Friday, September 18, 2009

Let's Look Back

The air of puzzlement over the proposed Monarch tax abatement may have its genesis in events of June 2006.

Here are links to three blog posts from that time frame:

Note the projected aura of transparency while at the same time pulling what some council members perceived as a fast one.

The more one ponders the new situation, the more one sees a contrast between reassurance, i.e., the City Council is only being asked to approve negotiations toward a five-year tax abatement, and the fact that a set amount (40 percent payment only) is verbally on the table. Is this a classic sleight-of-hand case of misdirection? Look here, the magician says with one hand raised, while I do something you won't notice down here. But in this case, is the council itself expected to pull a rabbit out of the hat while blindfolded?

Somebody needs to explain where the UCIA is in all this. For quite a while, weekly City Hall meetings were held on redevelopment, with yet another consultant getting paid a large sum to guide the process. But what is there to show for it?

This is just one of several instances coming across lately as "fool me once" moments. I for one do not want my elected representatives to be fooled again.

--Bernice Paglia


Blogger active citizen said...

I don't want to get fooled by the fools in City Hall and definitely don't want the city council fooled or to act like fools. I do think the City Council as a whole has Plainfield's best interests at heart, City Hall is again another animal. I am waiting to see what happens who see who I and many others won't vote for again. Maybe we'll need to clean house.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can start cleaning house this November. Vote for Pivnichny - Vatstine and Marks.

While Pivnichny might not be "Mr. Charisma", I do believe he is smart and will work well with the council. And most importantly I believe that all will work smartly toward the interest of Plainfield.


11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MAYOR and the ADMINISTRATION have more power than you realize!!! Go straight to the SOURCE of these problems!!! Vote the MAYOR out if you want change. Vote her out and get rid of all those RASCALS in her ADMINISTRATION!!!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the primary concern for most Plainfielders ?? Safety, services and sense of community. The administration appears to think it is to have Consultants pay for their reelections. When the consultants, lawyers, finanicial advisors are willing to send their children to Plainfield schools and workout at our Y's; then they will should be able to influence the elections.


6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, the Linden Forum has asked some serious questions about UCIA and especially its dealing since DeFillippo has been under investigation.

2:50 PM  

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