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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Edison's election for Board of Education, aka Board of Mythomania, Board of EDems, Board of Hoarders, Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky & Board of Silence!?!

Well, on Tuesday November 7th we get the chance to decide which of the 11 candidates get to fill the 4 spots and have an impact on the School District's future.

I say 'decide' because those who vote are the decision-makers - so, regardless of who you support, if you don't want someone else deciding for you here in the 'Downtown Edison', then it's important that you take the time to vote.

Make Your Voice Heard! Show once again that The People of Edison are Better than its Politics!

As with any election, You should vote for the candidates(s) that you believe will best serve Your interests and not be bound by partisan party lines or affiliations or be listening to anyone else telling You How You Should Vote.

Now, before I go any further, let me recognize Dr. Frank, the Board President who isn't seeking reelection. While I may have disagreed more often than not with him, that doesn't diminish the fact that I always believed he is a Good Man and that these volunteer positions take a lot of time and effort and for that - he deserves a Big Thank You for his service on the Board and to the Edison Community.

Moving on, - clearly, if you ever read this blog and its many posts about what this Board does and doesn't do, what they say and don't say, etc. - then you'll understand why I'm not a fan of this Board (and why I refer to them as I do in the title of this post), its ineffective Leadership, its Lack of Oversight over Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley, its Misdirected and Out-of-Control $pending, its Bloated Buckets of Money they call School Budgets, its Lack of Transparency and General all round Disrespect for the Stakeholder that Pays 90% of their Bills - the Resident and Taxpayers here in 'Downtown Edison.'

The Board has been and still is in dire need of Change and these elections are an opportunity for me to see if any of the candidates who wish to fill the spots recognize any of this and wish to open up the closed club for the selected few who want to keep the status quo over there on Mythomania Lane.

So, with that in mind, I looked at all the candidates websites and links to their FaceBook pages, read all their material I could find including their letters and endorsements and listened to them at the ETEA Candidates Night. I also acknowledge, understand and respect the ETEA's choice of candidates for this election cycle.

Just to summarize the candidates - there are 11 candidates running for 4 spots. Nine of the candidates are running for the the three 3-Year seats and two candidates are running for the one 1-Year seat.

Here are the candidates as they appeared at the ETEA's Candidates Night on October 5th - Messrs. Distefano (I) and Vuppula were no-shows:

And here are the candidates by the tickets they formed and ballot position:

While I'm sure they're all well-meaning people and each brings something of value to the Board - after reading and reviewing all their printed material, listening to them at Candidates Night and for all the reasons written in previous posts, I'll just share my thoughts with you about this election.

First and foremost, I won't be voting for Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey's 'You Got To Be Kidding Me' Team of incumbents for all the reasons written about in this blog - they are part of the problem with this Board and Not part of solution to the myriad of issues the School District is facing going forward. Now, as an aside, this presents a slight dilemma for me, which I'll explain later on.

Second, I won't be voting for Araujo's 'Be the Change 4 Edison BOE' ticket simply because there's No way I could possibly vote for Araujo - even with his endorsement from the ETEA and this being his third bite at the apple.

Third, I won't be voting for Wise since she's an EDO committewoman and that's a game-ender for me.

Fourth, I won't be voting for Vuppula - don't know him or anything about him other than his bio given out at Candidates Night but since he was a no-show that night, can't really form any opinion or have enough information to decide.

Finally, I will be voting for Bodofsky & Conway - 'The 2 to Vote 4!' Team. If there were ever candidates who have earned an opportunity to be on this Board through years of knowledge and relentless dedication of time and effort to the work of the Board of Education and diligent attendance at Board meetings, it's these two. Whether you agree with them or not - they're always there asking probing, substantive and important questions and pursuing the overall betterment of the School District for all the stakeholders - and that includes the often forgotten one, the taxpayers.

Since I will only be voting for 2 of the 9 candidates for the three 3-year seats, I will just do a write in for the third. I leave it up to you good people to decide the third.

Now, as to my dilemma referred to above. There are only two candidates running for the 1-year seat - the incumbent Distefano and Araujo. Now, I can't vote for Distefano - he's just a seat-filler for the O'Malley groupies on the Board but I also can't vote for Araujo. Here's a guy that I believe has a persona and style that will do more harm than good in pursuing what's important to me if seated on the Board.

So, I will go with a write-in for this one 1-year seat. I leave it up to you good people again to decide which way you want to go.

Anyhoo, as I said before, you shouldn't care who I or anyone else votes for - You should Vote for Who You Believe Will Best Serve Your Interests - but while you're doing that, you should care if things go on for another year the way they've been going on over there on Mythomania Lane, which it certainly looks like it will if you don't make a Change - so please take the time and become informed before you Vote.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Top 10 Reasons why you Gotta like Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey's 'You Got to Be Kidding Me' Team for the Edison Board of Mythomania!?!

10. Because you like the politicization of the Edison Board of Education and it's simpler for you to just call it the Board of EDems anyway.

9. Because you like that they are 'The Only Independent Team Not Funded by Any Special Interest Group' and you don't care if they take another picture with Señor Lankey, he'll have to independently adopt them.

8. Because you like their claim of 'Rebuilding James Monroe School at Zero Cost to Taxpayers' and you don't care that it was really because of some odd new thing we have over there on Mythomania Lane - called insurance.

7. Because you like that they 'Gave the Taxpayers Back $1.46 million in additional state aid and you don't care that they Hoarded the previous $2.0 million, raised your taxes by 10.1% over the last 4-years and have been known to tap into the Cap Bank when they want money back from you.

6. Because you like how they tried to Sneak in an Early Extension of Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's employment contract one-year early and before the election where 4-seats are up for Grabs and you don't care if they provided no rationale, justification or support other than ..they like him - they really, really like him.

5. Because you like when they tell you about 'Zero Cost Turf Fields' and you don't care that they just committed us to some $370 million with the ETEA over the next 3-years and they somehow didn't think it was important enough to tell you about it or that extra $10.8 million that comes along with it.

4. Because you like how they've been following Señor O'Malley from ..Soo Far Behind for ..Soo Long and you don't care that they've Long-Lost Sight of him.

3. Because you like when they come up with Sophomoric Board Goals and Merit Performance Criteria, some with no academic achievement criteria, and you don't care how much money they're paying out in bonuses to Señor O'Malley.

2. Because you like how they've failed to come up with a long-overdue cogent, cohesive, practical and cost-conscious plan to deal with the overcrowding in all the schools and you don't care if they're just wasting time and money by temporarily plugging holes using these Lease-Purchase agreements that do nothing more than create debt and bypass Voter Approval.

1. Because you like a Good Paradox Wrapped in an Enigma and you don't care if Incumbents Shi, Moroney and Distefano Really, Really Need to Be Shown the Exit this November 7th, even if it's through their own 'Zero Cost Turf Fields.'

PS: Postage Savings Suggestion - just a thought but it might be a good idea to take me off your mailing list. Somehow - don't think I'll quite be voting for your team.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Cost of the ETEA Settlement $10,760,565 (9.27%) over 3-Years - that the Board of Mythomania didn't tell You at Monday Night's Meeting!

Well, here's what I just received from the Edison BoE about the settlement approved at Monday Night's Meeting with the ETEA - for Certified and Non-Certified Staff.

The total increase for both is up $10,760,565 or 9.27% over the 3-Years with annual increases over the 3-Years of 3.141%, 2.902% and 2.955%.

The Certified goes up by $10,024,209 or 9.4% over the 3-Years with annual increases over the 3-Years of 3.2%, 2,9% and 3.0%.

Non-Certified goes up by $736,356 or 7.7% over the 3-Years with annual increases over the 3-Years of 2.1%, 2.5% and 2.8%.

Something how it works over there, isn't it? Something with numbers as humongous as this to their budget and Your Tax Bill, they approve without saying a word about how much the settlement was and why. They had a responsibility to tell the People of Edison what they did - and they didn't. But hey, if no one asks a question at their meeting, then they don't have to tell you, Right!?!

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that they can $pend Your Money anyway they want - and Don't Have to Tell YOU!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wow! Edison Board of Mythomania Approves Settlement with the ETEA Last Night with one Caveat!?!

This duct-tape transparency over there on Mythomania Lane just never ceases to amaze me. Think about it. The Board of Mythomania approves the settlement of the 3-year Contract with the Certified and Non-Certified Staff last night and neglects to do one thing.

They didn't bother to tell you how much the settlement was for over the next 3-years!

Geez, really. Staffing is only the single largest expenditure that they have in their $234 million Bloated 'Pots of Money' they call a school budget and they don't think it's important enough to tell you what they've obligated you for and what it's gonna cost you?!?

Not one Board Member said a thing about the contract.

The last contract settlement for the above staff resulted in an increase of some $9.6 million or 8.6% in salaries over the 3-years.

Would be Nice to know what it is under this contract - since the school tax was 55.4% of your total property tax bill this year, was some 46% of this year's total property tax increase and let's not forget with all their Whining about not getting our fair share of state aid under SFRA, we still pay some 90% of the total school bill.

Yup, that Stinks!

Anyhoo, just put in an OPRA Request to get the numbers.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Local Dem-Party Machine isn't Broken - it just Doesn't Work for You!

Geez, how much more are you willing to take from these people? As a democrat who remembers a Party that used to be the Party of the People - you just can't associate that attachment with this collection of Wanna-be oligarchs here in 'Downtown Edison.'

Don't be Mislead. They're not going to change. You fall for their propaganda again and guess what you'll get - more of same! More of everything that has made Edison what it is today - a town where the few benefit at the expense of the many - and they don't really care what you have to say. Unless, of course, when it's election time and they're out pandering for your vote again.

Unfortunately, the Dem-Party Machine is working just fine here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison - it's just Not Working for You!

Seems it's about time you recognized it.

They Need to Go on November 7th if you want any hope of taking away all that Power they enjoy in the Hands of the Chosen Few and putting it back to where it belongs - in the Hands of the People of Edison!

It's up to you to do what's in your Best interests this time around - and not be fooled into doing what's in their Best interest.

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that even Señor Lankey looks a little uncomfortable in the presence of these two escapees from the EDO - the Party that has Made Edison Safe for Hypocrisy.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Politicization of the Edison Board of Mythomania!?!

Well, it's good to know Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey and the EDO Chair are out there with their 'You Got To Be Kidding Me' Team for the Edison Board of Education, aka Board of Mythomania, Board of EDems and Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky come November 7th.

And you thought it was a good idea to move the school board elections to November!

Anyhoo, what do I know? I still can't figure out why Señor Lankey thinks this kind of stuff is helpful to these BoE Incumbents (who need to be Voted into Forced Retirement on November 7th) or himself!?! Sneaky likes Sneaky, I guess!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Letter to Dr. Frank - Re: Super O'Malley's Contract at October 11, 2017 Meeting

Update - just been told that there's a Notice here on the EBoE's website that there will Not be a Public Hearing or Vote on the Superintendent's Contract at Wednesday's Caucus Meeting. It's been pulled from the agenda.

Well, I've written a lot about what the Board of Mythomania is planning to do on October 11, 2017 with Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract is so Wrong!

However, I would be remiss if I didn't make one last effort to share my thoughts and to make Dr. Frank recognize why it's so wrong for him to be doing this at this time and to pull it from the agenda at Wednesday's meeting.

So, towards that end, I sent him this letter below via email and copied the Board Members as well as Super O'Malley and Dan Michaud.    

If you have any of these concerns or others about what is going on here with this contract, please take the time to reach out to Dr. Frank and any of the Board Members and make your voice heard.

Anyhoo, this thingie is kind of important and has long-lasting impact to the People of Edison - so, you might wanna make sure you have your say now before it's too late.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wow! So che le tasse sono troppo elevate in Edison ma il cibo italiano troppo?!?

Geez, who would of thought some Italian food would cost so much?!?

Anyhoo, that's a tad bit out of my price range! Here's one Italian in town that has to take a pass. Oh wait, I forgot, they're willing to take donations as little as $25.00 from you if you can't afford to go to the dinner! That's Nice of them.

Friday, October 6, 2017

..and you thought moving the school board election to November was a good idea - part duex!?!

Geez, you really can't make this stuff up. A seminar series for Back to School Night in Edison sponsored by a Woodbridge based association in an Edison School featuring the 3 Incumbent candidates up for reelection, and let's not forget the keynote speaker - Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley.

But wait, it gets even better - who better to moderate this non-partisan Q & A than our very own Democratic Councilman Ajay Patil. You remember him, he's part of the Democratic Oligarchy over there on 100 Oligarchy Blvd.

You know, for a moment there, I almost thought this was kind of partisan - but I must be wrong. Surely, Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey doesn't really have a 'You Got To Be Kidding Me' ticket for the Board of Education. Does he?

Be that as it may, seems it's a Q & A from Board members who are Mute most of the time in Board meetings, and most likely, at least three of them pictured here are ardent supporters of prematurely extending the Super's contract on October 11th against any degree of common sense and rationality or consideration of public displeasure.

But hey, it's an opportunity to get their campaign propaganda out, I guess.

Anyhoo, what do I know? I still can't figure out why Señor Lankey would want to inject himself into an Edison BoE election and picking these incumbents to back to boot. Take it he doesn't pay much attention to what goes on over there on Mythomania Lane.

Edison Township Education Association Candidates Night

Here are the candidates in attendance for the Edison Board of Education in the November election. Candidates Paul Distefano (I) and Sunil Robert Vuppula were absent.

Special thanks to Jeff Bowden, President of the ETEA for the invitation. Much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dr. Seuss on the loose in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison!?!?

You know, I just get a kick out of it when I see (what I consider to be the EDO's Greatest failure) - Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak stick his head up in Downtown Edison. Along with Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro, the Poster-Child for everything that's Wrong with the EDO - they make a truly dynamic representation of the EDO.

As I often ponder why the EDO turned these two out into the state and county, I remind myself that this is 'Downtown Edison,' of course. The land where the perils of one-party government are no longer perils but an unfortunate reality.

But I digress, so let's move on. So, since I would vote for Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro before I would ever vote for Señor Karabinchak (and that's saying a Tad Bit of a Lot if you know me) let's go with his theme:

Anyhoo, don't forget to thank Charlie when you see him around campaigning in your neighborhood for keeping the 'Less than 1% County tax hike' this year to only 4.1% and for that Whopping 19.3% County tax hike over the last 4 years.

Just So You Know How Much to Be Thankful For Over the Last 4 Years!?!

Just  so you know how much Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey (Muni 15.4% & Garbage 10%), Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro, aka 'Deputy Dog' of The Board of 'Less than 1% Tax Increase' Chosen Freeholders (19.3%) and Dr. Frank from the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of EDems, Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky (10.1%) have contributed to the Increase in YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILLS over the last 4 years.

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's been a Great 4 Years here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison?!?

Well, it wouldn't be right to let the last 4 years go by without thanking all of those elected officials over there on Oligarchy Boulevard, Mythomania Lane and 'Deputy Dog' over there in New Brunswick for all the tax increases, year after year - after year - after year - after year!

And let's not forget how Lankey $tabilizing taxes ended up being a 15.4% tax hike, an unbelievable 19.3% tax hike from our own Poster-Child for Everything that's wrong with the EDO and now 'Deputy Dog' of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro.

Last, and by no means least, that 10.1% from the Out-of-Control $pending continium of the Board of Mythomania.

It's been a Great 4 Years:

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that Lankey and Tomaro want another term to do it to You again and Dr. Frank wants to leave us with a Parting Gift that will last for 5 years after he's gone!?!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Edison's 2017 Final Property Tax Bills are out - and so is Your Money!

Well, here you go - the final property tax rate here in 'Downtown Edison' is $5.376, which is up 10-Cents or 1.9% over last year's $5.276.
  • Muni taxes are $1.508 (includes Garbage tax), which up 1.9-Cents or 1.3% over last year's $1.489.
  • County taxes are $0.890, which is up 3.5-Cents or 4.1% over last year's $0.855.
  • School taxes are $2.978, which is up 4.6-Cents or 1.6% over last year's $2.932.
Welcome to 'Downtown Edison' 
Where they $tabilize Taxes the Old-Fashioned Way
They Raise Them!?!

Anyhoo, let's give a Big Round of Applause to all those elected officials that dipped into your pocket once again!

  • Edison Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey who ran on $tabilizing taxes and is now up to 15.4%.
  • Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro, aka 'Deputy Dog' and Board of Chosen Freeholders who said that taxes would only increase by Less than 1% this year - and it is 4.1%.
  • Finally, who could forget the Board of Mythomania which has yet to learn that $pending is an Activity and Not an Accomplishment.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Super O'Malley 1 0 Willie Araujo (BoE Candidate)

Someone suggested that I watch the discussion of the Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract at the September 18th Board meeting here, so I did as soon as I could.

Just to be clear, I'm not much of a fan of Señor O'Malley as you can read in this blog and certainly don't think the Board should be doing this now, when they have another year to go under the contract they signed before they have to decide to renew his contract or not.

There's not a rationale or substantive reason that I can see to be forcing it in now other than they want to protect their guy at our expense. You can read all my thoughts about this in this blog, which I've already shared with the Board, so I don't need to rehash them here again.

I only look to Dr. Frank to do the right thing here on October 11th and put this decision off until next year. It's his legacy that will bear the vote on October 11th, just as Dave Dickinson owns the Carol Toth debacle.

Now, I'm all for the open, free and spirited exchange at these board meetings and expect that our elected officials will respond and be part of the discussion and answer questions when appropriate. I watched Mr. Brenner and Board Candidates Conway & Bodofsky raise questions and make statements about the proposed contract. All valid questions and concerns as they see it that I hope the Board listened to and respected.

Which brings me to the O'Malley & Araujo exchange over the legal costs under O'Malley's watch and who didn't shake whose hand or who called whom a liar.

Clearly, Señor O'Malley could of probably handled the situation a tad bit better for someone in his position. I'm sure, like all of us, that he's been faced with comments about him and to him in the past that may or may not be true.

A tad bit more respect and a little less personalizing would of worked better here on both sides in bringing out the truth. A truth that remains unknown.

But to his credit, O'Malley said they didn't spend one-million or more that Araujo was asserting. And O'Malley asked Araujo to prove it, which he didn't. Maybe it's me, but if your gonna make statements and they're challenged, then you need to back it up. And Araujo didn't.

O'Malley even made it simple for Mr. Araujo, he told him to ask someone at the dais what the actual number was and Dan Michaud, the BA, would of most likely just of given it to him - but he didn't.

Seems to me that no one should be arrogant, it's not an admirable trait - but if you're gonna be arrogant, then you better darn well be able to back it up. Just a thought for Messrs. O'Malley & Araujo since both had the chance to clear this up but both got caught up in the fray.

Finally, recognize this is the silly season and those seeking office will go to the meetings in the months running up to the election and try and engage in campaign matters. With all due respect to BoE candidates Araujo and Wise, going after Jerry Shi about the Lankey endorsement banner was inappropriate. Campaigning in BoE meetings is not appropriate and Dr. Frank should of stepped in and said so but he didn't. Now don't get me wrong, I won't be voting for Jerry Shi or Maria Wise - and Shi should be voted out on November 7th for sure but he's not wrong here.

O'Malley & Araujo Exchange - Proving once again that 2 Wrongs don't make a Right?!?:

Anyhoo, score this one up for Señor O'Malley and take note of Araujo actions come November 7th.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Something in Edison Stinks!

Gotta appreciate the Humor from the Hahn for Mayor website!

Here's his Platform from same source as above:

As Mayor, I …
will manage and spend your tax dollars wisely
– will build a world class recreation and community center
– will work collectively with the Board of Education to eliminate overcrowding in our schools and bring back Full Day Kindergarten
– will repair our roads and fix an aging broken sewer system
– will eliminate cronyism, nepotism and favoritism from town hall
– will hire Edison residents whenever possible
– will simplify the permitting and licensing process
– will protect the small business owner in Edison

Anyhoo, you now have a Choice for Change!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Just a Reminder of the Cost of Transparancy over there on Mythomania Lane?!?

Just a reminder that the Edison Board of Mythomania, aka Board of EDems, Board of Hoarders and Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky is having their Action Meeting tonight over at Herbert Hoover Middle School at 7:00PM.

Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract is not on the agenda - it's up for vote on October 11, 2017. However, you can ask any questions you want about the Board's actions (rationale, justification & support) or the details of the contract itself in the Public portion of that meeting.

You now have the contract and what they say it will cost so this a chance to raise all your questions about jumping the gun a year early and share any comments you may have with the Board.

This contract brought to you by 'We Almost Got Away With It' Transparency Crowd over there on Mythomania Lane - photo credit to Edison BoE:
Anyhoo, if you can make the meeting, then go. If not, you can always reach out to the Elected Board Members and share you thoughts, comments and concerns, whichever way you come down on this move. Just Remember, it's up for Vote on October 11, 2017 and of those voting, one isn't running for reelection and three others are up for reelection - and that will be your last chance to comment.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cost of Super O'Malley's 5-Year Contract - $1,653,258 - Avg. Annual Cost - $330,652

Well, just got this 'Detailed Statement of Contract Costs' from the BoE today for Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's proposed new contract.

Just like the contract itself, it Raises a ga-zillion questions, the least of which is why it doesn't show how much he's contributing towards health insurance like everyone else does.

Recognize that this type of analysis they did has to use projections into the future so please recognize the actual numbers may turn out to be more or less than what they have on this schedule below. But, just for the heck of it, let's go with their numbers.

Seems the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of EDems, Board of Hoarders, Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky deem it necessary to pay Señor O'Malley $1,653,358 over the life of this contract. That's an annual average cost of $330,652.

Not Bad, as long as you live in the World of Mythomania and trying to rush through a contract renewal one-year early.

Here's the Detailed Statement of Contract Costs received today from an OPRA Request:

Anyhoo, still trying to see whatever documents the Board sent to the County Super to support this new contract and gain the County Super's approval. If and when I get them, I'll share with you.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Really?!? Never thought much of the gutter-level politics in this town but this is just too much!

Saw this piece here in the SL about the Mayor's son. Weaponizing a family's difficult circumstances for political reasons is disgusting even by this town's gutter standards.

Whether you like Mayor Lankey or not, this is just wrong.

Leave his family out of it.

Edison BoE Super's Proposed Contract - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022!

Well, they just posted the proposed contract up on their website. This contract rescinds the contract covering the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019 (you can see this contract in the September 18th  post for comparison purposes).

This contract will be up for vote at the October 11, 2017 Caucus meeting at the ED Center.

Briefly, the compensation is:
-Annual salary $212,344 for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
-Annual salary of $215,741.50 for the succeeding periods July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022
-Annual $5,000 in the form of a High School Salary Increment
-Annual Merit Increases (undefined) based on criteria set
-Annual Merit Bonuses up to 14.99% of annual salary

I'm asking the BoE for the actual cost of this contract over its life, cost of the change from the current contract and the documents sent down to the County Super to support this contract and gain approval - and if and when I get them, I'll share with you.

It's kind of important to know the Board's rationale, justification and cost that was used to get County approval so all can be informed before they have a public meeting.

Anyhoo, the contract is out for your review now so take some time to go through it so you can ask any questions about it on October 11th.

Here's last night's Board Meeting - listen to Mr. Brenner's question and comments about the Super's contract and Dr. Frank's response:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 10 Reasons

why Dr. Frank Should Not Recuse Himself from voting on Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's Early Extension Employment Contract, whenever it comes up for vote: Update - Public meeting on the Super's contract has been rescheduled to October 11, 2017 at the Ed Center.

10. Because he wants his legacy to be Leading from Behind.

9. Because he likes making Long-term Decisions for the School District when he is on a Short-term basis.

8. Because he thinks he works for the Super and Not You.

7. Because he wants to Avoid the People of Downtown Edison having a Say on November 7th.

6. Because  he likes doing things that Best Serve the Board's interests and Not Yours.

5. Because he wants the Super to Move Up from #16 on the List of the State's Highest Paid Supers.

4. Because he May Very Well Be the Deciding Vote on the Contract and he wants to carry on the Safe-Haven Contract tradition of his predecessor.

3. Because he hopes you can't see through the Duct-tape transparency that surrounds the building over there on Mythomania Lane.

2. Because he wants to Carry-on the Maeroff & Iyer tradition of Protecting their Guy and Not Holding his Feet to the Fire.

1. Because he wants to Tie the Hands of the Board for the Next 5 Years and he won't even be there.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Edison Boards' of Mythomania and the 'Super' Games they play - to Protect their Own at the Residents' Expense?!?

Well, it started off on a cold night in November 2010 when they brought in Richard O'Malley, PhD to vote on and sign a new contract that ran from 2/7/11 to 7/1/15 with a start date of 2/7/11 or earlier. Why was in done in November 2010 with a 'start date of 2/7/11 or earlier' important when the contract didn't run until 2/7/11?

Because 2/7/11 was the date the new Super Cap Law took effect. They obviously wanted to beat the New Super Cap Law and they did. So, Super Dr. Richard 'Build the Trust' O'Malley got a contract above the Super Cap with a starting salary of $209,000 which included 2% raises and 2% bonuses based upon performance.

The Super Cap Law now wouldn't apply to him until this contract expired.

Then, in September 2014 the Board gave him the first double secret early extension on his contract that was to expire on 7/1/15 while he was publicly interviewing for a New Super Gig in another state - hence, affectionally referred to as Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley.

So, how long was this Safe-Haven Contract the Board of Mythomania gave him in spite of his intense dedication and loyalty to the People of Downtown Edison by publicly interviewing for another Super Gig elsewhere - it ran from 4/1/15 to 6/30/19 and since this contract now fell under the Super Cap Law, guess what they did for Señor O'Malley?

They applied for and got a Super Cap Waiver!

Yup, you can't make this stuff up! You can read all about this stuff as it was going on in the 2014 and 2015 posts in this blog. But I digress, so let's move on.

And what did Señor O'Malley get in this Safe-Haven Contract? Well, his salary was at $222,854 at the time and it was dropped down to $209,000 but not to worry, this contract included big bonuses and he ended up with a Bonus of $20,900 for that year.

Got to like this contract. While it started at a salary of $209,000, it came with cost of inflation increases of 1.6% through 7/1/17 and another 1.6% from 7/1/18 on. In addition, it came with a Max Bonus of 8% for 2014-15, a Max Bonus of 10% for 2015-16 and 2016-17 and a Max Bonus of 12% for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

So, what does Dr. Frank want to do to protect Super O'Malley before he leaves - give him another early extended contract - this one 2 years early and for 5 years out to 2022.

So, let's see - Señor O'Malley should now be around $215,741 in salary and has earned some $58,960 in bonuses since he started here.

His salary alone was good enough to put him at #16 of the top Paid Supers' in the state. Not Bad!

Now they want to make his contract run retroactively from 7/1/17 to 6/30/22 - another 5 years! Can't say why they want to do this or why they want to do it now because they haven't said - it's a secret, I guess. Of course, can't say what's in it as yet since this new contract isn't available as yet.

But I do know that they're going to have a meeting on September 13th and it will be on the agenda and may even be voted on that night at the Caucus meeting if they turn it into a Public Meeting.

If they're gonna vote on it that night, then you can be assured that Dr. Frank knows his 5 Yes votes will be in attendance.

That's all you need in the 'Game of 5' over there on Mythomania Lane.

Not quite sure when they're going to release this early extension contract to the public to see - before,  the day of or after the meeting on September 13th but did get a preliminary indication from Dr. Frank that the contract will now be available next Tuesday (Sept. 5th) for the Public to see and review and they will turn their September 13th Caucus meeting into an Action Meeting and Will Vote on this Contract.

Safe bet is to show up at the September 13th meeting if they post nothing on their website about when they will be voting on it - at the Caucus meeting on September 13th or the Action meeting on September 18th.

While we wait for them to Recognize the often forgotten Stakeholder who pay all the bills, here's a quick timeline of Señor O'Malley's journey into Downtown Edison brought to you by Boards' of Mythomania Led by Maeroff, Iyer & Heelan:

And just to be fair, lets not forget the what happened when then Board President David Dickinson was at the helm of and Led this Bottomless Cash Pit and extended Carol Toth's contract by 2 years after only 13 months into a 3 1/2 year contract and we ended up paying some $488,073 for her to stay home - and brought in the 'Musings of DiMuzio' - his best-est buddy:

Anyhoo, it's too early with 2 years left on Señor O'Malley's contract to extend it for another 3 years - especially when no explanation has been made nor rationale and justification provided to the Public by this Board as to why it should even be extended at all.

Just because there's 5 Yes votes on this current Board doesn't mean it's the right thing to do now and clearly signals this Board is worried about this upcoming election for the 4 open seats.

Sadly, sure seems this isn't about what's in the Best interests of the People of Edison but rather the Best interests of this Board in Protecting their Guy for another 5 years.

But hey, what do I know? I still can't figure out how Dr. Frank could persuade 4 other Board Members to buy into doing this to the resident/taxpayers of this town at this time under these circumstances.

As David Dickinson once said to Gene Maeroff - when you have 5 Votes, You can Do What You Want. That's True and Sure looks like Dr. Frank and the Board of Mythomania are Gonna Do Exactly What they Want and extend this contract out to 2022, whether it makes sense or not!

And they will!

But, at least, let them know they can't do it clandestinely and without your knowledge and understanding and without justifying their actions and support for such an action at this time in a Public forum with the opportunity for Public discussion and input. 

Then, pay attention to how they each of them vote on September 13th and Remember on November 7th Who Voted in the Boards' Best-interests and Not Your Best-interests.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Edison BoE needs to Explain their Rationale, Justification & What the Costs will be out to 2022 for Proposed Early Extension of Dr. O'Malley's Employment Contract!

Well, seems Dr. Frank is poised to Give Dr. O'Malley a Going-Away Gift on his way out the door. Problem with that is that You are Not invited to the Party. But hey, it's like a spin on an old joke;

 One PhD say to another PhD - Good thing there are No Masters of the Obvious in Edison!

You just might want to pay attention to what's going on over there on Mythomania Lane with the Board's attempt to Now extend Señor O'Malley Employment Contract to 2022, which is 2-years before his current contract expires and 10 weeks before an election where 4 Board seats are up for grabs.

Apparently, their rationale, justification and the cost impact of making this move Now is on a Need to Know Basis - and they Don't think You Need to Know those thingies.

So, since I think You need to Know, I sent this email to Dr. Frank this morning which you can read and see why I think it's important and hopefully, you will do the same by reaching out to our elected BoE officials and expressing your thoughts.

You can see all their Edison BoE public email addresses in the heading:

Anyhoo, this is going up for a vote at their next meeting, whether you like it or not - so if you think this isn't the right way for the Edison BoE to be doing things or the right time for them to be doing this with 2 years left on his existing contract and 4 seats up for grabs in an election only 10 weeks away or for not telling you even what's in this 3-year extension or trying to do it without you even knowing or how much it will cost you, then now is the time to reach out to all the Board Members and make your thoughts known.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dr. Frank's Double-Secret Going-Away present to Super O'Malley - tabled until next month! Unlucky!!

Well, looks like Dr. Frank didn't have the votes to Sneak-in an early extension of Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract until June 30, 2022. Seems there were 3 board members (Moroney, Peng & Ward) absent from the meeting. So, he tabled it until next month.

Good thing since you would of never of known what's in that contract until after it was approved by the Board and by then, your opinion wouldn't matter, would it?

Sneaky, Sneaky, Sneaky!

Think about what's going on here. They send an early extension down to the County Super, he approves it and then it comes back to them for a vote - a vote which they take without providing the public with any information about what is in the contract and what exactly they're voting on. That's a good way to block any public input and discussion on what they're doing with Señor O'Malley's contract.

That's just Nasty!

So, here's a suggestion for Dr. Frank on his way out the door. If you feel the need to extend O'Malley's contract now some 2 years early, then put the contract out into the public so they can see and review it before you have a meeting to vote on it. Give the resident/taxpayers a chance to chime in and have an open and free discussion of the rationale, justification and cost that will impact us out out to 2022, if approved. Surely, you must believe Dr. O'Malley's performance justifies your actions and it should be easy for you to then make the case.

Now, in the event Dr. Frank doesn't put the contract out to the public, here's what you do. You go to the meeting when it's up for vote and you ask them to disclose in public what's in the contract before they vote - since they're going to ask for public comments before they vote and how could you possibly comment if you don't know what's in it?

Make them disclose the details before they vote so you can have a basis for commenting. As I understand it, their next Caucus Meeting is September 13th and the Public Meeting is Sept. 18th. You should attend if possible and share your thoughts.

Don't let Dr. Frank and this Board of Mythomania let Señor O'Malley get a second Safe-haven contract without making them justify what they're doing and why.

Here's last night's meeting where they tabled the resolution on Super O'Malley's contract. and pay attention to Dr. Frank's comments's (the contract) been discussed and reviewed and will be dealt with at next month's meeting. Guess he is referring to the County Super and the Board - JUST NOT YOU!

Anyhoo, just another reason why you really need to vote these board members out as they come up for reelection. Doing stuff like this is an insult, a slap in the face and a tad bit Disrespectful to the People of Edison. Guess Dr. Frank's a tad bit concerned that with 4 seats up for grabs in 10 weeks or so, Super O'Malley may not make the cut with a different board not so interested in protecting their guy.

O'sooo..MaL Conundrum in Full Force over there on Mythomania Lane - early extension of O'Malley's contract!?!?

Well, don't know if this extension of Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract was approved at tonight's meeting but sure looks like they're trying to pull a fast one here.

Really Now - rescinding his existing contract that runs until June 30, 2019 and retroactively giving him a 5-year contract from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022?

That's seriously Not Nice to do to the People of Edison.

I object to any early extension of his contract and would like to see the contract they're proposing and have just made an OPRA Request to see it - (apparently, a contract which they already have approved by the County Super).

If the Board did vote on and approve this tonight - SHAME on YOU!

If you didn't vote on this tonight, then don't vote until the People of Edison can see the contract and can be heard on it. Geez, wasn't it bad enough enough you gave Senior O'Malley a Safe-Haven contract (see the 8/25/14 post) in spite of the fact that he was out publicly interviewing for another Super gig and didn't get.

With all due respect, I certainly would like to be given an opportunity to be heard on any renewal of Super O'Malley's contract.

Here's the excerpt from the Public Meeting Agenda I just saw on their website:

Anyhoo, can you believe the gaul of these Board Members to try and rush through an early extension of his contract in an election year when 4 seats are up for grabs no less - and a year in which the teachers are working without a contract and having their salaries frozen?!?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Keith Hahn for Edison Mayor - now there's something you don't see every day!

Well, just saw this piece here in the SL about November's Mayoral election here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison. Seems there's gonna be some competition.

As a general rule, not much of a fan of the EDO, which I consider the Party that Made Edison Safe for Hypocrisy.

You remember the EDO, the party that elevated the 'Poster-Child' for Everything that's Wrong with the EDO to Freeloader - Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro.  And, of course, let's not forget the EDO's Greatest Failure, elevating Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak to Ass'man for the 18th District.

Now I don't take much interest in their dysfunctional and twisted internal fighting, bickering and backstabbing but you just can't ignore this article.

I kinda found this section in the piece hard to take seriously but did find it humorous?!?;

 'Shariq Ahmad, a former staffer for U.S. Sen, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and now chief-of-staff to Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, now runs the local party organization of 156 seats, which are voted on by party members during the June Primary.'

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Ahmad called Hahn a 'scorned lover' after his falling out with the party. 'Mr. Hahn pleaded with the Edison Democratic Party to make him Chairman for another term, 'Ahmad said. 'He agreed that the Democrats had a great team, right up until his bizarre decision to suddenly switch political allegiances. Edison residents recognize these are self-serving opportunistic actions, just as they know the great job Mayor Lankey has done in his first term.'

Well, guess Mr. Ahmad can characterize his assessment of Mr. Hahn's actions anyway he wants but come on now - 'Edison residents recognize these are self-serving opportunistic actions, just as they know the great job Mayor Lankey has done in his first term.'

Geez, if we're gonna talk about self-serving actions by politicians in this town, I'm sure there's enough of that to go around this election cycle, and maybe it's me, but I'm a resident of this town and I don't know the great job Mayor Lankey has done in his first term.

But hey, I'm open to having Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey explain it to me.

Well, I digress, so let's move on. What can you say about Hahn entering the race?

You can say things like;
  •  Competition is healthy in politics
  •  More candidates, more choices
  •  Edison residents must understand the unbalanced power our current at-large system provides
  •  Too much control and power into a few hands is problematic
All true and you should recognize and believe it with Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey and his 7 Processing Clerks (aka the Edison Council) in this Local Dem-Party 'Oligarchy' we got going on here in Downtown Edison.

And, in this case, you don't have to take my word for it because I didn't say those things. Those quotes about our long-standing political environment here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison come from somebody who knows better than me - Lankey's past and or current campaign manager and the guy with the longest title in town - Mr. Anthony Russomanno.

Here's his Letter to the Editor from the Sentinel back when Wards were up for vote:

Seriously now,  do you think this is the first time a Local Dem has switched parties to win an election here. Dave Papi did it and he won his seat back on the Council.

If there's one thing you should understand about this town - there are no political friends and there are no political enemies, just political opportunities and everyone who has ever flowed through that Local Party that has Made Edison Safe for Hypocrisy has taken advantage of those opportunities one time or another. So, let's not give Hahn crapola for doing what everyone else in this town does when it's to their political advantage.

Anyhoo, looks like we now have a choice for Mayor.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Makes you wonder if the Total Eclipse in Downtown Edison will ever end?!?

Pretty amazing eclipse yesterday. Something what sunshine coming back looks like!

Kind of reminded me what a little sunshine can do.

Photo credit - NASA:

Anyhoo, there's you Final Property Tax Rates & Amounts for 2017 here in the 'DemBadlands' of Downtown Edison.

Friday, August 18, 2017

'New Rules' for Edison's Board of Mythomania - with apologies to Bill Maher!?!

Time for that Leader-less board over there on Mythomania Lane to Publicly address the Elephant in the room - and it's Overcrowding, Space, Overcrowding, Space, Overcrowding, Space!

This has been a serious problem since Coach Capraro was Super (and probably longer than that) and made worse by former Board President Dickinson when they eliminated full-day kindergarten and put out those ridiculously outrageous and over-priced failed bond referendums to address it. So, stop wasting time over there and put together a cogent, cohesive, cost-effective and practical plan for the public to address the issue and get it out there. Enough of these short-term plugs in the dike using these lease-purchase agreements that do nothing permanent but block the public from voting on these capital additions.

History of bloated and ill-conceived Bond Referendums:

No one should seek or allow the political friendship of the Pols on the other side of town to get on the board. 

For turning the BoE election into a partisan election, Jerry Shi, Beth Moroney and Paul Distefano should be voted into forced retirement come November. No great loss from my perspective, haven't quite seen either of Shi or Moroney do anything worthwhile since they've been there except whine about not getting our fair share of state aid under the 2008 SFRA, among other things - like that's even realistic and more important than what they're doing with the $238M they already have and $pend. And, unless you like what's going on over there on Mythomania Lane and not having full-time kindergarten anymore, you don't really want either of them taking over for Dr. Frank, if reelected.

The Board should Lead and Not Follow.

Enough of playing follow the leader behind Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley and certainly any discussion about an early extension of his safe-haven contract shouldn't be without a thorough review of his record and public input when you do.

Here's his current contract which expires on June 30, 2019 and which includes salary, inflation increases and performance bonuses that go up to 12%. This contract now makes him the 16th Highest paid Super in the State.

Make Board Goals and Performance Bonuses substantive to the needs of the District and less sophomoric and pedantic.

Given all the serious issues facing the District, don't think this board quite grasps what needs to be timely done. Hard to see how simple purchasing acumen merits a bonus or how space, budgets and test scores don't quite make the cut.

Make the Community part of the decision-making process regardless of who shows up at the Monthly Meeting or has the time to look at the Website.

You can start with publicly discussing your plans to fix the Overcrowding issue.

Anyhoo, it is what it is here in Downtown Edison - at least until you take the time to pay attention to what's going on and do something to change it.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

And You thought it was a good idea to move the elections to November here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison!?!

Well, just saw the list of candidates for the Edison Board of Education, aka Board of Mythomania, Board of Hoarders, Board of EDems this coming November.

Looks like there are 11 people in total running. There are 9 running to fill the 3 seats for the regular 3-year term and 2 people running to fill the 1 seat for the 1-year unexpired term.

Seems Dr. Frank is not running for re-election.

The 9 candidates running for the 3-year term, in no particular order, are:

1. Beth Moroney (I)
2. Jerry Shi (I)
3. Carol Bodofsky
4. Elizabeth Conway
5. Ruchika Juneja
6. Falguni Patel
7. Aqib Virani
8. Sunil Vuppula
9. Maria Wise

The 2 candidates running for the 1-year unexpired term are:
1. Paul Distefano (I)
2. William Araujo

In case you didn't know and just so there's no mistake who Mayor Tom 'Now15.4%' ChoiLankey is supporting over there at 100 Oligarchy Blvd, here they are:

Bet you didn't know there's a Lankey Team for the Board of Education to $tabilize Your Taxes over there too! And you wonder why I refer to them as the Board of EDems!

Well, at least you now know who not to vote for unless, of course, you want more of 'one-hand washes the other and both-hands pick your pocket' routine here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison.

Anyhoo, makes you wonder if Señor Lankey has a Lankey Team for You Got to Be Kidding Me?!?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Edison Board of Mythomania announces Giveback to Taxpayers of $1,456,534 in Add'l State-Aid

Well, looks like Dr. Frank and the Edison Board of Mythomania, aka..Board of Hoarders, Board of EDems are keeping their word this time and returning that additional $1,456,534 in state-aid meant for taxpayer relief (and not for additional $pending) to the residents/taxpayers here in Downtown Edison.

If you recall, their original Bloated 2017-18 'Pot of Money' they call a School Budget came with a School tax-rate of $2.988, which was an increase of 5.6-Cents over last years' $2.932. If you lived in that imaginary home assessed at $178,300, then your tax increase was $99. If you don't live in that imaginary home, you can get your tax increase by simply taking your home's assessed value divided by 100 and multiplying that number by .056.

By returning that additional state-aid, their new School tax-rate dropped from $2.988 to $2.978 (One-Cent), and reduced that $99 to $81 or $18 if you live in that imaginary home assessed at $178,300.

While it's not a lot of money, it's the action by the Board that's important.

Anyhoo, in the words of my buddy (and my daughters 5th grade teacher, who always told me to leave him alone) Emil 'Do the Right Thing' Ferlicchi,  A Big-Kudos for doing the Right Thing this time.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Got to love living in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison!?!

Well, the 7 Processing Clerks (aka Edison Council) just approved and adopted Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey's 2017 Budget with another Non-Amendment - that takes the Final Property tax rate including the Garbage District tax up to $5.386, which is up 11-Cents or 2.1% over last year's $5.276.

So, with yet another year of tax increases all around in 2017, let's take a look back over the last 4-years and see who You should be Thanking:

Over the last 4-years here in the 'DemBadlands' if Downtown Edison, Your tax bill went up by 13%. Let's give a Big Shout-out to all the elected officials for holding the line on taxing you out of town.

To the Board of Mythomania - keep up the good work of sticking it to the forgotten stakeholder, the taxpayers, year after year by continuing to think that your Out-of-Control $pending is an accomplishment and Not an activity.

To Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro (Now Deputy-Dog of the Freeholders) - for always looking out for the taxpayers here in Downtown Edison and truly appreciate how you kept that promised 'less than 1% increase' that turned out to be 4.3%. Good job Charlie!

And what can you say about Señor Lankey and his Band of Processing Clerks - even forgetting about the debt and the sewer tax increases, he still dips into your pocket for another 15.4%. And that my friends is how this Local Dem Party Oligarchy makes You pay for their Concept of $tabilizing taxes.

Go ahead...Give them All a Big Hand!

Anyhoo, as someone much smarter than me said, 'we get the type of government we deserve.'

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Final Adoption of Edison's 2017 Muni-Budget - up for vote Wednesday Night!?!

Well, looks like the Council has completed their review of Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey's $133.8 million budget for 2017. You remember that one, it's the one that came with yet another tax increase of 1.9-Cents or 1.5% and brought the Muni-tax rate up to $1,288 Per 100.

Seems after excruciating review by the 7 Processing Clerks, aka Edison Council, all they could come up with is a net increase in Appropriations of $33,079.06 and a corresponding net increase of $33,079.06 in Revenues, which has a Net Effect on LANKEY'S 2017 MUNI-TAX RATE OF $1.288 OF:


So, the Council's Amended Rate is the Same as Lankey's Introduced Rate for 2017. 

In other words, yet another Non-Amended Council Amendment.

If you're keeping score, Lankey Raised the Muni-tax by 15.4% over his 1st four-year term and Council reviewed those four budgets and came up with a Council Amended rate of 15.4%.

Don't you just like living in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison where a Local Dem-Party Oligarchy rules the nest?

Here's the amendment up for vote Wednesday night. The handwritten scribble is mine:

Anyhoo, kind of a sad commentary on the Powers that Be to make the People of Edison wait some 206 Days into the Budget year before they get around to approving a Budget - especially something with such insignificant changes as this silly amendment proposes.