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Marlboro’s Proposed Budget Reduces Property Taxes

Marlboro Township Township’s governing body introduced their 2019 Municipal Budget with a plan to reduce property taxes, Mayor Jonathan Hornik announced.  Scheduled for passaged at the April 11 Council meeting, the budget as proposed will lower the municipal portion Marlboro property taxpayers annual bill. For average household valued at an estimated $494,605, the cost for all municipal services such as police, parks, public works, and road improvements will be $1,867.

“The challenge of managing the extreme weather conditions of the last several years continues to drive the Township’s cost of operations. Our budgets have had to absorb the increased costs of snow removal, in particular, which has increased more than 300% since 2007,” said Mayor Jonathan Hornik. “We also continue to grapple with State mandates including an 11% increase in our New Jersey Pension System contribution. Despite these pressures, we continue to deliver and expand the services our residents expect while remaining $1.95 million below the State levy cap and $1.24 million below the State spending cap.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 21st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Marlboro’s Proposed Budget Reduces Property Taxes

Marlboro Governing Body Condemns Congresswoman’s Anti-Semitic Remarks

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Mayor Jonathan Hornik and the members of the Marlboro Township Council today issued a public letter condemning the Anti-Semitic remarks of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota).

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Posted: February 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Monmouth Democrat wants NJ Transit ethics job, Creates his own ethical controversy

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik inducts Bob Salman into the Monmouth Dem Hall of Fame. Middletown Mike photo.

A prominent Monmouth County Democrat who wants the newly created position of chief ethics officer at New Jersey Transit finds himself in a self induced ethical controversy after an email he sent to other Democrat leaders was leaked to Politico.

Bob Salman, 79 of Marlboro, served as Inspector General of the Department of Transportation during the McGreevey/Codey and Corzine administrations.  Governor Christie appointed him to the Council on Local Mandates.  He is a member of the Democrat State Committee and is an inductee of the Monmouth Democrat Hall of Fame.

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Posted: December 26th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , | 13 Comments »

Hornik will seek fourth term as Marlboro mayor

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Jonathan Hornik will run for a fourth consecutive term as Mayor of  Marlboro Township.

The mayor announced his candidacy on the Tommy G Show Tuesday afternoon during MMM publisher Art Gallagher’s guest appearance on popular drive time radio show.

First elected in 2007 when he defeated incumbent Republican Dr. Robert Kleinberg in a race that got statewide attention when Kleinberg incurred the pubic wrath radio personality Jim Gearhart and Asbury Park Press columnist Bob Ingle by falsely claiming Gearhart’s endorsement.  Kleinberg then went on the air with Gearhart the day before the election to argue with the host and defend his campaign mail.

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Posted: December 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Marlboro Amends Its Parking Ordinance

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik announced today that the Township has amended its parking ordinance to accommodate residents traveling to New York City on evenings and weekends.

Parking is now free of charge from the hours of 6:30 p.m. till 4:30 a.m Monday through Friday and throughout the weekends at the Union Hill Commuter Park and Ride, the lot at Cambridge Square and the spots marked “commuter spaces” at Costco/Texas Road. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 7th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

What if Menendez resigns?

It’s not considered likely that Senator Bob Menendez will resign as a result of the bi-partisan admonishment he received from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics.  NJ and Washington Democrats have become a much more forgiving people since Senator Bob Torricelli was forced out of office after his admonishment 16 years ago.

As Bret Stephens wrote in a Trump bashing piece in the NY Times yesterday, America’s standards have declined over the years.   Menendez’s admonishment for trading the power of his office for luxury travel and massive campaign contributions will likely blow over as the Democrats and their media partners continue their mission to destroy the Trump presidency.

But what if the Russian collusion with the Senate Ethics Committee works and Menendez decides to take a job running Dr. Salomon Melgen’s port security business in the Dominican Republic while looking over his luxury villa?

If Menendez resigns, Governor Phil Murphy gets to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until January. That person would run in Menendez’s place for a six year term in the November election. Who would Murphy choose? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 27th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Opinion, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Marlboro Schools Get Armed and Uniformed Cops

Marlboro Township’s K-8 schools now have armed and uniformed police officers present at all times during school hours under an agreement between the Township and Board of Education that was approved by the Board last night, Mayor Jonathan Hornik announced.

“I am pleased that the Board of Education has supported our initiative to station Marlboro police officers in each of our schools. While it is not a solution to the gun debate, it will keep our children and educators safe. As Mayor, I have no more fundamental responsibility than keeping our children and educators safe,” Mayor Hornik said,  “Recently in Maryland, a School Resource Officer (SRO), a trained and armed Police Officer, engaged and pursued the shooter and, by all accounts, prevented this incident from being a far greater tragedy. While it would be nice to pretend that that we did not live in a society that requires armed police officers in our schools it is not the reality.”

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Posted: March 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Marlboro, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Marlboro Launches School Security Reporting Citizens Initiative

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Police Chief Bruce Hall yesterday launched a campaign, ‘See Something. Say Something. ® We will Do Something’ to encourage citizens to report unusual and suspicious behavior.  They hope that citizen reporting will be an integral part of school security in the Township.

“We are asking residents to be an active partner in the safety of our schools. If you see something on Social Media, hear something, see something out of place, or someone’s behavior doesn’t seem quite right, make that call,” Hornik said in his announcement. “The Citizen Reporting Initiative encourages citizens to be additional eyes and ears in our multi-pronged approach to school security. We ask that you make the report, even anonymously, to the authorities. We would rather that the event be deemed not-credible than to never receive the report.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Marlboro Launches School Security Reporting Citizens Initiative

Governor Murphy to hold press conference in Marlboro on Friday morning

Gov Phil Murphy and Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Governor Phil Murphy will be in Marlboro Township on Friday for a press conference about his scheme to allow property tax payments to be classified as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

The tax reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last December limited the deduction for state and local taxes to $10,000.  All members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, with the exception of Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ3) voted against the measure.

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Posted: February 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | 12 Comments »

S and P rates Marlboro’s debt AAA

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Standard and Poors, the global credit rating agency, issued a AAA/Stable bond rating on $9.6 million in new borrowings by Marlboro and upgraded the Township’s existing debt to AAA as well.

The new rating makes Marlboro one of only 29 towns in New Jersey with the top possible credit rating, according to a statement from the Township.

“Marlboro’s credit is officially the highest grade available in the marketplace”, stated Mayor  Jonathan Hornik. “This means that our taxpayers benefit from the lowest possible costs for road, parks and recreation and other capital improvements.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »