--The full Senate unanimously passed Thursday legislation by Senator Robert Singer to appropriate more than $4 million for grants to CERTAIN nonprofits for farmland preservation.“Farmland preservation remains a necessary initiative in the Garden State to protect a unique facet of our economy and prevent sprawl, which often causes an increase in government and taxes,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “This measure directs to that cause millions of dollars that have been languishing in coffers over the past few years.”Senator Singer’s bipartisan S-2395 appropriates $4,083,320 — from the 2009 Farmland Preservation Fund, the 2007 Farmland Preservation Fund, and the
Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund — for grants to certain nonprofit organizations for farmland preservation purposes. It directs the state Agricultural Development Committee to provide such grants.This bill also frees up approximately $2.6 million in additional funds for other farmland preservation projects. It allows grants
to qualifying tax-exempt organizations for up to half of the cost of acquisition of development easements on farmland for farmland preservation purposes, or up to half of the cost of acquisition of fee simple titles to farmland for resale or lease with agricultural deed restrictions approved by the State Agriculture Development Committee.---
This is the ultimate example of your hypocrisy for two reasons.
#1 you state that preservation of farmland to prevent sprawl is important? Your own town is the poster child of bad planning, sprawl and congestion. You of all people as Mayor and Senator could have put a stop to the destruction of open space in Lakewood. Yet you did nothing. Now every new wave of residents to Lakewood is shocked at the
amount of unchecked growth that Lakewood must endure. The increase in government and taxes is a result of your years of being at the helm of two positions.
#2 you state the importance of farmland for the economy. Is this the same singer that didn't allow a farmer's market on Sundays in the town square because it would attract bees? This is yet another perfect example of a Singerism. A Singerism is an overtly hypocritical proposal or statement made to stay in a position of power for
personal gain by pandering to those that help you stay there.