Audio from last nights radio show with Akerman and Langert. Notice in part two starting at 14 minutes where Deputy Mayor Langert admits to Being a partner in a townhouse development project that required variances. Listen to part 2 at 14:45 where Langert whispers to the DJ that he should ask me if I have any interests in any developments as well.
The Trenton City Council has delayed action on a measure to cut the salary of the city’s embattled mayor.
Council members were due to vote Tuesday night on the measure that would reduce Tony Mack’s salary from $126,460 to $60,000. But the vote was pushed back to Feb. 7 after city clerk Leona Baylor said the public hearing on the proposal had not been properly advertised.
Mack was indicted on corruption charges in December but has vowed to remain in office. His brother and a close associate have also been indicted.
The House of Representatives will be voting on the remaining 51 million dollars of the Hurricane Sandy bill today. Many GOP representatives are supposedly upset over the added spending in the bill for things that have nothing to do with helping the people whose lives were devastated by the storm.
Governor Christie will hear none of that. He wants the money and he wants it now. At a Bradley Beach press conference yesterday, Christie lambasted Congress. He listed all the states that had been previously devastated by disasters.
A 1936 Ocean County budget that was being shared on Twitter gives us a look back at a time when life was much more simple and honest. Or was it?
Of course the glaring difference between the one million dollar budget of yesteryear and our current 354 million dollar budget of today is obvious. But one item that seems to have been a constant is that pensions have always remained a large part of the budget in our state. The largest part of the budget was $86,945 for pensions. Today our pensions cost us upwards of 87 million. For too long the taxpayer has suffered the requirement to give bloated pensions to our retired civil servants. Many of these "retirees" obtain second jobs in government while collecting pensions. Our own assemblyman David Rible retired at age 31 as a wall police officer due to a supposed back injury. He has since competed in many marathons and seems to be in perfect health.
Our own police chief will retire soon and receive a fat pension as well for his dedicated and selfless commitment to our town.
The main difference between government service now and in 1936 is there were much less parlor meetings with Greenwald'a delicious finger foods to eat before you got that big fat pension in 1936.
A key figure in New Jersey’s major corruption sting is going to prison for 30 months.
A judge sentenced Maher Khalil, a zoning board and health and human services official for his part in the bribery scheme. He was arrested along with more than 40 others in 2009. Three-fourths of the defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted.
Khalil was the first defendant to plead guilty. He admitted taking money from Solomon Dwek, an informant posing as a corrupt developer, for introducing him to other public officials and city council candidates.
His plea deal called for a sentence of 70 to 87 months. Khalil’s attorney had sought one year of house arrest because of his cooperation but received 30 months.
We reported before that there were no plans of a counter suit from the owner of the Lakewood View. We were just told by the owner of the website that he plans on suing the Deputy Mayor for his lawyer fees and other undisclosed damages. We wish them both the best, and hope this comes to a quick resolution so the Deputy Mayor can focus on running our town.
What happens when an elected Mayor uses his power to go up against an abusive police chief?
---Hillside’s mayor and police chief are in the midst of a protracted and fierce disagreement about spending, hiring and promotions that could end up being arbitrated by Union County or even state authorities.
Mayor Joseph Menza said he has filed a complaint with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for what he says is the chief’s unnecessary and deliberate overspending on overtime and promotions, which has forced him to seek funding from elsewhere in the budget.