UCCF-2/6/14: Paying the Player

2014-142: FREEHOLDER BETTE JANE KOWALSKI: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a contract with Millennium Strategies, Caldwell, New Jersey, for the purpose of providing grant procurement services for the period of February 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $31,500.00 .

According to the county check registries Millenium Strategies (MIL61) has been getting an envelope, (almost always with $3,000 in it, sometimes more) fairly regularly since April 27, 2011:

  • 2011: $25,125
  • 2012: $30,000
  • 2013: $30,375

Business as usual with a ‘friend’* in the Soprano State even as the rest of the world evolves:


* This is supposed to be a link to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement website but it has been down a lot recently. If it doesn’t work try again. The individual contributor to search to get the Millineum Strategies campaign contributions is Ed Farmer.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tina Renna on February 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I have some experience with grant writing, and maintenance.

    Thursday night I asked what the firm did for their 30,000 in the recent past years. Are they researching new grant opportunities? How many new grants have their procured? Or are they maintaining existing grants, which basically you have to put a reminder on your calendar to make sure you meet reporting deadlines. The reporting is pretty much cut and paste and some updates from what you submitted in the paste. The county has thousands of employees – one of them could easily fit this service into their existing job responsibilities. Maybe, instead of running a law firm on the side?


  2. Posted by G. Albritton on February 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    It will be seen that after the Freeholder Board’s appropriation of $25,125 in 2011, the contribution to the Freeholders’ election campaign reported in October 2011 was $300. In 2012, the appropriation rose to $30,000, and the contribution to the Freeholders’ election campaign reported in September 2012 rose to $700. Coincidence — or coordination?

    It appears that just about the lowest amounts of the many contributions reported were reserved for the Union County candidates. In this County we know of course that our so-called representatives have been bought and paid for, but it is a bit embarrassing to realize that they can be bought and paid for on the cheap.


  3. Posted by taylor on February 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Jamel Holley
    Jamel Holley Jamel Holley has been regarded as one of the most engaged young elected officials in the State of New Jersey. Known for his spirited energy and focus, Jamel has incorporated advocacy with accomplishment to improve issues important to stakeholders. His demonstrated leadership has allowed him to bridge many gaps and foster relationships with the state’s most prominent local, county, state and federal officials. He was appointed in 2001 as Chief of Staff in New Jersey’s 20th Legislative District which earned him recognition as the youngest Legislative Chief of Staff in the State of New Jersey. In his role, Holley was responsible for coordinating political and constituency outreach programs, supervising legislative departments and projects, and meeting with lobbyists, community leaders and local, state and federal officials.

    In 2004, Jamel became the youngest elected official in Union County when he was elected as Councilman At-Large of the Borough of Roselle, New Jersey. Holley serves as the Mayor for the Borough. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from New Jersey City University and holds a Masters Degree of Public Administration from Kean University.


  4. Posted by George on February 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    The county goes out of company to hire consultants to do the work that the high paid Directors and Division heads should be doing. But since most of these Directors and Division heads are just political hacks – most without college educations – they dont have the intelligence to figure out how to write specs , apply for grants, asses risks , analyse budgets , etc -work that they should know – so the taxpayer has to pay double salaries and consultant fees. How embarrasing and pathetic are they? And dont be so hard on the poor freeholders for not answering questions that the taxpayers ask at meetings .. Don’t you understand that the poor dumb soles dont know the answers .


  5. Posted by Brian P Keane on February 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Union County Assemblyman Nick Scutari spent over 1000 dollars of his campaign contributions as well as a Republican representive who filled up his hybrid fueled vehicle in Sundays Star Ledger newspaper UC section


  6. Posted by George on February 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Jamel Holley ??? Isn’t he the one who in 2006 was accused of voter fraud by tampering with absentee ballots?? Yes a very upstanding politician.


  7. Posted by bpaterson on February 10, 2014 at 10:09 am


    youre right, he had been accused of vote tampering that had 84 suspicious absentee ballots many of them filled out in the same handwriting and that he turned in at the last minute for the roselle council election, oddly making his candidate win. But then the candidate who lost took it to court and had 31 of the ballots thrown out and the election results overturned. Did holley get in trouble for voter fraud for signing ballots. Of course not, this is union county where everyone who is connected can skirt crimes. The judge caught up in the predicament that was pretty obvious had to rule on overturning the election then excused that holley was just an energetic person. Heres the countywatchdog piece of investigative journalism on the players and the actions:


    But the ooze never disappears and only spreads in union county, and holley now is mayor of roselle sadly, (the reason he became mayor was the insurance transgression of the past mayor). One of his order of business then as mayor was to create a patronage job in 2012 to fanwood mayor colleen mahr as economic development director, she who has no experience for it. She of course is connected to the county also raking in political donations from the county vendors like T&M to her local fanwood committee while slowly selling out fanwood residents of the only town that has no dispatch, now combined with the county. No one is at boro hall to handle immediate safety needs, there is just a phone on the wall.

    Holley could have use that patronage $50k salary given to mahr to directly help the roselle residents but instead he rather grease the corrupted system holley and mahr both embrace. Political connections combined with ineptitude certainly trump integrity and efficiency. Mahrs salary BTW:


    Also FYUI-might as well add another countywatchdog piece on holley and his connections:


    To the poster taylor above-makes one wonder just how and when holley got that degree from kean college since the president, who was proven a fraud by lying on his resume to get hired as president, is supposedly controlled by senator lesniak the area’s self proclaimed political boss. Its good to have a college president in your pocket, can possibly make lotta hacks obtain wonderful degrees.

    heck, just to round out this “den of thieves” post on the links and characters, heres a farahi/kean site with lots of links to his fraud problems:


    (gee, not one mention of a freeholder in all this ooze!)


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