Generatorgate – An exciting opportunity to shine a light on our corrupted system of law and order

By Tina Renna | December 12, 2012

The Union County Prosecutor’s office is “looking into” allegations that county employees took home generators during the Hurricane Sandy emergency. According to an announcement made at a freeholder meeting his response should be due in the coming week.

The Prosecutor isn’t conducting an “investigation” because I am told that the investigator is opening his interviews by telling the potential witnesses “There is nothing criminal here, we are only looking into this because Tina Renna put it on her blog.”

 “The misuse of generators by public employees during a time when the public is suffering is offensive and unacceptable,” Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella said in a canned statement.

I find the Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow’s tenure to be offensive and unacceptable. From statements reported in the press, and made during freeholder meetings, and other feedback, I’m expecting Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow to produce another flim-flam report of what occurred while we were dealing with super storm Sandy, that will perhaps name as little as two employees. He will then wash his hands of it and hand these employees over to the county manager to discipline as he wishes.

I will submit to the State Attorney General’s office that there is more at stake here than misuse of county property. It is an opportunity to shine a light on our corrupted system of law and order. This doesn’t involve just the prosecutor protecting high-level connected employees, this involves high ranking county police officers as well as Sheriff officers.

I believe federal emergency monies may have been involved, and this has been reported to the F.B.I.

I’m prepared to give a list of names of employees who took generators home, as well as a list of witnesses to the State if our corruption busting former U.S. Attorney turned governor Christopher Chrisie is willing to take a stand against this local political corruption. No one should be above the law. And this case is to outrageous to ignore for many reasons.

As many as 16 names have been revealed to me by different sources. People are talking, it shouldn’t be hard for a County Prosecutor to conduct a full investigation, even if it started out as a “looking into” project, it should be quite obvious that more is at stake here. I expect it would be very easy for a State Investigation into any falsehoods the prosecutor produces or information he chooses to leave out. Romankow might be ready to retire, but he isn’t personally conducting this “looking into” investigation.

Prosecutor Romankow’s exit is long overdue. First there was his sham investigation of Musicfest involving Sen. Ray Lesniak’s nephew, followed up almost immediately by a sham county police investigation involving Freeholder Debra Scanlon’s son and missing chainsaws. Not only is the chainsaw investigation allowed to drag on for about a year now, the same police involved with conducting that investigation are involved with taking generators for personal use.

Also consider that at least 16 generators, worth tens of thousands of dollars, were just lying around the county not being put to public use. More than just generators were taken. There were heaters and gas cans, etc. And some lucky employees even had at home delivery service of generators provided by the county!

Although it is against their official policies, Union County employees are allowed to “borrow” tools, I’ve been told. With no check out and check in system in place.

How many millions in useless equipment do the taxpayers own? I’ve asked this repeatedly at freeholder meetings and never get an answer.

If all that isn’t enough to get the Governor’s boxers in a knot, consider the combined salaries of the employees reported to me so far, and more names are on the way:
$1,483,409

Did you have the extra cash on hand, and were you lucky enough to be able to find a generator to purchase to keep your family in some comfort or perhaps keep your business running?  

Wrap your minds around these salaries, they are rounded off (not including Cadillac heath benefits and pensions) and consider if they should be able to afford to buy their own generators on the generous salaries you provide them with and if they should get away with taking your taxpayer property home for their personal use and comfort because they are connected:

$120,000
$99,000
$110,000
$67,000
$62,000
$61,000
$66,000
$66,000
$45,000
$60,000
$129,000
$118,000
$118,000
$105,000
$90,000
$61,000
$118,000

6 Responses to “Generatorgate – An exciting opportunity to shine a light on our corrupted system of law and order”

  1. TheSituation says:

    We would all love to know this top secret information you have gathered from your little minions around the county….please tell us all the names of these horrible rotten tax dollar stealing people….please let’s shine the light on this….NO!! My guess is you don’t know anything and your just making a fuss like you always do, trying to make democrats and county employees you don’t like look bad….it’s a shame

  2. bpaterson says:

    and as counsel barry noted at one FH mtg about 2 years ago, any prosecution will be on a case by case basis.

    UCCE (union county criminal enterprise) is alive and well at county govt.

    Like police captain renault in Casablance, FH chair Mirabella could have just said, “I am shocked, just shocked”. it would have summed up his unin county system nicely.

  3. Tina Renna says:

    TheSituation, you mean the guy in this picture?
    http://www.countywatchers.com/?tag=jersey-shore

    I don’t personally know any of the county employees that have been reported to me for alledgedly taking home generators during a public emergency while so many people suffered and even died. But I can say I don’t like people that are capable of doing that. I almost feel sorry for you, you’re all living in a fantacy world where right and wrong is confused by entitled and not entitled.

    I sincerely thank all the good county employees that are stepping up and doing the right thing. You’re not all bad, in fact only a small persentage of you are a disease on society.

    I’m making a fuss like I always do, that’s for sure. Last time I made a fuss like this George Devanney retired.

  4. Mark Boehme says:

    Interesting that TheSitation decided to post. Also interesting that this person refers to anyone exposing this as “little minions”. Calling hard working county employees names? Ouch! Clearly this is getting under someone’s skin.

    @TheSituation: it is not the job of the UCWA to enforce the rules and list the names. The prosector needs to know that citizens expect him to do his job and stop whitewashing county fraud and corruption. He has a habit of carefully “managing” investigations so they don’t turn over all the rocks and then spinning the conclusions, so that no one gets prosecuted. That needs to stop. If he had enforced the rules in the past, the culture of corruption in the county would no longer exisit. Because he didn’t, it continues as before.

    Why do these things only come out when the UCWA exposes them? Integrity and transparency is the cornerstone of good government, but the county has yet to learn that.

  5. bpaterson says:

    tina, and in 1 month 2 other dregs, FH scanlon and selective prosecutor romankow will abandon ship, hopefully taking some of the darkness they created away with them. its a long process. A sad legacy. They will get no honors from the informed public for what they have committed.

    Someday, the honest hard working county employees will be thanked when they see a good honest system come back to county govt; and the system that rewards based on political connections, favors and looking the other way will be dispelled. We informed citizens give thanks to the county watchdogs who made us well aware to who enables all this.

  6. Mary says:

    Tina is doing what she could to shed light on corruption !!! Not on single thing she has posted was a lie !!! I’m a county employee I’ve seen it first hand what they are capable of stealing !!! I wonder why people are scared of the truth !!! Maybe there one of the ones that’s stealing !!! I’m glad I’ve seen people get fired over a 50 cent yogurt !!!! But seen people take sheds full of union county property get caught and get demoted when they should of been fired !!! So Tina continue your hard work and crumble them bastards !!!