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Monday, November 5, 2018 12:00 AM

November 6 is election day. Thank you to the Basking Ridge Patch for allowing me to outline my vision for Bernards Township. I ask for your vote to he


Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:00 AM

John Surano has the experience needed to protect our town from overdevelopment.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:00 AM

Joe Esposito is the ‘right candidate’ for Bernards Township

EDITOR: Joe Esposito is hands down the right candidate for Bernards Township Committee.

A political outsider, father who raised three children in Bernards, a businessman and community leader, Joe has the wealth of experience and the right motivation for the job, which is simply to share his experience to make our community even better.

Joe, along with his wife and three children, have called Basking Ridge their home for 20 years. Like many of us, Joe wants to protect and preserve the friendly, welcoming small-town character of our community. I know he will implement plans and policies that will foster and enhance this sense of community.


Joe is an attorney who served as general counsel of Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Unit, and has extensive experience in negotiating large financial agreements, managing infrastructure and operations, as well as leading business expansions while streamlining staff, cutting costs and controlling spending. With his knowledge and experience, Joe will engage in strategic budgeting and services management, minimizing costs to our town and your pocketbook.

Joe is an active member of our community and currently sits on the EmPoWER Somerset Board, a non-profit agency which fosters healthy, drug-free communities, and he is a member of the Somerset Hills YMCA Special Needs Committee, where he advocates on behalf of family members and guardians of adults with special needs. Joe will bring his knowledge of resources available to assist those in our community who are at risk.

Joe was an active member of the successful citizens group “Stop the Quarry Plan.” He spoke out against the Millington Quarry development plan’s inclusion of a large-scale hotel and extensive commercial space in the midst of a residential neighborhood.

He noted how affordable housing mandates are driving over-development and dividing neighbors, and how the impacted communities must be part of the process in addressing this threat.

Joe has proven himself to be a valuable leader in business and in our community. While outspoken, he exemplifies thoughtful consideration of others’ opinions and multiple options before acting.

Bernards Township will be well served with a leader like Joe Esposito. Please vote for him on Tuesday, Nov. 6.


Friday, September 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township GOP releases platform

BERNARDS TWP. – Republican candidates for Township Committee Joe Esposito and John Surano rolled out their list of priorities for the general election in a platform statement this week.
In a press release on Friday, Esposito and Surano identified fiscal responsibility and accountability, greater transparency in local government, public safety, fighting the burdensome affordable housing mandates from Trenton, and preserving open space as their main priorities if elected to the Township Committee on Nov. 6.

Esposito, an attorney and supporter of the recent “Stop the Quarry Plan” group, pledged to promote community engagement and provide accountability to local government, address concerns with public safety and open space, and tackle issues surrounding New Jersey’s burdensome affordable housing mandates.
“I believe our committee can always strengthen the current services that are provided to our residents and taxpayers in order to improve upon our already exceptional quality of life,’’ Esposito said. “My goal is to make these improvements in an open and transparent manner to facilitate more cooperation among the committee and our diverse community.”
Surano, a longtime resident with a business background, said that he hopes to build upon the accomplishments of the current committee regarding the township’s history of low debt and financial stewardship.
“The current Township Committee has done a terrific job managing our town’s finances and keeping the municipal portion of taxes low,’’ he said. “I hope to continue investing in and maintaining our great services at low cost to taxpayers and without adding debt.
“Our town has a history of maintaining zero debt, not an easy feat, and I will support these efforts as a member of the committee to ensure the long-term growth and success of our town.”
The following areas were included in the GOP platform:
Fiscal Responsibility
• Hold the line on local property taxes, without adding debt, while those in Trenton continue to spend our tax dollars with no accountability.
• Focus on long-term strategic financial planning to ensure local services are maintained at low cost to taxpayers.
Community Engagement
• Provide inclusive and transparent government so that our elected officials are held accountable for all actions and decisions. Focus on supporting the issues that matter most to residents, not those of special interest groups with private agendas.
• Foster a productive and respectful relationship between the Township Committee and residents, and ensure local government promotes an inclusive environment for the township’s diverse community.
Public Safety
• Work with local, county, state, and federal law enforcement and public safety officials to keep Bernards Township neighborhoods, schools and businesses safe and secure. Promote programs that help seniors identify and avoid consumer fraud, keep children safe and combat use of illegal drugs.
• Address the heroin and opioid drug epidemic and raise awareness among the community regarding abuse, addiction and recovery services.
Over-development
• Work with our state elected officials to fight the unrealistic New Jersey affordable housing mandates directed at Bernards Township by bureaucrats in Trenton. These mandates are dividing our neighbors, overcrowding our community, decreasing our property values, and overburdening our infrastructure and schools.
Preserve Open Space
• Continue to preserve our parks and open space, and build upon the hard work of our current Township Committee and the Somerset County Freeholder Board to add to our 700 acres of open space in Bernards.


Friday, September 21, 2018 7:11 PM

Esposito offers 'a fresh approach' in Bernards Township

EDITOR: I would like to encourage voters in Bernards Township to elect a new voice to our Township Committee, Joe Esposito.

He is our neighbor and a longtime resident of Bernards Township. My husband and I have been impressed with his leadership and passion for doing the right thing.
Esposito is an independent voice, motivated only by a desire to serve the residents of Bernards Township. He stepped up to the plate when the ill-advised quarry plan development was proposed. His actions, professionalism and drive contributed to the successful outcome in this instance.

As a new member to the Township Committee, he would bring a new and valuable perspective to the governance of our town. He is not afraid to speak his mind but he also values the opinions of others.
He is the type of person who will listen, assess and act. Bernards Township would be fortunate to have this dynamic leader looking out for our interests.
It’s time for a fresh approach and a new mindset.
I urge voters to vote for Joe Esposito.

VIVIAN PAGOULATOS
Hickory Drive


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 2:30 PM

lawsuit Looks to Strike Down Law Requiring Students Attend Schools in their own Communities

CONCERNED THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT TRANSPARENT?
Please turn your focus towards Trenton and the potentially devastating private settlement negotiations that Governor Murphy is willing to engage in that may deny your right as a Bernards Township resident to have your child attend school in Bernards Township. Even if you do not have children in the school system, if the State mandates that students from Bernards be bused out of district, your property values will suffer! Please take a moment to read the article at the link below.
Joe and John believe that families should be able to keep their children in their hometown schools, while supporting a statewide effort to provide a quality education to every child. We need common sense solutions to school choice, not one that will bus our kids out of district. Get involved. Stay informed.


Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Republican Bernards Twp. Committee Candidates Launch Campaign With Speeches at Gazebo


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:00 AM

Ridge High School Ranks High on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Schools’ List


Monday, April 30, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Ranked One of Safest Cities in the United States


Monday, April 23, 2018 3:48 PM

Republican Candidates for Bernards Township Committee Set to Kick Off Campaign

Joe Esposito and John Surano, Republican candidates for Bernards Township Committee, officially kick off their campaign on April 28th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, as they welcome residents to join them at the Allen Street Gazebo in downtown Basking Ridge for coffee and conversation.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township GOP Endorses Esposito and Surano to Run for Township Committee

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -The Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) held its candidate screening on March 19 at the Liberty Corner Firehouse. Joseph Esposito and John Surano earned the endorsement of the BTRMC to run on the GOP line for a 3-year term in the upcoming November 2018 election.


Paid for by Esposito & Surano for Bernards Township Committee, Kathleen I. Piedici, Treasurer, P.O. Pox 195, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920
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