BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The League of Women Voters held a Town Council Candidates Forum at Governor Livingston High School.  The forum was between the incumbent Republican Candidates Tom Pirone and Ed Delia and Democrat Candidate Stephen Yellin.  The three candidates are running for two open seats.

The audience members had the opportunity to ask the participants questions about key topics and learn more about the candidates' platforms.  Michelle Bobrow from the Maplewood League of Women Voters served as Moderator.  The program was taped by the GLTV production crew scheduled to air on GLTV Comcast 34 and Fios 47.  You can watch the Candidates Forum in its entirety.

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Topic and questions asked by audience members included:

  • Ballot Question on secession, what is a logical reason to stay within Union County?   Do you believe in the secession effort?
  • In your opinion does the town make all appropriate efforts to comply with Government's Best Practices? If not, what else needs to be done?
  • Referring to the proposed land swap between the Township property and Little Flower Church, what are the plans for the library employees?
  • What would you do to attract more shoppers and businesses to the downtown?
  • What was your position on the Berkeley Aquatics Center referendum?  How did you vote and why?
  • How would you improve communications between the township and the residents?
  • Discuss the benefits of the Lone Pine Drive and Springfield Avenue traffic light.  (Referring to a quote of the installation of the light being a "win win".) 
  • Please discuss transparency and taping of the Town Council meetings.
  • What would you do to maintain our #6 Best Place to Live in America ranking?
  • Assuming that secession doesn't pan out, what action would you take to get the county taxes under control?
  • What shared services do you think would be most appropriate to pursue in the next term?
  • The Township has voted to settle its tax appeals with businesses and residents during the last three years.  Should the Township have done this? If so, why?  If not, then why not?
  • Incumbents, what has been your most significant contribution to the town in the last term?

Polls will open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.