UCCF 4/19/18: Church Getting County Money

2018-319: Authorizing the County Manager, through the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, to reallocate funds received from the NJSCA to Union County agencies and organizations. Proposals were evaluated by a professional review committee and funding levels we re recommended by the arts grant committee of the Cultural & Heritage Programs Advisory Board which were subsequently approved by the entire Advisory Board. The total amount of the grant received is $144,813 and of this total $65,000 will be reallocated to 32 agencies and organizations to present or produce high quality arts activities.


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That New Jersey Supreme County decision was in a case in Morris County and went in part:

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UCCF 4/19/18: Marijuana

 2018-373: Resolution supporting Senate Bill No. 830; legalizing possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over, and further creating Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.
 The primary sponsor of S830 is Senator (and Union County Democratic Chairman) Nicholas Scutari. With that bit info here are the videos:

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UCCF 4/19/18: Politics IS Government In Union County – The Videos

Prior to every Open Comment time at freeholder meetings this statement is read:

This meeting is open to the public comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the county.

Since Senator Nicholas Scutari is in government and it is the member of the public (me, in this case) who gets to decide on the whether the subject matter would be of concern to county residents I thought I was on safe ground with my prepared remarks. Here is what happened and reactions.

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UCCF 4/19/18: Politics IS Government in Union County

This is what I propose to say in Open Comments at tomorrow’s freeholder meeting:

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Suppressing Free Speech in Union County – Again

Union County has, since I have been watching closely, been ruled by political bosses – Charlotte DeFilippo, then Jerry Green, and now Nicholas Scutari. They hand pick the freeholders who get on the ballot and dictate to them what projects get done and who gets hired. If a freeholder steps out of line he loses the line.

This IS government in Union County. Yet when Bruce Paterson broached the obvious in Open Comment time the Scutari/Oatman regime shut him down.
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Something similar happened in 2009 and the county was forced to apologize. It is time for the ACLU again.
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Updates – Union County Employees and a Video

Data on participants in the New Jersey Retirement System have been updated through 2017 on the state website and here is  a spreadsheet, sorted by Union County employer and then name, of 21,379 employees getting total annual salaries of $1,404,457,957.

The 229 employees with salaries of over $150,000 annually are listed below, but first, something else due for an update:

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Updates – Union County Retirees and a Video

Data on participants in the New Jersey Retirement System have been updated through 2017 on the state website and here is  a spreadsheet, sorted by name, of 17,020 retirees getting total annual benefits of $560,657,419 whose last Employer was in Union County. The next blog will present a similar listing of active (still working) participants in Retirement System.

The 158 retirees with pensions of over $100,000 annually are listed below, but first, something else due for an update:

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