Candidate Statements

September 12, 2018

We are your neighbors and are proud to serve as your elected representatives. We’ve been working hard to make Berkeley Heights an even better place for families and residents of all ages to thrive. We focus on four “C’s”: containing costs, continuously improving infrastructure and management ...

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We are proud to be running to serve the people of Berkeley Heights as Mayor and Township Council members, respectively. As we’ve met with and listened to residents across our town for the last several months, one of the most important things they’ve told us is that they’re sick and tired of ...

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Elected officials are obligated to undertake difficult challenges. There are those which are thrust upon us, like affordable housing, and those which must be addressed to keep our Township moving in a positive direction – like the New Municipal Complex. Our citizens trust and expect their municipal ...

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We are neighbors, parents, volunteers, first responders, seniors, and business owners. Not just red or blue - more than Democrats, Republicans, Independents and unaffiliated voters. Together, we are purple.  The common thread that binds us together, regardless of background, is that we are all a ...

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My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights. On Election day, I (along with my running mates Mara and Maciejewski) can be found on the ...

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Berkeley Heights is my home and my family has enjoyed living here for 15 years. In fact, my parents even decided they wanted to move here soon after we bought our home. They came to visit their new grandson at least twice a month from Long Island and fell in love with the trees, the parks and the ...

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Elections matter and the people we elect really make a difference. This is a truth that I have believed in for most of my life, but it has become glaringly obvious during the last two years as I watched our nation struggle through a contentious and debilitating national election with shocking ...

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Dear Berkeley Heights residents, As some of you may know, I am running for the Town Council in the upcoming Republican Primary Election (column C, row 7). Because of that, people often ask me “What is your stance on various town issues? Was the decision to build a 30 mln municipal complex a ...

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Pop quiz - What is a PILOT?  Is it: A)     A person that flies a plane. B)     A sailor who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths. C)     A critical tool in the municipal toolkit that enables a Township to reduce a project’s size and height, ...

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I really love Berkeley Heights for its small town feel, quality schools, and closeness to New York, beaches, and parks. It’s the place that I have chosen to raise my child. I bought a house here and have my roots grounded. My son is 10 years old and in the 4th grade and I plan to be here for quite ...

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My name is Stephen Yellin, and I’m asking to represent the residents of Berkeley Heights on the Township Council. I’m a lifelong resident and active volunteer in the  community, and have a track record of helping to bring positive change to our town. The question I most often get while meeting ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights. As a follow-up to my Candidate Statements from the last two weeks, I would like to share ...

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Redevelopment. It’s something that takes careful planning, foresight, the ability to negotiate for the most favorable outcome, and, of course, patience. I’m proud to say that we’ve been able to reach all of these milestones. Tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we as a community will take the ...

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Honesty and results. Those two principles characterize my service to our community for the last nine years. I served on Town Council for four years and have been your Mayor for five years. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and our community, steering it in a positive direction. During this ...

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My name is Christopher Rinaldi. As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights. As a follow-up to my Candidate Statement from last week, I would like to share with you a ...

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My name is Michael D’Aquila.  I’m an engineer who lives by the three core concepts above, incorporating them in my role as a current member of our Township Council.   I focus on accomplishing goals and seeing projects completed in the most efficient, cost effective manner.  Previously, I was a ...

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My name is Dmitriy Agafonov.  I am running for Town Council.  I do not have the financial or logistical support of the Republican or Libertarian Party.  I have never held a leadership position in either party. I am not a politician with a campaign machine hovering over social media pages or ...

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My name is Michelle Greco and I am running for Town Council.  Chances are, I am just like you. I have been a resident of Berkeley Heights for 15 years. My husband, children and I love living here—yet there are certain things that I would like to change for the better. I work full time and I have a ...

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I believe in an honest, transparent and smaller government, focusing on quality core services and asking the taxpayers for less, allowing people to keep more money in their pocket.  I consider myself a balanced, moderate and pragmatic conservative. I am results driven. The reason I am running ...

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My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5 for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights. I moved with my wife and four children to Berkeley Heights in July 2007.  What originally ...

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