Middletown Reduces Spending By Almost $1 Million

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray

The Middletown Township Committee is slated to introduce their 2015 budget tonight with a spending decrease of $959,463. The total budget as introduced will be $69,437,466 compared to 2014 spending of $70,396,929.

Decreased non-tax revenues, including parking permits and court fees, of $2.8 million and increases in snow removal costs of $1.3 million and insurance costs of $600,000, were off set by savings from shared services agreements with other municipalities and the Middletown Board of Education, as well as utility cost savings for $223,000.

The tax levy on Township property owners will increase $428,484 to $46,964,220, not including the Township Library.  With the library budget of $3,445,649, the overall tax levy increases by $486,502.

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Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth Dems have not filed Assembly candidates petitions

Trenton, we have a problem

Trenton, we have a problem

The Monmouth County Democrats held their nominating convention last Monday night at the IBEW Local 400 union hall in Wall Township. However, as of Saturday March 28, no Democratic candidates for Assembly from the four districts that include Monmouth County have filed their nominating petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

The nominating petitions are due with the Divisions of Elections by Monday, March 30th at 4 p.m.  Should no candidates file petitions with 100 valid signatures, the Democratic nominations for Assembly will be up for grabs to write-in candidates in the June 2 primary.

There has been radio silence from Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s  office and on his blog since the convention on Monday. Even MMM’s spies at the convention have been mum.  The silence has lead many Republicans to speculate that Vin has a problem.

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Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , | 15 Comments »

Prosecutor: Be on alert for online and phone scams targeting Monmouth County residents

Online-Scams(FREEHOLD) Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni is asking residents to remain on guard for three common phone scams that continue to work their way across the country and within Monmouth County.

“The criminals associated with telephone and online scams are getting more sophisticated and approach consumers with enough legitimate-sounding information to seem credible, even to a savvy consumer. It’s important for the public to be aware of these newest ploys so that they can be on guard to protect their identity and their bank accounts,” Gramiccioni said.

IRS SCAM

It is tax season and one of the most common scams involves a caller posing as an Internal Revenue Service agent claiming that back taxes are owed.  If you are concerned you may owe the IRS back taxes, never provide any information to anyone over the phone.  First, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to ask about your current tax status. The IRS will send you a letter in the mail, if you owe back taxes. They never make cold calls, and certainly never demand cash or threaten immediate police actions.

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Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Community Announcements, Crime, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Hornik’s Republican Administration in Marlboro is Gopal’s top 2015 priority

Updated: Former Marlboro GOP Chairman Christopher Dean wants the world to know that Councilman Scalea was never a Republican and that he has proof from the Board of Elections. Dean says that MMM is spreading Mayor Hornik’s lies and that facts don’t matter on this site. He said he’s going to spread the word at some meetings he has coming up.

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Desperate to be a player and for a victory of any kind, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal told a gathering of statewide Democrats in Freehold on Wednesday evening that Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik’s reelection race is his top priority this year, according to report on PolitickerNJ.

Marlboro is a Republican town. Year after year the Township’s voters break for Republicans for Freeholder, County Constitutional offices, State Legislature, Governor, Congress, Senate and President.

Yet Hornik leads a municipal government that on paper is Democratic.  The reality is that Hornik’s administration is dominated by former Republicans who left a dysfunctional local GOP at the mayor’s urging.

Hornik, whose father Saul was mayor of the community from 1980-1991, was first elected in 2007 in a race remembered for incumbent Republican Robert Kleinberg distributing flyers implying that he had been endorsed by NJ 101.5’s morning host Jim Gearhart.  Gearhart and Gannett columnist Bob Ingle , then media leaders of the GRIP (Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians) movement, went ballistic on Kleinberg.  Kleinberg imploded during a live radio interview wherein he explained the flyers were not meant to imply an endorsement, but as a way to show his kids that people were saying nice things about him.

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Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Flu still hitting N.J. hard, Monmouth County has the most cases

flu-preventionNew Jersey remains one of just seven states where the flu is still widespread, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases of the illness have receded from their seasonal highs in most other regions of the country. “We are trending downward, although not as quickly as the other… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Demand pushing Jersey Shore rental prices higher as peak weeks sell out

assetContentBeachgoers hoping to spend a week at Gary Hunsinger’s home on Philadelphia Avenue in Lavallette this summer are out of luck: the Jersey Shore property advertised online as just 100 yards from the beach has been booked solid from the first Saturday in June through the end of August. Hunsinger, of Westfield, said he had 10… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Economy, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Hazlet contractor indicted for allegedy bilking Sandy victim out of $120K

assetContent (60)FREEHOLD – A 43-year-old Hazlet home improvement contractor was indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday for theft after he allegedly took $120,000 from a Hurricane Sandy victim and then failed to begin the work, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said. Edward Capriani, 43, of Line Road in Hazlet, was arrested in December after an… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Hazlet, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this weekend, March 27-29, 2015

By Greg Kelly

 

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Friday, March 27

  • Monmouth County Job Fair at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Jesus Christ Superstar at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • The M Spot at NJ Repertory Theater (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Jesus Christ Superstar at Spring Lake Theatre – MORE INFO
  • Linkedin Workshop at BCC (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Crooks & Cupcakes at First Ave Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • Spring Book Sale (Wall Twp) – MORE INFO
  • Monmouth University Track & Field Season Opening (WLB) – MORE INFO

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Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth Freeholders Vote To Privatize Nursing Homes

JLMBy a vote of 4-1, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially started the process of privatizing the John L. Montgomery and Geraldine L. Thompson Care Centers, the nursing homes that have been run by the county government since the early 1900’s.

Freeholder Director Gary Rich and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso joined Freeholders John Curley and Tom Arnone in voting to move the nursing homes to the private sector.  Curley and Arnone have long advocated the privatization, while Rich and DiMaso have sought additional study of the issue.  Freeholder Lillian Burry voted no on privatization, steadfastly maintaining her position that county government has an obligation to care for its most vulnerable residents.  Burry favored a plan to merge the operations of the two care centers.

Monmouth County property taxpayers have borne deficits of $45 million in the nursing homes since 2007. With cutbacks in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements under ObamaCare, the deficits have grown to almost $7 million per year.

 

 

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 14 Comments »

Don’t sell the nursing homes until these questions are answered

By Art Gallagher

Art 121014This evening at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders will listen to a report on the state of the county owned care centers/nursing homes. Following that report, the are very likely vote to move forward in the process of selling or privatizing the facilities.

There have been compelling arguments made on both sides of the issue. There has also been emotion driven demagoguery on both sides of the issue. What may have been missing, so far, is a dispassionate analysis. There are those of both sides of the issue who have been fighting for their intended outcome based on ideological, emotional, and political concerns.   Ideology, emotion and politics are all appropriate factors.  However, those drivers should be informed by a dispassionate analysis of all the facts and options. Any official who casts a vote on the future of the care centers based solely on ideology, emotion, politics or personal preference is guilty of malpractice.

I respectively ask all five of my friends on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders to consider the answers to the following questions before making a final decision on the future of the John L. Montgomery and Geraldine Thompson care centers.

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Posted: March 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Opinion | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »