There promises to be a lot of pension material to blog about in the next week with New Jersey actuarial reports due out, the state brief in the pension payment case due on Tuesday, and Christie coming to Kenilworth the same day but first an experiment.
There is a lot of activity in Union County politics especially as regards the influence of money over the wishes of people in Rahway. The blog below will be posted on http://www.countywatchers.com on Monday morning (typically the best time for new posts) but I am previewing it here on Saturday night (the worst time) as a test.
Initial impression of seeing Rahway River Park last Friday evening for the first time:
This looks like a smaller version of Warinanco or a larger Tamaques in Westfield and it would be all those softball, baseball, soccer and criquet players who would complain if their fields were taken away for a high school football stadium. I can see why hundreds of Clark and Rahway residents would be against it.
Regardless of what any freeholder may say this is why a stadium will be supplanting those fields:
Projects need to move forward, regardless of what the vast majority may want, to keep paying the piper through the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) and their general counsel DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP (DeCotiis):
- Galloping Hill Clubhouse: $421,198
- County Courthouse: $275,286
- County College Building: $547,115
- Child Advocacy House: $403,856
- Juvenile Detention Center: $479,073
- Linden Library: $448,4536
- Linden Firehouse: $551,4502
- Solar Panels:$1,282,985
Those numbers are not the cost of the projects but rather the fees DeCotiis has been paid by the UCIA through March 4, 2015 in connection with those projects. How do they manage to get so much money?
Since 2009 individual DeCotiis lawyers (all who live outside of Union County) have donated a total of $30,000 per election cycle in equal installments to the campaigns of county Democrats, all who have won. On June 3, 2014 DeCotiis extended this practice with 20 DeCotiis lawyers donating a total of $2,600 ($130 each) to the campaign of Samson D. Steinman for Mayor of Rahway and $10,000 ($500 each) to Miles Mojica Baker & Giacobbi – Rahway Democrats. All won easily. Now it’s payback time for that money.