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>Tony "The Fibber" Fiore Is At It Again: Letter To Shadow Lake Residents Is Filled With Falsehoods

>Middletown’s acting Deputy Mayor, Tony “the Fibber” Fiore is at it once again. You would have thought that after being caught fabricating portions of his resume that was submitted to the Township (which was presented for consideration for the Township Volunteer Bank) shortly after he moved here from Carteret, he would have learn his lesson. You can’t make false and misleading statements about yourself or others and expect to get away with it.

In this latest case “the Fibber” authored and sent to resident of Shadow Lake Village (on his own dime supposedly) a letter accusing the lone Democrat on the Township Committee, Sean Byrnes, of begin an obstructionist against the rest of the Township Committee’s efforts to dredge Shadow Lake and accused him of “…cutting secret deals to line the pockets of private contractors to pour chemicals into Shadow Lake that will never solve the problem…”.

Fiore actually insinuated that Byrnes was a lair by including in this letter “Sean Byrnes says he wants to bring the Army Corp of Engineers into help the Township with Shadow Lake. There are a few problems with this. First, as State open waters, the NJDEP’s permission is still required for the Army Corp to dredge the lake. Second, the Army Corp only dredges navigable waters-Shadow Lake is not a navigable waterway.”

This letter makes Fiore out to be the buffoon and partisan politician that he is and demonstrates that Fiore and the Middletown Republicans are only out for themselves and not interested hearing from others on how to fix problems. You can see the letter for yourself >>>Here

In response to his colleague on the Township Committee, here is what Sean Byrnes has to say about Fiore’s claims and accusations:
… First, he suggests that I did not vote on dredging for Shadow Lake. That’s correct, because when the ordinance was voted on I was not yet elected to the Township Committee. His letter would lead you to believe I voted against dredging. This is not true. Second, he claims that the Army Corps of Engineers does not have jurisdiction here and cannot take on this project. Here, Mr. Fiore should have checked his facts. While the Corps has traditionally handled the maintenance of navigable waterways, they do now have a responsibility for Ecosystem Restoration. You can check this link on the web for more information:


I don’t think these representatives would ask for a meeting if they did not have a program that might address the problems with the Lake.

Lastly, and most disturbing to me, Mr. Fiore contends that I am “lining the pockets” of a contractor to treat the Lake. For the record, this “contractor” has had a contract with the Township for 15 years. The Township, unbeknownst to me, reduced the scope of this contractor’s contract limiting his treatment of vegetation to the most Western portion of the Lake. This may explain the rapid growth of vegetation of the last few years. My request to him to submit a contract for 2011 designed to attack the vegetation growth was an effort to address this problem while we wait for dredging. While Mr. Fiore appears to oppose this treatment of vegetation, I believe it is necessary and his characterization of it as “pouring chemicals” into the Lake is misleading…

Well then, so much for the final attempt at an “October Surprise” from Fiore and the Middletown GOP, they have shown once again with this letter, that they can not be trusted with telling the truth to residents and are desperate to retain as much power in town as possible.

It seems as though Sean Byrnes is the only one representing the best interests of Middletown, whether it be not voting to support this years budget that included a whopping 13.8% increase to the Municipal tax rate or here in this instance, providing a common sense solution to a problem that has been lingering under Republican rule for 3 years now.

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Extra Extra Read All About It – The Courier Is Sold To New Owner

Yesterday was a sad day after I read the post on Melissa Gaffney’s blog Sableminded about the April 1st demise of the Courier newspaper.
I have been a fan of the Courier for  a long time, and have been lending this blog to the online version of it for a number of months now. At one point I was considering having MiddletownMike visitors redirected to the Courier version of this blog. I had been hearing for quite awhile that the Courier was in trouble and that it’s future was in question, but I had thought and hope that the paper would somehow survive and live on in some form or another, but due to that uncertainty  the redirect just never seemed to happen.
When the Courier’s publisher Jim Purcell announced that the Courier was only going to publish bi-weekly and that through a partnership with Rutgers University, it was going to attempt to survive on-line as a web based publication, I was at first disheartened.  I became encouraged a few weeks later however when I was told by Jim that it looked like the web based model was going to work out, revenue had already increased over the previous months due to the new venture with Rutgers.
So, when I heard a couple of weeks ago that the Azzolina family had changed their mind and no longer desired to be in the news business it came as a mild shock, if they couldn’t find a buyer they were going to shutdown operations.  I didn’t quite want to believe it, after all the paper seemed to be on track to  profitability once again. Needless to say then, that when I stopped by the office to say hello, it was a rather gloomy place.  
Today though, when I returned home from work and logged onto the blog I noticed  the headline on the Courier widget “The Courier is sold to new owner“, my spirits were lifted.
I don’t know who has brought the Courier or whether or not that they intend to keep the online version up and running, but I am happy that they did. It would have been a real loss to the bayshore if the paper had folded, the Courier after all has been a staple of northern Monmouth County for since 1955. 
As for MiddletownMike’s future with the Courier, I don’t have an answer for that just yet. I need to make a few phone calls to see what the future may hold. I am just glad that the paper did not fade away like so many others have done lately.
I am also happy to think that some of the people at the Courier, who have become my friends, may now not have to worry about losing their jobs and finding employment elsewhere. I hope  

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Middletown GOP, Trying to Make an Honest Man out of the "Fibber"?


Melissa Gaffney had a two great posts on her Sableminded blog yesterday about the recent Middletown Gop campaign literature being circulated around town and how the the Republicans are trying to whitewash Tony “the fibber” Fiore’s resume .

“I don’t know what the Middletown Republicans are doing running this guy on such a thin sheet.

Clarification: Just dropping the name “recreation commission” does not give a person any kind of legitimate experience. What did you do while you were on such a commission? List some accomplishments, aside from umpiring baseball games for three months.

Do you know the current budget of your town’s rec department?
Do you know what types of purchases it makes?
Do you know where all the Open Space is located in Middletown?”… 


“Honestly, Tony’s got nothing. Pretty much zero experience with municipal government, an extremely unprofessional resume (30-something and banking jobs based on clubs you were in during college?) . . . You’ve got yourself a “fresh face,” all right.”…

I have to give it to her, I could not have said it any better myself. 
Fiore is a fraud who has questionable credentials at best, he has no practical experience in recreation, has no qualification to be on the township planning board, other than he is a republican who schmoozed his way into the local GOP  by misrepresenting himself as something he is not and he hasn’t attended a single Township Committee meeting.
This is an election that the Middletown GOP can ill afford to lose, and when the “fibber” loses this election, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was kicked off of the planning board then dumped all together from the GOP for his less then honest portrayal himself.
 

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Middletown GOP, Trying to Make an Honest Man out of the "Fibber"?


Melissa Gaffney had a two great posts on her Sableminded blog yesterday about the recent Middletown Gop campaign literature being circulated around town and how the the Republicans are trying to whitewash Tony “the fibber” Fiore’s resume .

“I don’t know what the Middletown Republicans are doing running this guy on such a thin sheet.

Clarification: Just dropping the name “recreation commission” does not give a person any kind of legitimate experience. What did you do while you were on such a commission? List some accomplishments, aside from umpiring baseball games for three months.

Do you know the current budget of your town’s rec department?
Do you know what types of purchases it makes?
Do you know where all the Open Space is located in Middletown?”… 


“Honestly, Tony’s got nothing. Pretty much zero experience with municipal government, an extremely unprofessional resume (30-something and banking jobs based on clubs you were in during college?) . . . You’ve got yourself a “fresh face,” all right.”…

I have to give it to her, I could not have said it any better myself. 
Fiore is a fraud who has questionable credentials at best, he has no practical experience in recreation, has no qualification to be on the township planning board, other than he is a republican who schmoozed his way into the local GOP  by misrepresenting himself as something he is not and he hasn’t attended a single Township Committee meeting.
This is an election that the Middletown GOP can ill afford to lose, and when the “fibber” loses this election, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was kicked off of the planning board then dumped all together from the GOP for his less then honest portrayal himself.
 

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>A word about last nights meeting in Middletown

>I was reading Art Gallagher’s  impressions of what transpired last night at the Middletown Township Committee meeting last night and I generally agree with his assessment.

The meeting was very good and it was to seen the six new members of the police department sworn in with there families in attendance. While it was interesting to hear the presentation from the Middletown Health Department and all that they do, I found it a little long.  After all, I was there to see a show and I was getting a bit antsy waiting.
When Art did get up to speak sometime after 10 pm, the Mayor seemed to be waiting for him because he immediately announce that there was going to be a 5 minute time limit on comments. The township clerk then  literally set a time clock that went off after the 5 minutes.  Art then had to rush through his comments to finish.
Art, as he mentioned did not get the great debate that he wanted, largely because no one showed up argue the point with him and because the debate did get sidetracked  over who called for the Middletown Human Rights Commission to meet.
On this point, I have to take exception with  Art Gallagher’s perception on events. While Committeeman Short my have been trying to score political points by blaming Mayor Scharfenberger for the “unnoticed special meeting”, it was Scharfenberger’s denials and the seemingly apparent cover up by the Clerk, Township Administer and Attorney, about asking the commission to meet that lead to that confrontation.
One of the main issues that Committeeman Short takes exception to is “open and transparent government” and Mayor Scharfenberger knows that, so to try and cover up the fact was not the right course of action for him to take.
I was at the hastily called meeting of the MHRC Thursday night, I received the message off my answering machine late that day it.  I am not sure how the person leaving the message found out about the meeting. I arrived late and left after the Commission decided to draft a resolution
against Art Gallagher’s methods.
Now, why have I brought that up? because several times during the special session the Cindy Hoffman of the Human Rights Commission mentioned that the mayor asked her to look into the allegations and to convene a special meeting. When asked if Mayor Scharfenberger knew about the meeting taking place, she said that he was aware of it but she did not know if he would be attending. 
So the only real fireworks that we got last night was the confrontation between Short and Scharfenberger. 
And I really think that the issue for the Township is over, I just don’t see the Human Rights Commission reconvening just to discuss this their resolution against Art and his blog. The meeting was called for after all, as a political ploy by the mayor against the Courier and not because he had concerns over what Art Gallagher wrote on his blog.
You can hear audio clips from the meeting on Melissa Gaffney’s SableMinded blog

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A word about last nights meeting in Middletown

I was reading Art Gallagher’s  impressions of what transpired last night at the Middletown Township Committee meeting last night and I generally agree with his assessment.

The meeting was very good and it was to seen the six new members of the police department sworn in with there families in attendance. While it was interesting to hear the presentation from the Middletown Health Department and all that they do, I found it a little long.  After all, I was there to see a show and I was getting a bit antsy waiting.
When Art did get up to speak sometime after 10 pm, the Mayor seemed to be waiting for him because he immediately announce that there was going to be a 5 minute time limit on comments. The township clerk then  literally set a time clock that went off after the 5 minutes.  Art then had to rush through his comments to finish.
Art, as he mentioned did not get the great debate that he wanted, largely because no one showed up argue the point with him and because the debate did get sidetracked  over who called for the Middletown Human Rights Commission to meet.
On this point, I have to take exception with  Art Gallagher’s perception on events. While Committeeman Short my have been trying to score political points by blaming Mayor Scharfenberger for the “unnoticed special meeting”, it was Scharfenberger’s denials and the seemingly apparent cover up by the Clerk, Township Administer and Attorney, about asking the commission to meet that lead to that confrontation.
One of the main issues that Committeeman Short takes exception to is “open and transparent government” and Mayor Scharfenberger knows that, so to try and cover up the fact was not the right course of action for him to take.
I was at the hastily called meeting of the MHRC Thursday night, I received the message off my answering machine late that day it.  I am not sure how the person leaving the message found out about the meeting. I arrived late and left after the Commission decided to draft a resolution
against Art Gallagher’s methods.
Now, why have I brought that up? because several times during the special session the Cindy Hoffman of the Human Rights Commission mentioned that the mayor asked her to look into the allegations and to convene a special meeting. When asked if Mayor Scharfenberger knew about the meeting taking place, she said that he was aware of it but she did not know if he would be attending. 
So the only real fireworks that we got last night was the confrontation between Short and Scharfenberger. 
And I really think that the issue for the Township is over, I just don’t see the Human Rights Commission reconvening just to discuss this their resolution against Art and his blog. The meeting was called for after all, as a political ploy by the mayor against the Courier and not because he had concerns over what Art Gallagher wrote on his blog.
You can hear audio clips from the meeting on Melissa Gaffney’s SableMinded blog

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The Fiore Resumé Surfaces


Check out Melissa Gaffney’s post over at her SableMinded blog. It seems as though she got a hold of the resumé which Anthony Fiore submitted to the Township for inclusion into it’s Talent Bank program.

For people that do not know what the Talent Bank is, it’s resumés that are submitted to the township for consideration of inclusion onto various volunteer boards and commissions within the Township. Examples of such boards or commissions would be the Safety Committee,Human Rights Commission or in Fiore’s case, the Planning Board. Most, if not all of the posistions on the various boards and commissions are filled by politically connected individuals in town.

If you take a look at Fiore’s resumé, it is amazing that he was even considered at all for a position, let alone the mother of all boards, the Planning Board, his resumé is totaly devoid of facts or explanations of experiance. It seems that he holds to the belief that less is more, much of what he has listed is nothing more than fluff.

Keep in mind that Fiore is 31 years old and some of his experiances do not seem plausible:

A member of the Carteret Recreation Commission 1995-1997 (in fact may have held just a summer job.)
A member of the Carteret Human Relations Commission 1997 (he was 20 yrs. old??)
A member of NJ Federation of Baseball Umpirers 1995-2001 (umpired Little League games?)
Sargent-at-Arms for the Carteret Republican Municiple Committee 1997-2001 (at 20yrs old ?)
Carteret Republican Municipal Chairman 2002-2003 (at 23yrs.old)

How did any of this make Anthony Fiore qualified to sit on the Planning Board or run for Township Committee? The Middletown GOP has a big problem on their hands and needs to fix it.

Click on the headline to read Melissa’s blog and to see Anthony Fiore’s resumé for yourself.

(Image courtsey of the Courier)

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