|Vol. IX, Issue 9.
||Friday, May 10, 2013
Open for Business
live in an era of “Gates”
of course you all remember Watergate,
the scandal originally thought to be a
simple burgurlary that ultimately brought
down an American President, “Travelgate”
a fiasco that nearly cost the Clinton’s
their Pennsylvania Avenue address and
most recently “Hoochiegate”
whose casualty was New York Governor Eliott
Spitzer. Not to be left out of the trend,
Clifton has its own saga, “290 Brightongate”.
While the public still doesn’t have
all the details, (the OPRA requests have
unavoidably detained) this certainly has
all the elements of a world class drama
and it’s only getting more involved.
. . It seems the Board of Education (BOE)
is paying extensive charges for the storage
of steel purchased for 290 Brighton Road
construction. Somewhere in the $18,000
range. Now that’s a lot of money
to pay for storage when you have a building
with plenty of space and an empty, well,
an almost empty parking lot to hold the
construction material. Put it with the
sheet rock and pipes already in storage
at 290. . .
March 14, 2008By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
The Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) requirements have proven
to be a real challenge. Why not just tackle
the issues and move ahead rather than
trying to circumvent the system. It seemd
the most recent tactic has been a letter
written to the Director of the DEP Laura
Jackson by Senator Nia Gill on the BOE’s
behalf to move things along. . . The question
here involves the contamination of the
groundwater at the site. If the contamination
poses a threat to the students that would
attend the school then it needs to be
dealt with. If a letter to a department
head can make it all go away then what
purpose does the DEP really serve if their
thresholds are there simply to be explained
away as insignificant? Alot of businesses
and developers have paid lots of money
to have DEP issues cleaned up at projects
all over the state because they were forced
to. Either these thresholds are in place
for a good reason, or the whole DEP system
is a farse. As Ray Matera stated at a
recent BOE meeting “vote no until
they start doing things right”.
While on DEP issues, it seems the board’s
consultant, Mr. Lev, has a reputation
for never been wrong. It was stated twice
by Marie Hakim prior to his delivering
his report to the BOE. Now it turns out
Mr. Lev’s comments about pesticides
coming from the park across the street
stating it use to be farmland are “baseless”.
The flow comes from the direction of Brighton
Road and flows under the building toward
the rail road tracks. By piecing together
old aerial photos, the park was identified
as a farm field and the 290 site was identified
as an area full of trees. The water is
apparently migrating from up the hill.
Two pesticides were found in the samples
taken along with arsenik found in the
well closest to the rail road tracks.
. . BOE members should set a good example
and learn to share their information with
one another. Perhaps if you all learned
to play nice and respect one another the
public’s perception of you would
not be so negative.
Just asking but why was the BOE able to
transfer $1.2 million from the “surplus”
account for 290 Brighton Road yet they
were not able to transfer funds from the
surplus to complete the auditorium renovation?
While we are on the surplus, just how
much money is in that account? It has
the appearance of an endless supply of
taxpayer cash. If there is that much money
in surplus then why do we continually
get hit with tax increases as a result
of the ever growing school budget. Can’t
that “surplus” cash be used
to buy books and supplies for the students
attending the schools - explain that one
to the school 2 parents who had to buy
their own text books! This isn’t
a surplus its more like a discretionary
The Board of Education Election is just
4 weeks away and with three seats up for
grabs, we only have four candidates who
stepped up to the plate to run. Incumbents
Marie Hakim and John Traier, Paul Graupe
who ran unsuccessfuly last election loosing
by a mere hand full of votes, and Lou
Fraulo, a retired educator. With such
a focus of BOE issues it’s amazing
that there aren’t more in the race.
Perhaps Councilman Peter Eagler is right
in looking into going back to an appointed
board. BOE election turnout is dismal
at best. It seems a majority of city residents
don’t care or don’t know how
important their vote is. Going back to
an appointed board may not be the answer,
however the thought of loosing a voice
may be just the wakeup call the city needs
to generate interest in the race.
Paul Graupe, candidate for a seat on Clifton’s
Board of Education held a campaign kick-off,
March 3, at Mario’s Restaurant.
He has a respectable turnout which included
none other than Mayor Jim Anzaldi who
was there lending his support.
Now for some good news - It’s official,
Perkins Family Restaurant will be making
the corner of Main and Clifton Avenues
their home. In just a few short months
you can make your way down to Perkins
in the Genardi building to be well fed
by Claire and August Centrella your host
and hostess. . . Judy Bassford is someone
who gets things done. Her latest endeavor
P.R.A.I.S.E. a non-advarse group founded
to help parents of special needs. The
group will meet on Monday April 7, 2008
at 7PM at the Allwood Library, the discussion
for the evening will be "BASIC RIGHTS
TO KNOW IN SPECIAL EDUCATION”. Everyone
is welcome to attend.
While we all focus on $3.00 a gallon gas
a real shortage has seemed to have been
overlooked. Is anyone aware of the shortage
of wheat and the rising costs associated
with the shortage. Wheat prices have tripled
in the past year as farmers across the
nation move to a corn crop which will
eventually be used to produce ethanol
which will be used to fuel Americas cars.
It seems the corn crop is more lucrative.
A bagel in New York currently costs $1.24.
No Butter or cream cheese just the bagel.
Locally many bagel stores owners have
taken the increase on the chin but prices
are slowly creeping up.
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