Grand jury looking at Cryan election issue

You may remember that the last election for chairmanship of the Union County Democratic Committee was contested with Nick Scutari beating back a challenge from Colleen Mahr, 412 – 341 which may have been a little too close for Scutari who, according to, is looking for a state grand jury to agree with him.

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UCCF 11/28/18: Raises for 2019

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.

In 2015 raise ordinances started including freeholder salaries and these fixes have become a seasonal event. At the 11/28/18 freeholder meeting we got:

Ordinance Number 801-2018 for First Reading and authorize the Clerk of the Board to advertise same in accordance with the law. The Public Hearing and Final Reading will be held on December 13, 2018.

Here is what they will get in 2019 compared to 2018:

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UCCF 11/8/18: Another Cranford Cell Tower

Union County College and Verizon are hooking to put up another cell tower and tonight’s mobile meeting in Westfield brought out a lot of opposition.

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UCCF 10/25/18: New Fire Training Building

Coming as something of a surprise to the freeholders was the fact that a new building was in the works and possibly that it was NOT Netta Architects who got the call.

2018-905: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Architectural Service Contract, through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, to The Musial Group, of Mountainside, New Jersey to provide Conceptual Design Services for the proposed construction of a new Union County Fire Training Academy Building and parking lots to be located at the existing site on Lower Road, City of Linden, New Jersey for an amount not to exceed $26,663.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2017-006)

UCCF 10/25/18: Open Space Bluster

In response to criticism over his handing out of oversized checks to representatives from the towns in Union County where, in 12 days, Freeholder candidate Mirabella  would be running for reelection to the freeholder board:

What he left out is that those 150 acres were purchased in the first few years of the Open Space Trust Fund which is now being diverted primarily for Union County’s own budget and these photo ops.

UCCF 10/25/18: Campaigning in Summit

It was a little chilly tonight to be standing outside Kings so the freeholders, 12 days before an election, decided to get their photoops at Summit City Hall.

Among the topics brought up in Open Comment time:

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Seeing the Light – At a Steep Cost (To Taxpayers)

Back in 2010 when the DeCotiis law firm suckered the Union County freeholder board into bonding to put up solar panels at what was supposed to be no cost then-freeholder Daniel Sullivan was more than eager to reward his political patrons by signing taxpayers up for this boondoggle:

Today he admitted as much to Bloomberg:
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