Counseling Silence

By John Bury | September 4, 2015

At last night’s freeholder agenda meeting County Counsel had five resolutions:

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COUNSEL
Robert E. Barry, Esq., County Counsel

  1. A Resolution appointing LaCorte, Bundy, Varady & Kinsella of Union, NJ to represent Brian Riordan in the matter entitled Marissa Taylor-Munger v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
  2. A Resolution appointing Kologi & Simitz of Linden, NJ to represent Corrections Officer Kevin Burkert in the matter entitled Marissa Taylor-Munger v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
  3. Amending Resolution 2015-136, to increase the appropriation to Florio & Kenny, LLP of Hoboken, NJ in the matter entitled Shiquon Fowler v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $60,000.00.
  4. Amending Resolution 2015-200, to increase the appropriation to Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC of Rochelle Park, NJ in the matter entitled Shiquon Fowler v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $60,000.00.
  5. Amending Resolution 2015-240, to increase the appropriation to DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole of Teaneck, NJ in the matter entitled Shiquon Fowler v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $40,000.00.

There was a brand new case involving the jail (Taylor-Munger v. UC et. als.) and the Shiquon Fowler v. UC case looks like it it is approaching a million dollars to defend.  Yet when it came time to question County Counsel:
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Are the freeholders up on all the intricacies here or are they cowed into silence because this has become a favored avenue to get money to their campaign donors?

You can decide for yourself but, to help you, here is a list of defendants and their lawyers from the  Party Attorney Detail in the Shiquon Fowler case:

UNION COUNTY – Palumbo & Renaud

UNION COUNTY DETENTION CENTER – Palumbo & Renaud

LYONS GREG – LaCorte Bundy Varady

MATLOCK TINA – UNION COUNTY COUNSEL

RODRIGUEZ ALBERTO – DECOTIIS FITZPATRICK*

CUNNINGHAM CARL – DECOTIIS FITZPATRICK

KOON EDWARD – Kologi Simitz

ALLEN TEKKI – Cottrell Solensky

ABNEY THELMA – FLORIO & KENNY LLC
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* It would be much too large a file if we linked to the thousands of bribes that DeCotiis lawyers have spread around over the years so here is the spreadsheet of those to Union County Democratic freeholder candidates (and candidates in Rahway) through 2014. They may have changed their modus operandi a bit because their 2015 donations ($315.79 by 19 lawyers on June 3, 2015 for a total of $6,000) went to Gerald Green. They did a test run on March 20, 2015 with 14 lawyers giving $26.32 each again to Gerald Green and of course there is that Rahway money for a specific project.

County Employee and Vendors Sentencing Rescheduled!!?

By John Bury | August 28, 2015

After resignations and guilty pleas almost two years ago, at least two of these guys:

  • former Union County Director Niel Palmieri,
  • Frank Vicendese of Viva Group, and
  • Richard Greer of Positive Attitude LLC

had their sentencing, which was last set for this week and next, postponed again.

Continue reading “County Employee and Vendors Sentencing Rescheduled!!?”

UCCF 8/20/15: Playground Equipment as Exception to Bidding

By John Bury | August 27, 2015

2015-626: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Marturano Recreation Company, Spring Lake, New Jersey, as an exception to bidding under NJSA 40A:11-12 Middlesex Regional Education Services Commission (65MCESCCPS) Bid #MRESC 14/15-08 for playground equipment, site furnishing, outdoor circuit training equipment and related products, parts and installation in various parks throughout Union County in an amount not to exceed $300,000.00.
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Marturano Recreation political contributions

 

UCCF 8/20/15: Health Insurance Transition to CFG

By John Bury | August 26, 2015

2015-647: Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a contract, pursuant to a competitive contracting process, with CFG Health Systems, LLC for comprehensive institutional healthcare services for incarcerated adults at the Union County Jail and the youth housed at the Juvenile Detention Center for the period of September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2019 in a total contract amount not to exceed $24,434,839.00.

This contract had been with Corizon Healthcare for some time and they were not pleased with the change:
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So how does CFG Health Systms, LLC qualify for this contract?

It looks like from being major political donors, primarily to Democrats, and having the jail contracts in Hudson County (which has become chummy with Union County lately) and several other county jails.

UCCF 8/20/15: Development Directions

By John Bury | August 26, 2015

2015-671: Authorize the County Manager to exercise the options for the Development Directions contract for administration of the Union County Home Improvement Program and extend the contract through August 31, 2016 in an amount not to exceed $340,000.
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Development Directions political contributions

Prior coverage:

2/27/14: Two Vote No

2/26/12: The Development Directions Story

 

UCCF 8/20/15: Legal Fees to Campaign Donors

By John Bury | August 25, 2015

2015-658 CHAIRMAN MOHAMED S. JALLOH: Amending Resolution Number 2015-018, a contract with Roth D’Aquanni, Springfield, New Jersey, special Legal Counsel for personnel matters, to increase the cap for legal services in the amount of $40,000 for an amount not to exceed $115,000.

2015-689: Amending Resolution Number 2015-277, to increase the appropriation to Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. of Florham Park, New Jersey in the matter entitled Shiquon Fowler v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $45,000.00.

2015-690: Amending Resolution Number 2014-930, to increase the appropriation to Weber Dowd Law of Woodland Park, New Jersey in the matter entitled Beverly Figueroa v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $130,000.00.

2015-691: Amending Resolution Number 2015-545, to increase the appropriation to LaCorte Bundy Varady & Kinsella of Union, New Jersey, in the matter entitled Paul Takacs v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $110,000.00.

2015-692: Amending Resolution Number 2015-138, to increase the appropriation to Palumbo & Renaud of Cranford, New Jersey in the matter entitled Richmond Lapolla v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $75,000.00.

2015-693: Amending Resolution Number 2015-389, to increase the appropriation to Palumbo & Renaud of Cranford, New Jersey in the matter entitled Shiquon Fowler v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $80,000.00.

2015-694: Amending Resolution Number 2014-979, to increase the appropriation to Weber Dowd Law of Woodland Park, New Jersey in the matter entitled Laquan Kearney v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $36,956.48.

2015-695: Amending Resolution Number 2015-392, to increase the appropriation to Bauch Zucker Hatfield of Springfield, New Jersey in the matter entitled Barbara Egger v. UC, et als. in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00 for a sum not to exceed $100,000.00.
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Roth D’Aquanni

Jardim Meisner & Susser PC

LaCorte Bundy Varady & Kinsella

Palumbo Renaud

Weber Dowd

Bauch Zucker Hatfield

UCCF 8/20/15: Resolutions Off and On

By John Bury | August 24, 2015

Though it appeared in the draft agenda:

2015-661: Authorizing County Manager to award a contract to Praeses Shreveport, LA for inmate communications consulting, contractual management, and reconciliation services pursuant to N.J.S.A 40A:11-1 et seq.; which allows a contract to be awarded without competitive public bidding if the subject matter consists of “extraordinary unspecifiable service” not to exceed 9.22% of inmate telephone county commission for the contract period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

After the presentations and before comments on the resolutions there was a need to go into executive session:
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So 661 was dropped and 709 added (though not in written form):
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2014-588: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to T&M, Middletown, New Jersey, to provide Workplace Health and Safety Compliance and Consulting Services for the period of August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015 in an amount not to exceed $136,000.

A possible reason for giving money to T & M Associates instead of Praeses (aside of not understanding what Praeses would be doing from the wording in the resolution since it’s about the same situation with T & M) is that according to the NJELEC website, you won’t find Praeses represented – not so with T & M Associates.

UCCF 8/20/15: Rahway Stadium Objections and Another Meeting

By John Bury | August 23, 2015

2015-688: Resolution Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Use and Maintenance Agreement with the City of Rahway and the Rahway Board of Education relative to the Rahway River Park Project.

Desperate pleadings against it:
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Yes there will be another dog-and-pony public hearing:
Rahway Public Library
Tuesday, 9/15/15 at 6 pm
Written comments only
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UCCF 8/20/15: Why $335,000 for Cryan Crash

By John Bury | August 21, 2015

Bruce Paterson was certainly NOT out of order when he was forced to stop speaking last night as he was both (a) well within his 5-minute time allotment and (b) addressing the Chair.

The topic was why the county was paying $335,000 for Sheriff Joe Cryan’s car crash:
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Official answer that Bruce Paterson never got to hear:
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Still unanswered:

  1. What was Cryan doing that was so negligent that the plaintiffs had to be bought off?
  2. Where was the insurance coverage?
  3. Does every county employee have this additional lawsuit protection?

UCCF 8/20/15: Suppressing Free Speech

By John Bury | August 20, 2015

Or at least one word.

In an effort to forestall another visit from the ACLU (or a freedom-of-speech lawsuit) Freeholder Chairman Jalloh explained why Bruce Paterson was thrown out of tonight’s freeholder meeting:
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But when you check the tape you see that the police were summoned well within the five minute time limit. Note that 27 seconds after the ‘out of order’ call is made and the police come in the yellow light is still on:
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There was another reason.

All this had to do with the $335,000 that taxpayers paid for Joe Cryan’s car crash and the reasons behind it (some of which was officially answered later by County Counsel Barry) and you will see all the footage in the next blog but, for now, what do you people who were not there tonight think?
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