Getting to know Stephanie Murrary

In this second segment of Art Gallagher’s interview with Middletown Township Committee members Tony Fiore and Steph Murray we learn about Murray’s background, education, family and her new career.  Towards the end of the segment, the Deputy Mayor talks about the publicized financial issues she and her family have been through and how they handled being in The Asbury Park Press’s spotlight over that personal matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Getting to know Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray of Middletown

Art Gallagher met with Middletown Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore for an interview last week.  Both up for reelection to the Township Committee next month, Murray is seeking her third term, Fiore his fourth.

In the first two segments of the interview we hope to give Middletown voters a sense of who Fiore and Murray are personally.  In the final segment we cover what they have accomplished for Middletown through their years of service and what they intend to accomplish in the next three years if they are reelected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Ranked The Safest City In New Jersey

8th Safest Town In The Nation

Middletown Township is the safest city in New Jersey, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s annual Top 100 Safest Cities in America report.

NCHSS is a national trade association of home security professionals.  They’ve been ranking the safety of America’s communities since 2006 using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics and their own internal research. Their most recent study includes 764 cities with populations over 50,000 who submitted complete crime reports to the FBI. The number of violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 people determine the cities’ ranking.

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Posted: August 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Ranked The Safest City In New Jersey

Middletown Democrats: Write In Michael Morris for Township Committee

Congressman Frank Pallone and Michael “Middletown Mike” Morris

Middletown Democrats who are examining their sample ballots in preparation of voting in the primary on Tuesday, June 6 will notice that only one candidate, William E. Hutton, is on the ballot for two seats on the Township Committee.  This has led to a flurry of activity of potential candidates trying to get the twenty-six write-in votes necessary to qualify to be on the ballot in November.

As good a job as Republicans Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore are doing for the people of Middletown, it is just un-American to let Murray or Fiore go unchallenged for another term.

For over 10 years, Michael Morris, aka Middletown Mike, has been preaching that “Truth, Justice and the American Way is possible all at once here in Middletown, the Bayshore and the great State of New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Middletown Township Reduces Spending and Property Taxes In 2017 Budget

Middletown Township Committee

The Middletown Township Committee will introduce a budget on Monday night that reduces Township spending by $161,459 and reduces the municipal tax rate by 3.49%

“We’ve taken a fine tooth comb to this budget in order to develop a spending plan that reduces costs without sacrificing core essential services,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. “We consistently seek ways to further minimize costs, maximize revenues and stretch a dollar.”

For the average homeowner, municipal taxes will decrease $5.31 this year.

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Posted: March 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Next OAL Hearing on 3/29 nothing short of OutRAGEous

By Middletown Township Committeeman Tony Fiore

Tony Fiore

On March 29th, thousands of residents and local elected officials from Monmouth County will converge upon the Collins Arena at Brookdale to speak against the proposed Monmouth County Reliability Project as proposed by First Energy and its subsidiary JCP&L.  This additional hearing called for by Office of Administrative Law Judge Gail Cookson, follows a meeting held on January 25th at Middletown High School North where thousands attended and many were turned away.  As an elected official in Middletown who will not have the opportunity to speak at this meeting per the Judge’s request, I will not remain silent with the question I would have asked Judge Cookson:  What’s the point of this hearing?

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Posted: March 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Massell Endorses O’Scanlon for Senate in LD 13

Declan O’Scanlon and Steve Massell

Middletown Township Committeeman Steve Massell today announced his endorsement of Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon to succeed Senator Joe Kyrillos as the senior legislator for northern Monmouth County’s 13th legislative district.

“As a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and having served these last 7 years on the Middletown Township Committee, I was not only saddened but concerned for the future of our county and state when I heard that Joe Kyrillos was retiring from the Senate,” Massell said.

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Posted: February 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Amy Handlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Arnone Endorses O’Scanlon in LD 13 Senate Race

Asemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Sheriff Shaun Golden. Freeholder Serena DiMaso, and Freeholder Tom Arnone

Freeholder Tom Arnone has endorsed Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos in the upper house of the legislature next year.

“I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Assemblyman O’Scanlon with our shared goal to maintain the high quality of life our residents deserve.” Arnone said. “Serving as the Assembly Republican Budget Officer since 2012, he has consistently made fiscally responsible decisions on behalf of our constituents. Assemblyman O’Scanlon will serve as a tremendous asset and voice for Monmouth County against the special interest groups in Trenton, and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure our municipalities are being fairly represented. As such, I am proud to endorse Assemblyman O’Scanlon in his bid to replace Senator Kyrillos. He will certainly have big shoes to fill, but I am confident he will serve us well.”

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Posted: February 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, 2017 Elections, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Endorses O’Scanlon in LD 13 Senate Race

Fiore endorses O’Scanlon for Senate in LD 13

Tony Fiore and Declan O’Scanlon

Tony Fiore, a Monmouth GOP Vice Chairman and a Middletown Township Committeeman announced his endorsement of Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon to replace Senator Joe Kyrillos in the State Senate next year.

“As a Republican elected official in the largest municipality in the 13th legislative district, the upcoming retirement of Middletown’s Senator Joe Kyrillos is vitally important to us,” Fiore said.  “For the past 28 years we have been extremely fortunate to have Senator Kyrillos representing our district as an advocate for residents and taxpayers of our district and the entire state.  His leadership and advocacy on behalf of our township and our district will be sorely missed.   The next Senator from the 13th must continue to fight for us in Trenton while working with our local leaders to help keep our local municipalities and county under fiscally conservative Republican control.

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Posted: February 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Amy Handlin, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Monmouth GOP, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Monmouth County Reliability Project Sheds Light on the State’s Continued Skim on Taxpayers

By Tony Fiore, Middletown Deputy Mayor

409007_485290121501434_1271080836_nThe recent filing of the proposed JCP&L Monmouth County Reliability Project should serve as a wake-up call to all taxpayers in the state of New Jersey.   The proposed 10 mile project with upwards of 200 foot monopoles to be installed on New Jersey Transit right-of way, will have a negative impact on the property values of all adjoining properties and potentially, properties within the line of site.  The impact alone in Middletown could be upwards of $1.5 million in lost value. However, don’t despair taxpayers of Middletown, Holmdel, Hazlet, Aberdeen and Red Bank, according to their BPU filing, JCP&L will be making a $9.8 million payment towards the local municipalities through Energy Receipts taxes.

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Posted: August 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: JCP&L, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Opinion, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »