Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Matawan - Borough in Conflict

“If an intelligent person is betrayed repeatedly, and humiliated publicly, yet chooses to remain in that situation, one must ask: what are the rewards?” Gail Sheehy Vanity Fair (February 1999)

This quote is reminiscent of the situation that Councilman Cannon faces with the Recreation Committee and the rumors of his resigning from that Committee.

The last few Borough Council meetings have been more like a World Wrestling Federation Show than a Municipal government working to better our Community. One of the problems at this meeting was the Recreation Committee and its members. Expressions like, out of control, the lunatics are running the asylum, and Peter's principle of let everyone rise to the level of their own incompetence come to mind. Councilman Michael Cannon who chairs the Recreation Committee has been undermined by his own Committee. Mary Mullaney, Delegate of the Recreation Committee, member of the Matawan Alliance, wife of Councilman "Bud" Mullaney Mother of Councilwoman Meghan Mullaney and Committee member Michael Mullaney, made a "supposed" statement after the meeting had been closed. That wasn't a misprint there are 2 Council Mullaneys and 2 Committee member Mullaneys. Mayor Aufseeser chose not to control the meeting (no surprise here) and let Mrs. Mullaney speak, speak, speak and speak more. This meetings target by Mrs. Mullaney was Councilman Cannon. Councilwoman Buragina responded passionately to Mrs. Mullaney's statements, saying the program was for the children and to reject children already enrolled would hurt the families. Councilman Cannon agreed that it would be a disservice to the children. The vote to keep the children in the program for this year was agreed to by Councilwoman Buragina, Councilman Cannon, Councilman Buccellato with Mayor Aufseeser casting the deciding vote. Councilwoman Mullaney voted with her father Councilman Mullaney and Councilman Malley against. Has anyone else noticed these three never vote independently. Councilwoman Mullaney abstains from voting when it comes to Police matters. However, she is the Chairperson of the Personnel, Finance and Education Committee. It appears that the Mullaneys think they run this Borough! No they think they own this Borough! WRONG! We the people, are the Borough.

The Borough Council voted to allow the children registered for the Summer program to remain in the program. However, the Council did vote to revise the rules for this program as they are outdated. This revision should be in place for next year's program. It is good to see that Matawan DID THE RIGHT THING! Thank you Councilwoman Buragina, Councilmen Buccellato and Cannon, and Mayor Aufseeser for standing by your convictions.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Matawan Boro Council Mtg Tonight at 7:30pm

Several matters are of interest. Union Street is still waiting to be repaired and improved. Sources say the vote is tonight for funds. Keep in mind residents of Union Street that only Phase I is being done. That's from Aberdeen Road to Danielle Drive. The Borough Council aka "the powers that be" have neglected to get this Phase done in a timely fashion and lost the grant (FREE MONEY) for Phase II. And who gets penalized.....Union Street residents that's who. Phase II 2008 Road Program for Union Street has been kicked off the program until 2009. While residents have petitioned the Council last year and complained at just about each meeting, it not only fell on deaf ears but has been totally ignored. Yes, Councilman Michael Cannon did speak of possibly combining two phases. However, logistically he knew by past experience that wasn't going to happen when he said it. Don't know about anyone else but I for one am tired of the lip service we get from the Council. Remember this at election time. Of course, if you are happy with the current circumstance, stay home and continue with complacency. The current administration is counting on you not to get involved. They will continue to spend your hard earned tax dollars as only the incompetent can. However, if you care just come to one meeting. Believe me it will be an enlightening, eye opening experience.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Primary Day in Matawan

Today is Primary Day in Monmouth County. Polls are open from 6am to 8pm. Whatever your political views get out and vote. Every election whether local or national is important to have your voice heard. Realizing we are not telling you something you don't know, just wanted to remind you.