

The New Providence 2018 Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28

The Borough of New Providence and American Legion Post #433 invite all to attend this year’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2018.   The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., rain or shine, at Springfield and Central avenues. Post 433 and the New Providence Community Activities Department have co-sponsored the town’s Memorial Day Parade for more than 65 years. The parade, ...

A Better Summer with the Y: Join by May 31 and Have Your Joiner Fee Waiver!

From now through the end of May, new members joining the Berkeley Heights YMCA will have their joiners fee waived, because at the Y we believe that everyone deserves to reach their health and wellness goals. With a savings of up to $95, you can focus on the perks of being a Berkeley Heights YMCA member:

Unlimited attendance to more than 100 group fitness classes a week
• State of ...

Red Cross Shares 20 Ways to be Safe This Summer

Download free Red Cross Apps to have safety information at your fingertips

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is the unofficial start of summer when many people will begin traveling, firing up the grill, and enjoying swimming and other water-related activities. The American Red Cross wants everyone to have fun and offers 20 things people can do to be safe all summer ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Giving Back Other

Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Recue, Berkeley Heights,

Dog Adoption

Other

Sat, May 26, 2:00 PM

New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshops @ NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back

Thu, May 31, 1:30 PM

Coppola Ristorante, New Providence

Lunch and Learn: Dental Implants and the ...

Health & Wellness

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...

How to Design Your Ideal Retirement

Would you like to design your ideal retirement? Where do you begin? First of all, what does retirement mean to you? If you’re in a relationship, does retirement mean the same to you as it does to your partner? Do you know if your “ideal retirement” is affordable or just a pipe dream?

In past generations, retirement planning didn’t involve very much. You stopped work ...

Don’t Make These Three Mistakes About Social Security

Social Security has been around for decades and it’s not about to disappear. Why? Social Security is not an entitlement ("gift") that can be taken away - it’s a forced savings scheme that Americans pay into in their working years in order to secure a pension for life. Ideally, Social Security should not be your sole source of income in retirement but even comfortable ...