Daily Archives: November 2, 2011

Video: Re-elect Red Bank’s Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich

Red Bank Democratic Candidates for Town Council Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich have released a short campaign video that they would like everyone to see. It explains who they are and their vision for and commitment to Red Bank’s future.

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11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, Speaks Out Against "Ugly" And Slanderous Campaign Mailer From Angelini Camp

11th District Assembly Candidate Vin Gopal, issued the an email (printed below) to friends and supporters this morning denouncing the ugly and unsubstantiated claims of his Republican opponent Mary Pat Angelini.
The Angelini campaign sent out an inflammatory and inaccurate campaign flyer to constituents after Gopal won the endorsement of the Asbury Park Press. The questionable campaign mailer insinuated that Gopal had been involved in money laundering and other corrupt activities while earning college credits, working as an intern, for former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, who pleaded guilty to and was convicted of numerous campaign fraud charges and lying to federal investigators.
To claim that a 20 year old college student, working on a campaign as an intern to earn credits towards graduation, is somehow tainted and corrupt himself is a new low and shows how desperate some are to hold onto power.

In this campaign I’ve only talked about real issues, not personal attacks. When I talk to voters, have interviews with members of the press, send out material I talk about my ideas for New Jersey and what’s happened to us these last four years. What happened is the largest property tax increase since 2007, as high as 23.5% in some parts of the state. What happened is an unemployment rate that exceeds Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. What happened is schools forced to end arts and foreign language programs while charging fees for extracurricular activities.

But my opponents are running an ugly campaign. They’re accusing me of being a party boss, of laundering money, of deep political corruption…for a job I had for college credit when I was 20 years old. That’s a desperate tactic—the incumbents are spending tens of thousands of special interest dollars trying to ruin me because they know that Monmouth County voters are ready for a real change.

I’m not upset that they’re attacking me. They wouldn’t be doing it if they weren’t worried. But this proves what I’ve been saying all along. My opponents are a part of a Trenton system more committed to reelection than protecting middle class families. They’re willing to poison the dialogue and destroy reputations if that means that they can hold on to their cushy jobs, funded by lobbyists and PACs who are interested only in their bottom line.

We need new people in Trenton. People like my running mates and I who are committed to incentivizing small businesses and restoring property tax rebates. Our campaign isn’t built on special interests, so we have no favors to pay back. We’re committed to the middle class because we are a part of it. That’s why our priorities will never change—because the policies that hurt regular people will injure us as well.

Can you help me push back against my opponents’ slander? Can you forward this email to every voter you know? We have just seven day left to get the word out that for the first time in a long time Monmouth County voters have the opportunity choose leaders committed to them.

With your help, we can make a real change for the better on November 8th.

Sincerely,

Vin Gopal

PS The incumbents are going to desperate lengths to destroy my reputation and our hope for change in Monmouth. We have to get the word out to stop them. Will you help me by forwarding this email to your friends, telling people about this election and signing up to volunteer?

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Filed under 11th Legislative District, campaign mailer, Democratic Candidate, Dirty Tricks, Joseph Voss, Mary Pat Angelini, money laundering, slander, Vin Gopal

Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Activity 10/27-10/30

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On October 27, 2011 Det. Kimberly Best arrested Kyle Clayton, age 19, from Thousand Oaks Drive in Atlantic Highlands for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Aggravated Assault as a result of an investigation into an assault that occurred on October 24, 2011 at a party of Dekarla Drive.

Police say Clayton struck the victim with a glass bottle when the victim tried to intervene and break up a fight that was taking place between two other people at the residence. Clayton was being held on $15,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On October 30, 2011 Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia and Detective Kelly Godley arrested a 15 year old male juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Aggravated Assault and Hindering Apprehension as a result of an investigation into an assault that took place on the Henry Hudson Trail at approximately 8:50 pm.

Police say the juvenile mistakenly believed the victim had thrown eggs at his house at which point he followed him to the trail and assaulted him. The victim was transported to Monmouth Medical Center for treatment. The juvenile was being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.

On October 30, 2011 at approximately 2:15 am Corporal Ralph Flannigan was on patrol in the area of the Lincroft Liquor Store when he observed a male subject, identified as Radford Stokes, age 60, from Beechwood Road in Lincroft, NJ, attempting to break into the store using a hammer.

Corporal Flannigan conducted an investigation and determined that Stokes had broken glass out of a door and knocked the door knob off with the hammer. Stokes was charged with Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Mischief. He was released after posting 10% of $10,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

Sean Gilroy, age 23, from Richard Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 30, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Dennis Bannon, age 47, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

George Keller, age 64, from Monmouth Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on October 28, 2011 by Sergeant William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer. He was released pending a court date.

Robert Noll, age 26, from Chingaroora Avenue in Keyport, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Violating a Court Order and Harassment. He was held on $5,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

Joseph Francy, age 25, from Eighth Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on October 29, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Terroristic Threats and Harassment. He was released pending a court date.

James Huber, age 21, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 28, 2011 by Patrolman Frank Mazza for Providing Alcohol to a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On October 28, 2011 Sergeant William Colangelo arrested a 17 year old female juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Possession of Alcohol Underage. She was released pending a court date.

Seth Napp, age 23, from John Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on October 30, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant out of Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on $1,000.00 bail.

Serkan Ozciftci, age 28, from Boulevard East in Weehawkin, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Corporal Ralph Flannigan for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

John Cronin, age 19, from Buchanan Boulevard in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Jonathan Dugan, age 23, from Broad Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Unlawful Possession of Suboxone, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Carla Nieves, age 31, from Autumn Drive in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Police Officer Janine Kennedy for Terroristic Threats. She was released pending a court date.

Stephen Dematteo, age 44, from Athurr Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Violating a Court Order. He was released pending a court date.

David Foggy, age 41, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Disorderly Conduct. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility on $1,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rashon Martin, age 22, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on October 22, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

John Bleibdrey, age 28, from Hosford Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Ocean Township Municipal Court. He was released after posting $251.00 bail.

Wayne Carhart, age 32, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 31, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $4,000.00 bail.

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Filed under arrest warrants, burglary, Contempt of Court, criminal assault, Criminal Mischief, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, Marijuana, Middletown Police Report, robbery

Letter: Derailed Fiscal Policy, Empty Promises, Unfulfilled Expectations in Middletown

The following letter also appears online today over at the Atlantic Highlands Herald. This letter, written by Middletown Democratic candidate for Township Committee, Jim Grenafege, is an expanded version of the letter that I posted earlier today and appears online over at the Asbury Park Press.

This version of Mr. Grenafege’s letter is much more hard hitting than what appears on the APP. Compare the two and let me know what you think, this newer version is much more hard hitting and has more specifics.

In his October 18, Atlantic Highlands Herald letter, “Real Solutions to Real Problems Needed to Put Middletown on Right Track”, Mayor Fiore admitted that Middletown government is derailed. I could not agree more.

True to form, he falsely blames years of excessive spending; unnecessary bonding; escalating taxation and debt, all cradled in Republican mismanagement, on the Middletown Democrats who somehow magically made elected Republicans spend our tax dollars. This is just more empty rhetoric to go with decades of empty promises, failure to openly communicate and thwarted taxpayer dreams: no flood control along the Bay Shore; no turf fields; a lake yet to be dredged; a $400 thousand master recreation plan gathering dust; high density housing zoned in Lincroft and planned development of open space at Bamm Hollow.

After Mr. Fiore strong-armed $500 thousand from library funds; took $350 thousand, for the second year in a row, from sewerage authority fees; used $1.3 million in public education funds; his so-called fiscal discipline required a 12% tax increase to cover $45 million of a $62 million budget. This lack of incumbent Republican fiscal discipline has Middletown looking at a projected $2 million shortfall for the 2012 Middletown budget.

Ask Mayor Fiore if he has a real solution. Past Republican practice points at raising taxes. During his term, he has contributed 22% to a 40% increase in taxes over the last five years. Past practice also points at adding to our $70 million in debt, which has increased 66% over the same five years.

Finally, at least $2.4 million of $4 million in “cuts” claimed by Mayor Fiore was onetime nonrecurring expenses that were never part of the 2011 budget.

In closing, Mr. Fiore notes that Middletown has been repeatedly named one of the Top 100 Places to Live by Money Magazine; but, Fiore fails to note that Middletown’s standing in the Magazine’s quality-of-life survey has eroded by 39% during the last four years.

Put a stop to over 30 years of poor fiscal policy and borrowing, empty promises and unfulfilled expectations. Please help our community get back on track: vote Grenafege and Fowler on November 8.

James Grenafege
Middletown Township Committee

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Filed under Asbury Park Press, Atlantic Highlands Herald, Avaya, Debt, Democratic Candidate, Jim Grenafege, letter to the editor, Middletown Township Committee, mismanagement, Tony Fiore

Letter: Taxes Sky High in Middletown

The Following letter to the editor appears online today over at the Atlantic Highlands Herald:

Have you heard that the Middletown’s mayor and his running mate want to hold the line on taxes? Hold it where, exactly? Somewhere in the stratosphere?

I think the joke’s on us. Municipal taxes have gone up over 22% just during Mister Fiore’s 3-year term in office. Mr. Fiore voted for tax increases every year. Based on his record, I think we can expect more of the same.

Republican candidates keep talking about making Middletown an affordable place to live, and then keep doing the opposite once they’re elected. You’d think they’d be too red in the face to keep talking about it.

Mr. Fiore doesn’t seem to feel responsible for our high taxes since he is always talking about forces beyond his control. Well, that doesn’t inspire my confidence in his ability, and I won’t be voting for him.

I think it’s time we had representatives who stopped making excuses and brought sound judgment to the job. Jim Grenafege has been a voice of reason for many years now. He is both informed and vocal about issues that are important to residents. Jim strongly supports televising town meetings so that we can all see what our local government is doing. He also feels the Township desperately needs the oversight of a Finance Committee, which almost every other town has. After seeing taxes double in such a short time, I have to agree with him.

Please join me in supporting Jim Grenafege for Middletown Township Committee this Election Day.

William G. Butler
Middletown, NJ

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Filed under Atlantic Highlands Herald, Carol Fowler, Finance Committee, Jim Grenafege, letter to the editor, property taxes, Tony Fiore