Saturday, August 15, 2009

Plainfielders Told Early of Tunnel Opportunities

Several Plainfield names are on a list of contractors that were invited to an Oct. 16, 2007 conference on "The Tunnel," aka the Trans-Hudson Express Passenger Rail Tunnel project of NJ Transit and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Click on this link and look on pages 8, 9 and 10. People that have been here for a while will recognize some of the names and their affiliations.

One company is Oveter's Construction. Surely this company is better equipped to haul dirt in its trucks, as opposed to using PMUA trash packers. But is the Bruce Watson listed the same one who is the brother of Eric Watson and a past campaign operative of Jerry Green? I don't recall what year it was, but at an election night celebration, Green hailed two Bruces - Bruce Watson and Bruce Morgan - as the organizers of his successful re-election campaign. Does anybody recall that night?

Anyway, Plainfield contractors were apparently made aware of the opportunities in this massive project early on. Green's very recent outreach to NJ Transit seems to be a lot more than a day late.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Watson is Eric Watson's brother and before running foul of the law was on Assemblyman Green's payroll-1995-1999.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

To 1:09 p.m., thanks for the info. I am trying to document the time frames.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a difference a WEEK makes. The week before last, at this time, Assemblyman Jerry Green had just left the podium at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott Hotel after sitting with Governor Corzine and Senators Lautenberg and Menendez. Mr. Green addressed the 300 attendees at NJ Minority Business Networking Conference about improved and enhanced opportunities for minority firms on state and federal contracts. The message
was well received by the gathering and reinforced as it has been during the Assemblyman’s tenure in office. He has made it happen.

Say what you may about style, Jerry Green has taken calls late at night on and off weekends to help Plainfield and NJ minority business persons. He will be on the platform next week as the Governor signs the Executive Order highlighting minority business
interests. He and Senator Ronald Rice are a formidable team as they make our small voices heard throughout the legislative chambers on business and community matters.

As for those discerning cries about the Tunnel Project, there is no greater advocate for minority workers and businesses than Assemblyman Green. His reputation as a strong advocate for increased goals for minority business participation is well documented and his calls to the highest levels of NJDOT and NJT are documented. The facts are not in
dispute about his impact on the largest mega project in the country. Do your homework.

As we said earlier, what a difference a WEEK makes.


9:50 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Too bad after 20 years in the Assembly Jerry needs an interpreter to say what he really meant with inscrutable remarks such as this:
"Also, I had an opportunity to talk to leadership at New Jersey Transit in terms of exploring ideas and ways that we can use the services of municipalities like the City of Plainfield for example, utilizing the PMUA trucks when digging out the tunnels."

2:18 PM  

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