Friday, May 29, 2009

Two Follow-up Thoughts

Thursday night's meeting included a lot of information along with some off-hand comments by Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Green.

Among them, Green noted there is no one from Plainfield on the board of the Union County Utilities Authority, though there had been in the past.

Addressing the committee members at the meeting, Green said, "From now on, this is where people from different boards come from."

Hey, wait a minute! It has been a longstanding practice of the party to get people from its ranks on important boards and commissions. Click here to see the committee roster from two years ago and you may note that it includes three PMUA commissioners and two PMUA executives (one now sadly deceased). One PMUA executive also represents Plainfield on the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority. In addition, there are Planning Board, Zoning Board and TV Board representatives.

The point is, Green had enough PMUA people on his own committee to apprise him of issues and possible answers. He did not necessarily have to drag UCUA and PARSA people into a meeting before the very same committee.

As for the New Jersey American Water company, it's nice to ask them about water issues, but what about the issue of hundreds of street openings from last summer's work that need to be properly repaired? Try walking from the northeast corner of Park & Seventh to the northwest corner and you will see the problem. Pedestrians must pick their way over a dangerous stretch of potholes and broken asphalt to get to the Twin City plaza. When will officials question the timetable for repairs?

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, pleeeze, edit Jerry's blog post, with corrections in red, attacking you, and post the edited document on your blog. Doddering seniors...Bah...Humbug.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Jerry is the victim here. All he does is give give give and give some more and what do people do??? Conduct shady business practices without involving him....uhh.. I mean..conduct business with letting him bother them..much better..the first statement would never apply to politics in Plainfield/Union County/NJ.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


JG talking to you about spellling and grammatical errors. Can you believe it? What a comedian he is!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair and balanced, aren't we?

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the recent negative piece - one after another from Mapp, I have lost count who is the bad guy. No side is presenting any ideas. It is simply blaming the other side for all the evils in this world.

Nothing "New" about this. This is 100% OLD.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 2:19pm - You may want to call Mapp Headquarters - (908) 645-0435 - and ask your questions. He has concrete ideas about bringing in business through tax abatement, and how to fund more police officers through the retirement of higher paid officers.

I like the fact that you are questioning - no matter how you vote, but I encourage you to call the Mapp Headquarters and ask to speak to someone who can answer your questions.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:19 is correct. With Mapp resorting to direty neagive pieces, he has shown that he is not a new democrat, but a veteran - an old democrat, playing old dirty tricks.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:54 You are insulting the voters. Mapp has held various elected titles. All he can come up with is a 5-year tax abatement? That is a penny in the bucket. It is truly in insult to voters to expect us to belive that that is Economic Redevelopment. If Mapp had an actual plan he would not resort to the ugly negative literature he has been sending out.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If Mapp had an actual plan he would not resort to the ugly negative literature he has been sending out."

9:01PM - I haven't seen any such literature by any of the candidates actually.

However, I do read the blogs carefully and find that Mapp seems to be the only candidate keeping current with addressing issues. Mayor Robinson-Briggs is still "under construction" and that is completely unacceptable as the voting populace would like to see her address concerns and issues and are being left in the dark. Instead we have Jerry Green's blog basically "speaking" for her which is completely inappropriate and quite frankly, makes her look inept - similar to a "lap doll" for a comedian. I have met the Mayor and spoke with her on more than one occasion and I found her to be very intelligent. Why she let herself be placed in such a servile position is baffling to say the least. No one should have to lower themselves to make a certain "somebody" happy.

Which brings me to Mr. Green's web page in particular as his blog looks like a schoolyard fight. He blathers on about "New Democrats", attacks other bloggers by name, and "threatens to sue" instead of addressing the serious life or death issues like the loss of Muhlenberg and Emergency Management, for example. If you are lucky, maybe you can submit a comment addressing these concerns that he may actually post provided that it is filled with exultations and brown-nosing. That is not an example to set for the voting populace - that's downright embarrassing. Plainfield residents are NOT the only ones who read his blog - he represents the 22nd district which includes 10 OTHER TOWNS besides Plainfield!

In short, if you keep voting for the same, you will get the same and deserve what you get. Is it time for a change? You better believe it. Will it be better? Who knows but there are many that are willing to take the chance and challenge the status quo.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got several pieces of campaign literature. Mapp's was hard hitting but factual in my humble opinion. The mayor's piece was just silly. It has a negative message on one side attacking Brokaw, Cox and Mapp and the other side has a picture of the Green team of Jerry, Sharon and Vera Greaves with a list of things they have accomplished. When did Vera help build the county office building? When did the mayor help restore the train station? Huh??

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:01pm No insult intended, and the examples were only a few of his ideas, not a comprehensive list which is why I suggested speaking with someone.

And as far as his plan, again no offense, but I have seen no movement toward economic development in 3 years.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:10am - If you have not seen any signs of economic development, then it is probably because you are reading Dan Damon's rumormill, and ignoring the realities.

The facts are that all of Mapp's economic redevelopment plan are already being worked on my THIS Mayor. So that is the height of how pathetic this campaign has been and how sorry everyone should feel for the taxpayers. The only real challenger to the Mayor has adopted her economic plan and calling it his own!!

A copy cat - that is all this race has come down to.

Plainfield will continue to be a dump as long as such woeful candidates are the only choices.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 3:21 PM, What economic redevelopment plan does the Mayor have? I have not seen any growth in Plainfield in the past 3 years.

9:19 AM  

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