Thursday, April 4, 2013
Councilman Louis Beckerman believes 'there is much more work to do' in Scotch Plains.
Thursday, April 4
The following is a press release submitted by Councilman Louis Beckerman. Councilman Louis Beckerman is pleased to announce his candidacy for Scotch Plains Council in this November’s Election “I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Scotch Plains Council,” said Beckerman. “I have enjoyed my time serving the people of Scotch Plains. But there is much more work to do. I pledge in the coming months to continue to work on the police merger with Fanwood, so that our residents can begin to see savings on their property tax bill. We must also work to improve our downtown by introducing new and innovative ideas to attract more business and shoppers, and provide new and meaningful programs for our senior population.” Beckerman was appointed to …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Just by showing up for interview, governor demonstrates how his relationship with union has evolved.
The fact that Gov. Chris Christie didn’t win the New Jersey Education Association’s endorsement for governor this weekend wasn’t all that unexpected. The surprise was that he participated in the process at all. Four years after Christie sent a public letter rather than showing up for his pitch to the NJEA, the governor walked across West State St. in Trenton -- right on time for his 6:30 appointment. In what was described as a cordial back and forth, Christie spent 45 minutes in front of the 15 union leaders who make up the screening committee, responding to probing questions about everything from pensions to teacher evaluation. Ultimately, the union’s PAC picked the Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), by a …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Former Springfield Township Attorney takes County Office.
On Sunday, Jan. 6, Bruce Bergen was sworn into the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Bergen, a Springfield resident and a partner in the Cranford law firm of Krevsky, Silber & Bergen, has practiced law in Union County for 32 years. A lifelong resident of Union County, he has been active in leadership and elected positions with the Union County Democratic Committee since 1979. Bergen was Springfield's township attorney for 17 of the past 19 years. Among other accolades, Bergen was recently picked by the Springfield B’nai B’rith to receive its 2012 International Citizenship and Civic Award. Last year, he was appointed as a Trustee of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, the state-wide …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Once again, the Republican governor picks Democratic Woodbridge to hold his campaign events.
Once again, Woodbridge is going to be the spotlight for Gov. Chris Christie. The Republican governor is going to hold his campaign kickoff fundraiser in Woodbridge next month. The event will be held at the Renaissance Woodbridge in the Iselin section of the township on Monday, February 4, at 6 pm. The announcement was made by the Christie for New Jersey campaign committee. Ticket prices range from $300 for the general reception all the way up to the $50,000 per person Founder's Club, which buys the donor and a guest an invitation to a photo reception with the governor. Always a colorful figure, Christie has grabbed his share of the national spotlight particularly in light of New Jersey's suffering from Hurricane Sandy. During the recent …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After being let go by Mayor DePaola on Nov. 7, former OEM Coordinator Paul Malool gives his side of the story following his termination.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The following is a letter from Paul Malool, former OEM Coordinator for the township of Scotch Plains. As reported in this newspaper, as well as others, I was “relieved of my duties” as the Scotch Plains Emergency Management Coordinator last Wednesday, the day after Election Day. Not coincidentally, I was removed by Mary DePaola, who lost the election for Mayor by an historic margin. DePaola cited “poor performance during and after the storm” as her reason to remove me from the position I have held for almost twelve years. What she neglected to say is that it was her performance that was poor, before, during and after the storm. During my tenure in this position, I have prepared for, and responded to, 4 hurricanes, numerous extreme …
Scotch Plains Mayor-Elect Kevin Glover discusses moving forward following the Nov. 6 election and Hurricane Sandy.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM: KEVIN GLOVER, MAYOR-ELECT, SCOTCH PLAINS TOWNSHIP I first want to express my heartfelt thanks to our Township employees for their dedicated work during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, with a special thanks to our Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad for their dedication in keeping our township and all our residents safe. Clearly, in the aftermath of the storm, we need to focus on improving communications within the Township so our citizens can be kept better informed on what is going on around them. I heard often as I traveled the Township the frustration of our neighbors. They told me over and over again, “I can deal with bad news, but not with no news”. …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Beckerman wishes the Republican candidates well and notes this historic moment for Democrats in Scotch Plains.
To the Editor: As the Scotch Plains Democratic Chairman, I want to wish Mayor DePaola and her running mate Mr. Saridaki well. I know how difficult it is to campaign, work and continue normal family life at the same time. It is a major commitment and I know that you both did it for your concern for the Town of Scotch Plains. This was a landslide victory for the people of Scotch Plains. This is the first time in the history of the town that the Democrats carried 20 of the 23 districts electing Councilman Kevin Glover as Mayor and Colleen Gialanella as Councilwoman. The voters clearly sent a mandate for change. I want to thank each and every voter regardless of which candidates or party that you voted for, for coming out and exercising your…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Kevin Glover, who defeated current Mayor Mary DePaola in the Mayoral election, thanks residents for their support.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Democrats MAYOR-ELECT GLOVER SAYS THANK YOU, PROMISES TO WORK FOR FULL RESTORATION OF POWER IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE SANDY (Scotch Plains, NJ)-- Scotch Plains Councilman Kevin Glover, who was elected Mayor on November 6th, 2012, today thanked the many Scotch Plains voters who supported him and his running mate, Councilwoman-elect Colleen Gialanella. "Right now, nothing's more important than getting the power back on for our many residents who have suffered in darkness with no heat for more than ten days," said Glover. The Mayor-elect thanked the Township's Public Works Department, Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad for their service before, during and after the …
'I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job.'
A day after President Barack Obama earned reelection, Governor Chris Christie dismissed critics who have accused him of bolstering the president during Obama's post-Sandy visit to New Jersey. “I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama," Christie said. "I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job." Speaking to reporters as Winter Storm Athena prepared to batter the already storm-shocked state, Christie was also quick to dismiss speculation of a 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now. “I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Once again, Democrats sweep freeholder race.
There were few surprises as the results were tallied in the race for three seats on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in which the Democratic party once again swept the GOP. Six candidates were competing for three openings on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders including: Democrats Alexander Mirabella of Fanwood, who currently serves as chairman of the Freeholder Board; Mohamed S. Jalloh, of Roselle who is finishing up his first term and Bruce H. Bergen of Springfield, who joined the Democratic ticket this year. Republicans challengers included Diane Barabas of Westfield; Stephen Kozlovich of Union and Krzysztof Chris T. Nowak of Cranford. The Democrats have held complete control of all seats on the board for nearly …