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Election Day 2011

When you head out to the polls today in Middletown the only thing you should be worried about is shown below. If you want more of the same then vote for Fiore and Murray. If you want people that will be sitting on the Township Committee that will be thinking of you first before themselves you need to vote for Grenafege and Fowler.

In the past 31 years of Republican control in Middletown, NOT ONE Democrat ever voted for a tax increase, not one! Every municipal tax increase has been a Republican tax increase, 22.2% during the past 3 years, over 42% during the past 8 years.

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Carol Fowler: I am running in this year’s election because it’s time to depart from "politics as usual."

Two weeks ago, I accepted the Middletown Democrats’ offer to join their ticket and seek a seat on the Township Committee. All my life, I’ve considered myself a Republican. However, the reckless policies of the local GOP majority led me to conclude that my conservative views on taxes, spending, and borrowing were not being represented by the all Republican Township Committee.

I am not a politician. I am a wife, mother, and longtime volunteer with Lincroft First Aid. I am running in this year’s election because it’s time to depart from “politics as usual.” I oppose handing no bid contracts to politically connected friends. I favor increased transparency and believe there is a way to cut spending without jeopardizing our first class police department and parks programs. Unless we pay closer attention to our municipal expenses, we may one day find ourselves asking where we were when things went off track, where did the money go, and when did the quality of life in Middletown begin to slip? By that time, it will be too late.

In the months ahead, I look forward to meeting with as many residents as I can. I believe the surest way to understanding the concerns of working families and seniors is to knock on doors and listen first hand. My running mate Jim Grenafege and I intend to do just that.

Sincerely,

Carol Fowler
Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

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Republican Candidate Avallone Challenges Scharfenberger To Debate Before June Primary

Tony Avallone, the Republican Candidate for Middeltown Township Committee, who is running in the upcoming June primary to unseat Middletown’s acting mayor Gerry Scharfenberger for the party line on the November ballot, has issued a challenge to the mayor. Avallone wants to debate him at a “Meet the Candidates Night” that he has proposed take place in the Town Hall courtroom on May 24th.

I understand that Mr. Avallone has sent the following letter of challenge to several media outlets and to Mr. Scharfenberger himself, in the hopes that he would feel obliged to agree and debate the issues that are of the most importance to residents such as lack fiscal responsibility and the looming $5M township budget deficit:

May 13, 2010

Letter to the Editor

With approximately 3 weeks left, before the Republican Primary for the Middletown Town Council elections, my email and voice mail have been flooded with inquiries as to when there will be a “Meet the Candidates Night”.

Mayor Scharfenberger, I propose we meet Monday May 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm in the Court Room at the Municipal Center. You have been Intellectually Dishonest with us the residents of Middletown, and I think it is very IMPORTANT that the voters understand the differences that you and I have.

We are almost 5 months into the year, with a projected budget deficit of $5m and still no budget. Why! This is completely fiscally irresponsible. I look forward to meeting with you on the 24th to discuss this subject, and many others, as we prepare for Middletown’s political make over.

Tony Avallone
Republican Candidate for Middletown Town Council




Word of advice to Mr. Avallone, don’t hold your breath.
It would be a cold day in hell before Gerry Scharfenberger agrees to stand in front of people and be questioned critically about anything that goes on in Middletown. Scharfenberger knows how to dish it, but he can’t take it !


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Election Day Message from Middletown’s Pat Walsh


Friends,

Election day has arrived and with it the opportunity for change for our country, our state, our county and my hometown, Middletown.

This campaign has been a great opportunity for me and I am grateful for every minute of it. In meeting and talking to the people, listening to their concerns and struggles, in just finding out that from every corner what a beautiful community Middletown is. I sincerely hope that when the day ends I, along with my running mate, Jim Grenafege will join Pat Short and Sean Byrnes on the committee and be given the opportunity to serve the residents of our community. To create for them a municipal government that is truly transparent, that operates with their best interests at heart and that eases their tax burden. I hope you take this opportunity for change to heart, cast your vpote and pray that we can work together to bring about the the goals we have talked about in this campaign.

Sincerely,

Pat Walsh
Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

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Election Day Message from Middletown’s Pat Walsh


Friends,

Election day has arrived and with it the opportunity for change for our country, our state, our county and my hometown, Middletown.

This campaign has been a great opportunity for me and I am grateful for every minute of it. In meeting and talking to the people, listening to their concerns and struggles, in just finding out that from every corner what a beautiful community Middletown is. I sincerely hope that when the day ends I, along with my running mate, Jim Grenafege will join Pat Short and Sean Byrnes on the committee and be given the opportunity to serve the residents of our community. To create for them a municipal government that is truly transparent, that operates with their best interests at heart and that eases their tax burden. I hope you take this opportunity for change to heart, cast your vpote and pray that we can work together to bring about the the goals we have talked about in this campaign.

Sincerely,

Pat Walsh
Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

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Walsh responds to "the Fibber" Fiore’s COAH letter

Patricia Walsh, Democrat for Middletown Committee has issued a response to the letter that Tony “the fibber” Fiore sent to the Atlantic Highlands Herald and I am sure many others in the area that addressed the COAH issue in Middletown.

“Recently, the Republican candidate for Middletown Committee, Anthony Fiore, published a letter to the editor about COAH.

It is not the first time that Mr. Fiore has completely distorted the facts surrounding a subject, including his resume qualifications.

In fact, both republican candidates continue to use scare tactics while misstating the facts and figures regarding Middletown’s COAH obligations. It was the committee GOP majority who was responsible for leasing our precious open space, to plant a massive development on Hwy. 36.

Fact No. 1 is that Middletown residents would not be facing this enormous impact were it not for the 23 years of complete mismanagement of our COAH obligations by the GOP. The Republican Party has lead us down a path to noncompliance and are the real reason Middletown is vulnerable to builder’s remedy lawsuits that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The Republican candidates have stated that the most effective way to make housing affordable is to cut taxes” then why did the GOP majority impose a tax increase of 7.1% in this years budget alone. As a candidate for elected office, Mr. Fiore is either ethically challenged or incompetent by misrepresenting the facts or not being able to grasp the true impact regarding the town’s COAH obligations.

Mr. Fiore, Mrs. Brightbill and their GOP predecessors who have sat on the planning board and township committee have created this tax increase due to their negligence in handling our COAH obligations. Rather then paying a lower cost earlier, they have hit the taxpayers with a financial balloon payment that has come due on their watch.

Despite attempts to mislead the public, or place blame on others, what could have been taken care of years ago at a much lower cost and minimal impact will now hurt taxpayers at a time when they can least afford it.”

Patricia Walsh
Democrat for Middletown Committee

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>Walsh responds to "the Fibber" Fiore’s COAH letter

>Patricia Walsh, Democrat for Middletown Committee has issued a response to the letter that Tony “the fibber” Fiore sent to the Atlantic Highlands Herald and I am sure many others in the area that addressed the COAH issue in Middletown.

“Recently, the Republican candidate for Middletown Committee, Anthony Fiore, published a letter to the editor about COAH.

It is not the first time that Mr. Fiore has completely distorted the facts surrounding a subject, including his resume qualifications.

In fact, both republican candidates continue to use scare tactics while misstating the facts and figures regarding Middletown’s COAH obligations. It was the committee GOP majority who was responsible for leasing our precious open space, to plant a massive development on Hwy. 36.

Fact No. 1 is that Middletown residents would not be facing this enormous impact were it not for the 23 years of complete mismanagement of our COAH obligations by the GOP. The Republican Party has lead us down a path to noncompliance and are the real reason Middletown is vulnerable to builder’s remedy lawsuits that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The Republican candidates have stated that the most effective way to make housing affordable is to cut taxes” then why did the GOP majority impose a tax increase of 7.1% in this years budget alone. As a candidate for elected office, Mr. Fiore is either ethically challenged or incompetent by misrepresenting the facts or not being able to grasp the true impact regarding the town’s COAH obligations.

Mr. Fiore, Mrs. Brightbill and their GOP predecessors who have sat on the planning board and township committee have created this tax increase due to their negligence in handling our COAH obligations. Rather then paying a lower cost earlier, they have hit the taxpayers with a financial balloon payment that has come due on their watch.

Despite attempts to mislead the public, or place blame on others, what could have been taken care of years ago at a much lower cost and minimal impact will now hurt taxpayers at a time when they can least afford it.”

Patricia Walsh
Democrat for Middletown Committee

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