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Monday
Feb082016

Health Trumps Everything Else

Heard some disturbing news this morning.

It’s one thing to disagree with people politically and point out what you perceive as wrong or unacceptable. Those arguments are strictly opinions and have nothing to do with what you think about or wish for the individual you disagree with.

I’ve been told that Mr. Larry Ratajczak has been hospitalized with a potentially serious ailment.

I want to publicly wish Mr. Ratajczak a speedy recovery so that he may once again appear at the council meeting podium and argue the points which he feels so strongly about. He is a force to be reckoned with and a man of his convictions. Whether you agree or disagree with any of his issues, you can’t help but respect his willingness to fight for what he believes is right for the Township of Saddle Brook.

I’m sure Larry will fight this ailment with the same gusto he fights everything else.

I wish for you Larry, and your family, rest and relaxation now, a quick recovery, and God’s speed.  

Saturday
Feb062016

No News Is Good News (hopefully)

Been out of the loop for over a week getting the server back up and running for this blog but it doesn’t appear I missed much.

The February 4th Council meeting was one of the shortest on record lasting only 40 minutes or so. Nothing of any consequence happening as far as I’ve heard. We’ll go to the videotape and see for ourselves once it becomes available.

Still waiting on the Board of Ed to make up their minds about the employment of Mrs. Larry Ratajczak. So far they have been very secretive regarding any discussions. I was told that so far there has been no decision either way. I doubt we’ll be filled in by Mr. Ratajczak himself.

On a bright note, GREAT job on the new Township website Joe!! 

Saturday
Jan162016

Karma? 

Those you thrive in the game of politics, practice the age proven rules of kissing ass, promising the world, getting their face in front of every possible camera they can, and scratching every colleges’ back they can reach.  Some play the game conservatively while others are willing to take bold risks. Most are not equipped with the savvy necessary allowing those chips to fall where they may. The proverbial “toss of a coin” often determines where these chips eventually fall. When not played well, this game will more than not, bite you in the ass. So it appears for Police Chief Robert Kugler.

As you are most likely aware, Kugler, for quite a while now, has had his eye on an increase in paygrade. Giving numerous speeches and empaneling groups outside the borders of his township, to lecture others. Visiting other countries like the Dominican Republic, in the name of building a networking relationship with National Police and the Dominican community in the New Jersey area. Why? Is Saddle Brook Police a large department in New Jersey in a high profile, high crime rate city, with the unique ability to fight crime? Or is this simply an effort to expand his name recognition? The latter would be the logical answer if he were strongly considering upping his paygrade to Bergen County Sheriff.

You see, to become the Bergen County Sheriff who have to be elected. You have to run for office no differently than any other politician. To get elected you’ll have to practice the age proven rules of kissing ass, promising the world, getting your face in front of every possible camera you can, and scratching every colleges’ back you can reach. You need party backing more than a backbone of your own.

The Kugler family has had their family name embedded in the Bergen County world of politics for many years now, most notably with the Democratic Party. Though, if I’m not mistaken, there was a time when an “R” was also next to that surname.

But the one thing you can count on in the game of politics is, no matter how good your game, no matter how close your political friends appear, you are no less expendable, nor judged more than the worth of your last favor, then anyone else. You should therefore always expect to be treated no differently than the last guy stabbed in the back by a politician.

Though not yet cast in stone, the present Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, a Republican, planned to hold a press conference yesterday where he was expected to announce that he is switching to the Democratic Party. As of this writing, I am not aware if his announcement was officially made however.

Well now, if that don’t put a crimp in his whitey tighties, or better said, in his paygrade possibilities. Who will the County Democratic Party be backing now?

What goes around comes around. It’s your party, cry if you want too. LISTEN -> 

Friday
Jan082016

Win Some, Lose Some

I believe Mayor White is slowly coming to realize that his next three years will not be quite as easy as his first. While he is valiantly trying to build his power base to be as impenetrable as possible, he is still wet behind the ears and not as mighty as he himself may believe.

This lesson became self-evident during the past two monthly meetings, the January 4th Board of Education meeting and the January 7th Council meeting.

As stated in several of my previous posts, January 2016 was shaping up to be one of the more politically manufactured months in this administrations short history.

There were three, in my opinion, major red flags to watch for in the construction of the White “power base”. The most bazar of the three was whether the wife of Larry Ratajczak would get a job with the BOE as requested to the mayor by Larry Ratajczak, and remove the new "promised" hire for that job, Mrs. Russo. While the White power base was working toward that end, it did not immediately happen. Perhaps the power base needed a bit more power so the second red flag began to wave in the wind.

Would the unelected and mayor supported BOE Trustee, Mrs. Sylvia Zottarelli, get the nod for presidency, which would allow White more control of their agenda and therefore control of the board? There White had a winner! Mrs. Zottarelli was elected President of the Saddle Brook Board of Education. Icing on the cake was that another unelected trustee, Carmine Bufi, was elected Vice President. You can’t say either of these two are the “voice of the people”. But, “voice of the mayor”? Well that IS how you build a power base!

Score, one for two. The third red flag was thankfully nipped in the bud. Mayor White has been a staunch supporter of the 2015 president of the BOE, David Gierek, to run on the Democratic ticket for Township Council in 2016. Mr. Gerick also happens to have been, and I assume continues to be, Mayor White’s campaign manager.

White was pushing very hard to appoint Gerick as a co-recreation director. Interesting that Mr. Gierek, who has no children and no prior involvement with recreation, is suddenly the new face of recreation, and with it a point of contact with all the recreation parents, as he prepares to run for a council seat. Would this appointment be for the benefit of the children or to assist in the election success of Mr. Gierek?  

Score, one for three. With some sanity seeping ever slowly back into the heads of a few, Mr. Gerick’s name was removed from the running for co-recreation director at the eleventh hour. As I understand it, now Council President Joe Camilleri, and Councilman Todd Accomando, who are well versed and intimately involved with township recreation, were vehemently against Gierek’s appointment, making their feelings known to Mayor White. Although the mayor does not need ADVICE AND CONCENT from the council for his appointments, he apparently realized his power base was not yet strong enough to push his luck.

I’m looking forward to next month’s meetings with both entities. I am very curious to see if the BOE falls to political pressure and hires Mrs. Ratajczak and if Mr. Larry Ratajczak himself still has the gonads to cry about healthcare benefits when they could directly benefit HIM!

Saturday
Jan022016

What will 2016 bring to Saddle Brook?

Among many other things, pay close attention to the Board of Education meeting, on January 6, 2015, to see if Trustee, Mrs. Sylvia Zottarelli, and/or Mayor White, swayed the majority to get her the Presidency and whether Mrs. Larry Ratajczak got herself (not literally) a job with the BOE after all.

January 7, 2016 will be the Saddle Brook Council meeting where we’ll learn of an appointment by the council to the zoning board, as well as, who the mayor decided to grant some favors to (appointments) and for what positions.

S.O.S., just a different year. 

Thursday
Dec312015

From My Family To Yours

Sunday
Dec202015

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year