Berkeley Heights Budget Part 2

November 9, 2016
On to part 2 of my multi-part series on taxes and Berkeley Heights.    I would like to discuss tightening of our budget.    I believe it to be very important to run a tight budget.   Doing so provides more control to the Council and can cut back on spending.    There are 2 ways to add fluff to the municipal budget.  1) Overstating appropriations and 2) understating revenues.     Having fluff in a budget leads to unnecessary spending.
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Bullet Vote for Maciejewski for Berkeley Heights Town Council

November 8, 2016
Election Day is here and I would like to ask you to vote for me, and no one else, this is considered a "Bullet Vote" and helps me the most.   There is some confusing wording on the Ballot. The Ballot states, "Members of Township Council - Vote for Two". This is confusing because it is legal to vote for 1, you do not need to vote for 2. The text should really state: "Vote for up to Two". In fact, if you have a single candidate in this race, that you really want to win, their best chance is...
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Berkeley Heights Town Council Election 2016

November 8, 2016
It has been an excellent run for Berkeley Heights Town Council  and I would like to remind you about me and ask you once again for your vote!   I am not a politician, but a resident and taxpayer like you. I love Berkeley Heights. It is a great town and an ideal place for raising children. It offers the perfect balance, being close to NYC but far enough away from the traffic and noise of the city. Berkeley Heights is a great town, however I feel it could be even better.
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Berkeley Heights Taxes

October 22, 2016
As part of a multi-part series on our taxes,  part 1 will focus on how Berkeley Heights deals with debt and in particular what usually happens at the end of a Berkeley Heights Bond’s Life. Introduction: The Berkeley Heights Council historically has a bad habit of re-ante-ing up every time a bond matures.   If we have $100,000 less in payments this year compared to last, they will write a new bond that will have roughly $100,000 in payments.    I believe this to be an undisciplined approach to capital expenditures.
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Bavoso Spreads Misinformation

October 19, 2016
Bavoso on The Berkeley Heights Swap During the Berkeley Heights League of Women Voters Debate that was held on Oct 13, 2016 at Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, Peter Bavoso stated the following during a rebuttal:  “OK Just to mention since Tom gets very excited about this Yellin, First of all the municipal redevelopment falls under the redevelopment law of the state.  This is not one of those issues that is a council issue.
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September 28, 2016
If Elected I Vow to Stop the Swap!  Many residents in town are confused about the status of "The SWAP".   Some think it had failed while others seem to think that the SWAP is a done deal and that it cannot be stopped.  Both are incorrect assumptions. In fact this single election will determine whether it goes through or not. I personally believe that initiatives of such scale absolutely need to go before a public vote and not be pushed forth by officials with conflicts of interest.
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September 26, 2016
What is the best way to address the poor state of the roads in Berkeley Heights?  There are actually more important issues going on in the town then roads, such as the lack of communication and trust in the town government, cronyism, and the $27M new municipal building that is being forced on us through the SWAP initiative, Poor road conditions are certainly an annoyance and we are constantly reminded of potholes and deteriorating storm drains.
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Open Government

September 23, 2016
  Open Government: why do we need it? Berkeley Heights needs to move in the direction of Open Government.    A significant percentage of our town has a general distrust in our local representatives.  An even greater percentage does not feel informed about the major initiatives that are going on in town.    Many residents can not attend the regular meetings and have a hard time finding relevant documents or videos on line.
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Restricting our Right to Record

September 22, 2016
  Public officials, who are acting properly, should never be afraid of having their actions recorded and viewed by as many interested members of the public as possible.  The Mayor and Council members have tried to characterize my efforts to make video recordings of Council meetings and meetings of the Downtown Beautification Committee as stalking and acts of terrorism (falsely claiming that the video camera was an unattended object).  I think that most...
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Recording Public Meetings

September 20, 2016
Why can't everyone record meetings?   Over the past few months I have been broadcasting the Berkeley Heights Town Council and the Downtown Beautification and Communications Committee meetings. I have been doing this because people have mentioned that they were unable to regularly attend these meetings but were curious about what is going on around town. For these broadcasts I have been using my cell phone and a small travel tripod at my seat and simply broadcasting to Facebook Live.
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