UCCF 12/7/17: Delaire Nursing Home Strike Threat

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UCCF 12/7/17: $350,000 to Development Directions

2017-1002: Authorizing the County Manager to utilize its first one year option to extend the contract with Development Directions, LLC to provide the administration of the Union County Housing Assistance Payments Program (HAPP) (Section 8) for the period beginning January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, as outlined in Resolution Number 2015-991, in an amount not to exceed $350,000.

UCCF 12/7/17: Summit Rail Trail

2017-1004: Resolution authorizing the County manager to execute a contract amendment to the June 23, 2000 agreement between the County of Union and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide the County with the option to use the Rahway Valley Railroad (RVRR) Right of Way as a “Rail Trail”.
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UCCF 12/7/17: Raises for Freeholders and Department Heads

For years Union County freeholders received annual salaries of $29,500 with the Chair of the Board getting an extra $2,000 and the Vice Chair an extra $1,000.

Starting in 2015 the raise ordinances started including freeholder salaries and these fixes have become a seasonal event. Last night we got:
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UCCF 12/7/17: Another County Guarantee for Roselle Mind & Body Project

Tonight’s freeholder meeting had an executive session, which resulted in the First Reading of a new Ordinance that did not appear on the agenda, which resulted in some comments. Here is the story as told in videos:

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County Guarantee for Roselle Mind & Body Project To Be Discussed Tonight – In Secret

The November 30, 2017 agenda setting meeting ended with:
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Apparently they didn’t talk everything out last week as tonight’s regular freeholder meeting agenda starts off with:

And the meeting will kick off with:

Hillside Mayoral Election: Cryan over Holley

InsiderNJ just reported:

Pablo Fonseca wants a recount. But as of right now, with late vote totals coming in from the community center, Dahlia Vertreese’s strong point, Vertreese appears to have defeated Jorge Batista by 28 votes in the Hillside mayoral runoff. The vote total stood at 1,739 to 1,711.

Around 8:30 p.m., Batista gave a moving concession speech in his Liberty Avenue headquarters in the midst of a downbeat, exhausted and rain-spattered crowd.Backed by former Mayor Joe Menza, defeated general election contenders Salonia Saxton and Sip Whitaker, and the beneficiary of a late mail assist by Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20), the attorney ran a man against the machine candidacy.

In the end, Vertreese and her council slate won with the combined support of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), the AFL-CIO and local Democratic Party Chairman Anthony Salters.

An earlier InsiderNJ story has this background to the election:

Jorge Batista and Dahlia Vertreese wanted to be mayor. But the bigger fight was between Senator-elect Joe Cryan (D-20) and Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) for districtwide dominance.

Holley got to the dance with the backing of retiring state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), and now Cryan wants to squeegee the last vestiges of Lesniak residue out of the 20th even before the retiring brand name actually officially retires.

Cryan hitched up to Vertreese, who has the backing of local Democratic Chairman Anthony Salters and the AFL-CIO. Someone told InsiderNJ earlier today that union Prez Charlie Wowkanech and his trusty right hand, Laurel Brennan, could be seen on the street in the vicinity of Vertreese headquarters.

Then there’s Holley, who’s thrown in with Batista. If Vertresse iced Batista by evening’s end, Holley could consider himself a step closer to the edge of the plank Cryan wanted him to walk ahead of 2019, with Union County Freeholder Mohamed Jalloh potentially in the wings. If Batista won, Holley would have made a statement of strength in the face of godfather Lesniak’s imminent departure.

Could this also signal the end for the Roselle Mind & Body Complex? With Holley neutered and tax reform on the federal level threatening to do away with the tax advantages of Private Activity Bonds it may be time for the politicos backing the project to cut bait.