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Fear Grips Middletown


This is no Halloween ghost story.

Fear has gripped long time appointed officials, department heads and their staffs, who roam the hallways of Middletown’s Town Hall. Fear of what you ask? It is the fear of losing their jobs.

In recent weeks many individuals that work for Middletown have been in quiet contact with members of the Middletown Democratic Party, in hopes of maintaining their positions within the township when the Democrats take control after the election. The handwriting, it seems is being written on the walls and they are looking to hedge their bets.

These individuals who wish to remain nameless due to their positions in town and for the fear of retribution, are desperately fearful of losing their jobs because many of them needed to “tow the Republican line“ for so long, that they often allowed their jobs to become politicized.

The real horror story however that many of these people are telling stories about, is of being “Shook Down” for contributions to the Middletown Republican party or to its candidates. It was made clear to them that in order to continue serving the township as appointed officials, department heads or as members of various boards or commissions in town that it would be in their best interests to contribute.

If come January, Democrats are in control of Middletown and these allegations are found to be true then watch out because then, the real horror show will start and heads throughout town may be rolling.

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Fear Grips Middletown


This is no Halloween ghost story.

Fear has gripped long time appointed officials, department heads and their staffs, who roam the hallways of Middletown’s Town Hall. Fear of what you ask? It is the fear of losing their jobs.

In recent weeks many individuals that work for Middletown have been in quiet contact with members of the Middletown Democratic Party, in hopes of maintaining their positions within the township when the Democrats take control after the election. The handwriting, it seems is being written on the walls and they are looking to hedge their bets.

These individuals who wish to remain nameless due to their positions in town and for the fear of retribution, are desperately fearful of losing their jobs because many of them needed to “tow the Republican line“ for so long, that they often allowed their jobs to become politicized.

The real horror story however that many of these people are telling stories about, is of being “Shook Down” for contributions to the Middletown Republican party or to its candidates. It was made clear to them that in order to continue serving the township as appointed officials, department heads or as members of various boards or commissions in town that it would be in their best interests to contribute.

If come January, Democrats are in control of Middletown and these allegations are found to be true then watch out because then, the real horror show will start and heads throughout town may be rolling.

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A Message From The Hazlet Democrats

This year, under the leadership of Mayor James DiNardo, the Township Committee has been doing an outstanding job for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques to the Township Committee this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents. They are achieving this through a number of efforts to upgrade the Hazlet park system, adding recreational opportunities for our children, and foremost reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long time since Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much. There have been many efforts to reduce costs to Hazlet this past year, and numerous more ideas being considered.

The Democratic Administration has been hard at work at controlling costs for the township. There are numerous shared services initiatives and cost control measures underway that have yielded well over $460,000 in savings so far.

• Hazlet currently participates in the Bayshore Consortium, a group of towns in the Bayshore Area, exploring bulk purchase agreements,and shared services.

• In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed. The billing will now be processed through the Town Hall. This is saving Hazlet a over $200,000 a year.

• The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County. This is saving Hazlet over $260,000 a year.

• The Townships recycling program was changed this year to pick up every 3 weeksinstead of the previous 2 week schedule.

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A Message From The Hazlet Democrats

This year, under the leadership of Mayor James DiNardo, the Township Committee has been doing an outstanding job for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques to the Township Committee this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents. They are achieving this through a number of efforts to upgrade the Hazlet park system, adding recreational opportunities for our children, and foremost reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long time since Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much. There have been many efforts to reduce costs to Hazlet this past year, and numerous more ideas being considered.

The Democratic Administration has been hard at work at controlling costs for the township. There are numerous shared services initiatives and cost control measures underway that have yielded well over $460,000 in savings so far.

• Hazlet currently participates in the Bayshore Consortium, a group of towns in the Bayshore Area, exploring bulk purchase agreements,and shared services.

• In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed. The billing will now be processed through the Town Hall. This is saving Hazlet a over $200,000 a year.

• The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County. This is saving Hazlet over $260,000 a year.

• The Townships recycling program was changed this year to pick up every 3 weeksinstead of the previous 2 week schedule.

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SHORT ENDORSES WALSH, GRENAFEGE For MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE


“Government cannot be about politicians it has to be about the residents of
Middletown”

Short said this is the reason he joined the Middletown Democratic Party. “Every single campaign promise I have made to residents I kept and intend to keep into the future. I am convinced this township can do better with Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege on our governing body,” Short said.

Short said Walsh and Grenafege foster and embrace the same ideals as Short and fellow Committeeman Sean Byrnes, also a Democrat.

“This township can save money through controlling costs and turn back the tide of fiscal irresponsibility,” Short said. “The committee needs to know everything about what is bought and have more control over how it is bought.”

Short said that debt has traveled from $65 million three years ago in Middletown to almost $85 million today. “A public debt is a public curse, first of all,” Short said. “When it involves $85 million, this binds the township to $8.5 million in annual
obligations, and Middletown can do a lot better,” he said.

Short said the committee needed $2 million last year to avoid a tax increase, and just $1 million the year before. “More has to be done to save taxpayers money and I think Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege will do the work to make that happen,” Short said.

Short said that himself, Byrnes, Walsh and Grenafege would make an effective team that the taxpayers could trust.

Last year, Short and Byrnes reviewed 280 line items within the budget, making recommendations to each about how to reduce the budget. “Nothing was listened to by the Republican majority,” he said.

On top of that, Short said he and Byrnes made 34 general recommendations about how to curb spending, some of which have been adopted by the county but not in Middletown under the Republican majority on the committee.

Instead, Short said the majority on the committee raised taxes 7.5 percent, and the sum over the past three years has been an increase of more than 15 percent.

“I know that Pat Walsh, Jim Grenafege, Sean Byrnes and myself can provides the leadership and strong objectives needed to reduce the budget,” Short said.

The committeeman, who is also a senior manager for a Fortune 500 company, said the addition of Walsh and Grenafege to the committee would be the difference, short- and long-term, between Middletown “winning or losing in this economy.”

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SHORT ENDORSES WALSH, GRENAFEGE For MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE


“Government cannot be about politicians it has to be about the residents of
Middletown”

Short said this is the reason he joined the Middletown Democratic Party. “Every single campaign promise I have made to residents I kept and intend to keep into the future. I am convinced this township can do better with Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege on our governing body,” Short said.

Short said Walsh and Grenafege foster and embrace the same ideals as Short and fellow Committeeman Sean Byrnes, also a Democrat.

“This township can save money through controlling costs and turn back the tide of fiscal irresponsibility,” Short said. “The committee needs to know everything about what is bought and have more control over how it is bought.”

Short said that debt has traveled from $65 million three years ago in Middletown to almost $85 million today. “A public debt is a public curse, first of all,” Short said. “When it involves $85 million, this binds the township to $8.5 million in annual
obligations, and Middletown can do a lot better,” he said.

Short said the committee needed $2 million last year to avoid a tax increase, and just $1 million the year before. “More has to be done to save taxpayers money and I think Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege will do the work to make that happen,” Short said.

Short said that himself, Byrnes, Walsh and Grenafege would make an effective team that the taxpayers could trust.

Last year, Short and Byrnes reviewed 280 line items within the budget, making recommendations to each about how to reduce the budget. “Nothing was listened to by the Republican majority,” he said.

On top of that, Short said he and Byrnes made 34 general recommendations about how to curb spending, some of which have been adopted by the county but not in Middletown under the Republican majority on the committee.

Instead, Short said the majority on the committee raised taxes 7.5 percent, and the sum over the past three years has been an increase of more than 15 percent.

“I know that Pat Walsh, Jim Grenafege, Sean Byrnes and myself can provides the leadership and strong objectives needed to reduce the budget,” Short said.

The committeeman, who is also a senior manager for a Fortune 500 company, said the addition of Walsh and Grenafege to the committee would be the difference, short- and long-term, between Middletown “winning or losing in this economy.”

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