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“Suppression” Six Hearing Held, Judgement Reserved

Reported in the Star.  Story is too lengthy to copy and paste here but if you are a subscriber to the Star you can click on the image to read it.

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The New Jersey Attorney General’s office submitted a brief on behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Elections, co-defendants in the case.   The brief’s author makes some pretty compelling arguments for dismissal.  Click on the image to read it.

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Hopefully Judge Gummer will abide by the Attorney General’s recommendation.

Do Chatham’s Police Deserve More Privacy

Than Belmar’s?


Belmar labor attorneys Plosia and Cohen brag about protecting the confidentiality of police personnel files in Chatham.

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But according to former Belmar cop Darian Vitello’s lawsuit against them, they cared little about his privacy:

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Got 8 Hours?

I’m going to have this on while I’m working today.

NBC Reports!

Council Meeting Of May 19, 2015

Couple Of Quick Counterpoints

It will be a few more hours until the tape of last night’s meeting finishes loading to YouTube, and I don’t have a lot of time because I have to get ready for work in a few minutes, but a couple of quick observations if I may:

During his report to Council the mayor complained at some length about the lawsuit over the beach utility funds.  But I don’t believe he even mentioned the Partner’s settlement, the parking fees or the Buy a Board money.  Those are the three main complaints in the suit and are even reported as such in today’s Asbury Park Press story about it.  Instead he talked about using beach money to pay for some of the special police.  But he stated that he started that practice right after he became mayor.  He’s been doing it for years and neither Pringle nor anyone else ever sued him for it.  That was a straw man argument used to distract the listeners from the real issues that triggered the suit.

He also keeps giving me the impression that he wants people to think that Pringle lost an election to him and is doing this as some sort of payback.  (I don’t recall exactly how he put it.  I’ll have to watch that part of the tape when I get a chance.)  Pringle retired as mayor.  He never lost an election in Belmar.  And although Pringle did endorse the Republican candidates last year and the Republicans lost, the former mayor was involved in other suits against the Council in 2013 and 2014.  Were they to avenge Tom Burke’s loss in 2012, or mine and Tom’s in 2013?   I don’t think so.

Anyway I want to mention a couple of quick things about the Lake Como/Taylor Pavilion thing but I have to go.  I will continue this post when I get to the office.

To be continued……………………………


OK here I am, safely ensconced in my Newark fortress.


(The glass is bulletproof.)

About the new pavilion bonds:  One thing we learned last night is that the reason it’s $6.1 million now instead of $7 million is that some of the peripheral spending, like for the bathrooms, was taken from sources other than the defeated bond.  The plans for the buildings, and the amount we’re actually spending on the two buildings is essentially the same as what the voters rejected last year.  Pretty stinky.  Tying it to the appropriation for the Lake Como project….very stinky.

The mayor also suggested that some residents who don’t live near the lake might petition against the measly $200,000 that would be Belmar’s portion of the $6.4 million project.  He always ascribes the worst motives to anyone who might oppose him on anything.  Everybody wants the flooding fixed.  As a matter of fact is was Jim Bean and the Republicans who demanded in 2013 that there be no more delays in fixing Silver Lake and that the Council bond the money to get the job done.  Not a single objection was raised by anybody about its $1.8 million cost.

One more thing.  I often correct comments that contain factual errors.  Sometimes I don’t have time and approve the comment, hoping some other commenter will make the correction.  They often do.  Other times I’m not sure if the comment is true and ask the commenter to provide more information.  Still other times I don’t quite understand the comment but allow it because there is no reason not to.  But people can say what they want.  I don’t have to agree with it.  On the “About” page I clearly state:  Views and opinions of commenters are their own and I do not necessarily endorse their truth or accuracy.  But the mayor always seems to point to some anonymous comment or two made here as evidence that the opposition is being unfair to him.  It’s just another straw man tactic and it isn’t fooling anybody.

Anyway, I had no idea the blog was so influential that even views expressed by its anonymous commenters are fodder for political attacks.

I have to get to work before my boss catches me blogging.  Tape of the meeting should be up in two or three hours.

Darian Vitello’s Civil Suits

These are in addition to his criminal complaint.

Click on the images to read the suits.

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There are various filings included here dating right up until last month, but the original October 2014 complaint starts on page 21.


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Plosia and his firm are Belmar’s labor attorneys.  It’s possible Belmar will be added as a defendant.  In this file, the complaint is the first document.

Sunday News Quiz

I’m sure you have all heard that Kentucky Derby winner American Pharaoh won the Preakness yesterday and his owners are now hoping to win at Belmont for the racing Triple Crown.

Let’s go back 120 years to 1895.  Grover Cleveland, my favorite president, is halfway through his second (history making, non-consecutive) term. The first gasoline-powered automobile in America is patented by Charles Duryea.  The game of volleyball is invented by somebody named W G Morgan.  The X-ray is discovered.

Who won the Preakness that year?  Hint: He also won the 1895 Belmont Stakes but didn’t compete in the 1895 Kentucky Derby.

Click on his picture below to find the (surprising) answer.

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Please, Mayor. Three Ordinances, Not Two.

I am very unhappy that the appropriation of the $6.4 million for Lake Como drainage improvements – 97% of which will be paid for by the federal government – is contingent on approving that $4.1 million be spent for a new Taylor Pavilion.

In fact, when you include the beach utility’s proposed $2 million appropriation for the 10th Ave Pavilion, spending $6.1 million for two pavilions that the voters just last year so soundly rejected spending $7 million on might not even be legal.  In any case, this latest pavilion plan is being advanced in total disregard for the clearly demonstrated will of the people.

Please, Mayor, Your Honor, Sir.  Nobody wants to delay the construction of the new Lake Como outflow pipe.  If you want to battle to get your pavilions built, have that battle.  But the families who live near Lake Como have had their lives upended too many times.  Please get them off the battlefield.

And that brings us to this week’s poll:

Big Diff

The committee to beautify the Route 35 side of the planned marina building has completed it’s work.

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Anyway Chefs International is contractually obligated to build it and Belmar is contractually obligated to let them build it so unless somebody breaks the contract this is what’s getting built.

The other side is not so bad I guess.

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