Cryan’s Glaring Excuse

By John Bury | July 24, 2015

It will cost Union County taxpayers $335,000 to settle a lawsuit from a car accident that then-Assemblyman and now-Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan was involved in.

According to an nj.com story on the incident:

The accident occurred at 10:38 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2011, near Cryan’s home in Union.

Cryan was driving a county-owned 2009 Ford Escape and traveling north on Liberty Avenue, and as he turned left onto Meister Avenue, he collided head-on into a sports utility vehicle driven by Brown, who was traveling south on Liberty Avenue, according to the police report.

Brown, then 45, was driving a 2006 Acura MDX, according to the report. There was a 29-year-old passenger in the vehicle, but that person’s name was redacted from the report obtained from Union police.

Cryan told police that as he was turning left, he was distracted by sun glare and failed to see Brown’s vehicle.

After we gather more information from the lawsuit (we have the police report) we will share it with you but, for now, let’s concentrate on Cryan’s glaring excuse.
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UCCF 7/16/15: Opposing New Jersey Transit Fare Hike But UC Taxes?

By John Bury | July 22, 2015

2015-621 FREEHOLDER CHRISTOPHER HUDAK & THE ENTIRE BOARD: Resolution opposing the New Jersey Transit’s proposed fare increase.
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UCCF 7/16/15: Protecting Cryan

By John Bury | July 20, 2015

The freeholders have taken to answering questions on ordinances and resolutions (only) so it was unusual when this resolution appeared on last Thursday’s agenda:

2015-615: A resolution authorizing Settlement of pending litigation in the consolidated matter entitled Twanda Brown vs UC, et als and Yuri Rayford vs Brown, et als, Docket No UNN-L-3564-13, in the total amount not to exceed $335,000 to be charged to account No T-030560850-000-537

and questions were asked about it:
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But the questions were all ignored.

So what were they hiding? Who were they protecting? This morning we found out.

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UCCF 7/16/15: Rahway River Park Stadium Again

By John Bury | July 20, 2015

The original draft agenda that was online the morning of the meeting included the following resolution:

2015-615: A resolution authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding and Use Agreement between Union County, City of Rahway and Board of Education of the City of Rahway.

It did not appear on the final agenda.

Public Comments:
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Freeholder Response:
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UCCF 7/16/15: Who Scans Best

By John Bury | July 19, 2015

2015-594: Authorizing the County Manager to award the proposed contract for On Call Digital Imaging Services obtained through advertised public bidding in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, NJSA 40A:11-1 et seq: Available to all County users to: Foveonics, 310 Main St., Toms River, for the purpose of providing digital imaging services, for a contract of 36 consecutive months and the award of the initial three projects using the unit pricing of the bid for the Office of the Surrogate: not to exceed $23,000, the Clerk of the Board: not to exceed $8,000 and Human Services – Cornerstone: not to exceed $100,000.
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Catching Up With Union County Vendors

By John Bury | July 17, 2015

The Louis Berger Group – $2,685,863 since 2004 which will help with that $17.1 penalty they have to pay for bribing foreign officials. Among Union County’s contributions:

2013-793 CHAIRMAN LINDA CARTER: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Engineering Service contract to The Louis Berger Group of Morristown, New Jersey, for the purpose of providing Professional Engineering Services for Intersection Improvements at Center Street and South Avenue, Borough of Garwood, in an amount not to exceed $57,500.00.

Which was commented upon at the time:
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Next we go back to March 22, 2012 when Ordinance 728-2012 was passed unanimously:

Ordinance authorizing the execution and acknowledgment and delivery by the County of Union of certain agreements in relation to guaranteed lease revenue bonds, series 2012 (Union County Family Court Building Project – Elizabeth) of the Union County Improvement Authority in the aggregate principal amount not to exceed $45,000,000.

That project has already generated $2,361,002 for DeCotiis, Netta, and others based only on the bills that appear on the UCIA website.  We don’t know what the general contractor, APS Contracting, Inc of Paterson, NJ has been paid but we may find that out in future court documents.  They were fired “on or about April 30, 2015″ though the UCIA resolution on the firing came out over two months later on July 8, 2015 and the nj.com story today.

Could the delay be because the UCIA wanted to lock up Roselle into having them build that $49.5 million recreation center through them before the news about yet another UCIA fiasco (remember the solar panels) became known?

Here is what we said about the courthouse early on:
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UCCF 7/16/15: Resolutions Q & A

By John Bury | July 17, 2015

If you are interested in learning more about these resolutions then follow along with the youtube below:

2015-567:  Authorizing the County Manager to enter into an agreement with the City of Elizabeth Recreation Department to run a Summer Playground Program which provides children with the opportunity to participate in supervised recreational activities with subsidized snack and lunch at no cost to the participants in the amount not to exceed $8,280.00.

2015-568: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Rich Tree Service, South Plainfield, New Jersey, as an exception to bidding under NJSA 40A:11-12, New Jersey State Contract #80902/T-0465 for tree trimming, pruning and removal services in various parks throughout Union County in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00.

2015-573: Resolution Modifying the 2015 Budget in the amount of $2,840,447 as a result of notification received from the State of New Jersey, Department of Labor and Workforce Development for a program Entitled: Work First New Jersey.

2015-574: Resolution modifying the 2015 Budget in the amount of $4,392 as a result of notification received from the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services for a program entitled: Older Americans Act
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2015-575: Resolution modifying the 2015 Budget in the amount of $150,000 as a result of notification received from the State of New Jersey Transit for a program entitled: NJ Job Access Reverse Commute (NJ JARC).

2015-577: Authorizes the County Manager to adjust and or change the Internal Position Control Schedules.

2015-578: Resolution authorizing the County Manager to unwind and exit the new markets tax credits transactions entered into to finance the Christian J. Bollwage Garage in Elizabeth and authorizing the execution of an amendment to the License Agreement and other matters in connection therewith.

2015-590: Authorizing the County Manager to award the proposed contract obtained through advertised public bidding in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law, NJSA 40A:11-1 et seq: Department of Administrative Services, Division of Motor Vehicle, to Union County Collision, Roselle Park, NJ, for the purpose of providing the County with automobile and light truck collision repair, painting and refinishing for a period of 24 months, not to exceed $200,000.00.

2015-596: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract to Union County College for the twelve (12) month period: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 under the WorkFirst New Jersey Program. Funding for the twelve- month period will not exceed $500,000.00, to provide recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA)Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) with countable work activities that provide opportunities to acquire the general skills, training, knowledge and work habits necessary to obtain employment.

2015-606: Amending Resolution Number 2015-425, a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Service Contract with T&M Associates of Middletown, New Jersey to provide environmental consulting services for the groundwater remediation and monitoring at the Venneri Complex located in the Township of Westfield in an amount not to exceed $114,260.00. (NJDEP Case
#88-02-03-1732, Pl #004896; Union County Engineering Project Number 2011-031)

2015-608: Authorizing the County Manager to award a Professional Service Contract to PATJO Appraisal Services Inc., of Kendall Park, New Jersey to perform an appraisal of the market value of various private-owned properties associated with the Gordon Street Bridge ROW Project for an amount not to exceed $10,900.00. (Union County Engineering Project Number 2011-051)

2015-612: Authorizing the County Manager to sign any and all documents necessary to enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Teamsters Local 102-Secondary Supervisors effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015.

2015-615: A resolution authorizing Settlement of pending litigation in the consolidated matter entitled Twanda Brown vs. UC, et als and Yuri Rayford vs. Brown, et als, Docket No. UNN-L-3564-13, in the total amount not to exceed $335,000.00 to be charged to Account No. T-03-56-850-000-537.

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UCCF 7/16/15: When Hypocrites Attack

By John Bury | July 16, 2015

There was quite a bit of activity at tonight’s freeholder meeting with some interesting resolutions, including one where the unsuccessful bidder confronted the successful one, along with two bond ordinances and more push-back on Rahway River Park Stadium but, first, the fireworks.

One of the problems with this open comment format is that you usually get to say what you want (if you keep it under 5 minutes) without reaction at the time but then the freeholders have a chance to get the last word in at whatever length and however inane or insulting.  So it was tonight when two members of the public made their points and were essentially called racists for them:
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What you need to know is that these freeholder meetings are catered. This is someone who just enjoyed a free meal going off on anyone who questions whether the right people are getting taxpayer funded meals. Then there was this issue:
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County employee and vendors sentencings rescheduled

By Tina Renna | July 6, 2015

No reason was given for the following sentencings being postponed yet again. New dates are:

Former Union County Director Niel (Aniello) Palmieri was scheduled to be sentenced on July 8, 2015 on charges of mail fraud. Sentencing has been rescheduled for September 1, 2015.

Frank Vicendese of Viva Group sentencing has been rescheduled for September 2, 2015.

Richard Greer sentencing has been rescheduled for August 25, 2015.

The details on all three cases can be found on this F.B.I. press release.

Fifth of July Fizzle

By John Bury | July 5, 2015

At 9:25 tonight there will be another fireworks display in the area; this one run by the Union County freeholders for some reason that escapes me.  Maybe someone out there can explain it:

In any case, there seemed to be little logic behind running this thing with no on-sight parking at a dangerous highway crossing with only a handful of shuttle buses to transfer maybe 300 people three miles late on a Sunday night.  Here are my highlights so far:
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