BALDASSARE & GROCHALA FOR BERNARDS TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
“Leadership that puts you first”
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR
We are fiscal conservatives devoted to promoting efficient, responsive, transparent and community-focused government. We are committed to keeping Bernards Township the safe and welcoming community our residents have chosen to call home. We believe all of our residents deserve to be treated equally with respect and dignity We want other families to have the same positive experiences we have had in raising our families in Bernards. Our campaign motto “Leadership that puts you first” epitomizes our governing principles.
OUR GOVERNING PRINCIPLES
KEEP BERNARDS FINANCIALLY STRONG AND DEBT FREE
We are committed to prudent fiscally conservative government and keeping our town 100% debt free. Our governing philosophy is careful spending and following a “pay-as-you-go” approach to expenditures. We are also committed to exploring ways to efficiently reduce government spending without sacrificing the high quality of municipal services our residents have come to expect and are entitled to.
SUPPORT OUR OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS
Good schools are a key component to what makes Bernards such an attractive place. We will continue to partner with our schools on maintenance, engineering and safety. We will continue to support parents and our schools on mental health, opioid and substance abuse issues.
KEEP BERNARDS SAFE
Our town is among the safest in New Jersey and indeed the entire United States. This is a testament to the men and women in blue, as well as all of our first responders, who tirelessly serve our community to the benefit of every resident, every day and every night. We will continue to support our police and first responders to maintain the excellence they deliver.
IMPROVE OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC FACILITIES
We enjoy outstanding parks, open space and other public facilities. These are some of the things that affect the high quality of life that Bernards is well known for and which we will continue to support. Working with Bernards Township staff, we will continue to make prudent improvements and investments in our infrastructure and protect our open spaces.
Overdevelopment has the potential to seriously affect our quality of life and have serious adverse impacts on schools, traffic, emergency services and finances. In our view, the courts should not be deciding how our local zoning works. The solution lies in Trenton with the State Assembly, the State Senate and the Governor’s Office.
We will work with the Township Committee, other Mayors and our elected State officials to find appropriate solutions that make sense and have bipartisan support. We can only make progress on the challenges of overdevelopment and finding a solution to meeting future affordable housing mandates if we work together in a collaborative manner.
PROMOTE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
One of the many great things about Bernards is the high level of engagement by many of our citizens. Their service is a testament to their commitment to the community and its improvement. For example, volunteers have undertaken many laudable and successful initiatives to help our community, including our senior citizens and businesses, cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are numerous ways for residents to initiate, sponsor, or otherwise support a variety of community service-related activities. We will encourage all residents to become engaged and we will support opportunities for engagement. Similarly, we will continue to recognize those who have dedicated their time and resources as volunteers to make our town the great place that it is.
Community engagement and transparency go hand in hand. We believe that openness, accountability and honesty define transparency in government. We will encourage our residents to follow the issues, attend public meetings, and become engaged. We will listen to our residents and their concerns with an open mind, encourage honest and candid discussion and respond to questions, to the best of our ability. In particular, we will ensure that proposed municipal budgets are published well in advance with ample opportunity for review and discussion by the public prior to any approval. We fully understand and appreciate that such transparency is the hallmark of good government.