Manny Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj are who Berkeley Heights residents need representing them on the Town Council. They are independent thinkers. They spent the summer meeting residents, going door-to-door, attending town events, and hosting monthly meet and greets.
Manny and Gentiana appreciate all the feedback and are listening to the concerns of residents.
Manny and Gentiana are already working for you! They are pleased to announce the formation of the Gladstone Commuter Alliance. They have already partnered with our neighbors in Summit, New Providence, and Long Hill. This alliance will focus on solutions we can provide to our commuters as well as ensuring Gladstone Line commuters voices are heard in Trenton.
Manny’s decades of real estate experience bring unique insights into property values, housing and demographic trends; all which affect the vibrancy of a community. Manny has been an active member of the council for almost 3 years. Some of his successes include: the revision of Municipal Code to bring design standards to downtown, Peppertown Park Renewal Committee, Peppertown Park Bocci Tournament, Art for the Park, Fill-a-Basket program, and the Adopt-a-Sign program. Manny is also the co-founder of the Commuter Task Force. Manny has gone through three Township budget cycles and has the knowledge and background to ensure the Council and Township does not skip a beat. Manny and his wife have lived in Berkeley Heights for over 23 years and raised three children who all attended the Berkeley Heights school system.
Gentiana is a strong, independent woman who came to the United States, on her own, in her early twenties. Married to a Vietnam war veteran, she raised three wonderful children; her son is active in the Navy, oldest daughter works for a global investment firm and lives in NYC, and youngest daughter started Governor Livingston this September. Gentiana is a former paralegal with many years of experience reviewing legal contracts, researching law, and representing clients in hearings. She also has extensive experience preparing multi-million-dollar budgets, and contract negotiations that will offer a diverse experience to the Council and allow her to hit the ground running.
Manny & Gentiana will:
➢ Deliver a 2020 budget without tax hikes or new spending
➢ Maintain local control of schools and services from county politicians
➢ Restore the 6-year capital road plan
➢ Provide diverse experience to the Council
➢ Work with businesses to develop a plan to revitalize our Downtown
➢ Develop a commuter transit alliance with neighboring towns to stand-up to NJ Transit
We are asking all residents to unite and put Berkeley Heights First. We all deserve a fair chance to let residents know who we are and what we will do for you and Berkeley Heights. We respectfully ask for your trust and your vote on Tuesday November 5th, Column B.
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