Tangled Transactions In Union County

It was reported that Bergen and Union Counties are being sued over how contracts for projects were being awarded and, having some knowledge of how Union County works, perhaps I can untangle that transaction.

According to nj.com:

Union county has approved preliminary plans to build a new county government complex in Elizabeth at a cost of up to $145 million. Dobco in its court filings said the counties circumvented state public contracts law by weaving “a tangled weblike transaction that involved reshuffling ownership of public land and monies.” According to the developer’s lawsuits, both counties ignored the public bidding requirements of New Jersey’s Local Public Contracts Law mandating that taxpayer supported projects be awarded “to the lowest responsible bidder after public advertising.”

Instead, it said both Bergen and Union went through the state’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law in the soliciting for the design and construction of the projects and used a county improvement authority as the vehicle to redevelop the properties. That violated the law, the lawsuit argued.

Earlier this week, a state appellate panel issued a restraining order, enjoining Bergen County from making any award in the second phase of the courthouse redevelopment project. Separately, Superior Court Judge Thomas Walsh in Union County denied similar restraints, but he rejected efforts by the county to dismiss the case out of hand. “This court believes that its decision was the correct one based on the statutes and case law,” Walsh said of his initial ruling to deny restraints. But noting the appellate ruling in Bergen, he wrote in rejecting the county’s request for a dismissal that the claims by Dobco should be addressed by the court.

As it happens Union County just freed up some space by closing their jail and, of course, we are in the midst of a pandemic where a lot of people are working from home. If the commissioners need more space perhaps they could move their offices into some newly vacated cells.

What Union County does have a need for is money to repay bonds involved in the solar panel fiasco and this is an easy way for the UCIA to pick up some cash for that.

And as for outside counsel that will have to be brought in to defend the county. Has Union County ever had an issue with awarding contracts to attorneys who are eager to repay their patrons? Let’s check donor lists and see whose turn it is.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Woke One on April 23, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Keep up the good work. Too bad the masses don’t know how corrupt their
    elected officials really are. Sadly the corruption exist on every level of gov’t.
    The so called “ Woke” people are merely Sleep Walking.


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