BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Each week leading to the November 6 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Mayor and Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.
The following answer is from Republican Township Council Candidate Michelle Greco for Week 1.
Week 1 Questions:
- Why are you Running for Office?
- What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the elected office you are seeking?
- What do you think the major issues facing Berkeley Heights are at this time?
I am running for office because I am proud of Berkeley Heights and I want to be a part of the change that is happening. The change that is moving our town into the future while still retaining the charm and small town feel that drew us here. I was at my son’s baseball game recently and a parent from a neighboring town told me he really enjoyed his coffee and bagel from our new concession stand and he was impressed with our fields. He added that he wished his town would “get their act together the way Berkeley Heights has done”! That was music to my ears!
I have been active in my children’s schools and our church over the years but I decided that I want to contribute more. I want to leverage my finance project management background be part of the change that is happening.
What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the elected office you are seeking?
I have an extensive background in finance. I worked as an auditor at one of the top 4 accounting firms, then I moved to a top tier Investment Bank and became a project manager. I have earned a reputation as someone who takes on “problem areas” and is able to “get things done”.
I have valuable experience managing large, diverse teams of stakeholders and subject matter experts, developing communication plans and resolving issues to accomplish strategic objectives that enhance controls to manage risk and maximize efficiency. I will keep the priorities of the residents in mind by scrutinizing every extra dollar spent, always looking for savings and communicating what is happening and the impact to their bottom line. I have years of experience doing this and feel well prepared to take on this responsibility.
What do you think the major issues facing Berkeley Heights are at this time?
The major issue facing Berkeley Heights at this time is the growth as we work towards meeting the NJ state mandated Affordable Housing requirement. Thankfully that was negotiated from a crippling 860 down to a much more feasible 210 which allows us to build smaller, attractive developments to keep our small town feel. These developments will be good for our town and our local businesses and will even attract more businesses. This will make us a THRIVING community.
But with all of the positives that this growth can bring, we also must be ready to address the risks with careful oversight of the developers that will be building here who are obviously interested in maximizing their profit. We must ensure that the they stick to the agreements that have been negotiated to ensure that the developments are not only in line with our small town feel but will also enhance the aesthetics of our town. Now more than ever we need a Town Council with the right experience and the right ethics to oversee this development and ensure our standards are maintained and our taxpayers are protected.