Andrew Lucas, center, then the Republican mayor of Manalapan, with then Freeholder John D’Amico and Amy Mallet, both Democrats, in September of 2010, seven months after Lucas purchased Burke Farm.
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas put up liens on two properties this afternoon to cover the $500,000 bond which was a condition of his release from federal custody. Lucas was arrested Friday on 11 federal charges last week, including wire fraud, identity theft and providing false information to the IRS and FBI. U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert gave Lucas the weekend to come up with $500,000 in assets to secure is release.
The properties are Lucas’s home at 24 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan and 351 Asbury Road in Howell. The Howell property is own by Timothy Murphy, according to APP.com’s Data Universe.
In addition to the $500,000 bail, Lucas is subject to home confinement and electronic monitoring. He surrendered his weapons and firearms ID card. He is prohibited from leaving the state of New Jersey.
A copy of the federal order setting the conditions of Lucas’s release can be viewed here.
Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, Farmland Preservation, Lucas Farm, Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert, Manalapan, Timothy Murphy | 1 Comment »
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal
Just as he did last October when he falsely accused a Republican candidate for Red Bank Council of being a fugitive, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is lying today in his attempt to make political hay over the arrest of former Manalapan Mayor Andew Lucas.
Lucas was indicted for alleged actions in connection with his purchase of Burke Farm.
The ever deceptive young chairman issued a statement to PoltickerNJ and other outlets that alleges a scandal regarding the sale of the development rights to the farm to the state/county and municipally funded Open Space program. Gopal say blatantly accuses the Republican members of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders of being involved in the scandal. The U.S. Attorney thoroughly investigated the sale of the farm, with the cooperation of Monmouth County officials. No charges have been filed regarding the sale of the development rights. No one other than Lucas has been charged with any wrong doing.
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Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, John Bennett, Lucas Farm, Manalapan, Manalapan Township Committee, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Democrats, Monmouth County Republicans, Monmouth Dems, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | 31 Comments »
Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was arrested this morning by federal authorities, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Lucas has been indicted on 11 counts including wire fraud, loan application fraud, illegal monetary transaction, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation.
The charges are for alleged actions in connection with Lucas’s purchase of Burke Farm. No charges were made in connection of the sale of the development rights to the farm to the government’s Open Space Program, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Lucas is being represented by Mario F. Gallucci of Helbock, Nappa and Gulluci, a Staten Island, NY law firm.
The U. S. Attorney’s statement says:
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Posted: February 7th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas arrested, Burke Farm, FBI, FBi Red Bank Office, Lucas Farm, Manalapan, Manalapan Township Commitee, U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman | 25 Comments »
Asaf Mohammad, 26, of Manalapan was rescued from inside a 24 inch pipe at the United Water facility within the township today. He was naked, according to a report on Manalapan Patch
A United Water employee heard faint cries for help this morning at 7:05. With the help other employes the screams were located within the pipe and first responders were called.
Patch reports that Mohammad was pulled from the pipe at around 11 am and taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick via medical helicopter.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Mohammad was arrested and charged with fourth degree trespassing.
Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan | Tags: Asaf Mohammad, Manalapan, Naked man pulled from pipe, United Water | 2 Comments »
Manalapan Mayor Jordan Maskowitz
By a 4-1 vote the Manalapan Township Committee elected Jordan Maskowitz to serve as mayor for the year 2014.
Ryan Green, the sole vote against Maskowitz, nominated Susan Cohen to serve a third year as mayor. Cohen declined Green’s nomination and nominated Maskowitz.
Green said Maskowitz lacks the integrity to be mayor. Green accused Maskowitz of violating the Open Public Records Act and announced he provide evidence of OPRA violations, 50 emails, to the Monmouth County Prosecutor tomorrow.
Maskowitz said that the emails Green was referring to were contract related and not subject to OPRA.
Cohen broke from her prepared remarks to rebuke Green. She said that Green was grandstanding and that if he believed the law had been violated he should have immediately gone to the prosecutor. Cohen said she would have gone with Green to the prosecutor if she believed there were OPRA violations on the committee.
Green said he had the unanimous support of the Township Committee members to be mayor in 2014, prior to his writing the State Department of Community Affairs and the State Department of Health with concerns over the committee’s negotiations with the Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad.
During the public portion of the reorganization meeting, Manalapan Republican Chairman Steven McEnery said that he make a mistake in ever recommending Green for public office. McEnery said that Green had proven not to be a team player, rather he is only out for himself. McEnery apologized to the the entire Monmouth County Republican Commitee for recommending Green be elected a freeholder in 2012.
Jack McNaboe was elected Deputy Mayor by a 5-0 vote.
Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Manalapan | Tags: Jack McNabe, Jordan Maskowitz, Manalapan GOP, Manalapan Township Committee, Ryan Green, Steve McEnery, Susan Cohen | 3 Comments »
Ryan Green. Photo via RyanDGreen.com
The Manalapan Township Committee unanimously approved an agreement with the Englistown-Manalapan First Aid Squad on December 11, 2013 that will permit the previously all volunteer squad that provides first aid and ambulance service for free to Manalapan residents to form an non-profit entity to would hire paid EMTs to supplement the declining ranks of volunteers and bill residents who use the services the amount that their health insurance companies would otherwise pay to private first aid and ambulance companies.
Township Committeeman Ryan Green joined his fellow Republican committee members in voting for the agreement with EMFSA, but then went public with a letter to the editor to the NewsTranscript in which he criticized Mayor Susan Cohen and Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz for failing to seek input from the public on what Green calls “a major change.”
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Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan | Tags: Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad, Jordan Maskowitz, Manalapan, Manalapan GOP, Rob Clifton, Ryan Green, Serena DiMaso, Steve McEnery, Stuart J. Moskovitz, Susan Cohen | 4 Comments »
Andrew Lucas resigned his position on the Manalapan Committee today. His term was due to expire at the end of this year. He was not seeking reelection.
His two line resignation letter simply said he was resigning effective immediately and appreciated the opportunity to serve.
Mayor Susan Cohen and Committeeman Ryan Green both said they had no idea why Lucas resigned. Lucas has not returned a call for comment.
Once a rising star in the Monmouth GOP, Lucas was a nominee for Freeholder in 2006, losing to Barbara McMarrow of Freehold Township, then a Democrat. McMarrow has since become a Republican and is a member of the Freehold Township Committee.
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Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan, Monmouth County | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Assembly, Barbara McMarrow, Don Holland, Freeholder, Lawrence Luttrell, Lillian Burry, Lucas Farm, Manalapan, Manalapan Township Committee, Maryann Musich, Ryan Green, Susan Cohen | 1 Comment »
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni
Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni is asking the public to assist detectives in the investigation of a Manalapan car fire.
Manalapan police and fire departments responded to multiple ‘911’ calls at 4:11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, reporting a car fire at 8 Elisa Court. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The fire is currently under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Charles Alaimo from the Manalapan Township Police Department at 732-446-4300 or Detective John Leibfried from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-620-4022.
Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Manalapan, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Detective Charles Alaimo, Detective John Leibfried, Manalapan, Manalapan Care Fire, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | No Comments »
A Powerball ticket from Saturday night’s drawing matched 5 numbers and pays $ 1 million was sold in Monmouth County, according to a report on 94.3 The Point.
The ticket was sold at Soda King in Manalapan.
Township Committeeman Andrew Lucas has not returned a call asking if he was the winner.
“You know if I was the winner, I wouldn’t have called you back,” said Manalapan GOP Chairman Steve McEnery. That wouldn’t have been conclusive, as McEnery only returns about half of our calls. ”I was in Soda King on Saturday, but already had tickets and didn’t buy any more,” the chairman mused.
Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan, Powerball lottery | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Manalapan, Powerball, Soda King, Steve McEnery | 3 Comments »
John “Jack” McNaboe will be appointed tonight to fill the vacancy on the Manalapan Township Committee created by Don Holland’s resignation, according to the township’s GOP Chairman Steve McEnery.
McNaboe currently serves as chair of the township Planning Board and as a member of the Emergency Management Subcommittee.
The new committeeman will defend the seat in the November general election. If victorious, he is expected to run for a full term in 2014.
McNaboe will be joined by Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz and Mary Ann Musich as Republicans seeking to maintain 5-0 controll of the governing body in November. Maskowitz is seeking his second term. Musich was nominated last Saturday to run for Andrew Lucas’ seat. Lucas chose not to run again, giving up a grandfathered pension eligibility and health benefits, after selling the development rights to his farm to the State Farmland Preservation Program for $1.152 million.
Musich currently serves as a Commissioner on the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority (WMUA), a post she has held since 2012. Prior to serving on the WMUA, Mrs. Musich spent more than 15 years on the Manalapan Township Zoning Board of Adjustment, where she also served as Chairperson. Outside of her experience in Manalapan, Mrs. Musich is retired from a 20 year career in municipal government, having worked for the East Brunswick Sewage Authority.
Posted: March 13th, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Manalapan | Tags: Andrew Lucas, Andrew Lucas farm, Don Holland, Farmland Preservation, John "Jack" McNaboe, Jordan Maskowitz, Manalapan Township Committee, Mary Ann Musich, Pensions and Health Care, Steve McEnery | No Comments »