Manuel Couto Voted Yes for 1400+ New Apartments and Condos in Berkeley Heights

October 22, 2019
 Manuel Couto voted yes for over 1400 new apartments and condos in Berkeley Heights. He also voted to give the developers of these apartments the maximum tax abatement alllowable by NJ law, all at the Berkeley Heights Taxpayers expense. These new dwellings will destroy the towns small town feel and will increase the traffic in town as well. The developers will only pay roughly 20¢ on the dollar compared to what they should pay in taxes with NOTHING going to the Berkeley Heights...
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What works in Newark doesn’t mean it is going to work in Berkeley Heights.

September 30, 2019
Manuel Couto’s plan to “Revitalize Downtown” includes: “Work with building owners and nearby colleges and universities to rent/lease open retail space to create downtown satellite campus.” Is this really what Berkeley Heights wants? This may be great for Mannuel’s Newark.   But in Berkeley Heights? Manuel has voted for 1408 new apartments in town,  voted to move the library to the downtown area, proposed to change the speed limit to 25...
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Manuel Couto Lies About Road Repair

September 28, 2019
Manuel Couto has lied to the Berkeley Heights Residents once again.    This time about Berkeley Heights Road Repair.   In a recent letter sent out from the Manuel Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj campaign a claim was made that  "the new administration ... has ended the six year capital road plan".    This is a blatant lie.   Firstly the six year plan is a mandate from the state, all towns and councils must plan for capital spending.    ...
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September 26, 2019
It hasn’t taken Manuel Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj long to descend into lying to the Berkeley Heights residents to try to get themselves elected. Couto is someone that is clearly running from his record by lying and deflecting blame to avoid responsibility for his actions. This letter, attached ( in the comments ), was sent out to Berkeley Heights residents by the Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj campaign seemingly to blame the “current administration” for all that Couto has taken part in.
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The Court Finds Member of the Berkeley Heights Town Council had a Conflict of Interest

September 12, 2018
The court finds that a member of the Berkeley Heights Town Council had a clear conflict of interest regarding the Berkeley Heights Land Swap.  
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Mayor Woodruff is Ripping you Off

July 9, 2018
Mayor Woodruff is ripping you off.    He has lied to you about the cost of the Municipal Building.   He has lied to you about the impact of the PILOTs ( Tax abatements for the developers )  He has lied to you about his over the top spending  He has hired cronies with $100K + salaries who arent qualified for their job.  He has denied your rights to participate in local government through the use of referendum  The short story is he is ripping you...
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I am running for Mayor!

April 30, 2018
Thank you for your support.  I’m now running for Mayor.  Find out more here:
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Berkeley Heights Township Council Interferes with Residents Rights

December 3, 2017
The same law that gives the Berkeley Heights Township Council and Mayor their power also provides the town's residents the right to partake in the Town Government through initiative and referendum.    It is a shame that the Berkeley Heights Township Council has chosen to continuously interfere with the execution of these rights that have been afforded to the Berkeley Heights Residents and Taxpayers.  For a Council looking to ignore an act that seeks for more open governing is...
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How I would lower taxes

October 17, 2017
The first thng we would need to do is look more closely at the capital budget.   Capiltal Budget = new debt = new taxes.   Almost every year, some of the town's bonds mature in which in turn lowers the amount ofdebt service.   In Berkeley Heights, what typically happens is that the Council looks at the maturity of these bonds as an opportunity to write additional debt.    The residents are used to paying these payments so it can basically go unnoticed. ...
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Taxes for the Greater Good?

October 16, 2017
Somehow, other candidates in town are claiming that more tax is for the "greater good".  They provide reasons why we need to raise our taxes every year and try to make claims that it is out of the goodness of their hearts that more taxes are needed.    I am claiming the opposite.   I have spoken to thousands of residents in Berkeley Heights and a majority of them either are strugglign to pay the ever increasing tax load that they are being burderend with, or are faced...
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