IN THE NEWS & PRESS/IMPORTANT LINKS
November 1, 2019
The Echoes Sentinel newspaper endorsed de Pinho and said de Pinho is best for Warren. de Pinho is the only candidate that has regularly attended Township Committee meetings over the past three years and he has already advocated for our residents on a number of issues like the mini-cell towers, East County Park, affordable housing, etc. de Pinho opposes providing 30 year tax abatements to developers that cause taxes to rise for the existing taxpayers of Warren. de Pinho is the only candidate running who has attended the affordable housing hearings before Judge Miller at the Somerset County Courthouse and submitted letters to the court. de Pinho wants to preserve the rural nature of Warren and improve public safety. He is the candidate that is F.I.T. to serve Warren residents best with Fresh ideas, Independent thinking, and true Transparency.
October 27, 2019
It really was an honor to receive the endorsement of the Echoes Sentinel newspaper this week. I was also proud to have received numerous endorsements from residents of all party affiliations and ages, including a special one from someone who isn’t even old enough to vote. Rick mentioned several quotes from the letters to the editor. [You can read all the endorsements received on the ENDORSEMENTS page of this website] Rick also announced the dates of several Meet and Greet events that will be held next weekend and on Election Day Eve. Meet and Greets will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 2-4 pm, Warren Public Library Meeting Room (First Floor), Sunday, November 3rd from 2-4pm, Warren Public Library Meeting Room (First Floor), and Monday, November 4th from 7-9 pm, Warren Public Library Business Room (Second Floor). Please note that these events are NOT Somerset County Library System sponsored programs and that no campaign contributions will not be solicited nor accepted.
October 25, 2019
Independent candidate Rick de Pinho has been attempting to organize a debate since the summer, coordinating with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters to moderate the proposed event. de Pinho asked “Why would a governing body not want residents to make an informed decision?” He said. “This was just the latest example of where the governing body apparently believes it knows what is best for our residents and chooses to ignore what the residents want and deserve.” “I believe our residents deserve a candidates forum where they would have an opportunity to discuss and learn about the issues facing our town and about the candidates running for office,” he said. “Not having one is closed-minded and really stifles the ability of our residents to make informed choices.”
October 20, 2019
Rick de Pinho is the Independent candidate to lower taxes (saying "No" to PILOTs and providing true Transparency). The fact is the insular governing body has handpicked Maziarz who already voted to raise taxes for existing taxpayers by approving a 30 year tax abatement in August. She is a real estate investor and developer who supported adding over 1,048 units of housing. Warren residents will be paying higher taxes as a result of the handouts given to developers for hundreds of units of housing, like Dubois Road & the old King George Inn. de Pinho has no cozy relationships with political parties, governing bodies nor developers, and no conflicts of interest to influence his objectivity. de Pinho is F.I.T. to serve Warren residents with Fresh ideas, Independent thinking, and true Transparency.
October 17, 2019
Rick de Pinho says residents need an independent voice on the Township Committee. He said “I truly believe, at the local level, it shouldn’t be about party or patronage,” he said, “but rather about the person who can best serve the residents and solve the issues facing our town.” He is running under the slogan “F.I.T. to Serve,” an acronym for Fresh ideas, Independence and Transparency. de Pinho said he is chiefly concerned with keeping taxes low, supporting public safety and preserving the rural nature of the township
October 12, 2019
I believe, at the local level, it should not be about party or patronage, but rather about the person who can best serve the residents and solve the issues facing our town. I am the Independent candidate that will bring Transparency and Fresh ideas to Warren residents by serving on the Township Committee. Please read my candidate statement on the TAP.
September 4, 2019
Judge Miller ruled Warren Township has complied with the conditions of the Fairness Hearing over the objections raised by Warren residents.
August 31, 2019
Residents objected to the affordable housing process citing the secretive nature of the Township Committee and the failure to evenly distribute affordable housing across the township.
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August 16, 2019
The Township Committee continued to give out 30 year tax abatements (known as PILOTs) to developers in town. Schools don't receive any money from the PILOTs which means the existing taxpayers have to shoulder the increased costs for our schools and county services.
July 4, 2019
de Pinho will be on the ballot this fall as an Independent. de Pinho said that we need to do a better job of keeping the public informed about our obligations and provide our knowledgeable residents a true opportunity to fairly participate in solutions.
May 18, 2019
2019 Budget included a 3.8% tax levy increase. The Township Committee stated that the tax levy increase was the result of rising costs, in part due to the loss of ratables, namely Chubb and Citigroup, in the Township and the increased need for road improvements.
April 4, 2019
Safewise released its fifth annual Safest Cities Report for the 50 Safest Cities in New Jersey for 2019. Warren Township fell 26 places to #29 in the latest rankings.
October 10, 2018
Residents filled the seats, lined the walls and stood in the hallway of a Wednesday, Oct. 10, special morning meeting of the Warren Township Committee. The Township Committee, which limited public comment to only 30 minutes, a move that drew objections from the audience of 100 residents, voted to 4-1 to settle its third round affordable housing obligation before a boisterous, standing-room crowd.
October 2, 2018
The township’s prospective settlement agreement with Fair Share Housing Center would allow for the construction of 1,048 new homes by 2025, of which 362 would be set aside for low and moderate income families. Over 70 residents attended a public forum that lasted nearly three hours where many spoke to express their opinions as the Township Committee and township attorney discussed the general terms of the proposed settlement.
September 12, 2018
On a dreary Tuesday morning, Warren resident Rick de Pinho remembers his colleagues experiences and to never forget his colleagues who perished during the September 11 attacks that occurred 17 years ago. Warren Township's memorial ceremony was reflective of the somber mood felt on every successive September 11 following that fateful day in 2001. Speeches from government officials, pastors and residents alike were heard as the town honored the memories of all those lost 17 years ago, including nine of their own.
September 11, 2017
Warren resident Rick de Pinho remembers the victims of the September 11 attacks 16 years later during Warren Township's memorial ceremony on Monday, September 11.
Warren hosted an emotional ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 11, remembering the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. More than 50 residents attended the ceremony, which began with members of the Warren Township Honor Guard laying a wreath at the memorial at the municipal complex. The Rev. Michael Jones of Mt. Bethel Baptist church, read the invocation as residents, first responders and the Warren Township Committee bowed their heads. Police Chief William Keane, residents Karen Kaslusky and Rick de Pinho, Township Committee members, and Tom Byrne, executive assistant to the fire department, were among the speakers.