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Stay in white-trash Kenilworth!!

Hectic tax time and with Central States taking their time applying for a bailout and New Jersey taking their time posting the GASB 75 report for the SHBP State Retired Fund, I was facing a few dark blogging days until today’s mail brought relief.

Here is what I got with my responses below.

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Legalizing No-Bid Contracts

After an appeals court ruled a couple of weeks ago that Union County had illegally awarded contracts to build a government complex, the state legislature took quick action.

Yesterday S1714 was introduced and referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to legalize these pay-to-play arrangements.

Excerpts from the nj.com story:

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UCCF 2/17/22: Government Complex Comments

Official Union County position on the lawsuit loss:

Supposedly in response to these comments from Bruce Paterson:

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James LaCorte Dies

Per newjerseyglobe:

James LaCorte, Union County Surrogate, dies at 74

Son of former Elizabeth mayor and state senator, LaCorte was serving his fifth term.

My only run in with him:

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Union County Government Giving ‘Unheard Of’ Raises To Top Admins

This letter was sent to the clerks of the 21 municipalities in Union County for distribution to the local governing bodies and got into TAPinto Westfield.

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UCCF 10/7/21: Can’t Take the Truth

Here is that paragraph:

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CBBS (2) PFRS Bill-To-Budget Details

You would expect that the line item for the contribution to the Police & Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) would be routine. The state sends you a bill around April, 2020 based on the June 30, 2019 valuations and you pay it a year later. That number should theoretically be what you put in your 2021 budget. For three counties in New Jersey it isn’t.

After putting 2021 budget numbers for PFRS contributions into a spreadsheet for all counties two things stand out:

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UCCF 3/25/21: Racism in Jails and Parks

Two on each plus a mélange:

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UCCF 10/1/20: UCIA Boondoggle & Resolutions

Today’s Union County Freeholder zoom meeting included an objection to another Union County Improvement Authority boondoggle:

Plus Q & some A on resolutions:

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Buying That Second Home On a Politician’s Salary

Former Freeholder Linda Stender tried to get that dream house down on the Jersey shore but ran into a little trouble.
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A current freeholder apparently worked it out by thinking smarter – and bigger (except possibly for property taxes when compared to Union County).
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