Remember the game "Six Degrees of Separation" regarding Kevin Bacon, the Actor. Well, Matawn has its own version of this game as regards, Vic Scudiery, Councilman Mullaney and Matawan. Here we go people, Vic Scudiery owns property on Main Street by the Train Station, Vic Scudiery's nephew, Robert "Bob" Bunyon is running for Council, Robert Bunyon is the same person who was replaced at last year's election by Michael Cannon (you all remember the man who is running, not running and then the man who legally was not entitled to run, Mike Cannon.) Councilman Mullaney endorses the Mayor, Bunyon and Mendes. Now here is where the six degrees of separation come in..Mullaney, Bunyon and Mendes are all on the Planning/Zoning Board, Scudiery owns property on Main Street, Matawan. The Transit Village Redevelopment Area encompasses land owned by Scudiery, Mendes and Mullaney, we all know Mullaney owns Mullaney Tires on Main St and his son, Michael Mullaney has a Physical Therapy office on Main St. There is more American Properties, The Preserve on Route 79 has two huge signs on the Entrance to the property endorsing Aufseeser, Bunyon and Mendes. Now if that doesn't smack of conflict of interest I don't know what does! Messrs. Bunyon, Mendes and Mullaney are all Planning/Zoning Board members. Councilman Mullaney abstained at Council meetings and Planning/Zoning Board meetings from voting due to the fact that he and Mr. Sic of American Properties had some kind of relationship 17 years ago. As it turns out, Ken Cassiday, Chairperson of the Planning/Zoning Board stepped down because he lives close to the American Properties site and Kevin Mendes stepped in as Chairperson when American Properties came before the Board. Now American Properties has signs endorsing Bunyon and Mendes. Is Matawan running Matawan or Vic Scudiery through Councilman Mullaney running Matawan? Think people, the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles moved from Matawan to a Hazlet strip mall owned by Vic Scudiery. Did anyone hear of Mullaney and Company attempt to prevent them from moving? Word has it that C-Town is closing but not until after the election. How much did Mullaney have to do with it staying open until after the election? We all know he had alot to do with bringing this store to Matawan and continues to fight to keep it on Main St. Where were they when it came to the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles? When all the businesses in that area lost business due to Motor Vehicles moving to Hazlet? Where was Mullaney when it came to the Health and Safety issues confronting Matawan at the 7-11 on Main St? I know where Councilman Buccellato and Councilwoman Buragina stand. Buccellato brought forth an idea for a solution to the problems. He along with concerned citizens forced the Health Department to take a stand. These are questions that should be in mind when voting this November.
The way I see it your choices are for people who care about Matawan or people who have their own self interests. Needless to say my vote goes to Paul Buccellato, Debra Buragina and Linda Clifton. These are people who care what happens to Matawan. From what I have observed at Council meetings they are the people who will get the Transit Village Redevelopment up and going.