Councilman Alvaro Medeiros is an over 25-year resident of Berkeley Heights who, together with his wife, Amalia, raised and educated two children through the school system and saw them progress to outstanding universities. Alvaro obtained an MBA degree from Rutgers University in 1996. He recently retired after a 27- year career at AT&T where he held a wide variety of positions across a number of roles ending his career as a Sales Center Associate Vice President. Among his accomplishments during the first two years of his term:
- As Council President, worked in 2020 across party lines and with Mayor Devanney to streamline the budget based on COVID19 pandemic-related revenue shortfalls, keeping our municipal tax increase to near zero.
- Worked to help local businesses keep their doors open during the pandemic through the Outdoor Dining Ordinance.
- As an unofficial Township Council liaison to Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (he has a passion for the environment!), helped BHEC obtain Sustainable Jersey silver status that facilitates the award of future grants.
- Helped to establish the Mayor’s Recycling Task Force aimed at addressing the skyrocketing cost of state-mandated recycling in the Township (and across New Jersey)
- As Township Council rep of the Berkeley Heights Board of Health, helped transition to a more cost-effective shared service with Union County for Township Health officer, which also allowed us greater access to County health information and resources during the COVID19 pandemic.
- Joined and facilitated meetings of the Senior Advisory Board; created and led the Council adoption of the ordinance creating the Senior Affairs Committee.
- Served as member and unofficial secretary of the Economic Development Committee, created by Mayor Devanney; managing agenda focused on helping downtown businesses, particularly after the onset of the pandemic.
- Helped establish Berkeley Heights Neighbors Helping Neighbors and acted as a volunteer taking calls from homebound seniors and distributing masks at the onset of the COVID-19 quarantine in Berkeley Heights.
- Prior to elected office, Alvaro was a volunteer during five years with the Boy Scouts Troop 368 in Berkeley Heights and also served two years as co-Quarter Master of the Governor Livingston Marching Band and co-chaired the Basket Raffle fundraising event his last year.