Thursday, July 28, 2016

Is Hershel going to run again?

Submitted comment from HH
For those of you who remember, a little over 5 years ago, I along with a few fed up individuals decided to bring awareness to the inside deals and favors in our Township that we felt were hurting us all. We were fighting against an entrenched system. Perhaps I was a little naive in believing that those that were helping us also wanted change for the better. I was wrong. There were just too many factions of people that had their own needs in mind. 
We accomplished a little. There is a little more transparency. Unfortunately, along with that came a feeling of total despair and abandonment. The feeling that nothing can be done set in. 
Now we are at the final crossroads. Everything that I discussed in 2010 has come to pass. Massive tax increases, lack of services, life altering traffic and our community being given an awful reputation among neighboring towns. 
I had hoped that we would be able to put a stop to all the games that are hurting us all a long time ago. Hope is no longer an option. Action must be taken. As much as I hated getting involved in our local politics, I no longer see any other option. 

When I ran against Bob Singer in 2010 there was a faction of Yeshiva haters that tried to turn my effort into their agenda. Some people affiliated with BMG that benefit from their connections also tried to make me look like I am out to hurt my own Alma Mater. Nothing was ever further from the truth. I wanted to see the Yeshiva prosper, and the town would have only gained from that prosperity. Unfortunately there were some donors /investors that felt threatened by the idea that they may not be able to personally benefit from a more honest transparent government. 
Since Menashe Miller and Meir Lichtenstein have been in office our town has been used and abused by those that own them. We can no longer afford such a form of government. Those people that receive favors from them have gone too far. I was recently shown new plans for parts of town that developers will be getting our tax money and free land to help them build housing that will in turn cost us more in taxes. This is no longer acceptable and has to stop. I was given proof That one of our committee members has conspired to make money off of a lawsuit involving land deals at the taxpayers expense. Every day I am told new stories of corruption that make me dizzy........ These things can no longer go on. I am not the paradigm of honesty and integrity. I don't want to be the poster child for anything. I simply want my town back. I have lived here for almost 30 years. I saw the potential in this town to become a model yeshivacentric mecca while making a kiddush Hashem. All those expectations were ruined in the last ten years. We may be able to save it, but not with our current leadership. 
I have as of now given up discussing the downtown. As much as I am still dismayed that a town would abandon such a valuable asset to criminals, I would like our leaders to know that now I will only be more emboldened to focus on the town as a whole instead. 
Truth will win out this time. 
Honesty will prevail, and we can still make Lakewood great. Not great again, great for the first time. 
If you want to be a part of this effort you can send a direct email to me at harold@toysforthought.com 
Let's do it

51 comments:

  1. If you are aware of a crime, report it to the prosecutor, but until then I'll stick with your history of throwing around wild accusations, AND your own statement "I am not the paradigm of honesty and integrity."

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    1. I expected the first comment to come from One of the LCSW trolls. I won't honor you with any grand TRUMP style insults The whole town knows what the LCSW is involved in. Intimidation, threats, bribery, and yes, Burglary. We will not allow you to create any more Chillul Hashem. Nobody believes anything written in the Lakewood Shopper and all of your lawsuits for swindling people,and the taxpayer money you have illegally received from Menashe is well documented. I am not here to discuss all the negativity you children have created in our town. You people will be dealt with by the correct authorities when the time comes. In the meantime I want to discuss positive ideas that can be implemented to stop our town from imminent destruction.
      Revolution 2.0 starts tomorrow. I would start it today but we just got the new Playmobil delivery at the store and I have a lot of work to do. (shameless ad I know)

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    2. Contrary to one of the many rumors YOU SHOPPER Mafioso have spread about me. I do not go to prosecutors to be a moiser on any Jew EVER. I don't know the prosecutors number or even his name. You on the other hand are best buddies with the prosecutors office which has kept you out of trouble this long. From what I have been told it won't last much longer.

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    3. Sorry, Ive got nothing to do with the shopper, im just someone horrified at your audacious accusation. If you know of people who were involved in this terrible crime, you have an obligation to report it to the prosecutor. You know as well as I that's it's not messira. And if its not true, your childish accusation and mikva stories do a very big disservice to all of us.

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    4. I only discuss what others have shown me. Now I have people telling me that some LCSW members and their friends were given gun carry permits. This is the same as the SHOMRIM in NYC scandal. The LCSW needs to be shut down.

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    5. Sorry, I'm not buying, either report it, publicize the info or you lose any credibility. Don't try to deflect with another so called story about gun permits. You had enough? the biggest help you can do is report a crime. Rumor mongering is totally unhelpful, how can you expect anyone to vote for a person

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  2. Hershel if you really want to make a change run for board of ed.

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    1. I would never try to be involved in something I don't understand. Unlike almost every BOE member.

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    2. Better an honest person who knows he does not understand than a criminal who thinks he knows it all.

      Hershel- you must run for BOE

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  3. When I ran against Bob Singer in 2010 there was a faction of Yeshiva haters that tried to turn my effort into their agenda.

    I wonder why they picked on you...

    What did you do to disassociate yourselves with them?

    A guy like you who writes in a Howell newspaper an article titled "Rabbis control you" isn't only looking to align himself with the anti Yeshiva crowd. He is looking to align himself with ALL anti-Semites.

    Please don't run.

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    1. Read the article. The title was meant to attract certain readers. Again. Read the article. And now I know you are a Shopper stooge. They love using that article as fodder against me. Read the article

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    2. I have no affiliation whatsoever with the shopper.

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    3. why would yeshiva bashers be against someone who filed a lawsuit against cedarbridge?
      oh! because he backed out after making a backroom deal with the establishment and works for them until today diverting heat from the real villains onto imaginary villains.

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  4. Go Hershel go.
    With the advent of social media and the rise of populism I think we can pull it off this time. Besides for the fact that your predictions have more or less come true.

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  5. Run Hershel Run, Run away as fast as you can, this town is not for you, you are too good for it. You stuck your neck out for the klal and paid a heavy price. Its not good for your health.

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  6. Hershel. You have crossed the line. If you really know that someone from Lcsw was involved in a major crime ,then give out the information. If its not true,then you should run and leave town for good.

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    1. hershel has called lcsw useless they helped catch the burglar and helped solve one of the biggest case in lakewood history so hershel has to double down and claim lcsw members (plural) were in on it

      shame shame shame

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    2. harold herskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM

      Numerous neighbors had called police for months on that suspect. His license plate was given of his black Mercedes to the police. The comment that LCSW helped catch him was put in the article to avoid association with the criminal. But guess what? We all know the truth.

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  7. It seems as if you can not in good conscience turn your back at Lakewood and what it has become. If that is your motivation then I wish you much hatzlacha

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  8. Harold HerskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I have crossed the line? I did not help a Burglar know when yidden were away from Their homes. I did not help him fence stolen silver and Judaica. I didn't arrange giving people illegal gun permits. I didn't steal Township gas. I didn't steal tens of thousands of dollars in phony bills made to the Township and have Menashe Miller sign the checks. I didn't maaser on fellow yidden. I didn't threaten inspectors,and police that I would besmirch them in my magazine. I didn't threaten charity organizations and Chaveirim. I didn't threaten businesses that didn't want to advertise in my magazine that I would hurt their business by giving free ads to their competition. There is a lot more but I don't want to be too negative.

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    1. Please don't bring up other issues. We are dealing with the harsh accusation that the Lcsw is complicit in a major burglary. If true , give us the facts ,not hearsay mudslinging. If not true then run away. I don't know anybody from the lcsw so I have no negios.

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  9. i agree with many of Hershel's concerns and as a longtime resident of Lakewood i too have seen much of what he has seen. Nevertheless, with the greatest respect to Hershel, i dont think that his candidacy would be successful. The dividers would paint him as a anti this and anti that and would scare enough people from voting for him.
    perhaps a new anti-establishment candidate that is not scarred by previous campaigns and battles. Looking for one good man!

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    1. I agree with you. A fresh face may win. Would have to be someone whose kids are already in or graduated from school, and would need a strategy for advertising that would reach everyone in the community,

      I wouldn't run, but would donate to the cause.

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  10. Anybody that repeats accusations that he himself does not know are true for a fact ,is not fit for any office. That is just mudslinging.

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    1. Harold HerskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      The sad thing is that I do know everything I said is true. I saw the videos. I saw the checks and invoices. I spoke to people threatened by them and I have been on the receiving end of their vicious actions. The funny thing is that I bet you are a TRUMP supporter. Unlike Trump, I am telling the truth.

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    2. If you know of anyone involved in a 2 million theft, name them, report them. But if it's not true, you lost any credibility at all. You are just like sell-out Bernie, all talk no real backbone.

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    3. Herschel,
      Do you mean to say that you're actually voting for Hillary?????

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    4. Harold herskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 2:57 PM

      I am not the only one that knows what THE LCSW is involved in. I will let others take care of them. They don't have a lack of enemies. I don't even know how this thread became a discussion about the crimes of the LCSW. I only mentioned them as another example of how far our town has fallen into corruption. You obviously are connected with them in some way. I don't know anyone that is not connected with them that has anything positive to say about them.

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    5. Harold herskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 3:26 PM

      I am not the only one that knows what THE LCSW is involved in. I will let others take care of them. They don't have a lack of enemies. I don't even know how this thread became a discussion about the crimes of the LCSW. I only mentioned them as another example of how far our town has fallen into corruption. You obviously are connected with them in some way. I don't know anyone that is not connected with them that has anything positive to say about them.

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    6. You mentioned them as an accessory to grand larceny close to $2,000,000.00

      It's either mudslinging or its your obligation to contact the proper authorities. You can't have it both ways, you either care about crime or you are a fraud. Here's your chance to shine, do hide behind some claim of I'll let someone else do the right thing.

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  11. What about all the Westgate mud slinging? How come no one shrei's about that?!

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    1. no one? that's the only thing ever discussed on this forum besides that establishment weirdo's delusions.

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  12. Hershel. We need someone like you who only cares about the TRUTH.

    They tried last time to extort you - by holding your children's school choices for ransom.

    This time they are out of options.

    Most of us are too scared of the establishment for our own personal reasons (shidduchim etc.) You, on the other hand, are not.

    We wish you Hatzlacha - but watch your back.

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    1. hershel is the establishment. that's why he never criticizes it and tries to divert blame to little people.

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  13. I am a longtime Lakewood resident. When herskowitz ran we all came out for him and now even more will vote for him. we don't trust anybody else and he knows what he is talking about . I know other women that weren't even here when he ran against Singer and they heard of him and wonder why he isn't running our town .only he would stop the madness.i am in real estate and his name comes up all the time .when will the election be. We are ready to vote.

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  14. westgate mikva???

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  15. If Hershel could give us a coherent platform, what he will accomplish and how, with no rants, he would be more likely to attract enough voters to unseat the incumbents. He needs to hire a calm person to write his opinions and to speak to the public.
    He also needs to set up the movement. There are many who support his positions, yet cannot do more than vote for him. Give people things to do to get the message out, set up mass mailings with clear points, arrange and organize your support in an orderly manner. Many of us are desperate for an alternative.
    Even if Hershel does not win, he will have set up a movement that the current power brokers will have to reckon with. They may also get corrupted with time, but once the monopoly is broken, others can join representing different interests.

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    1. Harold HerskowitzJuly 28, 2016 at 6:37 PM

      Very well said. The talking points are a little different than they were six years ago. I will give concise plans and goals that I think anyone that is not benefitting from the current corruption will get behind. But just like the first time, the main point is, we need to do what is best for most people before we help individuals. And we must never let anyone do, or build, anything that is not beneficial to the towns image and it's taxpayers.

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    2. Herschel, don't overestimate your abilities. You must hire someone else to write your manifesto. You are a great guy, but coherence,positivity and objectivity are not expressed in your blog posts or comments. Find someone else to take care of that, projecting a positive upbeat useful message, not negativity and fighting

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  16. There are multiple factions in this town, each representing a different sub group of residents. SOme people find crossing guards near the Yeshiva important, others want to revamp the downtown. There are those who think the policing is too little, others are of the opinion it is too much. Some people want more services for the elderly, still more think that the young should take precedence.
    None of these people are right or wrong. Each person has the right to vote according to his needs and wants. If the voting system were to be updated to reflect the will of the people and the majority were to rule, things would look different. There would be no machlokes, just like a pizza store and a hardware store are not in a fight. Each person would look for what is best for them and the majority wins. It is when people are forced into some kind of 'achdus' that the most machlokes occurs. Leave people to their own wants and desires, except regarding aveiros.

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  17. Ok Westgate! You here that? Let shuls be built!

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  18. Ackerman is the incumbent this election. Isn't he a good guy?

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  19. Harold I hope you do run and I hope and will pray that G-d will reveal the hypocrisy that runs rampant in Lakewoof among those who say they honor G-d and live by the law but have instead turned the word of G-d into a tool that people use as means to defame the holy truth. You have my suport and the support of many in surrounding towns and within Lakewood.

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  20. To HH

    חזק חזק ונתחזק

    For all the anonymous people who are with you who like myself stay anonymous

    נוטל שכר את כולם

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  21. I don't think we need someone who is pro or anti "establishment". We need someone who is sincere about catering to the whole town as a whole including the establishmet. BUT has daas torah that he consults with from OUTSIDE lakewood.

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    1. I agree with your comment other than expecting Daas Torah from out of Lakewood to decide on Lakewood issues. I would not support someone who had to run elsewhere to get a (presumably anonymous)daas torah to support him. Nor do I think it is the place of daas torah who lives elsewhere to decide on Lakewood issues.

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  22. HH should run on a platform of TRANSPARENCY! He can't conceivably promise to change anything immediately. The kick back culture is well ingrained and isn't going to go away overnight. First Amendment Activist has shown us that the strongest vehicle of change in our town is transparency. Out in the harsh light, almost all of the monkey business will melt away on its own.

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    1. Harold HerskowitzJuly 29, 2016 at 1:42 PM

      Thank you. When I originally ran 6 years ago I said that we would have every meeting filmed and in a database on the town website. Now that we have the activist videotaping, we could post every video on the website. As far as the committee is concerned,i doubt they would try playing games anymore. I would publicly point out any proposals that were not beneficial to our town.

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  23. Hershale, Hershale, I told you then and I'm telling you now. You've got to get a campaign manager. Then you told me that you can't afford to pay a campaign manager. I answered, "That's one of the jobs of a campaign manager, to raise funds, which includes enough money to pay himself."

    There are a lotta good people out there who can do the job. Just put an ad in your stores that you're looking for a campaign manager with chutzpah. You'll see, they'll come forward in droves.

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  24. Halevai that's the case. Then Westgate would stop opposing the much needed shul and let it be built already! We're anxiously waiting!!

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