The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time to Go




The mayor and her supporters/apologists would have you believe that due to her misuse of city funds and subsequent refusal to be forthcoming about it (the WBLS event), our city was made safer. These supporters attempt to equate the money spent by the people’s search for the truth (to hire a firm to investigate and later to defend the city's interests against the mayor's frivolous lawsuit--now WITHDRAWN) to the mayor’s illegal use of their funds.  

A forum that she put together two years ago (which I feel was partly an attempt to SHOVE a million dollar contract for ShotSpotter down the throats of Plainfielders—the ShotSpotter folks were on her anti-crime panel) certainly resulted in more community awareness of the gang problem in our city, but her after-the-fact attempt to include the “truce” (which came about months later) as one of the accomplishments of the forum was and remains a complete falsehood. 

Her obfuscations in the “WBLS event” have cost our city upwards of $82,000 of taxpayers’ money as of this writing. She purports to love Plainfield while, at the same time, continuing to obstruct the pathway toward reforming the PMUA, and doesn’t even bother to pay her own bill—a slap in the face to the struggling ratepayers in this city, some of whom are in danger of losing their homes. 

She remains clueless about what it means to be a leader. This is apparent when we look at the dismal failure of her administration—we are actually LOSING much-needed state aid because of the administration’s failure to adhere to “best practices.” We continue to have NO Chief Financial Officer, NO Corporation Counsel, NO Health Officer, NO Purchasing Agent, and NO Deputy City Clerk, among other vacancies. Fraud and other illegal activities are (thankfully) being investigated.

 The mayor avoids accountability and responsibility, and seemingly has no concerns about Plainfield losing state aid. Her priorities are irretrievably skewed—I discovered this when she decided to attack me publicly because of how I choose to express my patriotism—her actions were un-American and not fitting for an official whose solemn duty is to uphold the constitution, which includes the First Amendment. 

One would think that a purported college graduate with a degree in Political Science would have read this document. It was very disturbing to receive hate mail from all across the country, especially in this political climate of fear-mongering and demagoguery. Her desire to cut the library budget by hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time most critical for those who use the library for job-hunting, research, homework projects, etc., while attempting to increase the budget for her pet projects speaks even more loudly to her misplaced priorities.

The mayor blithely goes about her day—doing whatever it is she does—I am positive that it doesn’t include running a city. What other capricious (but ultimately damaging to us) ideas might she have for the remainder of her term? I shudder when I think about it. I don't imagine that she will agree with me, nor will her supporters, but I think it’s time for her to resign.

Rebecca

 

8 comments:

  1. Well put Rebecca. She should take along with her the entire flock of wolves in sheep's clothing.

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  2. How do we make it happen? I for one am ready for action before she turns the Muhlenberg campus into a ghetto or some other stupid thing that will stroke their ego's and line their pockets. Let us know who to call and where to show up.

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  3. Rebecca you have done it again. I am so proud of you. Continue to fight for us. There is so much bulling going on in City hall right now. There is no strong leadership. I hope whom ever becomes Mayor clean house. There are some employees whom get special privileges. Is just a disgrace. By the way why don't you run for Mayor. I know there will be some big changes.

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  4. Anonymous at 10:40 am,

    Thanks for your words of support. I am supporting Council President Mapp for mayor--Adrian has demonstrated leadership where we most need it--it is he who corrected the mayor's ridiculous budget errors (yet again), and he who has the financial knowledge and experience to lead us out of the quagmire that the mayor has engulfed our city in for the last 7 years. A Mapp administration will bring professionalism and competence to the office of mayor, and will right the sinking ship of Plainfield. Adrian will be a successful mayor for our city, and everyone (locally, at the county level, and at the state level) knows it and supports his efforts.

    Rebecca

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  5. Great job Rebecca. Plainfield is in dire need of new leadership. As stated many times the incompetence of this mayor is shameful. After several years of her (do nothing for Plainfield but lull some into a state of oblivion)blatant disrespect for the public it is definitely time for her to go and I, for one, can't wait!!!

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  6. Rebecca, I do not always agree with your politics but always respect your right to your opinion. On this issue,I could not agree with you more. The city lost many good enployees through layoffs and other dirty dealings with madame Mayor's appointees. The Mayor's favorites remained no matter how dirty and corrupt they were. It is time for this city to stand up and make her and her cronies accountable.

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  7. Not this "everyone".

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  8. Assemblymen Greene please ask your mentee to step down. Please give her a job and make her go away so Plainfield can prosper

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