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Did Young And Connolly Go Out Shilling For AshBritt?

Today’s Coast Star print edition has a front page story titled:

Many towns said no to Ashbritt

Exorbitant prices just one of the reasons 7 out of 10 local towns said no to state-approved contractor

It points out how most local towns decided against using AshBritt and saved their constituents millions of dollars.

Deep into the article we find this tidbit:


In Avon, borough administrator Tim Gallagher said his town also did not enlist the services of AshBritt, but instead went with Lucas Construction, based in Morganville, to complete debris removal.

“I had a contractor I was very satisfied with,” Mr. Gallagher said.

Belmar Officials Offer Their “Opinions” in Support of AshBritt

In the weeks after the storm, Mr. Gallagher said he was approached by representatives from Belmar who informed him that AshBritt was working in their town and “doing a good job.”

The representatives from Belmar, he said, were former borough administrator Bill Young and Colleen Connolly, who was a consultant to the borough administrator until she became the borough administrator late last year, when Mr. Young left.

“They came over and offered their opinion,” Mr. Gallagher said. “They just said they were doing a good job for them and that we should consider using them.”

Both Mr. Young and Ms. Connolly said they shared information and resources they had in the days after the storm with other municipalities, such as the debris removal companies available. They said they also shared how they sought the assistance from the National Guard and state police from the state Emergency Operations Center.

Belmar’s cleanup effort was a team one with a great communication plan, Mr. Young said.

“We’re at war and we won the war based on all the steps we took,” he said.


He won his war all right.  But the war was against the taxpayers of Belmar!


  1. Tom Burke wrote:

    Another Great job of presenting the facts. I sure thought there would have been enough to do in Belmar without taking time to promote private vendors across the bridge, after all, it was not easy to get across the bridge in those early days.
    And again I hear this “at War” statement In stead of being in a “foxhole” (as Young states) with the Mayor, both Young and the Mayor should have been out on the streets picking up board walk bits off of 6th and 7th and 8th avenue like you and I and our other friends were….no they were trying to peddle AshBritt etc. to Avon, or trying to figure out how to get emails to each other.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Chazman wrote:

    I believe Mr. Young is a vet so you would think he would not use the term “war” when describing cleaning up debris. That is a slap in the face to all those who served. He has said this on more than one occasion and he should stop.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    He’s just making excuses for his “war” crimes.

    Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:37 am | Permalink

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