Sunday, November 1, 2009
The Facts..Jack..On Mullaney's Record
Hit the road Jack(Mullaney) and don't you come back, no more, no more, no more, no more....should be the song sung by voters in Matawan. After reading and reviewing Councilman Joseph "Buddy" Mullaney's record and comments, this song just says it all.
Now we have to confess we read what some other blogger has said about the current Administration and it reads like a campaign flier for Mullaney & Company. Sprinkling big lies in with very little fact! Well, not wanting to read a cupcake, we went back in our notes and previous blogs to check out just what we witnessed, not what someone else told us to write, but what we heard and researched ourselves. Get a cup of coffee, better make that a mug, this is going to be a long one....
Let's go back to 12/18/07, Are You Kidding Me Category at Borough Council Meeting?, when American Properties supported the Democratic candidates by allowing signs to be place all over the front of their property on Route 34. Note: not one of the executives or employees of American Properties LIVES in Matawan. Why would they care who won? Well, today we hear Councilman Mullaney complaining on behalf of American Properties. The blog of 12/18/07 tells of Councilman Mullaney abstaining from a vote due to his past business relationship to a Mr. Czik, a top executive at American Properties. Ironically, the part time Building Dept. inspections was voted on during the Democratic majority years. Councilman Mullaney was part and parcel of it and voted in favor of it going part time. Are you confused as we are? Is this some kind of Payback? You tell us. Whose interests is Mullaney looking out for??? Yours or American Properties?
Let's move to the 12/13/07, Cheap Tricks or History Repeating Itself? It was Councilwoman Meghan Mullaney's replacement, claiming she moved to Aberdeen, after the election, to the person with the lowest number of popular votes, Robert Bunyon. Read more on that in 1/2/08, "Honesty in Government-Not in Matawan" Blog. By the way, Councilman Mullaney is now insinuating, referring to the years his daughter was on Council, they worked on the same cost effective method to save money as is in place now on the Borough's Health Insurance Plan. Well, we say poppycock! Mr. Mullaney did no such thing! One question, if Mullaney did work on it why wasn't it instituted? Simple, he never did! Nothing was ever said by either Mullaney about the plan that has been put in place by the current Administration. Per our notes, it wasn't brought up until Mayor Buccellato mentioned it and the current Administration worked it out to save the Borough money.
Comment: Ms. Mullaney has moved on with her life and is out of politics. She currently resides in Aberdeen and is engaged to one of Matawan's Finest. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors and many years of happiness with her future husband.
Mullaney is no stranger to controversy, i.e., the Beacon Surveying Downtown Study Report. See 10/17/2007 "Great Editorial Independent," this refers to the Study paid for by taxpayers dollars and somehow dismissed by Councilman Mullaney and then democratic Mayor Aufseeser. The funny thing was no one but these two people on Council reported ever receiving this expensive, important, paid Study. As a matter of fact, until then Councilman Buccellato, had requested its whereabouts several times, it had been dismissed by Mullaney and Aufseeser. Currently, Mullaney is calling for the Revitalization of Downtown. Well, what happened to that Study Councilman? Why did you hide it from the voters? Why did you have to be forced to share it with your constituents? Now in 2009 when the economy is so depressed, you are crying for change. Why did you not utilize that Report back when it could have made a difference? You see we all don't have short term memory loss Councilman!
Which brings us to the Transit Village issue. Another truth is stranger than fiction in Mullaney's campaign literature. It was the Developer from Aberdeen who delayed Matawan from going forward with the Transit Village, not the Republicans. Contrary to what Mullaney again insinuates. The facts are that the entire Matawan Borough Council, which included Paul Buccellato, Deb Buragina, Mike Cannon, Rob Clifton, etc. were falsely accused by the Aberdeen Developer and the Aberdeen Administrator of wrongdoing. All of this took years to play out in Court. Finally, it was resolved many years later when the NJS Supreme Court dismissed the allegations. The years took their toll on Matawan Borough. Times changed, the economy changed, laws changed. This all caused the Plan to require re-evaluation. Through no fault of the current Administration. The Democratic majority did vote for a new Developer during the years Matawan was in Court, costing the Borough more tax dollars, to no productive end. The fact is no plan was ever put into place to pick up the pieces at the end of the Court battle. But the financial supporters benefited while the taxpayers did not! Is it any wonder Mullaney claims to be a friend of business? Whose business?
OK, OK, let's get a little more current. How about Councilman Mullaney position and vote on the Girl's Softball League Field issue. That's right folks the Councilman was the only member of the Council to vote against it. No thanks to his delaying tactics the Council voted for it. By the way, the Girl's Softball League paid for half the cost to fix up the field and continues to maintain it. No cost to taxpayers. Mullaney wasted more of the Council's time on making this an issue when there was none. Is this an example of the way he wants to help Matawan's progress?
Pay to Play Ordinance - Councilman Mullaney was adamant about Matawan needing a Pay to Play Ordinance. At the time he also wanted to control the State and County's Pay to Play policies. Over-reaching your authority Councilman, you bet. But nonetheless we applauded his attempt to introduce the Ordinance in Matawan. THEN, it died! Nothing more was said by him on the subject. Months later when the Ordinance was brought up at the Council meeting, lo and behold, Councilman Mullaney hires an attorney and threatens to sue the Borough if a Pay to Play Ordinance is brought to a vote. What you say, sue his own constituents? That's right folks. You see Mullaney and another member of the Council perform work for the Borough. Well, Mullaney's Company and the other member's family owned business that is. Now it becomes clear why the Pay to Play Ordinance was dropped by Mullaney. Believe us you can't make this stuff up.
Last but not least, the loss of the Department of Motor Vehicles to a strip mall owned by Vic Scudiery, Mullaney's political/financial buddy. Why has no one asked the businesses that closed after the Motor Vehicle was moved to Hazlet, Vic Scudiery's strip mall? The same Scudiery who owns that grey building by the Train Station that has its parking managed by one of Matawan's Council members. To answer your question, Vic Scudiery does not live in Matawan.
Feeling like the girl in the movie, Sybil yet? Has your head stopped spinning? Now we have listened to Councilman Mullaney attack the current Mayor at Borough Council meetings, we have heard him belabor issues only to waste the Council and residents' time, we have even listened to him go against his own party members when it came to the Girls' Softball League issue, so we don't care how many "BIG" signs, or trailers he drives around with his photo on it, we still will not vote for Councilman "Buddy" Mullaney. He is no "Buddy" of Matawan.
Without going any further, and believe us we could, we support Andrew Lopez and Toni Angelini for Matawan Borough Council. Our reason is simple, they have the best interests of Matawan's residents in mind!
Post script - Councilman Mike Cannon has decided not to run for re-election. While we have not always agreed with his politics, we do believe Mike has always had the best interests of Matawan in his heart. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the future and thank him for his many years of service to Matawan Borough.
Which ever way you vote, don't forget to get out and vote on Tuesday! Every vote does count!