Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jumping the Gun?

After hearing about the mayor's Live Where You Work gathering inside City Hall, I was trying to remember any resolutions that may have been passed authorizing application to take part in this program. Normally, these state/municipal partnerships require an agreement on both sides.

Sure enough, this list of LWYW partner municipalities does not include Plainfield.

So was this encouragement of city employees to buy Monarch condos a misstep? A Cops on the Block program that offered similar assistance several years ago had to be carried out under a partnership agreement, if I recall.

Inquiring minds want to know.

--Bernice Paglia

6 Comments:

Blogger Joan said...

Isn't the real question, why did the Mayor suddenly discover that this was a good idea - 21 towns and 18 months after the program was created? That's what Jim asks on his website.

Joan Van Pelt

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for the City and I wouldn;t even think of living in Plainfield even with a lower mortgage rate incentive

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we've lost the good paying jobs at Muhlenberg, where are people going to get these jobs in town that will support even a low rate mortgage? Maybe the administration should have concentrated on economic development and not condo development.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous PubliusNJ said...

Truly, if the only decent paying jobs left in Plainfield are government jobs, does the "Live Where You Work" program amount to subsidized housing for city employees? I think it does.

While the rest of us bloviate at each other about the abatement the career politicians have been busy. With their almost-October surprises they've figured out how to:

1 Get the senior center open in time for the election. Chalk up some more votes for Sharon.

2 Give the abatement a much needed positive spin by offering it as a humble thank you gift for city employees who can also get reduced, (read subsidized by the taxpayers) mortgages, and who already get very competitive salaries and benefits packages, not to mention almost impossible to fire union protection for many. How many of you readers can't get fired? How many have a taxpayer funded pension?

3 Cement some more of their in-town or in-district voters who just happen to be in the market for a double-discounted new crib, or who know someone who is.

And all at the expense of the the idiot yapping taxpayers, especially the high rollers from up on the hill. Nicely done – such sweet revenge.

Every day Plainfield becomes more of a company town with the government and its employees as the company. It's a new twist on government for the people – the people who work for the city. Well, maybe not so new. Much has been learned from the county boys and girls, with whom Jerry apprenticed.

I would say that the city administration and its friends never miss an opportunity to embarrass itself, but those words are bitter in on my tongue. Let someone else say it. Jim? Bo? Are you there? Stop walking your dog, stop blogging, and get out there for the next six weeks and kick some ass for the rest of us.

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:38am - It is evident walking into city hall that many people have the same attitude as yours. That is why we get limited services from people who do not care.

1- City workers sue us - what do they care, their taxes don't go up
2- City workers do the least amount of work they can - what do they care, their city is not affected.

This comment comes from someone who pays your salary.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

According to the City Clerk's office, the resolution was passed on May 11, 2009.

1:21 PM  

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