TRENTON — Howard Birdsall, the former CEO of an influential engineering firm who admitted flouting state campaign finance laws to funnel illegal donations to politicians, was released from prison six months into his four-year sentence, NJ Advance Media has learned. Birdsall pleaded guilty this year to second-degree misconduct by a corporate official after investigators found executives… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Birdsall Engineering, Birdsall Services Group, Howard Birdsall, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Thomas Rospos, William Birdsall | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — A top executive of the politically connected engineering firm toppled by an investigation into illegal campaign contributions will serve nine months in a county jail for his role in the scheme, authorities said. Former Birdsall Services Group senior vice president William Birdsall, 67, is also barred for 10 years from bidding on public contracts… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 11th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: Birdsall Engineering, Birdsall Services Group, Monmouth County News, Pay-to-play, William Birdsall | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — A former executive at what was once among the state’s most politically connected engineering firms was sentenced to state prison Friday for his role in a scheme to skirt New Jersey’s campaign contribution laws. Thomas Rospos, 64, the former executive vice president at Birdsall Services Group, was given a three-year sentence by Superior Court… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 11th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Birdsall Services Group, Monmouth County News, Pay-to-play, Thomas Rospos | Comments Off on Ex-Birdsall exec, ex-Belmar engineer, gets 3 years in $1M pay-to-play scheme
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said, “Ken Pringle is like a jaded ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.”
Ken Pringle, who was mayor of the oceanfront borough for 20 years before Doherty took over in 2011, isn’t sure how many times he’s sued Doherty and the borough since he left office. “Four or five, I’m not sure.”
Both Doherty and Pringle, who served together for four years, are Democrats. Doherty was a councilman during Pringle’s last term as mayor.
At issue is the beachfront and money.
Pringle contends that Doherty and the Council are using the Beach Utility Fund to subsidize borough operations and to keep property taxes artificially low, in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. Doherty says that while Pringle was mayor Belmar’s property taxpayers subsidized the beach and that Pringle raised taxes 14 years in a row. Doherty has not increased Belmar’s taxes since becoming mayor, keeping the borough’s spending flat at 2010 levels.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Beach Access, Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News | Tags: Beach Access fees, Beach Badges, Beach Parking fees, Beach Utility Fund, Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Birdsall Services Group, Jim Bean, Joy DeSanctis, Ken Pringle, Law suits, Matt Doherty, Michael Seebeck, Public Advocate, Richard Chen, Robbin Kirk | 1 Comment »