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BREAKING: Edison CFO arrested

Posted by edison1205 on August 11, 2011

The Star-Ledger reports that Edison CFO Frank DeRosa was arrested on attempted theft charges today.  DeRosa “was arrested this afternoon and charged with theft and attempted theft, both third-degree crimes, said James O’Neill, spokesman for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”

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Gonzo is gone-zo (updated)

Posted by edison1205 on April 12, 2011

The Home News is reporting that Edison mayor Antonia Ricigliano has fired the township business administator, Dennis Gonzalez.  The termination is effective May 17.

Coverage here.  Also see the Star-Ledger’s coverage here.

No announcement has been made about the mayor’s process for receiving resumes for applicants to replace Gonzalez.

The S/L coverage explained that from Ricigliano’s standpoint, Gonzalez had “demeanor” problems that “made it difficult for people to get along with him.”  Last April, we commented on Gonzalez’s appointment, explaining that his management style as observed in Trenton would not go over well here.  Here is what we wrote:

Journalists have also observed that he had an “abrasive style” during his tenure in Trenton and council persons have commented on his “arrogance.”

According to the author of this site, Gonzalez threatened a citizen with a lawsuit “for asking questions about Trenton’s economic development activities, or lack thereof.”  Threats like that will not go over here very well, especially considering the outspokenness and litigiousness of the township’s residents and employees.

So neither his dismissal nor the stated reason for his dismissal, surprises us.  The unfortunate part is that the mayor who appointed him and the council who confirmed him did not heed these danger signs.

On another note, in answer to the question asked in email about whether the council can still subpoena Gonzalez to appear even though he’s been fired, the answer is yes.  The council is allowed to subpoena, in addition to municipal officials, any third party who has relevant information to the council investigation.  The law says that the council may subpoena “any person within this state, to appear before it to give testimony or information required.”

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WAR – EXECUTIVE vs. LEGISLATIVE!

Posted by edison1205 on February 14, 2011

The showdown between Edison mayor Antonia Ricigliano and the Edison Council will occur on February 28, 2011 at 7pm in the Council meeting room, at 100 Municipal Blvd., Edison.

For more coverage, see here and here.

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Federal judge trims Vaticano lawsuit

Posted by edison1205 on November 17, 2010

In an opinion issued November 5, 2010, a federal judge has dismissed some important claims made by Carmelo Vaticano, who in a lawsuit claimed retaliation against him by former mayor Jun Choi.  The opinion is here.

Equally interesting are some of the backup documents for the factual claims in the opinion, including depositions and exhibits and the LGS’ 2007 evaluation assessment of the Edison PD.  (In fairness, much of what was pointed out as flawed in the 07 assessment was cured when the department passed CALEA assessment in November 2009).

But my G-d!  What a travesty it had been.

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The curious case of Rajnikant Parikh

Posted by edison1205 on November 6, 2010

In 2008, Rajnikant Parikh sued the Edison police and federal immigration officials.  He claimed that in July 2006, an Edison police officer arrested him, using excessive force in the process.  When he filed an internal affairs complaint against him, he says the officer retaliated by contacting federal immigration officials, which ultimately resulted in him being deported.

The events surrounding this case caused quite a scandal when they first occurred, with demonstrations and accusations from different segments of the community.  The resulting lawsuit was also bitterly fought, with all sides vigorously litigating their positions.

Looking into the status of the case, Edison Blog has learned of some unusual developments.  On June 29, Parikh’s lawyers wrote to the court saying that despite numerous “telephone calls, e-mails and letters” trying to find him in India, they had “not heard from him in months. We are concerned about Mr. Parikh and do not know what has happened to him.”  Three days later, the Court administratively dismissed Parikh’s case, saying that he had until December 31 of this year to seek reinstatement of the matter.

This is all very curious, and in less than 2 months, if he is not heard from, this case will end with a whimper.

Anyone knowing further details about this, please let us know by commenting below or through our private email at theedisonblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Election returns – General Election 2010

Posted by edison1205 on November 2, 2010

ELECTION RESULTS

CONGRESS – 6th District – Frank Pallone (D) (i) defeated Anna Little (R), 79,650 (55%) to 64,118 (45%)

CONGRESS – 7th District – Leonard Lance (R) (i) defeated Ed Potosnak (D), 102,752 (59%) to 69,964 (41%)

SHERIFF – Millie Scott (D) defeated Capt. Keith Hackett (R), 84,494 (54%) to 72,242 (46%)

CLERK – Elaine Flynn (D)(i) defeated Harold Kane (R), 87,221 to 68,353

FREEHOLDERS – Pete Dalina (D) (i), Chris Rafano (D) (i) and Blanquita Valenti (D) (i) defeated Richard Frank (R), David Rosenthal (R) and Jordan Rickards (R), 84,835, 83,739, 81,659 to 69,255, 67,516 and 67,219

TWP. COUNCIL – Bob Karabinchak (D) (i) defeated Mary Lou Resner (R), 10,013 (57%) to 7,653 (43%)

STATE PUBLIC QUESTION (dedicated allocation of unemployment and disability funds) PASSED: 1,161,006 (80%) to 284,188 (20%)

All totals are subject to change, pending the counting of absentee and provisional ballots.

THANKS TO ALL WHO DID THEIR CIVIC DUTY AND VOTED TODAY, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNING CANDIDATES!!!


If you experienced difficulties voting today, contact one or more of the following:

League of Women Voters Assistance Line (800) 792-VOTE (8683)

N.J. State Division of Elections (609) 292-3760

U.S. Attorney Voter Hotline (609) 656-2558


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Endorsement summary

Posted by edison1205 on October 28, 2010

EDISON BLOG’S ENDORSEMENT SUMMARY FOR THE 2010 ELECTION & VOTING INFORMATION

Congress, 6th District: Frank Pallone (D)

Congress, 7th District: Ed Potosnak (D)

County Sheriff: Keith Hackett (R)

County Clerk: Elaine Flynn (D)

County Freeholders, Richard Frank (R) and David Rosenthal (R).  No endorsement for the 3rd open seat.

Edison Township Council, 1 yr. unexpired term: Robert Karabinchak (D).

State Public Question (dedicated allocation of unemployment and disability funds): YES

Polls are open from 6am to 8pm.  If you don’t know where to vote, look up your polling place on your sample ballot.  Or use the polling place locator service found here: https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/jsp/PollPlace/PollPlaceSearch.jsp.

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Endorsements for the 2010 Election: State Public Question

Posted by edison1205 on October 28, 2010

Aside from candidates, voters will also be asked to decide on a state public question that would bar the Legislature from reallocating money collected from employees and employers for unemployment and disability, to any purpose other than unemployment or disability.

The fact that we even need a constitutional amendment on this point is a shame in and of itself.  From 1992–2007, the legislature, with the approval of the governor, has passed laws 22 times to divert a total of $5.4 billion from these funds, collected from workers on the premise — and promise — that it would be used for their benefit in the case of unemployment or disability.  But this promise has been grossly violated time and time again, at the expense of working folks and their families.

Normally, we would not back the idea of putting budgetary decisions into the Constitution; generally, these calls have to be made from year to year by the annual budget law.  But legislatures and governors, from both parties have been so consistently irresponsible on this point, that the amendment is needed.  We recommend a YES vote on the State Public Question.

Fore more information, see the League of Women Voters analysis here.

Over the weekend will come the news you’ve all been waiting for: our endorsement for the Edison Council seat.

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Endorsements for the 2010 Election: County Clerk

Posted by edison1205 on October 28, 2010

Incumbent Elaine Flynn faces off against newcomer Harold Kane in the race for Middlesex County Clerk.  Flynn, who has been in office since 1996, has done a great deal to improve the computerization and internet access of county land records.  There have been some issues with her election administration tasks where she has shown less than ideal independence from county political officials, and there is always the argument that after 14 years in office, it may be time for a change.  Still,  Kane’s professional background, while adequate to the task, simply does not measure up against Flynn’s demonstrated accomplishments.  We endorse Elaine Flynn for County Clerk.

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Endorsements for the 2010 Election: Freeholder

Posted by edison1205 on October 18, 2010

There are three, 3-year terms for the Board of Freeholders up for election this year.  Pete Dalina, Christopher Rafano and Blanquita Valenti are seeking re-election, and their challengers are Richard Frank, Jordan Rickards and David Rosenthal.

The incumbents, part of a monolithic party organization, have had an unremarkable tenure as freeholders, with not enough regard for controlling the costs of government.  Of the $408 million county budget, $57.4 million goes to “employee fringe benefits” and $85.3 million goes to debt service, paying off some projects that may not have been in the public interest.  Not great, not horrible, but definitely less than what Middlesex voters deserve.

Although Frank and Rosenthal are newcomers to public office, we think their private-sector business experience (especially Rosenthal’s) would add a good diversity of opinion to the county government.  We therefore endorse Richard Frank and David Rosenthal for freeholder. We do not endorse Rickards, for as much as we would like to see some more youthful faces on the board, his politics (proud Heritage Society member) and background (Liberty University for his undergrad degree) make clear that he is too far to the right for Middlesex County.

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