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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ok, Dr. Frank - time to keep your word and Give the Add'l School Aid Back to the Edison Taxpayers!

Well, saw this piece here about the additional school aid. Seems we're getting and additional $1.5 million in School Aid.


Keep Your Promise to the People of Downtown Edison and Give it Back to them! You remember, that $20 thingie. 

Since Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey and his Band of Merry Clerks are still diddling around with the 2017 Muni-budget and only estimated tax bills are out now, there's time to get this money back into the 2017 tax rate before it's finalized.

Make sure you have a chit-chat about this with Señor Lankey.

Here's the revised school aid:

By County:
Middlesex County:
And here's the Letter from the NJ DOE linked in the article:

Anyhoo, don't be a Pinnochio on this one again! In the infamous words of Emil 'Do the Right Thing' Ferlicchi, do the right thing and give the money back to the taxpayers. And, if you do give it back, don't try and say you're saving the taxpayers money. All you'd be doing is reducing the Increase you already laid on us. A reduction in an Increase is Not a Savings! It's Still an Increase!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley - #16 in Top 25 Highest Paid Supers in the State - excluding bonuses & other compensation!?!

Well, what can you say? Seems Senor O'Malley made the Top 25 Highest Paid Supers in the State for 2016-17 here in this piece. And that doesn't include bonuses and other compensation.

Let's give Senor O'Malley a Big Congrats for making the Top 25! He clocks in at $212,344 for the school year 2016-17.

Throw in another $$58,980 in Performance Bonuses since he started here ($17,623 for 2016-17) and not a bad deal for El jefe and his safe-haven contract courtesy of the Edison Board of Mythomania.

Hey, what do I know? I still can't figure out why the Super Salary Cap has so many exceptions!?!

Friday, July 14, 2017

$tabilizing taxes the Local Dem Party Way here in 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison - Raise them!?!

Well, looks like Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey made his presentation in front of the 7 Clerks, aka Edison Council on July 12, 2017 - but it looks like two of them didn't show up and only a few that were there had anything to say (Kisses & Hugs).

Now, we already knew that there was another Senior Lankey tax increase for the 4th consecutive year of his stewardship (you can see what that is and what it does to you in the previous posts). So, rather that bore you what we already know or commenting on his Blah..Blah..Blah presention in front of the choir, I'll just say a few things:

1. Former Councilman Wayne Mascola should of never bet $1 that there would be no tax increase in an election year under this Oligarchy but still, Lankey should give him the $1 as a souvenir just for showing up.

2. Recognize that numbers are boring stuff to present and listen to but maybe it's a good idea, if just for aesthetic purposes, that you make sure those sitting behind you on camera aren't taking catnaps during your presentation. Kind of signals that you're Blah..Blah..Blah rhetoric isn't working.

Here's his presentation off of the township's website.

Anyhoo, you gotta appreciate how much the Local Dems don't really care about you even in an election year.

Tax increases all around from every taxing entity. The 'Out-of-Control' $pending over there on Mythomania Lane cost you another 5.6-cents taking the rate up to $2.988, the County promised that your taxes would go up by less than 1% and they actually went up by over 4% and let's not forget Senior Lankey (now 195 days into the Calendar Year without an approved budget) going up another 1.5%.

Add up all that $tabilization and  Your 2017 Property tax rate is going up to $5.386 for 2017, which is up 11-Cents or 2.1% over last years $5.276.

Welcome to Edison - make sure you get out and vote for more of the same!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Well, pays to have a Dem-Party Oligarchy here in Downtown Edison - 2017 Muni tax rate up another 1.5%?!?

Let's give Mayor Tom 'Now 15.4%' ChoiLankey a big round of applause for finishing up his first term in office with yet another tax increase in his Introduced 2017 Muni-budget.  His budget which I just saw up here on the township's website comes with a Muni-tax rate of $1.288, which is up 1.9-Cents or 1.5% over last years rate of $1.269.

Looks like it's the same rate they used to send out the 3rd qtr. estimated tax bills you can see in a previous post.

So, Señor Lankey completes his first four-year term with a Cumulative Muni-tax increase of 15.4%!?! And you thought they were looking to $tabilize taxes here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison.

But wait, there's hope the latest tax increase can be cut by those 7 Clerks, aka Edison Council, over there at 100 Oligarchy Boulevard since they still have to review and adopt the 2017 Muni budget.

Double DUH!

Remember the definition of an Oligarchy. After reviewing Señor Lankey's first three budgets with a total Muni-tax increase of 13.7%, they tore into THOSE BUDGETS and AMENDED AND ADOPTED THEM TO 13.7%.

Anyhoo, good to be running unopposed and not worried about tax increases in an election year.

Friday, June 23, 2017

$20; 'It's not much,' so says Dr. Frank - You think?!?

Well, it doesn't get any more humorous than this over there on Mythomania Lane. Just saw this piece here about the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of Hoarders, Board of EDems plan for the possible $1.6 million in additional aid from the State Dem Legislative Leaders plan! You can see where the $1.6 million number comes from in the June 15, 2017 post.

Not of nothing but I'm all for them giving back money to the taxpayers, they've been sticking it to the taxpayers year-after-year here in Downtown Edison, but you can't promise to give back money you don't have or may never see. Take that it's easy to promise something based on an 'if.' If we get something extra, we'll give it to you. If not, unlucky for you - you get nothing!

Maybe it's me, but I'd call that being a tad bit disingenuous and self-serving.

If they want to give back money to the taxpayers, they should of done it already with their bloated 'Pots of Money' they call school budgets which now approach close to $240 million (and which we fund some 90%), and the Board with Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for Exit Ramp' O'Malley taking $pending up 20% and the School tax rate up by another 20% over their journey together.

Can you imagine them offering to give you back $1.6 million in money they don't have but keeping and $pending $2.0 million in money they did get that was specifically earmarked for taxpayer relief? Pretty sure Dr. Frank remembers hoarding that money and using it to increase $pending in a later school budget.

So, if it makes them feel good to say they're gonna give back $20 on a $5,300 average school tax bill, let they glow in their ridiculousness.

The only change that is anyway meaningful to the taxpayers over there on Mythomania Lane is when we get a Board that focuses on how they're $pending the $240 million they do get every year and not on what they don't get in the way of additional state aid.

Even if they got the entire $23 million under the SFRA they're always Whining about - that's still less than 10% of the money they're already $pending. Seems it would be a tad bit more prudent to focus on the 90% and not the 10% - but that's what makes this Board what it is, a taxpayers' nightmare.

Anyhoo, if you do get that $20, better hold on to it because they'll come back for it the next budget go-round. Hey, somebody's got to pay for all that bloat in their budgets and, of course, Super O'Malley's performance bonuses now up to $58,960 with the lastest $17,623 award for the 2016-17 school year.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Geez..don't count on a 2017 Muni-Budget anytime soon - Estimated Property Tax Bills are out for the August payment!?!

Well, that's a tad bit disappointing. Just saw the estimated tax bill for August and that's not good news for whatever it is that's going on over there at 100 Oligarchy Blvd.

The estimated tax bill doesn't really tell you anything other than to pay whatever the amount is on the bill. There's  no explanation of where that number comes from or how they came up with it.

Seems the only 2017 tax rates we still need to find out about to know what the Total Edison Property Tax Bill will be for 2017 are on the Muni side of Downtown Edison.

We don't know the Muni-tax rate, the Library tax rate and the Garbage District tax rate.

We do know the School tax rate is $2.988, which is up 5.6-Cents or 1.9% over last year's rate of $2.932.

We do know the County taxes are $.890, which is up 3.5-Cents or 4.1% over last year's rate of $.855.

So, with the amount they want you to pay for the 3rd qtr., you can back into the the total property tax rate they used to come up with this estimated tax bill. Doing that, you come up with the total property tax rate used of $5.386, which is up 11-Cents or 2.1% over last year's rate $5.276.

While I do know that the combined Muni-tax, Library-tax and Garbage District taxes in total have to be around $1.508, which is up by 1.9-Cents or 1.3% over last year's rate of $1.489 - there's not enough information to break it down.

Here's my take on what we're gonna pay in Total Property Taxes for 2017 here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison:

Anyhoo, what do I know? I still can't figure out how they can just send you a bill and say Pay it, without telling you how they came up with it.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

$17,623 Bonus day for Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley - even before the meeting!?!

Well, today was the Board of Mythomania's Retreat to review among other things, Senior O'Malley's Performance Bonus for School year 2016-17 and the Goals du jour for for 2017-18.

Here's the agenda:

Seems like they already made up their mind about what the bonus was going to be even before this meeting and the public had a chance to chime in.

The $17,623.00 is already on their agenda (on page 43) for Monday's meeting here and ready to send to the County Super.

Don't you just get a kick out of them determining the Bonus amounts for Monday's agenda before they do the Super's evaluation in today's meeting?

So much for bothering with today's meeting and taking public input on their review of the Super's performance for 2016-17.

So, what did he get for his performance against those 2016-17 merit goals?


Seems he got the Big Goose Egg on the quantitative goal relating to Before/After School Care worth $3,610.00 of his Max Bonus.


Here's the updated schedule:

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that Super O'Malley didn't do anything to earn a bonus for Before/After School Care!

One down and one to go in the race to see Who's tenure is 'Raising You Up' the Most in Downtown Edison:

Hey, what do I know? They seem to be $miling.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

NJ Democratic Legislative Leaders Compromise on School Funding

Saw this piece here in about who Wins and Loses in the NJ School Funding compromise.

Says if the Democratic legislative leaders plan is enacted, then 379 districts would share $146 million for the school year that starts in September but 126 other districts would lose $46 million.

You should take a peek at the article. It's very interesting.

According to this piece, here's their data for what Middlesex County looks like, if enacted:
By County:
By Dollar Range:

Top 25 that Gain the Most:

Top 25 that Lose the Most:

You can go to the link above and see all school districts aid numbers or if you want this file, just drop me a note. You're welcome to it.

Where oh where is the 2017 Edison Muni Budget?!?

Well, not for nothing but the year is almost already half over and yet no word on what the 2017 Muni Budget looks like. Geez, how do you go six months into the calendar year without a budget?!?

We already know the Total Property Tax Rate for 2016 (includes Muni, School & County taxes) of $5.056 will be increased in 2017 by 5.6-Cents for the School tax increase, 3.4-Cents for the County tax increase and .001-Cent for the County Open Space tax.

That brings the Total Property Tax Rate for 2017 here in Downtown Edison up to $5.147 without the Muni & Library tax.

So, where's Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey gonna take the 2016's Muni-tax rate of $1.269 this year - Up or Down?!?

Anyhoo, let's count the days until we can see the 2017 Muni Budget. Hopefully, we won't again have to get Estimated Property Tax Bills for August 2017. And, if the last 3 years history above is any example of the Council's review of Senior Lankey's 2017 budget, let's skip the dog & pony show of processing the mayor's paperwork. It's time well $pent - Not.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Not that it matters here in the 'DemBadLands" of Downtown Edison but..

Remember back in March when the County put out their 2017 Budget and had a piece in the HNT - 'Middlesex County 2017 Budget: $20 per household tax' (see March 6, 2017 post) - saying their tax increase would be less than 1% and Homeowners will pay about $20 more under their budget?

Well, just got the estimated 2017 County rates for the County tax and County Open Space tax from the Edison tax collector's office.

The estimated County tax for 2017 (Per 100) is .823, which is up .034 or 4.3% over 2016's rate of .789. If you live in that Mythical average home assessed at $178,300 - that's an increase of $60.62 for the County tax.

The estimated County Open Space tax for 2017 (Per 100) is .067, which is up .001 or 1.5% over 2016's rate of .066. If you live in that Mythical average home assessed at $178,300 - that's an increase of $1.78 for the County Open Space tax.

So, that's a total increase in County taxes of .035 or 4.1%. If you live in that Mythical average home assessed at $178,300 - that's an increase of $62.40 for County taxes in 2017.

Just an update for 2017 of the March 6, 2017 post showing the History of the County tax rate:

And let's not forget to give a Big round of applause to former Edison Councilman Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro (and now Deputy Dog of the Freeholders) for looking out for the People of Downtown Edison by continuing to $tabilize taxes.

Anyhoo, last time I looked, 4.3% is a tad bit more than Less than 1% and unless your house is assessed for $58,800 or less, then Your tax increase will be a tad bit more than $20.

Edison Dem Party Machine 1 0 People of Edison

Saw this piece here in about the Local Dem Party's vote for Chairman. Shariq Ahmad defeats Chairman Keith Hahn by a vote of 71 to 70. Congratulations to the winner, I guess.

Not much of a fan on Edison's Local Dem Party Oligarchy but the article has some interesting narrative on how this came about. You should read it. Never could quite grasp how only some 156 committee people get to determine how a town of over 100,000 is run.

But I digress, so let's move on.

So, who is Shariq Ahmad? I don't know. Heard of him but never met him but that's not important.

But I do know he is the Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak, and I do remember him as the EDO's Greatest Failure.

Remember his acute attention to detail:

Ands his charming personalty:

Anyhoo, I'd say what a mess the dysfunctional Local Dem Party puts this town in with all their ongoing in-fighting and power struggles - but that would be redundant.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Edison Township Muni taxes - 10-Year History!

Well, while we wait for this year's Muni budget here in the 'DemBadlands' of Downtown Edison and Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey's change to the 2016 Muni tax rate per hundred of 1.269 (muni tax rate 1.196 plus .073 library tax rate) - thought it might be helpful to stroll down memory lane to see how and who got us here.

This table only reflects the Muni tax rate for the last 10 years (Muni tax rate plus Library tax rate) from 2006 to 2016. It doesn't include the other Municipal taxes like the Muni 1-Cent Open Space tax that ended in 2013, the Garbage District tax or the Sewer tax.

So, if you want to see what your Muni taxes were and what the increase was for any year between 2006 and 2016, just enter your home's assessed value and then pick a year from 2006 to 2016.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Primary Day in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison tomorrow!

Well, as a Democrat here in Downtown Edison, don't usually vote in these primary thingies most times since they're usually uncontested. Seems the same this go-round where only the Governor, a couple of Freeholder spots and one of my District 31 Committee people are being contested.

However, I did receive a bunch of campaign fliers (why they continue to send me these thingies, I don't know) but hey, thought I would share some of them with you.

Seems Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7% ChoiLankey wants to continue the Dem Party Oligarchy with his flier du blah..blah..blah - but, more importantly, he sent out a personal note to all his friends in District 31 (and you didn't know he thinks every one's name in District 31 is 'friend).'

Seems Señor Lankey would like us to Vote for Nagel & Wise tomorrow.

Well, he's my thoughts on his choice of Steven Nagel for District 31 committeeman. I have lived in this District since Mr. Nagel took over the position and I have yet to see him, hear from him or even seen him walking around with any council or mayoral candidates when they're canvassing the neighborhood.

In fact, Councilman Patil came to my home alone when he was running for the council spot to let me know he was running and to make his case - which I truly appreciated and respected since I'm clearly not much of a local Dem Party fan.  No sign of our committeeman before, during or after Mr. Patil's visit.

So - Dear Friend:
        In response to your letter, please be assured that your letter inspires me to now get out and vote in this primary election to cast a write-in ballot for the District 31 committee spot. I will also vote for Sharon Glaser for the committee woman spot.

Given the above and seeing why you would want these committee people , it's hard for me to believe that your choices '..will always put our neighborhood 1st!'

Ralph Bucci
Democrat, just not your kind

Anyhoo, get out and vote tomorrow and make your voice heard. There's always the write-in boxes!

Just an update - got the unofficial results from the Middlesex County elections results page this morning and here's the results by district in an excel file for mayor and council by district. It should be noted that the summary total for Edison Republicans shows total votes of 950, 871, 927 & 887 for Gaspari, Deutchman, Mascola & Orchid, respectively. If anyone wants the file, just drop me a note:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Edison Board of Mythomania's Retreat - O'Malley's Cha-Ching!?!

Well, looks like there's going to be board retreat on June 17, 2017 over there on Mythomania Lane to discuss Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's performance bonus for the 2016-17 School Year!

Of course, you have to appreciate the transparency here. This June 17th meeting is scheduled smack in the middle of their caucus and action meeting for June 2017. Their caucus meeting is scheduled for June 14th and their action meeting on June 19th - which means it won't be discussed, talked about or even listed on the agenda for the June 14th caucus meeting for all to see and will only show up on the agenda for the June 19th action meeting, and who's going to miss the opportunity to publicly comment on their decision on June 19th?!?

And how much is that Check-a-Mundo going to be for the 2016-17 school year?

His current salary subject to the bonus is $212,334 and under his Safe Haven Contract he's entitled to a Max 10% Bonus or $21,233.40. 

He has two quantitative goals worth 50% of his Max 10% bonus and two qualitative goals worth the other 50%. His Special Ed quantitative goal is worth 33% and the Before/After School quantitative goal is worth 17%. His Visual Programming qualitative goal is worth 25% and the Mental Health goal is worth the other 25%.

You can see his approved Merit Goals for the 2016-17 school year in the November 17, 2016 post.

But hey, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that there's going to be fruit, danish or bagels to go with their coffee while they review Señor O'Malley's performance through tunnel-vision eyesight.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Edison Pocketbook Alert - coming soon to a neighborhood near You!?!

Well, while we wait for Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey's  2017 Muni-budget to come out (and let's not forget the County's contribution to our Property tax bills) thought it might be interesting to see who's leading the tenure race for your pocketbooks here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison.

And, let's not forget, the Board of Mythomania's review of Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley 2016-17 Performance Bonus (with a Max of $21,233) coming soon to Mythomania Lane. You can see what the Board of Mythomania's 2017-18 School Budget does to you in the May 8, 2017 post and what the Edison Board/Super's Merit Goals were for the 2016-17 school year in the November 17, 2016 post.

Anyhoo, what do I know? I still can't figure out who has the Bigger $mile?!?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Edison Township Sewer Tax Bills are out!?

Well, looks like Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey and his 'Fresh Start Tour Entourage' over there at 100 Oligarchy Boulevard have released the 2017 Sewer Tax Bills.

Residential rates are up 1.7% and Non-Residential rates are up some 4.5%.

Since Señor Lankey took over at the helm, Residential rates have increased by 43.5% and Non-Residential rates by 96.5%.

Can't wait to see what they do with this year's Muni-Budget and where they take the 13.7%!

Here's the history (Source: O.1966-2017 & prior year ordinances)

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that checks and balances are working just fine - Lankey raised Muni taxes in his first term by 13.7% so far and after Council review they Amended those tax increases to 13.7%!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

NJ - Median Police Salaries in NJ.Com piece

Saw this piece about Cops in NJ earning over $100k a year in NJ.Com here. The data shows the town, county, median years of service and median salary.The database used is explained as follows in the piece:

Police Department Salaries

This database shows the median base salary for law enforcement officers in New Jersey. Data is from the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits and includes all police officers paying into the Police and Firemen's Retirement System by the end of 2016. It does not include a small minority of officers who are part of the Public Employees' Retirement System, a separate pension fund. Overtime and retroactive pay is not included in the data. State, county, university and correctional officers were excluded from the dataset with the only exception being Camden County Police Department which took over policing in the city of Camden in 2013. Also, not every town has its own police force. Some towns have consolidated their police force with another municipality. State Police also provides either full-time or part-time policing services for about 100 municipalities. In addition, the median years of service for the police department's officers is also included since tenure can affect median salaries.
There are some 467 towns listed in this database and here's a summary (in Excel format) of the Top 50:

Only town in Middlesex County in the Top 50 was North Brunswick. Edison came in at 62 of the some 467 towns listed. Anyone interested in the Excel file is welcome to it. Just drop me a note.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Edison's Board of Mythomania Approves another $238M 'Bloated Pot of Money' they call a School Budget!?!

Well, on May 3, 2017 the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of Hoarders, Board of EDems approved another 'Pot of Money' in a long-line of Bloated School Budgets. This one raised the $pending by some $4.2 million and Your School tax rate by 5.6-Cents , taking the School tax Rate up to $2.988 Per 100.

However, there is some good news in that the school board vote was 5 Yes, 2 No, 1 Abstention and 1 Absent.

At least there were 2 board members who looked at the 2017-18 school budget with eyes wide open. Only 3 more to go to get this Out-of-Control $pending in check.

Anyhoo, here's what it will cost You and what it's cost You so far for the Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley Years:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Top 10 Reasons

Why the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of Hoarders, Board of EDems should Vote Yes on their $238.2M 'Bloated Pot of Money' they call a Budget on May 3, 2017:

10. Because it was already approved by the County Super and it doesn't really matter anyway what the people who pay for it think.

9. Because you like how Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley talks about the Fiscal year School Budget but never bridges the Gap to what actually shows up on the tax bills of those who pay for it.

8. Because you like to use the phase 'It's All About the Kids' and conveniently forget that it's also about the administration, staff and those who pay for it, the taxpayers.

7. Because you like creating sophomoric performance bonus criteria goals for the Super that lack substance yet provide for a big payday.

6. Because you like the 2% Cap with all its exceptions and the availability of the Cap Bank when you need to take the money back that you already claimed as a savings.

5. Because you like a Big, Fat & Bloated Pot of Money School Budget that grows exponentially every year since you moved the elections to November.

4. Because you just don't want to recognize the 'Staffing Shell Game' going on in your budget that shows the lack of control, reporting and disclosure and what it all means to the taxpayer on the single largest expenditure in the school budget.
3. Because you're grown to like the lease purchase agreements which are used to bypass voter approval for capital additions.

2. Because you like to Whine about not getting our Fair Share of State aid rather than focusing on what you're doing with the $238.2 million you already have.

1. Because when you Lead from Behind with $230m plus School Budgets, you leave an awful lot of money in the hands of Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley and you think that's just fine.