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>Letter: Mahoney deserves Middletown’s vote

I just found the following letter published on-line over at the Asbury Park Press. The letter is in support of Middletown’s Democratic Committeeman Sean Byrnes’s running mate Mary Mahoney.

Mary is starting to build a very large following around town and is quickly becoming Middletown’s “darling”. Those that meet her on the campaign trail can not help themselves from falling for her and her bubbly, warm and down-to-earth, genuine persona. She has been describe by those that have met her as a “Natural”:

I have been a resident of Middletown for 23 years. Over the past few years, I have noticed a conspicuous lack of transparency in our local government and been disappointed by many of the decisions and policies pursued by the current leadership.

This year, one of the candidates, Mary Mahoney, is someone I have known and worked with for many years. Mahoney has consistently been an outstanding leader in our community.

I have had the privilege of working closely with Mahoney on the Lincroft PTA executive board, and know how intelligent, dedicated and hardworking she is.

This November, Middletown residents should support a new direction for the township by casting a vote for Mahoney.

Judy Krivitzky


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Fundraiser to support the 2010 Campaign of Sean Byrnes & Mary Mahoney for Middletown Township Committee Set For August 11th

Vin Gopal
Monmouth County Democrats Finance Chair
invites you
to support the 2010 Campaign of
Sean Byrnes & Mary Mahoney for Middletown Township Committee
RECOGNIZING Middletown Democratic Party Chairman Joe Caliendo
w/ Special Guest Congressman Frank Pallone
Wednesday, August 11th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
American Legion Post 338
Route 36 in Leonardo
Supporter: $35
Friend: $75
Co-Host: $125
* Dinner Provided *
OR CALL 732-299-5625
Please make checks payable to
‘Middletown Democratic Campaign 2010’

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What Is Happening With The Bond For The Middletown Turf Fields?

On tonight’s agenda for the Middeltown Township Committee Workshop meeting there will be a discussion about capital improvement projects and existing bonds and what to do about them. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do with the bonds the town is sitting on, namely the bond that was issued to fund the artificial turf projects for Croydon Hall and Trezza Field.

If we can all remember back to this past January when residents of Lincroft teamed up with members of the Pop Warner Chargers football organization when they found out that the long promised field restoration for Trezza Field (the home of the Chargers) was not going to happen, instead the funds for the turf project at Trezza Field was going to be diverted to West Front Street Park,caused so much trouble for Gerry Scharfenberger and Pam Brightbill earlier this year that they decided to cancel the turf projects all together in April.

The sudden decision to cancel the turf projects left everyone stunned at the time and questioning what was going to happen with the $2.6 million bond that was issued to fund the projects. The bond’s language as written was very specific, the funds couldn’t be used for anything else other than field restoration.

The following audio clip contains comments made by Middletown Attorney Brian Nelson, Middletown Township Town Administrator Tony Mercantante and mayor Gerry Scharfenberger during Workshop meetings on February 1st and March 1st,and seems to confirm that. The audio documents what the three men had been saying about the bonded money that was to be used for the construction of turf fields prior to the sudden announcement that the field project was going to be cancelled and the bonded funds returned.

Fast forward now to the last Township Committee meeting held on July 19th.

Lincroft resident and founding member of the citizens group SONIC (which opposed the turf project at West Front Street Park), Mary Mahoney, addressed the Township Committee about the unused Turf Bond that was to be used for artificial turf fields at Trezza Field, West Front Street Park and Croydon Hall. She wanted to know what was happening with the bonded money,

was there any plans to use it for anything else, how much of it had been spent and why wasn’t it retired as of yet to save the township interest payments on it.

She seemed to have taken the the Township Committee and those that make the decisions on such things by surprise. Listen to it below:

About 1:10 into her comments CFO Nick Trasente is heard saying that the bond funds could be used for other facilities, used to pay down debt or retired, which is contrary to earlier remarks made by Township Attorney Brian Nelson and Scharfenberger, who had stated at earlier meetings and can be heard above in the 1st audio clip, that the bond had to be retired if not used for turf fields and couldn’t be used for anything else.

So, what are Gerry and the boys planning on doing with the funds from this bond? It seems that they are trying to figure out a way to apply it to the budget in order to decrease 14% tax rate increase in this years municipal budget that has not been adopted yet.

If this is a concern to anyone then you should attend tonights meeting at Town Hall, it starts at 8pm. Get there early for a good seat.


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Letter: It’s Time To Televise Township Meetings

We live in a time when we are often too busy or simply unable to attend our own local government meetings. Given the current financial crisis, it is more critical than ever to be aware of what our elected officials are doing with the responsibility entrusted to them.

As a candidate for the Middletown Township Committee, I feel it is time that Middletown televises their town meetings.

If we have the capability to record our concerts in the park, than we should be able to do the same for our meetings.

I strongly believe that transparency builds open and honest government. We need residents to participate in their local government, and we need to give them the tools to do so. Middletown owes it to their residents to provide this service.

Mary E. Mahoney

Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

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Mary Mahoney Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

As a resident of Middletown for 24 years, I have enjoyed the roles of wife, mother, and successful business woman. For the last ten years, I have worked to improve our community, serving as a PTA volunteer and board member and, until recently, as a director on the board of the Lincroft Village Green Association.

I was content to continue this service but my recent exposure to Township officials changed my mind. The Township’s ill-planned approach to building turf fields opened my eyes to the serious shortcomings of our local government. This experience and the extreme challenges facing our State and Township convinced me to get more involved. As a result, I have decided to pursue, a seat on the Middletown Township Committee.

Participating in recent town meetings, I became disillusioned with the lack of transparency, poor planning and misplaced priorities that waste our precious resources and tax dollars. Despite a $5,000,000 budget deficit in 2010, our Township Committee has yet to hold a budget meeting and has already missed five months of potential budget savings. This is unacceptable. Twenty-nine years of single party rule has produced inefficiency and waste.

This Township needs a common sense, apolitical approach to governing. I have no personal agenda other than a determination to serve my fellow residents. My aim is to protect our quality of life and will strive to improve it. I welcome your energy, input and shared commitment to work with me in achieving this goal.

Mary E. Mahoney
Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee

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Primary Election Results For Middletown

For those that are interested in the outcome of today’s primary election in Middletown, the votes broke down as follows:

For the three way race for the right to represent the Middeltown GOP the results are;

Newcomer Kevin Settembrino received 2,023 votes (39.13%), Gerry Scharfenberger received 1,914 votes (37.02%) and the challenger of both who wished to upset Scharfenberger, Tony Avellone received 1,211 votes (23.42%). There were 22 write-in votes that totaled .43%

For the Democrats, both candidates were running unopposed;
Incumbent Sean Byrnes received 689 votes (50.18%) and his new running mate Mary Mahoney received 674 vote (49.09%). There were 10 write-in votes that totaled .73%
So now with the results of the primary behind us and all the candidates settled, let the games begin as they say, the campaign starts tomorrow !

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