Monthly Archives: August 2009

Video: Rush Holt Town Hall Meeting in Middletown Parts 3 & 4

During video parts 3 & 4 of Rush Holt’s town hall meeting to discuss health reform in Middletown on 8/26/09, Congressman Holt answers questions about tort reform and medicare.

The crowd becomes a little more vocal out of frustration because they feel that Holt is not answering questions. The truth of the matter however, is that Rush Holt is answering questions but the hecklers and boo-birds don’t want to listen to what he has to say.

The nay-sayers in the crowd continue to point to the only bill to come out of committee, HR3200, as reason for the frustration even though Congressman Holt mentioned that there are 4 other bills making their way through the Congress and Senate.

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Video: Rush Holt Town Hall Meeting in Middletown Parts 1 & 2

As mentioned earlier, I was inside at Rush Holt’s town hall meeting to discuss health care reform last night in Middletown.

I was looking forward to an enjoyable evening of theatrics from the crowd and considering that it could have been much worse, I was only slightly disappointed.

Rush attempted to control the crowd by having attendees write questions on an index card instead of having people come forward to speak from a microphone. This worked well but it did not deter hecklers from shouting out opposition.

I was able able to record the first 57 minutes of the meeting before I ran out of space on my media card, the meeting went on for another 35 to 40 minutes before letting out at 8:40 pm.

Here our the first two parts of video that encompasses the first 20 minutes from last night. The video is raw and a little grainy due to the fact that I was sitting a little far away and only had a 3X zoom on my small video camera, I did not edit anything out of video the events happened as shown and you may or may not hear me arguing with an elderly woman behind me, who was more interested in yapping instead of listening.

I am currently working on 4 more video clips to post later:

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Rush Holt Town Hall Meeting In Middletown Last Night.

I attended Rush Holt’s town hall meeting last night at the Middletown Cultural Arts Center. I arrived shortly after 5 pm to make sure I would be able to get into the building.

It was a lively but respectful crowd outside the building that grew in numbers as the time for the meeting approached.
Shortly after settling down inside an argument broke out between a few attendees and needed to broken up by police, to the credit of Middletown police, they calmed down the situation and allowed the people to stay for the meeting.
My overall impression of the night was that it went rather well, it wasn’t as loud or disrespectful as other town hall events throughout the country have been portrayed, hecklers and boo-birds had plenty of chances to express themselves however.
I am currently working on posting video of the event and hope to have it by the end of the day, I have over an hours worth of video and it takes a while to post. I’ll add additional comments about last nights events after the video is ready.

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Obama Issues Statment on The Passing of Senator Kennedy

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For nearly five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity; in children who know education’s promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me.

In the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth and good cheer. He battled passionately on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintained warm friendships across party lines. And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

I personally valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve benefited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

His fight gave us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives.

For America, he was a defender of a dream. For his family, he was a guardian. Our hearts and prayers go out to them today — to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama

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New Jersey Green Energy Projects Supported by Corzine, Moving Forward

Two New Jersey green energy projects have been getting a bit of press lately. Each project has been support by Governor Corzine and will receive state aid in the form of federal stimulus money and other incentives.

Meadowlands solar farm gets support from Corzine, stimulus:


A plan by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission to build a 5-megawatt solar farm on a Kearny landfill site — the state’s largest such project — edged closer to reality Tuesday afternoon as Gov. Jon S. Corzine announced $8.5 million in federal stimulus funding for it.

Early in September, the Meadowlands Commission expects to get responses to its invitation in May for requests for proposals for the project, said Brian Aberdack, the agency’s public information officer. The project cost is yet to be determined, and will be “in the tens of millions of dollars,” but the agency had originally asked for $10 million in federal stimulus funds, he said.

The state Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 19 awarded the stimulus grant of $8.5 million for the project, carving it out of $20.6 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds it has received. At its board meeting that day, it also approved a $4.3 million federal stimulus grant for an NJ Transit solar installation in Kearny, which is another project Corzine announced Tuesday.

The Meadowlands Commission’s Kearny solar farm project is part of its larger plan to generate up to 20 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020 in the Meadowlands District. The commission is the zoning and planning agency of the Hackensack Meadowlands District, a 30.4-square-mile area along the Hackensack River covering parts of 14 municipalities in Bergen and Hudson counties.

The Meadowlands Commission’s solar farm will occupy a landfill of about 35 acres of a 57-acre lot, according to a press note the agency issued in May, when it invited bids to build and operate a grid-connected photovoltaic system. The landfill has been inactive for 25 years, and “settlement has substantially occurred,” the agency said.

If all goes well, construction on the project would start by year’s end, but a completion date has not been finalized, Aberdack said. The selected firm will enter into a 15- to 20-year lease and take ownership of all available tax credits, depreciation and solar renewable energy certificates associated with the project, according to the commission.

In July, New Jersey installed its 4,000th solar farm, making it second only to California in the number of such installations. njbiz.com

Officials tout buoys that capture wave energy off the Jersey coast:


State and local officials joined with Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) Tuesday to recognize the success of one of the Pennington-based company’s PowerBuoys off the coast of Atlantic City.

OPT is a pioneer in wave-energy technology that harnesses ocean wave resources to generate clean electricity.

“This is a celebration of our work in the renewable energy sector and an opportunity to thank the state and federal government for supporting OPT since the very beginning,” said Charles Dunleavy, the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. “As we continue to achieve success in both the national and international markets, OPT is proud to have invented, developed, and grow our operations right here in New Jersey.”

The federal and state support, including assistance from the Navy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the state Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the state Commission on Science and Technology.


The PowerBuoy has successfully operated for three years off the coasts of Hawaii, Spain, Scotland and Oregon.

“Governor Jon Corzine’s comprehensive energy master plan calls for 30-percent of New Jersey’s energy to be generated from renewable sources by the year 2020,” said BPU President Jeanne Fox. “Ocean Power’s PowerBuoy can help us achieve that goal while also building New Jersey’s green economy and putting our people back to work. It’s exactly the kind of business success that the Governor envisions for New Jersey.”

OPT was founded 1994. It is a public company and operates out of a 23,000- square-foot facility. Since its inception, the company has focused on its proprietary PowerBuoy® technology, capturing wave energy using large floating buoys anchored to the sea bed and converting the energy into electricity using innovative power take-off systems.

Commencing in 1997, OPT has conducted ocean trials off the coast of New Jersey to demonstrate the concept of converting wave energy and convert it into electricity. Ocean Power currently has 42 employees in New Jersey and plans to continue its growth.

“Governor Corzine’s commitment to investing in clean energy has ensured New Jersey is able to attract and develop companies like Ocean Power Technologies,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Caren S. Franzini. “Ocean Power’s innovative technology and talented staff will only help to drive the company’s growth and the creation of more green jobs in the state.”

Franzini noted that EDA, in conjunction with BPU and the state Department of Environment Protection, recently launched Clean Energy Solutions, a suite of financing and incentive programs to further support the state’s effort to promote green job creation and a more environmentally responsible energy future.

For more information on the state’s energy master plan, visit http://www.nj.gov/emp. Businesses interested in learning more about all Clean Energy Solutions opportunities should visit http://www.njeda.com. newjerseynewsroom.com


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The Lion Of The Senate: Edward M. Kennedy 1932-2009


…”Beneath it all, he has tried to engender a social conscience. There were wrongs which needed attention. There were people who were poor and needed help. And we have a responsibility to them and to this country. Through no virtues and accomplishments of our own, we have been fortunate enough to be born in the United States under the most comfortable conditions. We, therefore, have a responsibility to others who are less well off.”…

– Edward M. Kennedy, address at the Public Memorial Service for Robert F. Kennedy.

Early this morning news reports of the death of Senator Edward M. (Teddy) Kennedy started filtering through the media. Senator Kennedy passed quietly on Cape Cod after fighting brain cancer for more than a year.

Over the next few days and weeks many will eulogize Senator Kennedy for all that he and his family have meant to this country, but I don’t think anyone will come close to honoring Teddy’s memory in such a way, as he did when he stood in front of mourners and eulogized his bother Robert Kennedy after his assassination in 1968.

Senator Kennedy spoke both passionately and strongly about his brother that day, his voice, only quivering at the end when he quoted his late brother:
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

“Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not.”

Much of what Edward Kennedy said about his brother Robert that day can be echoed and applied to himself.
Edward Kennedy spent much of his life fighting in the US Senate, for the princles that he and his family believed in and he will be sorely missed by all, whether you like him or not.

Listen to the eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy >>>Here

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Corzine Campaign Statement On The Brown Resignation

The following statement was released by Corzine campaign spokesperson, Elisabeth Smith, shortly after the sudden news of the resignation of Michele A. Brown, the acting first assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey:

“Michele Brown’s resignation today does nothing to put to rest questions about Christie’s conduct both in and outside of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Whether it was illegally laying the groundwork for his gubernatorial campaign from the U.S. Attorney’s office with the help of Karl Rove, maintaining a secret financial relationship with the number two at the U.S. Attorney’s office during his campaign, or rewarding political cronies with millions of dollars in no-bid contracts, Christie still must answer to serious legal and ethical questions. He can start by demanding the immediate release of public documents from his tenure as U.S. Attorney as requested by the Corzine campaign.”


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