Candidate Statements

October 1, 2021

Visitors to downtown New Providence are greeted with a variety of signs posted on light poles—including one that entreats us to “Go Green.” It’s a nice sentiment, but what does it really mean if it’s not backed up by serious plans to do something to actually help “green” our town? If you’ve ...

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This statement is adapted from the debate I just had with my opponent. Watch the debate and see the differences couldn’t be more clear. My opponent is in favor of continued progressive change and I want to Preserve Chatham Township: I am a Republican, husband, father and resident of Chatham ...

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At this week’s Town Council meeting, the Westfield Police Department was recognized by the State of New Jersey Police Chiefs’ Association for attaining State professional accreditation for the first time in Town history! The significance of this achievement for the department and our community ...

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My name is Sai Bhargavi Akiri and I am seeking your support to serve on the Board of Education. I have a 5 th grader at Hughes Elementary School. My husband and I moved to Berkeley Heights 9 years ago to raise our child in a vibrant and welcoming community with great schools. I have lived and ...

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Democrat Steve Bohn will make dealing with increased truck traffic a top priority if he is elected to the borough council. “First let me congratulate the Public Celebrations Committee and the volunteers for a terrific parade last Saturday. The theme of celebrating South Plainfield’s Heroes ...

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Saying results speak louder than words, Councilmen Rob Bengivenga and Joe Wolak, this week asked voters to consider their team’s record when they vote for Borough Council. “Rob and Joe are a key part of our team that has been getting it done for the residents of South Plainfield,” said Mayor ...

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My name is Paul Donnelly and my wife, Inga and I chose Berkeley Heights over 15 years ago, and we now have 2 kids, one at GL and the other at Columbia. Berkeley Heights has been a great place to raise a family, we’ve made many friends, and we’ve seen many exciting developments over the years. I ...

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Let’s take a minute to talk about the process and approach regarding the Edison field project. Last Monday, I attended the first public input meeting since the Recreation Commission and Town Council agreed to revisit and scale back their initial proposal. It was extremely ...

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Facts matter. Unfortunately, a post circulating currently on social media regarding the performance of our schools, the issues faced by the community, and the results of the District’s efforts on DEI reflect a complete and thorough lack of understanding of the topics at hand by its author, “For the ...

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Westfield has been my home for the last 30 years. My husband Kevin and I raised our three children here, and we love the life we’ve built here. We were both New Yorkers, and Westfield was the right balance between city and small-town living. We wanted a vibrant downtown, safe neighborhoods, and to ...

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Montville, NJ - One of the big questions we hear is, "What does the Board of Education actually do?"  If you ask people, you get answers like, hire teachers, administrators, and crossing guards; make building improvements; create, write, and manage curriculum; and create and enforce policies on ...

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As a mother, an experienced educator and candidate for the Cranford School Board, I am seeking your help and requesting your intervention regarding a deeply problematic policy that has been implemented in the Cranford Public School District. The policy of which I am referring to is with regard to ...

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On Monday September 20, 2021 the Town Council and Recreation Commission introduced their new vision for the Edison Fields. This new version still calls for artificial turf on 60% of the existing fields and additional lights. These aspects are the primary objections to the first vision, which was ...

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 A recent theme in the mayor’s remarks — whether on tax breaks for developers or the Edison fields project — is “misinformation.” In fact, if you search the town’s website for this word you’ll find several references pertaining to subjects like: the budget, historic preservation, PILOTs, deer ...

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Taxpayer Advocate Mark is a fiscal conservative and Republican, driven to bring an end to the runaway municipal tax rate increases under the Democrat majority. In just 2 years, the municipal tax rate is up nearly 20% and debt has increased 33%. Mark has a proven record of finding efficient and ...

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Kind citizens of New Providence, my name is Rebecca Coniglio, and I am running for re-election to the New Providence Board of Education.  I have been a resident of New Providence for sixteen years along with my husband, Brian.  We have a daughter, Lily, who attends New Providence High School.  She ...

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STEVE BOHN SAYS IT’S TIME TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS TRUCKS AND TRAFFIC Steve Bohn, Democratic candidate for borough council, top priority is to work with Mayor Anesh and the Republican majority to come up with solutions to items which must be given immediate attention. On the top of his list ...

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We’re a little over 6 weeks away from Election Day, November 2. Vote-by-mail ballots are likely to be in mailboxes soon, we have the opportunity for early voting this year, and we’re entering what is sometimes referred to as “silly season” when you get bombarded with communication from candidates ...

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My name is John Foster and my wife, Donna and I chose Berkeley Heights 21 years ago, to raise our family.  We love this town and I try to give back as much as I can.  I am running for Town Council because my passion is giving back to the community and I want to ensure Berkeley Heights is a ...

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This week, Mayor Matthew P. Anesh urged voters to re-elect Rob Bengivenga and Joe Wolak to the borough council.   “Rob and Joe have the work ethic and drive that brings value to our town,” said Anesh. “They are independent thinkers that will provide innovative ideas to keep South Plainfield ...

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One of the deadliest storms in New Jersey history, Hurricane Ida’s horrific damage leaves us with many takeaways.  Among the top for us here in New Providence is acknowledging the competence and selfless dedication of our paid and volunteer first responders. Simply stated, these dedicated Borough ...

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My name is Tom Foregger and I am running for a 3-year seat on the Berkeley Heights Board of Education because I am concerned about the quality of the education our schools are providing. I have lived in town for 45 years and have a son who graduated from Governor Livingston High School. I have a ...

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Deanna Dell-Bene’s Responses to the Scotch Plains Neighborhood Alliance 1. Do you support moving the three Emergency Services to Plainfield Ave? If elected, I personally would like to do my part and see the studies that show we have truly examined other potential properties and all viable ...

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During my 16 years on the Westfield Town Council, I helped to implement many critical enhancements to our Town’s infrastructure and facilities. It takes a lot of planning, man power, and teamwork to keep a town like Westfield in tip-top shape, and I salute the Town professionals and workers who ...

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For 33 years, I have pursued my passion of bringing better financing solutions to the world. I received my undergrad degree from the College of William and Mary in International Political Economy (a major I designed to help me advance my goals) and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the ...

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The following statement is made in my capacity as a private citizen, and not in my capacity as a Board member. This statement is also not representative of the Board or its individual members and solely represents my own personal opinions. My name is Allison Manfred, and I am running for the ...

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Do you know about the ongoing conversation, or debate, around adding mountain biking trails to Brightwood Park? Brightwood Park users sure do, as well as the neighbors that live next to and around the park. It's been a topic of interest for quite some time and most recently, at the latest ...

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Mark and his wife Nicole moved to Chatham Township more than a decade ago and are currently raising their two sons here. Mark is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a small business owner for more than 20 years. His skills in effective communication and business advisory have already ...

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It’s really an honor be on the 2021 ballot for Westfield Town Council representing Ward 4. As a resident of Westfield for over 14 years I am excited about the opportunity to represent my friends and neighbors and be their voice on the council. My family and I have gotten so much from Westfield and ...

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Democratic Councilpersons Linda Habgood (ward 1), Mike Dardia (ward 2), David Contract (ward 3), Dawn Mackey (ward 4), and myself as your first full-time mayor, are running for re-election on November 2. We’re proud of the significant progress we’ve made since being elected four years ago, which ...

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