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>Cullen, Lavan & Short Begin Fight for New Jersey’s Thirteenth Legislative District

>MONMOUTH COUNTY – On Monday, Democrats Christopher Cullen, Kevin M. Lavan and Patrick Short announced their intention to seek seats in the newly configured Thirteenth Legislative District. The three former elected officials will focus on protecting the environment, creating jobs, and reforming state government.

Mr. Cullen, who served previously as Mayor of Hazlet Township, will run as a write-in candidate in the June 7 Democratic primary for the chance to challenge State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown). He cited the Christie Administration’s inaction on key environmental issues — and the voters need for a choice — as his reason for challenging the longtime lawmaker.

“The people of the Thirteenth Legislative District deserve a conversation about the future of our communities,” said Mr. Cullen. “I hope my fellow Democrats will consider writing me in so I can have that conversation with Senator Kyrillos.”
Mayor Cullen is a committed environmentalist. He said, “As Mayor, I worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to preserve thousands of acres of open space. As Senator, I’ll go to Trenton to make sure that what remains of our woodlands and beaches don’t give way to shopping centers and traffic jams.”

Mr. Lavan and Mr. Short are seeking the two State Assembly seats currently held by Amy Handlin (R-Middletown) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver). They believe the Thirteenth District deserves representatives who will fight for middle class families.

“It’s time someone stood up for middle class families,” said Mr. Lavan, also a former Mayor of Hazlet Township. “There are too many people out of work. Too many homes are in foreclosure. We need action to spur the economy and put people back to work.”

Mr. Short, who during his tenure on the Middletown Township Committee fought for responsible budgeting and greater transparency, believes Mayor Lavan and he have the unique experience and skills to reform the way Trenton does business.

“Kevin and I were elected as a result of Operation Bid Rig,” said Mr. Short. “Our involvement in public service was borne out of a desire to clean up our towns and restore the people’s faith in local government. Ethics reform and greater transparency in state government will be among our top priorities when we head to the Assembly.”

Mayor Cullen served on the Hazlet Township Committee from 2001-2004.
During that time, he preserved record amounts of open space. He currently works as facilities maintenance manager for the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook.

Mayor Lavan was elected to fill the seat of disgraced Republican Mayor Paul Coughlin in 2005. A Hiring Agent for New York Shipping, during his time in office he delivered the lowest municipal tax increases in a decade.

Committeeman Short graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. On the Middletown Township Committee he opposed runaway borrowing and offered a series of reforms that resulted in increased transparency and greater responsibility to taxpayers.

The new Thirteenth Legislative District comprises Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright, and Union Beach.

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>Is Everyone Ready For Some More Snow ?

>… I hope so.

According to the National Weather Service the Middletown area can expect anywhere from 6 – 9 inches of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon, so I’m hoping that this storm doesn’t turn out to be a disaster, like the last storm that hit the area back on December 26th.
Are towns doing anything differently this time around to prepare for the upcoming snow?
Hazlet Township posted on it’s newly created Facebook page earlier this afternoon that:
As of 3:45 PM the Hazlet Township Emergency Operations Center is monitoring a Winter Storm Warning for a weather event capable of producing 6 to 9 inches of snow between 4 Pm Tuesday and noon Wednesday.”

Which is good to see because it show that leaders of the town are trying to be proactive by informing residents a head of time what they can expect from the township. Will it have any effect on how well the powers that be respond to the upcoming storm? I don’t know but I sure would hope so.
Is Middletown doing anything different this time around to keep residents informed about the coming storm after the fiasco of the last storm? Currently not much, but maybe that will change.
If you look at Middletown’s website, they seemed to have overreacted to the possibility of snow over this past weekend when they posted preparation plans for a storm that never was over this past weekend:

“Middletown Township is making preparations for an expected Friday snow storm. New supplies of salt and sand have been delivered to the Public Works Yard with additional tonnage slated for delivery Friday. Road Crews are ready to be activated. Township snow removal equipment has been inspected and readied for service. In the past 24 hours, main roads have pre-treated with salt brine to help prevent snow and ice from bonding to the roads.”

Are the same precautions going to be taken again starting late tomorrow afternoon? I should think that the Township would after all the flack that they received from residents that were buried in their homes for days after the Christmas weekend storm, but you never know.
But I would think that the response to this pending storm can only be better because it couldn’t keep any worse.
As they say, “you live and you learn”.
So here’s to hoping that towns in the area have learned for the mistakes of the last storm so that we don’t have to live through the same mistakes again.

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Solomeno, Monmouth County and Pancakes, Mmm… Perfect Together

Vincent Solomeno, Democratic Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder, sent me the following note attacked with a video from a pancake breakfast fundraiser that he held last Saturday. He asked me if I would post it here on the blog and I was more than happy to do so.

Since deciding to run for Monmouth County Freeholder, I’ve visited with elected officials, party leaders, and private citizens to hear their ideas and concerns. In communities from Matawan to Brielle and Allentown to Oceanport, I’m consistently hearing that people have lost faith in government’s ability to solve the public policy challenges that grow more pressing with each passing day. I am seeking the nomination for Freeholder because I believe we can do better. We can restore trust in government by continuing the change begun in 2009 and demonstrating through our actions, not just our words, that Monmouth Democrats are serious about reforming the way Freehold does business.

I am optimistic about the future of Monmouth County and it will be my honor to be part of an effort that translates that optimism into real results. Right now, I’m working to build momentum for a grassroots campaign that involves citizens of all stripes. I am grateful to the Hazlet and Union Beach Democratic Clubs, who threw a pancake breakfast for me last Saturday. We turned out 80 people, raised some money, and demonstrated that politics does not have to be consigned to the professionals. I hope to hold similar events in other parts of Monmouth in the weeks ahead, but in the mean time, I encourage you to check out a video of my remarks recorded by a supporter and posted to YouTube.

Kind regards,

Vincent Solomeno

P.S. If you haven’t already, please check out my web site –
www.vincentsolomeno.com

You can also connect with Vincent Solomeno by becoming a Facebook Fan or by following him on Twitter

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Hazlet Democrats: Promises Made-Promises Kept


Fellow Hazlet Residents,

As Hazlet’s Democratic Municipal Chairman I would like to update you on the many fine things Mayor James DiNardo and the Democratic Committee have been doing for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents by upgrading the Hazlet park system and adding recreational opportunities for our children while reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long timesince Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much.

The Democrats promised to keep the residents informed about what is going on in the township. A quarterly newsletter, The Hazlet Happenings, now reaches every home.

The Democratic Committee has been hard at work at controlling costs with shared service initiatives and cost control measures. Saving well over $460,000 so far. In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed saving over $200,000 a year. The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County saving over $260,000 a year. The Township’s recycling program was streamlined saving more than $65,000 a year.

This year Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee secured over $488,000 in grants for Hazlet. This is a significant increase over previous years. These Grants covered Green Acres (Skateboard Park, Boardwalk around pond, Dredging the pond, Gazebos, etc.), DOT (Aggressive Road improvements-first time in years!), and Smart Planning. Efforts to improve the Roller Hockey Rink in Veteran’s Park have been completed. Hockey Leagues will be starting up in the spring for all those interested. For the second year the Hazlet Swim Club is turning a profit.

For 2009, Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are pursuing plans for an Amphitheatre, a New Bridge for Veteran’s Park, Expanding the Veteran’s Park Zoo, and a New Pavilion. Other projects under consideration for 2009 include acquiring the Captain’s Cove Marina on Laurel Ave. This property is being considered for a small park and public boat launch. Plans are underway at 319 Middle Road (old Town Hall site) to convert this property to a small park. A walking trail will be installed around the perimeter of the property as well as several basketball courts. The existing basketball courts at Middle Road School will be converted to additional parking.

Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are looking to the future with an eye on long term planning and cost reductions.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to come out and VOTE this coming Tuesday, November 4th. (Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) This is a very important election for our country, our county, and our town.

Promises Made-Promises Kept

Sincerely,

Andrew F. Bace
Democratic Municipal Chairman

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Hazlet Democrats: Promises Made-Promises Kept


Fellow Hazlet Residents,

As Hazlet’s Democratic Municipal Chairman I would like to update you on the many fine things Mayor James DiNardo and the Democratic Committee have been doing for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents by upgrading the Hazlet park system and adding recreational opportunities for our children while reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long timesince Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much.

The Democrats promised to keep the residents informed about what is going on in the township. A quarterly newsletter, The Hazlet Happenings, now reaches every home.

The Democratic Committee has been hard at work at controlling costs with shared service initiatives and cost control measures. Saving well over $460,000 so far. In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed saving over $200,000 a year. The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County saving over $260,000 a year. The Township’s recycling program was streamlined saving more than $65,000 a year.

This year Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee secured over $488,000 in grants for Hazlet. This is a significant increase over previous years. These Grants covered Green Acres (Skateboard Park, Boardwalk around pond, Dredging the pond, Gazebos, etc.), DOT (Aggressive Road improvements-first time in years!), and Smart Planning. Efforts to improve the Roller Hockey Rink in Veteran’s Park have been completed. Hockey Leagues will be starting up in the spring for all those interested. For the second year the Hazlet Swim Club is turning a profit.

For 2009, Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are pursuing plans for an Amphitheatre, a New Bridge for Veteran’s Park, Expanding the Veteran’s Park Zoo, and a New Pavilion. Other projects under consideration for 2009 include acquiring the Captain’s Cove Marina on Laurel Ave. This property is being considered for a small park and public boat launch. Plans are underway at 319 Middle Road (old Town Hall site) to convert this property to a small park. A walking trail will be installed around the perimeter of the property as well as several basketball courts. The existing basketball courts at Middle Road School will be converted to additional parking.

Mayor DiNardo and the Democratic Committee are looking to the future with an eye on long term planning and cost reductions.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to come out and VOTE this coming Tuesday, November 4th. (Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) This is a very important election for our country, our county, and our town.

Promises Made-Promises Kept

Sincerely,

Andrew F. Bace
Democratic Municipal Chairman

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A Message From The Hazlet Democrats

This year, under the leadership of Mayor James DiNardo, the Township Committee has been doing an outstanding job for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques to the Township Committee this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents. They are achieving this through a number of efforts to upgrade the Hazlet park system, adding recreational opportunities for our children, and foremost reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long time since Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much. There have been many efforts to reduce costs to Hazlet this past year, and numerous more ideas being considered.

The Democratic Administration has been hard at work at controlling costs for the township. There are numerous shared services initiatives and cost control measures underway that have yielded well over $460,000 in savings so far.

• Hazlet currently participates in the Bayshore Consortium, a group of towns in the Bayshore Area, exploring bulk purchase agreements,and shared services.

• In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed. The billing will now be processed through the Town Hall. This is saving Hazlet a over $200,000 a year.

• The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County. This is saving Hazlet over $260,000 a year.

• The Townships recycling program was changed this year to pick up every 3 weeksinstead of the previous 2 week schedule.

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A Message From The Hazlet Democrats

This year, under the leadership of Mayor James DiNardo, the Township Committee has been doing an outstanding job for Hazlet. With the addition of Joe Marques to the Township Committee this year they are energized, motivated, and hard working. Their main focus is to improve the quality of life for Hazlet residents. They are achieving this through a number of efforts to upgrade the Hazlet park system, adding recreational opportunities for our children, and foremost reducing municipal taxes. It has been a long time since Hazlet has had a committee accomplishing this much. There have been many efforts to reduce costs to Hazlet this past year, and numerous more ideas being considered.

The Democratic Administration has been hard at work at controlling costs for the township. There are numerous shared services initiatives and cost control measures underway that have yielded well over $460,000 in savings so far.

• Hazlet currently participates in the Bayshore Consortium, a group of towns in the Bayshore Area, exploring bulk purchase agreements,and shared services.

• In August the Hazlet Sewerage Authority was closed. The billing will now be processed through the Town Hall. This is saving Hazlet a over $200,000 a year.

• The Health Department has been outsourced to Monmouth County. This is saving Hazlet over $260,000 a year.

• The Townships recycling program was changed this year to pick up every 3 weeksinstead of the previous 2 week schedule.

(Click on the chart for a larger view)

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