Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lakewood Mayor Demands apology for "invasion" remark

TOMS RIVER, NJ Patch.com-- Lakewood Mayor Menashe P. Miller has demanded an apology from Toms River Mayor Thomas P. Kelaher over published comments from the mayor referring to recent real estate issues as "an invasion."

"I was appalled to read yesterday's Bloomberg report regarding the increasing number of 
Orthodox Jews who have purchased homes in Toms River, or who are considering doing so," Miller wrote in a March 15 letter distributed to media outlets in addition to being sent to Kelaher directly.
"You are quoted as follows, verbatim: 'It’s like an invasion. It’s the old throwback to the 1960s, when blockbusting happened in Philadelphia and Chicago with the African-American community -- ‘I want to buy your house. You’ll be sorry if you don’t.’ It scares the hell out of people.' ”

Kelaher's comments appeared in a March 14 Bloomberg article that delved into the recent tensions between Toms River and the Orthodox community in Lakewood that led to Toms River implementing a five-year ban on real estate soliciting in the North Dover section of the township.

"It is funamentally unjust and un-American to compare law abiding U.S. citizens engaging in legal real estate commerce to the hostile entry of a pernicious force," Miller wrote. "To say so, simply due to the fact that the homebuyers are of a different faith and ethnicity than your own, is pure, unadulterated bigotry."

Kelaher has announced a press conference for 4 p.m. Wednesday to address the issue, a township spokesperson said, as the quote and the response of Lakewood officials have gained significant attention. Kelaher told the Asbury Park Press, however, that he was referring to sworn testimony taken during a public hearing on the conflicts between North Dover residents and some real estate solicitors.

Miller, however, wrote that he sees the quote as "part of an unfortunate pattern where you've validated, even stoked, awful stereotypes of your Lakewood neighbors and, by extension, Orthodox Jewish residents of Toms River," citing as an example campaign literature Miller says was sent by Kelaher's campaign that utilized fear tactics to convince Toms River to vote for him.

13 comments:

  1. First things first. Menashe you should be apologising for all the chill hashem you've caused to this toradig shtut of lakewood.

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  2. Harold herskowitzMarch 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Menashe Miller is to blame for 12 years of disregarding normal governance of a town. His oversight of a corrupt Township that ignores laws, proper zoning and planning for a few well connected individuals has ruined our image in neighboring towns. Shame on his defense of our town. He has no right. He also didnt even write the letter. "Pernicious"? Seriously? He does not know what that word means. Whoever your writer was needs to tone it down a notch or two if they want it to look like a non college educated cheder boy wrote that letter.

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    1. Please stop causing a chilul hashem by bashing Menashe every opportunity you get .

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    2. Harold herskowitzMarch 16, 2016 at 8:44 PM

      Oh that's funny. If I base D him every opportunity I could get, I wouldn't get any work done. The only thing worse than a totally corrupt individual, is one that acts like he is a tzadik.

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  3. While the Toms River Mayor did make anti-semetic statements. the politicians in this town should be looking inward. Lakewood is a mess, and the ones that allowed this to happen to a town that is predominantly Frum bear responsibility

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  4. I lived in lakewood 35 years ago. You could not walk on the east side of route 9. Walking on,lexington or monmouth in broad daylight mrant risking your life. Drugs were everywhere. Construction workers were afraid to build a house on monmouth for fear of getting mugged. There was no business in town.At that time the town was run by non frum people. Now you can walk most of those former slums and the real estate market is booming and there are hundreds of vibrant retail and service businesess. I wouldnt call that ruining a town. The town was one big slum then worse than Harlem at the time. Other than a few blocks near yeshivah everything was crime ridden. Its a paradise today compared to then. So stop with the lies.

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    1. All of the improvements in this town were a natural occurrence from the growth of our community. All of that happened or was starting before Menashe Miller was put in as head puppet. Since that time the beautiful growth of our community took a turn for the worse. Instead of repairing and replacing the bad parts of town, for the space we needed, much of the blight was ignored, while new irresponsible development was pushed through at the whim of every developer with good connections. Please do not give Menashe any of the credit.

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  5. I amnot a bal ladhon horah and i am not talking about any individuals. There are some people here who would have you believe that Lakewood was once a nice quiet beautiful little town and now its ruined with development. Yes it was nice in the 30s and 40s but from the 60s on it was a real slum and our community took a slum and made it a beautiful vibrant city. There are always going to be issues, but this fact remains that 40 years ago it was a slum and today its not.

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    1. It went from slum to *build as u like *with out regard to any type of infrastructure. I prefer to go back to slum

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  6. Development is truly a blessing! The Talmud (Bava Metziah 108B) rules that when a developer wants to buy land in order to build houses and the neighbor of that property wants to buy it in order to cultivate it, the rules of "bar metzra" (=the right of the neighbor to be the first buyer) are suspended. This is because a greater good is achieved when land is developed for the sake of living spaces. Our community has done a lot for the entire area by building up the town/city of Lakewood. Menasheh Miller deserves a lot of credit for his leadership role in this regard. It is very unfortunate when people get influenced by ideas which are rooted in bigotry directed at they themselves. Menasheh, like many others in leadership positions will always get flak for some minor missteps be they real or imaginary, but doesn't get the respect and recognition he deserved for so selfishly serving his community and country! (Remember his tour in Iraq)
    Let us be proud of what we achieved and remain commited to further developing Ocean County in a way that is respectful of our neighbors and the law of the land.

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  7. It is amazing that some people on here actually think that there is nothing wrong with the way the town was developed. development is fine, dense populations are fine, but only when there is planning.

    Large developements that all bottleneck into one exit is a disaster, adding 10's of thousands of residents without additional cross streets is a disaster. Taking high tax paying commercial properties and allowing the building of non-profits, is a financial disaster

    There is no excuse for what has happened, and once it was done it can never be undone.

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  8. So to the person who prefers going back to a slum. You can move to Camden or Trenton and buy houses for less than 100000. Its drving distance to Lakewood and Philly so you have schools for your kids.

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    1. 20/20 hind sight is a beautiful thing

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