Why Stephen Yellin has my vote
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 • 5:45pm
To the Editor,
As a longtime Berkeley Heights resident, former Mayor, and Union County Prosecutor for 11 years, I believe I know the qualities necessary to lead – honesty, energy, common sense, and intelligence. All those attributes can be found in Township Council candidate Stephen Yellin. That is why I am endorsing his candidacy.
Stephen has impressive credentials to take our town on a path of growth and financial stability. He is a lifelong resident who has been involved in our community even while he earned his Master’s degree at Rutgers University. He completed courses in Budgetary Policy and State/Local Government at the elite Bloustein School for Public Policy.
He has attended Council meetings for several years including important Budget meetings that few, if any, residents have time to attend and he has worked on various volunteer committees of the Township. He will use a sound, common-sense approach to government by listening and learning from his constituents, something that is lacking with our current Council.
When the residents needed a leader Stephen stood up to oppose the proposed Berkeley Aquatic Center facility. Even though he did not live in the residential part of town that would have been disrupted by the BAC’s project he went to their aid and fought the new facility. He was an active part of Stop the BAC, serving as Chair of the campaign organized for the May 2013 referendum that rejected BAC. It is one thing to talk about doing the right thing. It is another to do something about it. Stephen stepped up when it mattered most.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for his opponent, Ed Delia. Mr. Delia voted for the BAC facility not once, not twice but three times. The only one of his Council colleagues to do so.
Mr. Delia has also voted to reject every single tax appeal settlement (12 to date) as proposed by our legal counsel and Tax Assessor. Mr. Delia's fellow candidate Thomas Pirone, who voted for the settlements, argued that doing otherwise would be “gambling with our tax dollars”. Understand that by Mr Delia's rejection of settlements the Tax Court could have ruled against Berkeley Height costing the Township thousands of dollars now and in the future. It is one thing to be independent minded, it is quite another to be irresponsible in making decisions which affect the tax base and financial stability of our town.
Berkeley Heights residents have a better choice by voting for Stephen Yellin on November 5th. I trust his judgment and his record of giving back to our town. He has my vote for Township Council, and I hope he will have yours.