UCCF 1/21/16: New Comment Policy

The pay-to-play world of Union County government keeps turning (as you will again see in the next few blogs from tonight’s freeholder meeting) but commenting on this waste, fraud, and abuse will be limited according to a new policy:

From the bylaws:

12. PUBLIC COMMNENT PORTION ON RESOLUTIONS ON THE AGENDA. At this time the public may address the Board on any resolution on the agenda. A member of the public shall be limited to one (1) appearance and shall speak for no more than five (5) minutes. The Chairman may also limit individuals to less than five (5) minutes if the Chairman deems these statements made by the public to be repetitive; the number of persons wishing to address the Board appears to be lengthy; or if the weather or lateness of the hour so requires. No person may speak more than once at either the first or second public session. No speaker may speak more than the allotted time by requesting to use any other person’s time or portion thereof. All questions from the public shall be directed through the Chairman. Members will direct their questions or comments through the Chairman and shall limit their responses to the individual member of the public who is speaking to the Board at that time. Non-residents may speak only after County residents have been heard.

Can you really be too repetitive when criticizing pay-to-play corruption in Union County?  Apparently the Board now voted themselves the right to shut you up and they get to decide what is repetitive, how many is too many speakers, and how late it is to suit their convenience and listening pleasure.

On another matter, a meeting where you will not be shut up will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm at the offices of the Union County Watchdog Association (1155 W. Chestnut Street, Suite 2B, Union) and all are invited.

We are looking to expand our volunteer (and paid) base to cover better the workings of Union County government, specifically as it pertains to each municipality.  Ideally we would want one representative from each town to report on issues that come up as it may relate to the county. You could be anonymous or get a blog byline but of most importance is not to miss anything as it germinates or you too could wake up one day with bulldozers in your park.

No need to confirm.  There is a large meeting area and drop-ins will be welcome.  You can get directions here (it’s right next to Costco). There is plenty of parking behind the building. You have to enter from the W. Chestnut Street side and go up two floors to Suite 2B. This invitation will be on the bottom of the next few blogs as a reminder but if you have any questions or comments you can always email me at john@burypensions.com or call (973)-783-4477 or even comment here.




4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on January 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

    the new policy was probably borne out of my speech pointing out many of them being a dumbass. Too bad they couldn’t counter with an argument; instead just coming up with a policy curtailing free speech and criticism of their govt…which is an unalienable right of the citizenry of this nation. JB1 you are 100% correct as to the conditions of what is repetitive, lengthy, or lateness. They need further definitions, instead of leaving it up to a freeholder chair who may not want to hear he is a dumbass.

    BTW, the ACLU actually sued a BOE (somewhere) about a man who commented the exact same negative statement at each meeting, so the BOE shut him down, the ACLU sued and won on the free speech platform. I suggest the ACLU should get involved and review this “new” contrived by-law of our UC govt-whose the NJ ACLU lawyer covering us now? They helped the public fight for transparency and free speech back in 2009 when the public was stopped from commenting on FH relatives on the county payroll.

    And last night was the first public meeting and FH chair Bergen said to answer questions from the public is “a waste of time”. Geesh he wouldn’t even read for the record the new bylaw to the public. What’s it take, 2 minutes. Imperial dumbassess-all of them.


  2. Posted by bpaterson on January 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I still want to know the answer, though, to my pointing out to the FH that they voted to pay out direct $355,000 of taxpayers money on some (idiotic?) action of cryan in a car accident by reso back in aug 2015 (the UCWA covered that) and then they turn around and give cryan a raise. Why did he deserve the raise????????? dumbasses.


  3. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on January 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Why don’t these communists just declare Marshall Law?

    UCLA where are YOU now?


  4. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on January 22, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    correction: ACLU

    ACLU useless anyway.


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