Leaders and Followers

Do you want leaders or followers

It’s time to Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!  Leaders LEAD by example.  Followers are given “marching orders” and effectively “rubber stamp” someone else’s dreams.

Peter Rebsch is a 20 plus year small business owner and I am a 20 plus
year Certified Public Accountant.  What Peter and I have in common is our understanding of accomplishment in the business world.  We understand having to work with deadlines in the back of our minds.  For Peter, it is getting a job complete by the specified date in a contract and for me, it seems like April 15th is always around the corner.  In our positions, we need to make important business decisions that could have a long-term effect on the companies we work for.

About six weeks ago, as the result of numerous conversations, I announced a plan to benefit the community on many levels.  It starts with the town buying the water company property; it leads to a flood mitigation plan and ends with the
community use of the property.  The flood mitigation portion helps our 200 plus neighbors who have homes in the flooding areas of town stay in their houses and maintain their property values.  The community use of the property allows us
to put ball fields on higher ground so we do not constantly have to rehabilitate (read, spending money) for our football and Babe Ruth fields. 

Lo and behold, two weeks ago, my opponents came out endorsing my plan.  I’m not sure they have an original thought, so they just FOLLOWED my plan.  Their
letter in this week’s Twin-Boro News reaffirms that they still don’t have an
original idea.  What’s even funnier, one of these opponents sat on the Council a few years ago and VOTED FOR DEVELOPMENT by approving the Gramercy
project due to be built across from the post office.  Now, he’s reversing his decision?  In addition, in his previous terms as a councilman, he served under former Mayor Frank DeBari, which clearly was a follower position.  My other opponent is a worker bee in the
Clerk’s office in Palisade Park.  He’s in a low level position, so certainly, this is a follower position.  The Democrats have put forth two followers as their candidates this year and I don’t think that is what New Milford needs.

I don’t have to tell you that this will be a critical time to vote.  There are many issues going on in our lives today.  Some of these you know already because the media has kept you informed, others, you can only dream about.  Voting for Peter and me will make some of your dreams become reality.

On Tuesday, November 6th, I am asking you to support Peter Rebsch and Howard Berner for New Milford Council.  Let’s stop dreaming and start living again.

Howard Berner

Borough Council President

Borough of New Milford



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newmilford1967 November 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Mr Berner you my friend seem to be lost in time.You have flipped on your own party and are talking against your boss Mayor Ann.You are such a phony when you talk.As for Mr Rubish if you or him are elected you will be force to rezone the property as you are told by your 3 cronies to do so stop with your talk that your against the development. I have lived here for over 60 years and seen people come and go but you sound like a bag of wind.
Howard Berner November 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
newmilford1967..thank you for your comment. Think what you want, but you'll be thanking me later. What makes you think Mayor Ann is my boss. My bosses are the 16,000 people who live in New Milford. That's who I answer to.
DudleyDoRight November 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You and your running mate had the opportunity to prevent the current situation with UW. You both did nothing when you had the power to do something. And you both voted exactly the way Mayor Subrizi wanted you to on that and on other issues, too. Her poor judgment became yours. No initiative. No leadership. Just personal attacks and condescension. Stick to your day jobs. NM is moving on.
Ulises November 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
There's a lot to consider this election. I wish all the candidates lots of luck. I'm happy all candidates agree with Berner's plan on what to do with the UW property, that is, if we get another chance to buy it. As I rebuild from yet another flood (yes, Sandy's surge got me - gutted, cleaned & dried already), I could only imagine what the future holds for my neighborhood once our Mayor and Council votes to rezone the UW property to commercial, Inserra get's its New ShopRite Strip Mall (along the river) and once the Middle School starts to pipe their field’s water to the Hackensack River with its new turf field… things look very bleak for Columbia, Harvard, and the neighborhoods by New Bridge. We need an Independent Party in town and I hope to see one next year. A lot more will get done if we didn't have to point fingers and have political bosses pull strings. It's the only way we'll move in the right direction in a cohesive way that puts New Milford’s interest first rather than personal ambitions. Some call me a dreamer - but I’m not the only one….
DudleyDoRight November 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Maybe an independent party is a good idea. But its success would depend on the quality of its candidates, wouldn't it? Didn't Mr. Berner once consider running as an independent? Not sure if that was after he was a Democrat and before he was a Republican or after he became a Republican. Some people just can't make up their minds who they are or what they stand for.
Bucktail November 06, 2012 at 12:27 AM
newmilford1967, you are a big bag of wind yourself. If you had any worth you would use your own name but no - you just lambaste people and then run away. You are a disgrace to New Milford. Putrino himself voted for a major complex and yet you blame Councilman Berner. You probably are a DeBari flunky who takes his orders from a loser. Please just go back into your hole.
Lolita November 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I would imagine an independent party would be good, but what if they are independent against what YOU want? At least if you back a group and they win, they owe you.


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