Monday, March 20, 2017

TBL- Do our elected officials simply not care??

TBL weekly update read entire post at Take Back Lakewood

Many promises were made to the public that never happened. Other reasonable requests were simply ignored. Other decisions were made that simply were not beneficial for our town.

We’re at the point where it’s clear that the Mayor prefers cheap soundbites and really just doesn’t care about promoting new ordinances that would really enhance our quality of life. This June in the primaries and this November in the general election—the residents of Lakewood will have a choice. Committeemen Coles and Delia are both up for re-election. The residents of Lakewood will need to decide if Coles really has our best interests in mind or if he is catering to special interests—to the detriment of everyone else in Lakewood.


Mayor Coles has been on the committee for 15 years. We  question whether anyone should be in a position of power for so long. Alliances to specific individuals are bound to form regardless of their detriment to the community at large. Perhaps it’s time for term limits to be enacted in Lakewood. President Trump is pushing for legislation that would impose term limits on Senators. No one should have the ability to retain a public office for so long. We encourage all  residents to look forward to our upcoming elections and consider whether we should be electing new committeemen to the township committee who will represent everyone in Lakewood and not a select few.  Perhaps it’s time for some real change in Lakewood. If you feel that for too long your needs have not been properly represented, be prepared to consider new additions to the committee. read more at TBL

While the instances are too many to count, here are a few:
B-2 Parking (removed from the agenda last minute), promising to add addresses to agendas (not done yet), promising to reverse County Line rezoning (not done yet), not instructing the zoning and planning secretaries to post plans online, billboards approval, impact fees (not done yet) , adding meeting ads to the newspapers read by the orthodox community (not done yet), talk about restricting sidewalk and road waivers (no enforcement is being done regarding this).

19 comments:

  1. unfortunately,what ever you wrote is 100% true power corrupts and when one is in power with out an expiration date if you will
    people will take advantage of that and even well meaning people who want to serve the public, starting off altruistically will ultimately succumb to temptation of bribes, favors in what ever shape or form ...
    yes the town has grown and way beyond just the yeshiva their are other mosdos,shuls, yeshivas ,businesses ,housing and when running a town their needs to be a balance and fairness to everyone not just certain yeshivas,organizations or people in town
    elected officials are elected to represent everyone in town not just the influential few
    i dont want to get into specifics as that road was well traveled but those sitting in positions of power must answer to not only those who have an IN with them but to everyone living here in lakewood
    (if they arent dealing honestly they'll need to answer to a higher power as well)
    thank you for opening up a platform for people to speak up and air their complaints and grievances
    i doubt the scoop would allow my comments to be posted though im not singling out any individuals by name so thank you

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  2. Just wondering how these pple arent afraid of getting into trouble. Theres so much exposure about the corruption going on.

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    1. Because this is the first time in history that there is any opposition. For years this town foolishly just followed the vaad, now there's a chance we can get these people out there has never been so much opposition.

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  3. Same thing happened with Meir Lichtenstein and Menashe Miller all talk lip service but than the back room deals go on ignoring the needs and quality if life for Lakewood residents.
    The Billboards, no one in Lakewood wants it or needs it but it could possibly be payback for good press or free advertising.
    Same with Menashe Miller he promised to keep the rent control board but si far has not happened.

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  4. Miller Lichtenstein and the VAAD have to go. They no longer represent the town and are full of conflicts of interest. They were in office for all these years they can only point fingers at themselves. They should all resign

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    1. When did they represent the town????

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  5. In 2017 Delia and Coles are up for re-election. LET'S VOTE THEM OUT!!!
    In 2018 Miller and Lichtenstein are up for re-election. LET'S VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    We have a tremendous opportunity to turn our town around and remove the Vaad's influence once and for all!

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    1. It is there parnassa, how can you do this to them?

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  6. See to whom the politicians are beholden, why should they care about the residents issues? The Seniors don't seem to care either.(We don't know why)
    http://yudelstake.blogspot.in/2017/01/the-root-causes-of-lakewoods-problems.html

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  7. Not easy to vote them out, the self appointed anonymous VAAD will pull out their daas torah ace card with letters from rav Chaim Kanievsky and others while high jacking the lakewood block vote for the benefit of the few and powerful.

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    1. People see through their tactics now. They have bullied this town for too long and it's time to put them to rest.

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  8. The problem is the Republican club is also controlled by the Vaad (Benny Hienemann). Look they put Berman who is a 75 year old throw away candidate on the republican ticket To make sure Delia will keep his seat. They will do the same by the Democrats. What will be our choice in November? An electable Berman & Delia? An electable together with Coles. We are then back to square one.

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    1. There will be several candidates in the primaries...

      The deadline to register is April 3rd

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    2. I hope the candidates are viable opposition. It is very tough to find an honest candidate who would take a job that requires so much time with such little compensation.

      The candidate would likely have to be someone independently wealthy, who has time on their hands, or a retired senior.

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    3. While the pay is little (28k) it is a part time job. A committeemen can choose rocspend 10 hours a week hanging around the township or 2 hours. There doesn't need to be a major time investment.

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  9. Mayor Coles would have resigned the Committee a few years ago, but he needs the health coverage provided.

    If he's voted out rather than resign it might effect his health.

    It's his decision.

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  10. You gentleman are in the minority, see 15 comments, majority of Lakewood don't agree with you, they support BMG and the good people ofbthe Lakewood Township who care only about the Klal and work tirelessly in ways noone will ever know. They are very good people, and have taken Lakewood from a scary town filled with crackhouses and brownstones to a beautiful city that everyone loves and is flocking to and 15 of Korach and Company aint gonna make a difference folks

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    1. 2000 youngeleit signed against cedarbridge are they also korach?
      how much is the vaad paying you to troll?

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  11. Please remember. If you disagree with any blogger here then you must he a troll for the vaad. It is not possible for anybody to have a legitimate opinion,other than the bloggers.

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