Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan Will Be Nominated To Fill 11th District Vacancy

(Councilwoman Sharon Lee, Mayor Pat Menna and Councilwoman Kathy Horgan)

Monmouth County Democrats will nominate Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan tonight for State Assembly in the 11th District. Horgan will run with businessman Vin Gopal of Long Branch for Assembly and former prosecutor Ray Santiago of Freehold for State Senate.

Horgan, who has served one term on the borough council, works for a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to AIDS research. Horgan will replace Asbury Park restauranter Marilyn Schlossbach, who stepped down last week due to her restaurants getting hit hard due to Hurricane Irene.

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Filed under 11th Legislative District, Asbury Park NJ, Hurricane Irene, Kathy Horan, Marilyn Schlossbach, Ray Santiago, Red Bank NJ, Vin Gopal

End Of An Era; After 94 Years Fort Monmouth Closes Tomorrow

From Monmouth County Public Information Office

FORT MONMOUTH, NJ – After 94 years of service, Fort Monmouth will officially close on Thursday. An inactivation and color casing ceremony was held today.

“It was a great community relationship that made Fort Monmouth, and what makes leaving more difficult,” said Davis D. Tindoll Jr., director of the Installation Management Command’s Atlantic Region. “No matter what the future holds for this ground, its rich legacy of people and technological advancements will always he remembered and honored.”

The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) flag was cased during the ceremony by Tindoll, Garrison Manager George E. Fitzmaier and Sgt. Maj. Lesley McCorkle. A flag casing is a formal event where the unit’s colors are taken down and put into a protective covering.

On Thursday, the fort will hold the final retreat ceremony, in which the American flag near Russel Hall will be lowered for the last time.

In 2005, Fort Monmouth was selected for closure by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission and soon embarked on a transition to move operations to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The BRAC decision called for the transfer of 4,950 civilian and 450 military positions.

“This is a very special day,” Fitzmaier said to a large crowd that turned out for the ceremony. “Fort Monmouth means so much to so many people. The first airplanes were here, homing pigeons, hot air balloons, night vision goggles … it was called the Army’s house of magic.”

At 12:01 a.m. Friday, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), which operates under the state Economic Development Authority will assume responsibility for the fort property’s redevelopment and re-use.

“The fort’s closing is one of the saddest yet most important chapters in Monmouth County’s history,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, vice chairwoman of the FMERA panel. “Our hope is that in the near future the fort property will enter a new phase of importance to the county and will become an important economic engine for the entire region.”

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Filed under Aberdeen Proving Ground, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, Fort Monmouth, Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), Monmouth County

Senate Republicans block FEMA disaster relief funds

Hold on, don’t spend that disaster aid money just yet, Republicans in the US Senate have blocked aid to Hurricane Irene victims.

I wonder what Governor Christie and fellow NJ Republicans have to say about this?

Raw Story
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need.

“Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on a measure that would have granted the Federal Emergency Management Agency additional funding to help communities devastated by natural disasters,” Sen. Reid said in an advisory.

“This ought to be the least political issue going – whether to reach out a helping hand to our friends and neighbors in their time of need,” he continued. “They have lost friends and loved ones. Their homes, businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed by acts of god. Their communities are under water or reduced to rubble.

“It’s in our power to help them. But last night Republicans overwhelmingly voted to prevent us from coming to their aid. They prevented us from getting disaster aid to American families and businesses that need it now.”

The vote was 53-33, with Republicans uniting against measure that would have brought the aid package to a vote and put a rush on some emergency funds. A 60-vote majority was required to pass it.

“They don’t need help next week or next month,” Reid railed. “They need it now. They need it today.”

He added that because of the increased number of natural disasters this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has just over $300 million left. President Barack Obama has issued disaster declarations in 48 states since the beginning of 2011.

The funds are so low, Reid said, that FEMA has stopped rebuilding the town of Joplin, Missouri, which was practically destroyed by tornadoes earlier this year. It withdrew funding for the Joplin rebuilding in order to provide food and shelter to the victims of Hurricane Irene.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said on Monday that House Republicans would include a much smaller package of relief funds, attached to a budget request needed to keep the government operating through the end of September.

Cantor has previously tried to withhold disaster funds to force major budget cuts elsewhere, like vehicle fuel efficiency programs, or public funding for light rail projects.

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Filed under Congressional Republicans, disaster assistance, Eric Cantor, FEMA, Hurricane Irene, President Obama, Raw Story, relief aid, US Sen. Harry Reid