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 consulting engineer and facilities manager. For more than a decade now, I have held the senior lead role as project manager, overseeing the planning, renovation, and construction of various types of university buildings ranging in size from $1 million – to over $200 million. I regularly handle all capital construction and building infrastructure replacement, as well as hold primary responsibility for operating and maintaining the central campuses of local universities, ranging in size from 1.6 – 1.8 million square feet. My responsibilities have entailed managing operating budgets up to $10 million, and supervising teams of other project managers to ensure that targets for project schedules are met timely, efficiently, and well within budget parameters. I lead teams of over 100 people, act as a liaison between various departments, and interface with all levels of professionals and union personnel.
Why share this background with you? So that you know that I have actual, concrete, daily experience handling the exact type of issues impacting Berkeley Heights currently.
I care deeply about our town and its current direction. My wife, Cathy, and I moved to Berkeley Heights in 2005. Since that time, I’ve served on the Environmental Commission and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Planning, in effort to improve our town and elevate it to new heights. Also, Cathy and I have been fortunate to raise three children (ages 9, 7, and 5) here, in our community of which I am so proud. My daughter dances at one of our in-town dance studios, and one of my two sons plays PAL baseball.
Our community is like a baseball team, whose coach has worked with each player, fine-tuned their skilled, and led them to perform seamlessly as one cohesive unit. Would you fire the coach, just as the team is headed to the playoffs? Would you replace the coach with someone who is well-intentioned but inexperienced coaching a baseball team? No – of course not. It just makes sense to keep the team’s core leadership in place during the culmination of the team’s season-long efforts.
That is why I’m asking for your support, and your vote for my re-election to our Township Council. I currently serve as Vice President of our Township Council, holding key roles in the construction, development, and completion of our fantastic, new, state-of-the-art buildings that are about to sprout up in town – the Municipal Building, Community Center and Library, and Police Headquarters. As you’re aware, this is a major undertaking, and not something that happens overnight. My fellow Council members and I have been working painstakingly and carefully to deliver these very important, cornerstone structures to our community. With my years of project management, operations, and construction expertise, I will continue to work diligently to ensure that these projects are completed efficiently and within budget, and that they incorporate technological improvements that will not only make us proud, but make our town attractive to families that share our vision of wanting to live in a place we’re proud to call home.
Experience and results matter. You matter. Your informed choice matters. Choose wisely.
Please come to the polls and vote in the Republican Primary on Tuesday, June 5, for Column A, Woodruff, D’Aquila, and Greco.
Thank you in advance for your support.