Archive for the ‘Pay-to-play’ Category

2017 Union County Election Donors

Now that the data has been uploaded to the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission website we can see how much these votes cost each party:

Dem – Peter CORVELLI 71,036
Rep – Marc A. KRAUSS 36,052
Personal Choice 41

Dem – Angel ESTRADA 68,884
Dem – Christopher HUDAK 67,960
Dem – Angela R. GARRETSON 67,054
Rep – Patricia QUATTROCCHI 37,055
Rep – P. Mark MARTINI 36,982
Rep – Peter B. LIJOI 36,359
Personal Choice 96

On average for the entire 2017 election cycle Democrats got $8.50 for each vote. Republicans got a quarter. Not a quarter of what the Democrats got but literally 25 cents for each vote.

Here are the details with  spreadsheets  sorted by donor:

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Roselle Aware

The site of the proposed Roselle Mind and Body Company pay-to-play boondoggle remains dormant:

But those opposing the project have been active putting up a helpful website that targets the prime beneficiaries who all happen to be major players in past Union County fiascoes worth exploring.

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UCCF 10/12/17: More Pay-To-Play

2017-825: Amending Resolution Number 2017-296, a Professional Engineering Service Contract with T&M Associates of Middletown, New Jersey to provide additional engineering services associated with the Groundwater Remediation and Monitoring at the Venneri Complex, Westfield, New Jersey in an amount not to exceed $112,500.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $295,160.00. (Union County Engineering Project #2011-031)

2017-827: Amending Resolution Number 2017-70, a Professional On Call Environmental Engineering Service Contract with CME Associates of Parlin, New Jersey to provide additional services for the County of Union in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a new contract amount not to exceed $40,000.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2016-047)


New Bond Counsel?

Tonight’s freeholder meeting has on the agenda a resolution introducing a new pay-to-player in the Roselle Mind & Body Complex saga:

2017-813: Resolution appointing Parker McCay to serve as Bond Counsel and provide bond counsel services in connection with the Borough of Roselle Community and Library Project and Roselle Board of Education Early Childhood Learning Center Project.

By way of background, at the beginning of the year we had this resolution:

2017-11: Awarding a contract to Rogut McCarthy, LLC, Cranford, New Jersey to provide specialized counsel services in connection with the issuance of bonds, or notes by the County of Union from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

For some perspective, Rogut McCarthy, LLC has been paid $1,004,600 from 2004 through 2016 by Union County and has donated $249,305 to all politicians of which $148,48o went to Union County politicians. Parker McCay is a bigger fish having donated $2,752,859 to a lot more politicians with only $10,400 to those in Union County.

Does this mean that Rogut McCarthy, LLC is out or is Parker McCray only coming in for this Roselle project? That will be my question tonight.

UCCF 9/14/17: Bauch Out; Hatfield to Weiner

2017-763: Authorizing the County Manager to reflect a change from Bauch, Zucker Hatfield to Weiner Law Group for various litigation defense assignments and labor personnel matters.

Bauch Zucker and Harfield has gotten $2,893,791 since mid-2008 and before that Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP got  $964,792 since 2004. Firms associated with Richard Bauch have donated at least $284,920 since 1998.

Roselle Mind & Body Complex Update – Part B

At the Roselle Board of Education meeting yesterday there was a handout circulated of a letter dated March 7, 2014 from Bernard E. Piaia, Jr, Director of the Office of School Facilities within the New Jersey Department of Education to Dr. Kevin West, Superintendent of the Roselle School District for this project:

at this cost:

But with the state involved it is unlikely that the people who donated to political campaigns in Roselle would have gotten to build this project.

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Building It – The Series (1) Plant the Seed

How does a major building project get done in Union County?

This series will examine the process concentrating on the recently completed Family Courthouse and the recently green-lit Mind & Body Complex in Roselle.

Step one: campaign donations.

If politicians want money from Netta Architects, NW Financial, and Mast Construction they have to provide them with work.

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