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Monday
Sep222014

Please Take Notice

Sounds so damn official doesn’t it, “PLEASE TAKE NOTICE”? If their conduct was equally as ‘official’ we might be getting somewhere but alas, to no avail. And you better get your rear end off the couch and down to Townhall to hear what is going on because it sure won’t be on TV. Twelve days later and I’m still waiting for the September meeting to be uploaded to YouTube. And that’s not saying anything about the fact I’m still waiting for February, March, April (2), June (2), July (2), August, and September meeting minutes to be available on the township website. Neither of these are particularly earth shattering but do leave one with a feeling of slipshod, halfassed  ‘official’ conduct. 

Their OFFICIAL statement reads as follows: 

Please take notice that the Township Council will hold a Special Public Meeting on September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the at the Municipal Building, 93 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ. 

The agenda for the meeting is the second reading of ordinance #1577-14 - An Ordinance amending Chapter 206 entitled “Zoning” section 9.42 entitled “AH-3 Affordable Housing Residential District” sub-paragraph F “Maximum Height”, Ordinance #1578-14 - An Ordinance amending the code of the Township of Saddle Brook to prohibit smoking on public property, and Ordinance #1579-14, a Bond Ordinance to authorize the undertaking of various improvements to Veterans Field in, by and for the Township of Saddle Brook, in the County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, to appropriate the sum of $2,100,000 to pay the cost thereof, to appropriate a county grant, ($402,015.) to make a down payment, to authorize the issuance of bonds to finance such appropriation and to provide for the issuance of bond anticipation notes in anticipation of the issuance of such bonds. 

Other items not specifically listed may also be acted upon. Portions of this meeting may be held in closed session. 

Formal action will be taken at this meeting. 

I guess the mayor will be back from Florida by then and in time to give out another award or two before Election Day.  

Speaking of Election Day, it seems kind of quite in the political world considering its only 42 days before the election. The democrats opened up a new campaign headquarters and the republicans shut down their hack blog. Other then that I don’t see much happening on either side. Yes signs are going up but as they say, signs don’t vote. Since the republicans refused to participate in my ‘Meet Your Candidate’ TV show I wonder if they will bother to participate in a League of Women Voters debate. Maybe the only information anyone will be privy to will be nice, colorful, pretty brochures. I for one would certainly like to hear what they all intend to do and how they propose to do it. 

So far its been pretty boring no? But it is after all only 42 days before the election. There is still time for the ship to hit the fan.

Friday
Sep192014

Word On The Street

After living in Saddle Brook for 22 years and working in Saddle Brook for over 30 years I know for a fact the average resident of town is not as gullible as some republican pundits would have you believe. When it comes to the ‘word on the street’, a considerable amount of people may mistakenly believe what they hear while the person is speaking to them doesn’t know their backside from their elbow. I tend to worry sometimes that people put their faith in what they have heard rather then what is actually true, without ever investigating further. 

Obviously it’s no secret I wholeheartedly support the democratic team in Saddle Brook. Coming from a stanch die-hard right wing conservative that sounds pretty unusual. But in local politics being a democrat or republican means little if anything when it comes to their Federal and State counterparts party plank or beliefs. Many of Saddle Brook’s politicians have changed parties just to insure re-election. To me, what the party stands for means nothing; what the candidate stands for means everything. 

This election is no different then any other I have witnessed locally. The closer it gets to Election Day the dirtier the word on the street becomes. These days the people behind the word on the street is not as clearly defined as it once was. With the advent of social media and anonymous blogs, it has become too easy to spin facts and malign candidates as well as the people that support them. I realize maligning candidates is nothing new, I guess I’m just naïve enough to want to believe the election process shouldn’t work this way. 

The word on the street, more than not, is usually far from the truth. Vial attempts at character assassination shows only a weakness in the speaker, a fear of the truth, and reluctance to acknowledge or draw attention to the shortcoming, imperfections, and Achilles heel, of their own chosen candidate. 

As an example, stooping to the lowest common denominator, republican pundits have spewed about town that you should think twice about voting for Robert White because he was once sued for sexual harassment. This is the type of vial and contemptuous misrepresentation of fact that legally could be considered slanderous. What this statement infers is obvious and decidedly worded to be interpreted in a disparaging way while the facts couldn’t be any farther from this statements intended meaning. White was included in a harassment suit along with the police chief and patrol Capt. brought by then Officer Kimberly Perrelli after then mayor, Lou D’Arminio, terminated Chamberlain’s daughter from the Saddle Brook Police Department after determining that she was unfit for duty. Kimberly Chamberlain Perrelli named them in a lawsuit appearing disgruntled that she was being disciplined. I personally know for a FACT that one issue involved Perrelli’s wearing of bright colored nail polish. There was absolutely NO SEX in this sexual harassment suit. 

Yes its deplorable the lengths people will go to hurt another human being for the sake of their own fortune. The above-mentioned case is just one of the more hurtful and dishonest rumors perpetuated by scum of the earth people. And the most irritating thing of all is, it isn’t even necessary or helpful. 

There are many many legitimate differences between White and Chamberlain, all of which could be argued constructively. Arguing one side or the other of any issue never ever needs to include personal attacks or twisting of fact.

This all just goes to prove that the word on the street is useful to no one but the feckless people who perpetrate it. All candidates should be considered good people and judged by their constructive intent or past official practices. There are legitimate reasons one may favor one more than the other for elected office. While personal character should way in to your decision, that information should come from what you know and clearly not from what you hear. 

Thursday
Sep112014

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

The lady cleaning the toilet bowl to the left knows that timing is everything. This mayor and council are no different. Their timing was impeccable while approving their 2.1 Million dollar Veterans Field project. With their $400,000 dollar grant being nearly two years old, they waited until the eleventh hour to actually do something about the field. With no major maintenance during the past four years creating more of a dire need for improvements then necessary, and their grant window extended once already bringing it closer to election time, they timed everything perfectly to fall in place for the headline of their first campaign brochure. 

There was the option to apply $400,000 dollars to this matching grant and spend a paltry $800,000 dollars on initial improvements without having to go hog wild and bond an additional $1.3 Million with a lifetime expenditure more than likely costing over 2 Million dollars. But apparently being mindful of the future and conservative in their approach wasn’t going to get them the biggest bang for the buck, politically speaking that is. 

Their vote was unanimous of course. How could any politician give the appearance they ‘were not for the kids’? Especially with only 60 days to go before the election! I mean not voting for something like this would be akin to asking the mayor and council to give up their healthcare and lifetime healthcare benefits  worth $600,000 dollars every four years. How absurd would that be? Equally absurd was what Councilman Joe Camilleri said in the Community News article by Staff Writer Katherine Milsop:  “that he would still like to have a master plan for the whole project before beginning any work. We upped the bond, I just hope there's enough money to do a few more things there," he said. "We don't have figures on it... we're kind of shooting from the hip." 

On July 1, 2010 while running for re-election against Joseph setticase and published in the Community News by Staff Writer Brad Leibowitz, Chamberlain is quoted as saying her "fine tuned ability for economics" was a major factor in her deciding to run. "I feel that I have the most experience," she said. "I am extremely mindful when it comes to fine tuning the pencil of economics. Being that I have been the owner of a successful business in town for 38 years and have also held public office for 18, I believe I have the ability to read the needs of the community through open communication and provide them with a detailed fiscal plan which will help guide the township through these tough economic times." Well now, shooting from the hip doesn’t sound like “a detailed fiscal plan which will help guide the township through these tough economic times" now does it? Also since it is widely known her business is heading south in a hurry, and I don’t mean to her second home of Florida, this would not be an item I’d boast about in any upcoming brochure. ‘She also emphasized that her campaign will be run on the notion of Saddle Brook only spending what the town earns. No more, no less’. With only a 1.25% tax increase this year, election year, I would think it would be safe to say following her philosophy, that taxes would most certainly have to go up considerably in the coming few years to make sure they didn’t spend more then what the town earned. 

It IS nice that the kids will have a better field then every generation before them. We all survived but then again we were used to playing outside and getting bumps and bruises unlike kids today that just get carpel tunnel. Maybe it is good thing they waited until the eleventh hour to push this through. November 4th will then tell us just how appreciative residents are. I’ll just have to keep reminding myself of Mayor Chamberlame’s famous saying, “after all this is the silly season’.

Thursday
Sep112014

 

Friday
Aug292014

Case In Point

When it comes to elections you should scrutinize everything you hear about a candidate. Here as well as any other place you can’t just believe everything you read. You actually have to seriously think about what was said and then try to marry that information with actual truth. But when you are not particularly privy to either side’s inside track, that deciphering of truth becomes a lot more difficult. Whether you listen to friend or foe neither one necessarily knows any more then you do. Hearing ‘through the grape vine’ just means that a possible falsehood is being perpetrated probably unwittingly by a group of people who just accepted the words of others. You really have to make up your own mind based on what you see and feel from a candidate and not just accept either their pundits or opponents versions of the truth. 

Whether you read the republicans ‘rag’ blog, this blog, or a candidates website, you really have to try your best to see through the rhetoric. There is usually some truth to almost everything said from both sides, but putting a spin on anything to favor oneself and make the other look bad is pretty easy. THAT is what you have to look for when believing a reported truth as truth. 

As a simple example, the republican candidates like to point to ‘associations’ as a reason to not trust the democratic candidates; birds of a feather flock together to put it another way. This could be very misleading if you knew no better and just accept it. But the tables can just as easily be turned by pointing out the following: 

Watch the first speaker at the Special Council Meeting on Turf Field. East Rutherford Councilman Joel Brizzi is a close political friend of Councilman ‘by-a-hair Cimiluca. He ran for Bergen County Freeholder when Cimiluca ran for County Surrogate office in 2011. They both lost, Brizzi to Joan Voss and Cimiluca to Dressler. They were both together on the campaign trail in fall of 2011; Cimiluca, the mayor, or any councilperson never mentioned this before he spoke. Bringing in his buddy to talk it up IS an ‘association’ that should at least be known to understand Brizzi’s credibility, to say nothing of Cimiluca’s. Unbiased opinion and facts are thrown out the door when you are aware of some added facts. 

Does this knowledge change your opinion? Is it even true? Well it is true and it is worth knowing. Whether it changes anything for you is up to you. It’s up to you to look further into anything said from either side before believing anything. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. 

Thursday
Aug282014

14 Years In The Making,

countless discussions and requests, hemming, hollering,  and WTF’s all over the place, then finally the heavens move, the earth parts, and what has happened? The Saddle Brook Board of Education is now videotaping all caucus and regular meetings and making them publicly available on their website via YouTube. 

Holy shmoly this is really true!! Beginning next Monday, September 1st, their August meeting will be available with subsequent meetings coming in the future. Keep an eye on www.SaddleBrookSchools.org. No longer painful like watching grass grow, they are now on new TURF! 

Tuesday
Aug262014

So So Video Now Available!

I’ll say it one more time only because it bares repeating, Councilman Anthony Halko sucks! The most uncooperative baby I have ever had the misfortune to have to deal with. He had the nerve to publicly admonish me for using a ‘baby face graphic’ within a January 2012 blog post depicting his once TV volunteer, Mr. Evan Vasilio who quit volunteering. I was in error because I should have used the baby face graphic for Halko himself. (For entertainment value only you may like to read that post HERE). 

Though a day late and a dollar short you will find the August 18, 2014 Special Council meeting video below. Because Halko would NOT ALLOW microphones to be used on the dais you WILL have some trouble hearing everything said by the mayor and council. You would think the council, and especially the mayor, would have seen to it this meeting was taped by SBTV then having the ability to air it on TV for EVERYONE to see. 

The video has some flaws which to be honest wasn’t worth my time to fix. Since this turf fiasco is pretty much a done deal I felt it only necessary to have it available as soon as I had the time to knock it out. I did the best I could with the audio, which is par for the course for SBTV but below my standards. No sense beating this up anymore, you get what you’re used too but with my apologies for their lack of consideration.

Note: Being 3hrs. long, YouTube was uploaded in Hi Def but will playback using YOUR available speed.

Use the 'Gear" to select highest available bandwidth. Watch on YouTube HERE