I support unions. While the consequences of the recent pension deal between Governor Christie and Trenton lawmakers remains to be seen, now is the time for New Jerseyans to consider how best to protect the middle class in an era of high unemployment and declining pay. Unlike my opponents, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, I recognize that union membership translates into higher wages and better workplace conditions for Garden State workers. Handlin and O’Scanlon not only want to reform public employee benefits — an idea that has merits — they want to restrict the rights of private sector workers to negotiate with management.
Daily Archives: July 27, 2011
Earlier today I was surfing my favorite website and found a fluff piece on RedBankGreen.com concerning some old news about the redevelopment of the Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. I was going to post about it but I got dragged away until now, which as circumstances will have it was a good thing, because an hour or so later after reading how Township “OFFICIALS TOUT BAMM HOLLOW OPEN SPACE“, the telephone rang.
On the other end of the phone was another robo-call issued by the group calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Middletown”. It stated how the addition of 500 homes in and around Lincroft is will be eroding the quality of life of residents in Middletown.
I copied the message off of my answering machine and have it posted below, along with a transcript for anyone interested in hearing it.
It must have been a slow news day for Dustin Racioppi and the RedBankGreen, as I said the story is old and is reporting on what was said in May when the court case was settled.
Have you heard the quality of life in Middletown, according to Money Magazine, has dropped 39% during the past four years?
Poor planning and dense re-zoning by Middletown politicians led to approval for over 500 new homes in Lincroft and Bamm Hollow.
Increased density will further erode our declining quality of life, and compete with homeowner’s unable to sell their homes in this dismal economy.
It’s time to clean house and throw-out incumbent politicians.
(Paid for by Concerned Citizens of Middletown)
Letters To The Independent Expressing Outrage Over The Demotion Of Dr. Shallop Have BOE Members Defending Reassignment of Principal
According to the this weeks edition of the Independent (already posted online), many residents had sent letters to the publisher this past week, expressing outrage over the action taken by the members of the Middletown Board of Education that lead to the demotion of the very popular Principal of Middletown High School South, Dr. Anthony Shallop.
…Board Member Vincent Brand said in an email that his decision was based on the facts relevant to the issue, which by law cannot be discussed in public because the issue remains personal and confidential.
“It would have been easy to vote the popular vote last night, but that would have been, for me, unethical to do so.”
According to Brand and board Vice President Christopher Aveta, the board gave Shallop a chance to address the issues prior to the vote.
“I fought hard for Dr. Shallop to get into executive session so that he would have every opportunity to impact the vote and so that he could hear directly from the board the specific issues at hand,” Brand said.
“He was given that chance and could not positively affect the outcome.”
Board member Michael Donlon was the only board member to vote against the reassignment.
“I had not been totally convinced the decision was correct, therefore I could not go along with it,” he said in an email.
“Granting tenure to someone is not a decision that is taken lightly,” board President Joan Minnuies said in an email.
Minnuies said that the decision was three months in the making and involved discussions with the district’s central office and Shallop.
“I feel that the information provided to the board by both the central office and Dr. Shallop himself has convinced the board that the decision we ended up making was the correct one,” she said….