WE have a GREAT town, a town that I have supported tirelessly.  We all need to get involved, and I feel that leading by example is setting the BEST example.

The past three years, I have been your councilman and the council liaison for the Downtown Beautification Committee, Peppertown Park Committee, Veteran’s Memorial Park Committee, and the Commuter Task Force.  I am at every event in our town. 

During my time on the Downtown Beautification Committee, our team of volunteers made recommendations to the Downtown Design Standards which allowed for streetscape standards and for a stronger, cohesive aesthetic for our Downtown.  This has created a template for future builders and developers to follow for a more uniform Downtown. The goal is to be a welcoming, walkable, enjoyable, and people friendly town. We have made major recommendations to the sign standards and hope to see that adopted soon by the Town Council and Planning Board.  Our downtown has benefited because of the contributions DBC made--from the 3rd annual Berkeley Heights Restaurant Week to the Fill-A-Basket program. I am committed to supporting and fighting for our small business community.

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Peppertown Park Committee has held numerous events such as Art for the Park and the annual Bocce tournaments. I am a strong supporter of our community’s  activities as well as the local VFW, and  I continue to show my dedication to bringing people together. The new residents and the original families that founded Berkeley Heights continue to keep Berkeley Heights the welcoming, inclusive community we all love.

The community cleanup events held by DBC, Sustainable BH and Environmental Commission are one of my favorite local happenings in Berkeley Heights. You have seen me  pull sinks, power washers, plastic bags and kitchen counters from streams and along the roads to attain one common goal -Keep Berkeley Heights Clean.  I fully support the Volunteer Rescue squad in their LOSAP amendment, the Volunteer Fire Department in the replacement of aging vehicles and the Police Department in keeping our residents safe. We are so lucky to live in a town with a great first responder team!

We need our town council representatives working with residents, county and state officials to find additional sources of revenue to fix roads, sidewalks, aging infrastructure and continue to improve our parks and recreation fields. I am committed to you and I will continue to represent you!

We must support our seniors, who have given so much to the community over the years. Once the seniors have a place to call home at the new town hall, we are able to apply for state and county grants to keep them active and engaged in community events.  This will allow the seniors to share their knowledge with the next generation.

The job of the council is to develop comprehensive plans for a solid future and to invite resident input in order to make solid decisions that protect residents’ interests and to keep Berkeley Heights First.  My strong leadership skills and my background as a realtor and small business owner brings diverse experience to the council.  We need to have strong skillsets on the council in order to maintain balance, free of conflicts and allow for diverse perspectives.

Gentiana and I have a vision forward. We are committed to:
Always putting Berkeley Heights FIRST!
Routinely reaching across the political aisle and do what’s best for Berkeley Heights
Effectively manage YOUR tax dollars
Work with you to improve OUR community
I like to akin this to planting a tree today, so tomorrow’s generation can enjoy it with their loving families.

I want to continue supporting our community in this role. Gentiana and I will make sure that the hard questions are asked all while maintaining the services that have made you comfortable living in Berkeley Heights.  We are the best choice for Berkeley Heights.

Vote Column B, November 5th for Manuel Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj to Keep Berkeley Heights First!