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Lifelong Resident Wants Bridgewater to be 'Second to None'

Filipe Pedroso was elected to serve on the township council.

A lifelong Bridgewater resident, Filipe Pedroso just wants to see the township thrive as he prepares to begin his first full term on council after winning in the Nov. 6 elections.

"I am very pleased that the residents have confirmed that I have the right vision for Bridgewater," Pedroso said. "I have lived in Bridgewater for practically my entire life. I love this town dearly, and want to see it continue to be the absolute best place to live."

Republican incumbent Pedroso, who is finishing an unexpired term this year after Dan Hayes was elected mayor in 2011, received a total of 8,621 votes, while Democratic challenger William Metz received 6,764 votes.

"I hope to stay actively involved in the community doing some volunteer work, maybe even some committee work," Metz said. "My main focus now that the election is over, is to try to find a position in scientific research, preferably in medical research or academia."

As he prepares for his term beginning in January, Pedroso said he believes that with proper planning, controlled growth and good zoning, the township will continue to be a first-class place to live.

But Pedroso said he has already been focusing on controlling spending, improving infrastructure, protecting open space, controlling development and more in his past year on the council, and will continue to do so through his first full term.

"I am very pleased that the Bridgewater residents felt that I was doing a good job by electing me to serve," he said. "I want the best for this township and its residents, and will continue to do my very best."

And in the coming years, Pedroso said, he wants to put a focus on continuing to work on behalf of all Bridgewater residents, protecting quality of life, preserving open space and controlling smart growth.

"It's also important that we fight to keep Bridgewater among the lowest tax rates in the county," he said. "Residents don't need to be taxed more during these difficult times, so government needs to minimize any further financial burdens on individuals. I'll work with the council and the administration and do my part to institute fiscal conservative principals to prevent unnecessary tax increases."

Pedroso said that, with all the problems brought by the hurricane, he was fortunate during the elections in that he was able to vote in his normal polling location. But the day before the elections, he said, he began calling some of the voters impacted by poll closures throughout the township.

"Obviously, we weren't able to reach many, but I felt whatever I could do to help, if only a few people, would be better than nothing," he said.

And this, Pedroso said, is one example of the need for better communication in the town.

"I have school-aged children," he said. "Whenever there's no school, we get a phone-blast call. I think a system like that might be useful for the residents. Bridgewater could have a system where residents, if they chose, can provide us a cell or other number so that during an emergency we can send a mass communication alert. A system like that would have been beneficial getting information out to the residents."

Pedroso said he heard from many residents that they were frustrated by the lack of ability to get information when they didn't have electricity in the aftermath of the hurricane.

"Although many residents didn't have electricity or Internet, mobile telephones either kept working or residents were able to get their messages," he said. "So the township should look into a mass calling system where information can be quickly and regularly sent to our residents during emergencies."

Despite these issues, Pedroso said he is pleased with the response from residents, particularly in coming out to vote themselves.

"I think, overall, Bridgewater residents did an outstanding job and showed incredible patience in dealing with the situation at hand," he said. "The voter outcome was quite high, and I'm proud of our residents for managing to vote while many were dealing with very difficult and uncomfortable situations at home with no heat and no electricity."

And when it comes to his campaign itself, Pedroso said, he is proud to have run a clean and organized campaign.

But most importantly, Pedroso said, he is excited by the resilience of Bridgewater residents as they are dealing with the after-effects of the hurricane.

"There were trees on the roads, and electrical wires preventing access to many roads," he said. "Yet, Bridgewater residents fought all these difficulties and showed up to vote in large numbers. So, I am really most proud of them, our Bridgewater voters."

"The large number of voter turnout is a testament to the resilience of our residents, who still managed to get to the polls despite dealing with trees down, power outages, no heat, not to mention having to hunt for their poll locations," he added.

stewart resmer November 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Excuse me for saying so but, it is hard to concieve a city 'second to none' when votes come up for public safety programs such as seat belt awareness, license plate reader devices for police cars that identify 'wants' and enhance officer safety, and emergency service and equipment sharing, as training and safety classes are not incentivized for responders and police who take the interest and time to hone their skills and knowledge on behalf of the People, and sidewalks at bus stops for school children and seniors along with a study for a community center that would provide community building and shelter during emergency (see sandy here) as 15 police positions are cut in the name of lower taxes and three stnding open slots are not filled, that are voted NO on consistently by your political ally Councilman Moench pictured here. And a 10 point driver license ban policy is cut to 5 for city workers who drive public vehicles that no imperical data is offered up to support the notion that there is a problem to begin with like a voter fraud crisis that doesnt exist to begin with? These and the proposal to sell a valuable city owned commercial lot is to be liquidated in a down real estate market to begin with when an innovative mixed use low income housing could just as easily been given due diligence, that would provide jobs in the short term and over the long term invite an anchor store(s) and afford seniors and low income erarners a place to live? .
BradleyBoy November 09, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Why is a Wayne resident so concerned about Bridgewater?
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 06:19 PM
It all began here: Barack Obama Re-Elected President - Bridgewater, NJ ... bridgewater.patch.com/articles/barack-obama-re-elected-president-c82... 3 days ago ... Update: This article was updated at noon on Wednesday, Nov. ... Obama won New Jersey and its 14 electoral votes. ...... Even the Matthew Moench representing the Somerset County Republican Party petitioning my 18 year ...
Nicholas Clark November 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Looks like "Mr. Resmer" joined Patch on 11/7 with an agenda. Click his link and see. All his comments are against the GOP. He's for BIG GOVERNMENT and INCREASED TAXES. I doubt he even lives in Bridgewater, that's why he's so willing to increase OUR taxes. Yes "Mr. Resmer", the Bridgewater government, representing Bridgewater residents, does worry about Bridgewater residents paying more property taxes, and yes they do vote to prevent unnecessary government intrusion into our personal lives. Thank goodness they're looking out for us.
Nicholas Clark November 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Actually, he DOESN'T LIVE IN BRIDGEWATER.... Mr. Resmer lives in Wayne! That's why he's so willing to increase our Bridgewater taxes. Thanks a lot Mr. Resmer!
Nicholas Clark November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Very good question. Note how he doesn't answer it in the followup comment below...
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
oh my! have I touched a nerve? lmaoraf! typical of the extreme right wing, attack attack attack with ad hominem but never, no never address the issues, in this example? Perhaps a quick review of the NO votes of council members on some of the past public safety issues in Bridgewater should be considered? It seems from the pattern of NO votes here on matters such as shared resources and emergency responders training that the leadership of Bridgewater has put the public safety at needless risk: Seatbelt awareness program paid for bay a grant. NO License plate readers for Police cars. NO Community Center study paid for by a grant. NO Sidewalks for school bus p/up drop off areas. NO Emergency Services and equipment sharing with Somerset County (pre Sandy). NO Emergency responders incentives for taking classes and attending meetings ($50) pre Sandy. NO These NO votes plus cutting 15 police officers? Sounds like this council was/is penny wise and pound foolish and played fast and loose when it came to budget priorities without regard to public safety.
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Oh Nicholas you did not! It is now becoming evident just how much damage the GW Bush budget deficit has done to the U.S. In part from the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which sharply reduced taxes on income, capital gains, and corporations, two wars and the Great Recession that began halfway through Bush's second term, the deficit now threatens not only our fiscal soundness, but our status as the world's economic powerhouse. It was VP Cheney who maintained that Reagan had said deficits don't matter, but President Reagan raised taxes some 11 times during his tenure to save the budget, and the economy, as his Budget Director David Stockman described so well in The Triumph of Politics. In other words, President Reagan didn't dare go as far as Dubya and VP Cheney in creating a deficit that siphoned off revenues to the wealthiest 1 percent and raised corporate profits to the highest in history as a percentage of GDP, while almost causing the disappearance of our middle class while endangering Medicare and social security Harlan Green Huffington Post
Donkey Tales November 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Stewart why should we pay more taxes because healthcare and pension costs rose for government employees? Why shouldn't employees pay more so those who are struggling or unemployed can survive? And why do you care about our affairs? The democrats and republicans in nj put the cap in place. Seems like you are still a sore loser on that
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Are Republicans Really This Stupid? http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/are-republicans-really-stupid A Party member…is supposed to live in a continuous frenzy of hatred of foreign enemies and internal traitors, triumph over victories, and self-abasement before the power and wisdom of the Party. The discontents produced by his bare, unsatisfying life are deliberately turned outwards and dissipated by such devices as the Two Minutes Hate, and the speculations which might possibly induce a sceptical or rebellious attitude are killed in advance by his early acquired inner discipline…called, in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity. orwell
Donkey Tales November 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Stewart i am an independent voter. Who cares about party. Explain why we should pay more taxes for someone elses pension and healthcare when so many homeowners are burdened now? If you cared about the poor why would you want to raise their property taxes or gas taxes or food taxes?
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 09:28 PM
DT I do not often respond to comments from persons who will not use their true and correct legal names, in your example because your tone is neutral I will answer. 1. Because your town negotiated a contract long written down in consideration for consideration, as a part of that agreement these costs were part and parcel. I didnt sign YOUR deal. 2. I honestly do not understand your question here, can you rephrase or expand on it a little for me? 3. Well I care because I know the ramifications of decisions like these I quote (culled from news article) mean to a small a community led by idealoges and not pragmatic statespersons. On the one hand there are cuts, while at the same time a shred resource propositions isnt good enough either, the net result? Public safety put at needless risk for a few dollars more or less. 4. I am from California we have had prop 13 since 1978, Jerry Brown adapted and changed then, as he is doing now as Governor there. And guess what prop 30 passed! Where California goes, so goes the nation sound at all familiar? 5. What the heck are you talking about? Obama-Biden won! All I keep reading and hearing about is sour grapes right wingers carping about the rout they brought upon themselves with their exclusionary 47% agenda. Look, we have had 4yrs of the obstructionist party of NO in DC, Bridgewater has its extreme right wing cadre of NO as well. And I have come to liberate you! LOL!
Donkey Tales November 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Stew you appear to be a roboposter and I usually don't respond to people who do not have command of the facts but in your case, I will make an exception too. 1. Where does any agreement state taxpayers should pay more for contracts? 2. My question is simple. People are hurting and some are unemployed and you seem to suggest all they have to do is raise taxes to maintain the status quo. Why? 3. Cuts can easily be avoided if we eliminate wasteful spending or limit annual increases for benefits that 99% of taxpayers do not receive. Services will not be affected if spending stays flat 4. I am shocked you are from CA. LOL! Because everyone knows how wonderful CAs finances are. Bankrupt. Underfunded pensions. Every public employee makes $100k 5. Who cares if O/B won. They don't run OUR town. Our elected officials do and they are not O/B types. Goverrnor Christie runs our State last time I checked he was an R! They can cut all they want as far as I am concerned. You'll have to help me on the obnoxious comment about obstructionists. Didn't the Democrats run Congress all those years? How did Obamacare get passed with all that Obstruction. Seems somehow your party was able to cheat that one through...HOW? Do us all a favor. liberate yourself from the failures of Democrats!
stewart resmer November 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Whoa, I am not in 'favor' of raising taxes so much as I am in favor of solutions to the current realities, and one of those realities is that here in NJ you/we are taxed out. In the examples I list above, several of these NO votes were voted NO just to vote NO! Some of these were funded with their own grants from various sources that for the time being might have gone to the general fund. But because of the idealogues party line, by golly there was going to be a NO. And worse of all at least from the articles I have read, the usual suspects from the party of NO could simply not conjur up any innovative alternative solutions except to liquidate a city lot in a depressed real estate market. And this is the critical juncture where 'they' fail so far as I am concerned instead of viewing gvt as a partner for the common good, they come to office to limit the participation of gvt to serve the People and when they do that then there is no progress to be made except that which perhaps the coroporate person hood for profit allows. The best case scenario for the people you ask me about is that Obama-Biden did get re elected because under the GOP of 2012 platform, Darwinian economics would have wreaked havoc on the middle class and the carpet baggers would have moved in unfettered. Public safety here has been compromised by the party of NO in Briedgewater. Who amd what is next under their leadership?
Donkey Tales November 11, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Whoa Stew from CA you really don't make much sense although at least you understand in NJ we are taxed out....but do you know why we are? I'm curious. Party of NO? You sound like a whiny child with that BS. Wah wah wah. What exactly do you propose that someone with common sense could actually get behind. be specific. And please, Democrats aren't liars and thieves?! Are you familiar with Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid? Do you remember Jon Corzine or Torricelli? As far as I am concerned, voting NO to more spending and taxes makes PERFECT sense. You live within your means. It's not that hard of a concept. You'll have to do better than that for supporting O/B. They are big borrowers and spenders not exactly someone to emulate but sounds like in their case you support raising taxes even though it won't balance the budget, create jobs, help the poor or improve the economy so what exactly is it you find so appealing? And spare me the I hate Romney and Republican garbage. Stand for something instead of excuses. Give me solutions. I disagree about what's happening in Bridgewater and unlike you I live here to know. Our town is awesome! How's it going in your town? As for now, I'll take the party of NO which beat the Democrats in a landslide here to protect me from the tax and spenders. Look forward to your response with facts!
Donkey Tales November 11, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Stew rereading your earlier post. It also makes very little sense outside of classic media and political soundbites of blame, hide and deny responsibility. After the dip from 911 income tax revenues rose every year under Bush from 1.85T in 02 to $2.5T in 08. That's a 33% increase in 6 years. Same pd, expenses went from $2T to $3T - 50% Spending causes deficits Ok, now help me understand a few things. Didn't Obama and the Democrats in 2010 extend what you call the Bush tax cuts? Aren't they now the Obama tax cuts since his pen signed them back into law? Can't blame Bush anymore And didn't obama and company add more tax cuts like the social security tax cut that is unpaid for - a cut that further undermines social security and even lib Dems were opposed to. This 2% holiday comes with a cost of $120 B a year which happens to be greater than the amount that would be raised by raising taxes on over $250k types. Isn't it also true that in 2007, income tax revenues in the US were the highest level ever and the deficit in 2007 was by todays Trillion+ standards a paltry $170B? How could the government take in more revenue each year and then the most tax revenue ever if these cuts didn't work? Are the laws of math not applicable to government budgets?
stewart resmer November 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Oh please Bs'n DT spare me the parsimonoius right wing mantra, your side was shunned by the majority the election is over.\ So long as you attempt to divert the conversation to liars and thieves? This ones for you: http://www.republicanoffenders.com/index.html
stewart resmer November 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
'If the philosophy of austerity dictates policy from now on, our children and grandchildren will not praise us for the reduced deficits we leave them; they will reproach us for refusing to mobilize our vast resources to reinvent ourselves. But we were being prudent, we will say. No, they will reply, you were being cheap. You were running scared.' Imyur Huckleberry
stewart resmer November 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If the philosophy of austerity dictates policy from now on, our children and grandchildren will not praise us for the reduced deficits we leave them; they will reproach us for refusing to mobilize our vast resources to reinvent ourselves. But we were being prudent, we will say. No, they will reply, you were being cheap. You were running scared. Imyur Huckleberry
BradleyBoy November 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Never mud wrestle with a pig. You just get dirty, and the pig enjoys it.
Donkey Tales November 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Stew what are you talking about now? There is no way to leave children with less debt or balance the federal budget. O/B have assured us of that. Vast resources? Huh? You mean borrowed resources? What does that even mean? Do taxpayer funded pensions count as resources? Let me see if I can follow your comments 1. You don't like high taxes in NJ 2. You don't care about trillion dollar debts 3. You are ok with higher taxes for Washington even though they don't reduce the debt or improve the economy but it makes you feel good inside 4. When confronted with facts, you revert to silly quotes, posts and cheap shots 5. I asked for your solutions. You passed. Let's look at your silly last quote...."a philosophy of austerity..." Hmmm, let's see we borrow $1 trillion a year to dole out entitlements yet we still have poor and homeless people. At what point does borrowing all this money actually help people? Being cheap is not spending money we don't have???? Wow, next time my kid wants something and I say No and they call me cheap, I will hand them my Bank of China credit card and say, OK its just more debt that I won't ever pay back so who cares.
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Republicans ‘have a mandate’ to keep low tax rates for the rich : Rep. Peter King (guess this qoute frames the issue best of all huh?)
stewart resmer November 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
We Don't Have a Debt Problem - We Have a Public Investment and Jobs Problem Vanden Heuve . From this Sunday's This Week on ABC, The Nation's Katrina Vanden Heuvel was the one voice of reason, pushing back against the idea that austerity and budget cuts are going to somehow solve our country's economic problems, or the notion that the debt and deficit should be our biggest concern. VANDEN HEUVEL: I agree with Paul Gigot. Americans voted decisively for fair share taxes on the richest, for protecting Social Security and Medicare, but also for growth and investment. You cannot get growth and investment with the spending cuts as they are laid out in the grand bargain. STEPHANOPOULOS: And certainly not the sequester. VANDEN HEUVEL: Certainly not the sequester. So I think part of the problem we're having, George, is the fundamental assumptions overriding this entire discussion. Senator Murray said that we have a big debt and deficit problem -- no, we don't. We have a- big public investment- and jobs problem.

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