Archive for the ‘UC Utilities Authority’ Category

Ethically Challenged in NJ

You may be surprised to know that New Jersey has a Local Government Ethics Law. You may not be surprised that it is of little practical use as a deterrent for unethical behavior. Though it requires Financial Disclosure Statements when even the most obvious instances of malfeasance are uncovered it becomes more of an opportunity for soaking taxpayers and rewarding political insiders than punishing the guilty. For example, no matter how unethically you behave, there is this limit on penalties:

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UCCF 4/27/17: UCUA Lost Million

Here is the revenue page showing the Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) item going from $2,000,000 in 2016 to $1,000,000 in 2017:

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That $2 million amount from the UCUA first appeared in the 2012 budget (page 30) as part of the debt-extension deal pushed through in 2011 and had been at $2 million through 2016. However, the UCUA has had trouble coming up with the tonnage they guaranteed so Covanta is squeezing them and, by extension, Union County taxpayers.

UCCF 3/9/17: Volunteering for UCUA Board

2017-231: Re-appointing James Kennedy as Commissioner to the Union County Utilities Authority for a term beginning February 1, 2017 through January 31,2022.

Pensions and UCIA PERS Refunds

P.L. 2007, c. 29, which became effective on January 1, 2008, was reform legislation “designed to ensure the system serves career public employees rather than political appointees” and to “cut out the entrenched core of abuse that has been corrupting our pension and benefits systems from within.” One of the components of the new law, N.J.S.A. 43:15A-7.2,  excluded professional services contractors, such as municipal lawyers, architects and engineers from enrolling in the state’s PERS pension system.

A lawyer in Cumberland County tried to get around this provision with the help of his employers and was caught which basically meant that the contributions he made into the New Jersey Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) were returned to him.  The attempt to game the system was deemed to be ethical by the Local Finance Board last month.

Which brings us to the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) check registry for 2016 with these intriguing entries:

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More From UCUA Check Registry – 2016

The Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) check registry for 2016 contains its share of questionable items:

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UCIA/UCUA Check Registries – 2016

Check Registries for 2016 for both the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) and Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) are out and among the expenses incurred by an organization that has cost Union County taxpayers tens of millions of dollars through dumb ideas, useless litigation benefiting connected lawyers primarily, and incompetence are these items:

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UCUA Raises and UCIA Subsidy

The Union County Utilities Authority (UCUA) held their last meeting of the year last month and the primary order of business:

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