Building the Kenilworth Tenement? (IV) Fleecing Sheep

With COAH gone in 2015 a lot of affordable housing consultants had to find other client to scare into hiring them. Harbor Consultants found one in Kenilworth.

Since 2016 an engineer from Harbor Consultants donated to Kenilworth politicians (all Demcorats):

As you might guess, Democrats were in total control of the Council during that period. Though an annual payment of $2,500 may not seem like a lot considering how much Union County squeezes out of their vendors, it was a substantial chunk of what Kenilworth Democrats got in 2020 (NJ ELEC website had no listing of Republicans getting any contributions in 2020 though they won the three council seats that year):

Scorecard:

  • $6,477 wheeled from other Democrat campaigns so no way to see who donated.
  • $5,200 from an insurance broker who donates to governments throughout the state.
  • $1,200 from accountants who took over doing the budget in 2016
  • $350 from a PBA union
  • $350 from five people I never heard of
  • $300 from the vice chair of the Kenilworth Planning Board
  • $300 from a law firm that does a lot of municipal business (not sure if for Kenilworth)
  • $300 from a Kenilworth councilman

All these got some payback but it is hard to believe they got more than what Anthony Gallerano of Harbor Consultants got for his money.

Since 2016 Harbor Consultants has billed Kenilworth $1,381,167 for various projects (including this one).

10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by qpat00 on June 25, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    The story of Harbor Consultants: I have been following the corrupt path of Harbor consultants for 15 years. Before then all their expertise in construtcion and consulting was just doing parking lot drainage systems, misc things like that. Then vic vinegra owner of Harbor consultants decided to turn slimy by the rich sirens call of the union county corrupt political system that was put in place by charlotte defilippo, then county democrat boss who controlled the county govt and other entities. Somehow those two met back then and forged a financial alliance. Vinegra/Harbor donated $15,000 to the county freeholder campaigns over 2 years and suddenly was allowed to build small county structures such as the driving golf range and out buildings which he did not have any company experience but his contributions of course trumped his expereince. She probably said he had to “prove himself” which was her mantra. He went on to design the animal shelter for the county, (later that fell thru for some reason) and got deeply involved with Bollwage and his corrupt elizabeth empire. For the county work that he was suddenly given his company then had to hire applicable people to do the work. This is backwards of course that normally the company would hire and then go out to hopefully prove theirself by competitive bids and possibly risk losing money. But hey, politically donate and you get the work first then hire to expand your company. On county govt work, you are able to learn your way upward…you screw up, no problem, there is always change orders to cover the screw ups. So his soul was sold and he was part of the dark side. It appears presently he has to “tithe” a certain amount of his work contract dollars to the democrat political system controlling the county and certain towns. His contracts are many times non-competitive so just given to him, bloated to pass the money onto the contributions. Perfected legalized corruption. When i was on my towns planning board i tried to get him removed from being board planner during the RFP process, by exhibiting all his political donations and connections, not good for our board integrity and independance but the majority hired him back at beginning of that year. (Our planning board is pretty dumb also, no critical thinking if you have read my other previous online posts.) So that is harbor consultants in a nutshell. They are part of the county corrupt system, totally slimy IMO.

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    • Thank for your input but one thing has to be made absolutely clear.

      Harbor Consultants is not alone, even in Kenilworth. I am now going through nj elec records and see that Kenilworth’s new accountants – Suplee Clooney (also the county’s accountants as of 2016) got their people to give $300 each since 2016 ($6,900 total so far) and got James Cerullo (who seemed like an OK accountant who I can’t see bought his job – though still looking) canned. Will OPRA how much accountants bill in Kenilworth soon (they have been pretty good so far in responding) to see a history of what Kenilworth ha been paying for accounting work.

      What typically happens is that the bribes to the machine in power keep them in power but in Kenilworth nobody seems to pay attention to flyers and elections are always coin flips so Republicans, who got no donations in 2020, got in and if they get even one of two council seats in 2021 they take over. Most times, if your machine is running properly, this doesn’t happen. I like to think that people in Kenilworth are too smart to get taken like that but could be blind luck or anti-Murphy sentiment that swung it.

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      • Posted by qpat00 on June 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

        JB1–unless you saw all the candidates applicable forms submitted to NJ ELEC-a possible answer to the kenilworth gop not getting any donations just could be that they havent filed the contribution forms yet with NJELEC…certainly a no-no now its 8 months later….

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        • I’m pretty sure they had signs up in 2020 like in prior years but that may be from money they had in the kitty.
          I’m sure about the signs because in years when they win they put up ‘Thank You’ stickers over the big ones when they win and there wasn’t a sticker for days after the election but then it popped up maybe a week or two later so it was that close.

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    • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 26, 2021 at 12:42 am

      On county govt work, you are able to learn your way upward…you screw up, no problem, there is always change orders to cover the screw ups.
      Sounds like ALL levels of CA Gov Employment/Contracting…. Have you heard of our esteemed $33 Billion “Bullet Train”>>? That was supposed to run SF-LA in 2.6 hours and was to be built by 2020??? Guess what, it now “officially” costs about 10 times that, has less than 5% completed, and is not going to have even a FRACTION of the route running by 2030, IF EVER. ⏩⏩⏩Or maybe you heard about our San Francisco Bay Bridge, Eastern portion, that had to be rebuilt? With an original price of tag of $250 million. Final price= $6.5 BILLION ⏪⏪⏪ For reals, you can’t make this shit up. I think Monkey Boi 🐒was the Gov Dork that drafted the original cost estimate 😺
      .

      When I hear a CA politician state a price for a pubic works project (or state/muni budget) in CA I times it by 10 for the low ball and by 50 for the high ball, and the true costs will be somewhere in-between those two numbers… I then deduct 60%-90% of any forecasted income/revenue to reflect a true income number. Gov loves to high ball income and low ball expenses; if they did the same in the real world, the private sector, they would be in prison for fraud. Hey, at least our gas has not hit $6/gallon, not yet 🤮

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  2. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 27, 2021 at 3:23 am

    Wow, just found out why El Feo has not been posting the past month …. 😺

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  3. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 28, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Which of you NJ Peeps went to Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees? Because Principal Tull is going to need your/some serious help lifting him off the ground this coming week because he is going to get his skinny ass knocked around, rightfully so, for being a a Major Bonehead… https://nypost.com/2021/06/26/valedictorians-mic-cut-after-speaking-about-his-sexuality/

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  4. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 28, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Oh Dougieeeee, where are you? Come over here Lil One. Time to become educated, for once in n your life 😺😺😺:

    “These public pension systems used to have too much money. Now they’re in crisis. What happened?”
    “In 2001, some of the country’s biggest public pension systems were flush.
    .
    The plan serving Kentucky state workers, for example, was 125.8% funded, meaning it had 25.8% more money on hand to pay all of what it owed current retirees and workers expected to retire for the next 30 years.
    .
    But not even two decades later, Kentucky’s pensions, and some other previously over-funded plans, were in crisis. What happened?”

    OK, I am winding up for a haymaker, where is MONLKEY BOI🐒🐒🐒:
    “In Kentucky, lawmakers approved extra benefits for plan participants — even making them retroactive. There and in other states, legislators decided to skip making necessary payments, freeing up budget money for tax cuts or other expenses. And in every city and state across the country, the financial crisis hit investments hard. At some point, a few careless decisions turned into a crisis.”
    .

    Cause:
    #1- Extra Benefits;
    #2- Applied Retroactively;
    #3- Skipped Payments to FREE UP $$$ for IMMEDIATE RAISES!

    BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Double BAM BAM! … Man did that feel sweet 🤸‍♀️🐾🤸‍♀️🐾🤸‍♀️

    https://images.mktw.net/im-358763?width=1260&size=1.532934131736527

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  5. Posted by geo8rge on June 30, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    NJ Starts Fixing Asset Forfeiture

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    • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on July 1, 2021 at 1:31 am

      Oh Wow, how weird, I subscribe to Lehto Law and watch his videos almost everyday, at least 3-4 minutes, his Vids are WAY too long. But I like his content, and that he lives in Michigan!

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