Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today's Election Results - here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison!

Well, the People of Edison have Spoken and congratulations to all the winners.

Hope you're ready for four more years of the same. Can't say you didn't have an opportunity for change this time around.

A Big Kudos to Keith Hahn for Standing up Front to Señor Lankey's Oligarchy and A Big Pinnochio to Señor Lankey for Hiding Behind it, just so he could win! Kinda shows you something about the two.

Here's the unofficial results by District for Mayor, Council and Board of Education from the Middlesex County Live Election Results website as of 10:47 PM on November 7, 2017:

If anyone wants this file to see the results for each District and Mail-in Votes, just drop me a note - you're welcome to it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Geez, almost forgot - Please Remember to Vote For Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro on Nov. 7th!?!

He's really, really really counting on You!

So he can do it to You again for another 4-Years!

Anyhoo, how would he know that the County promised Less than 1% tax hike this year turned out to be 4.1% - he's just the 'Deputy Dog?!?'

County Tax increases from Edison Property Tax Bills - 2006 to 2017:

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Keith Hahn's Town Hall Meeting

Well done Mr. Hahn.

What ever happened to the Mr. Fix-it Program here in 'Downtown Edison?"

Just wondering what ever happened to the Mr. Fix-It Program here in ‘Downtown Edison.’ As I remember, back in 1995 former Mayor George Spadoro was able to secure a $50,000 annual grant to fund a Mr. Fix-It program. 

As I understood it, this program enabled senior citizens to continue to live in their homes for longer periods of times - often years.  This grant paid for the Mr. Fix-it van, all tools and materials and the salary of the designated Mr. Fix-it.

Mr. Fix-it handled, free of charge for eligible seniors and later for the disabled, all small repairs to their home and property.  The eligible homeowner had only to call the Senior Citizen Center on Woodbridge Avenue to schedule an appointment. 

The office staff determined eligibility and within a day or two, but sometimes within hours, Mr. Fix-it was at their door ready to install grab bars in bathrooms; fix leaky faucets; secure shaky banisters; replace broken window panes and screens;  change light bulbs; replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; check to make sure electric outlets were not overloaded with extension cords; put air conditioners in windows in spring/summer and take them out for storage in autumn/winter; check for objects in the home that could endanger the homeowner; and sometimes, just spend a few extra minutes speaking to a senior who didn’t have many visitors, letting them know that they are valued residents of our community.  

Since I know the only Mr. Fix-it in Edison retired, it seems the program retired also.  There has been no one that I can see that is employed in this capacity to fill this very important position. 

Many seniors depended on this service for personal and financial survival.  That, of course, is the primary concern but there is another matter that has not been discussed – What happened to that $50,000 grant? 

Has it been absorbed into the general fund, is it being used for another purpose or has Edison Township just lost this source of revenue?
Seems like someone over there at 100 Oligarchy Blvd. should be able to explain what happened to the Mr. Fix-It program. 

So, Señor Lankey - while I recognize that you're busy now campaigning and all, but can you enlighten us all on the status of the Mr. Fix-It Program?

Anyhoo, as a senior myself, it's hard to understand why they would take this help away from those who really need this kind of help the most.

Where's the Mayoral Debate in the 'DemBadLands' Downtown Edison?!?

Been trying hard to find out if and when there's going to be a mayoral debate between Messrs. Lankey and Hahn before the November 7th election. Seems there's not going to be one unless somebody out there knows and can let me know.

Now, I don't know and maybe it's me but you'd think that the 5th largest town in the state with a population of over 100,000 with some 55,000 or so registers voters - their might be an interest in what each has to say about the future of 'Downtown Edison.'

Geez, I don't know - with Muni-$pending Budgets now in the $134 million range, which is up some $16 million or 13.6% along with a Muni-tax increase of 15.4% over the last 4-years - and that's with a $100 million increase in the Ratables, which is now at $7.1 Billion. Yup, that's a B as in Billion!

Throw in some $103 million in debt and you'd think they'd have something to talk about. Or maybe even have a chit-chat about attracting new business to town, the infrastructure, public safety, or my favorite, 'stabilizing taxes'-but not the old-fashioned way, and maybe helping with the overcrowding in the schools. There's more they could talk about but you get the gist of it.

Señor Lankey, seriously now, I seem to remember that as one of the challengers back in 2013, you were given an opportunity to debate then Mayor Ricigliano - so why don't you, as Mayor, Step-Up and give Mr. Hahn the same opportunity? Granted, you won that election with some 39% of the mayoral vote but hardly by a landslide with total votes of 8,000 or so (in a town of 100,000) making you mayor.

It's easy to say you want to Keep Edison Moving Forward and how you plan to do it in front of the Dem Party Groupies over there on 100 Oligarchy Blvd. but quite another to do so and support it in the presence of a challenge.

Avoiding direct challenges on the Issues Facing Edison is Not a Good Thing Señor Lankey.

So, if you choose not to debate - then I say, Hang Down Your Head Tom Lankey - surely, you deserve to lose.

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that we have a mayor who pretends he's running unopposed and won't come out and play.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey - watch out for that 'revealed preference' going on here!

Well, I recognize that this is the silly season here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison and we get bombarded with all those candidate statements, ads and glossy campaign flyers with all the reasons why we should vote for this candidate or that candidate.

To that point, just saw this piece here in TapintoEdison - 'Mayor Tom Lankey Keeps Edison Moving Forward' and it's worthy of repeating his words here:

Statement: I am seeking a second term as Mayor of Edison to continue my efforts – with the Township Council’s help – to make Edison the best community in New Jersey for people to live, raise a family and work; and to be an enjoyable, safe and affordable place for our senior citizens.
I am a lifelong Edison resident whose family’s roots are proudly and deeply intertwined in the fabric of my community. This fuels my commitment to Edison’s well-being; to its economic health and financial stability; and to sensible future growth. I wish to continue helping Edison to make progress.
Sustained forward momentum involves a herculean menu of tasks, considering our large and growing population, our broad ethnic and cultural diversity, and the variety of services that Town Hall provides to over 102,000 residents.
My Administration will continue investing in our infrastructure, resurfacing more neighborhood streets, revitalizing our parks and upgrading our sewer system. We will continue improving our Police and Fire Departments, and devote more resources to our Public Works Department so each can better provide effective services.
These investments are an integral part of my Administration’s economic development strategy which, since 2014, have made Edison an attractive destination for larger corporate and commercial investors, and have encouraged new small businesses and professional offices to open here.
Our strategies have, so far, created over 3,500 new, higher-paying job opportunities. We have lowered Edison’s unemployment rate to 2.8-percent, from a high of 6.7-percent four years ago. Property values have risen to a total of $7.1 billion – up by $110 million since 2014.
New large and small businesses now contribute $17.2 million more in annual property taxes to Edison, helping to fund municipal services and provide relief to residential taxpayers. Edison is Middlesex County’s largest municipality, but our average total tax bill is sixth lowest among its county’s 25 towns. I hope to build upon my Administration’s proud record of accomplishment.
Now, I'm all for politicians putting the facts in a light most favorable to themselves but geez, Señor Lankey spins stuff so much - he makes himself dizzy. You know, there's something economists call revealed preference. They believe what people do more than what they say; that people's actions are the best indication of what they actually want, not their words.

And remember, campaigns are about winning but elections are about governing.
So, you decide if Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4% ChoiLankey's words are more important than his actions. Just a little history - here's what he had to say in his first campaign for mayor back in 2013:
Anyhoo, what do I know? I still can't figure out where they got their definition of $tabilized taxes!?! Gotta get me a copy of that dictionary so I can learn to speak in blah..blah..blah-eze!