Monday, November 2, 2009

BRIGGS' FAILURES

AS you consider who you are going to vote for tomorrow this is a combination of lists posted by various bloggers and commentors regarding why the Briggs' administration should not be given another 4 disastrous years.

Read and weep

ADMINISTRATION FINANCIAL ERRORS AND IRREGULAR ACTIONS and FAILURES
1 Muhlenberg Hospital closing
2 1.66 million dollar deficit (revenue shortfall) in 2008-2009 budget due to clerical error. Covered by "bookkeeping actions
3 The Budget for FYI 2010 due July 1, 2009; has yet to be delivered to the city council although promised by Sept 24
4 Filing 2010 request for State extraordinary funds with put Council knowledge or approval-illegal
5 Using rubber stamps on financial documents, checks, certification of available funds etc.
6 Extended and Continuing Vacancy in Chief Finance Office
7 Long-time vacancy of Director of Administration, Finance, Health & Social Services
8 Plainfield Hires Fires Douglas Peck as Finance Chief in 2008 without proper vetting. "Moving" costs paid by City.
9 Failure to provide Council with facts -STONEWALLING-"Will get back to You"
10 .Despite appropriations and available Grants Potholes In The Streets Still Need To Be Fixed Street repaving efforts inefficient and many of the worst streets still untouched
11 City Vehicles Issued to Some Administrators at No Cost Whether Personal or Not (24-7)
12 The misappropriation of the "NJ Clean Communities" yearly grants that is automatically provided to the city of Plainfield by the State (On 2008 the "Clean Communities" Grant was $44,688.50, this is the average grant to the city)
13 Over $40,000 Missing from Tax Collectors Office (3 years ago) no Investigative Action to-Date
14 2. $275.000 Police Chief Santiago settlement and rehire in battle with the Mayor and Assemblyman Green
15 The use of "best available" to award hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts without competitive bidding
16 Illegal creation of positions for "acting' appointments
17 The misuse of funds granted for, for the yet to start construction of it, and the disregard of our neighborhood's input and work into the Park Avenue and E. 9th Street oncoming (?) peninsula.
18 Administration tries to Ram Through Ordinances and Appointments
19 Plainfield Taxpayers get 6.5% Increase in Property Tax

ADMINISTRATIVE FAILURES OF COMMISSION
1 THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S DISREGARD OF STATE STATUES FOR APPOINTMENTS
2 THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S CONSISTENT LACK OF FACTS AT COUNCIL MEETINGS -The infamous 'I will get back to you"
3 THE CORPORATION COUNSEL ACTING AS THE ADMINISTRATIONS AGENT AND NOT THE "CORPORATION AKA CITY" LEGAL ARM.
4 THE CORPORATION COUNSEL NOT ALERTING TO THE MAYOR AND City ADMINISTRATOR CREATION OF PHANTOM POSITIONS PER STATE STATUES
5 The lack of support for our local youth by providing them with a safe, fun, and attractive, gathering place
6 Audit Reports Should Be Made Public Information 2006; 2007; 2008
7 PMUA Excess Fees for Service to Residents; failure to appoint responsible commissioners
8 Continuing Crime In City of Plainfield
9 Poor Living Conditions in Privately Owned Apartment Buildings including overcrowding
10 Lack of City’s Ability to Effectively Manage Budget
11 Connolly Properties continuing problems not adequately addresses
12 Lack of Development Planning/Knowledge by Administration
13 Abuse of power by the Mayor in terms of ordering them to do illegal acts
14 Citizens Budget Advisory Committee. flunks city administration (2007)
15 Inadequate Staff For Information Technology Dept.
16 he lack of concern and action on 340 Franklin Place
17 The lack of answers, action, and concern on the three empty lots on E. 9th Street
18 The disregard of our neighborhood's call for a regular sweep cleaning schedule of all our neighborhood streets
19 The disregard for our neighborhood's call to implement alternate parking days
20 The overgrown weeds all over the city
21 The lack of care for city trees
22 The lack of advocacy to obtain better maintenance from the county for the county's owned city parks (Green Brook and Cedar Brook Parks)
23 The lack of concern, lack of planning, and lack of support to preserve the architectural historic value of our city
24 The lack of information on crime to the community
25 . One-year delay and poor choice of appointments for the Muhlenberg CAG
26 The lack of support for local business owners and the local shopping area
27 The lack of vision for improving and beautifying the downtown area
28 The lack of improvements for the 1st and 4th Ward
29 For the politicization of Board and Commissions
30 For her failure to make Plainfield a much better place than what she found when she became mayor
31 For her lack of effort to partner with the community at large
32 . Government Transparency Has Never Happened

OTHER NEGATIVE FACTS OF BRIGGS ADMINISTRATION

1 PBA Officer/Mayor’s Former Body Guard Charged with Theft
2 Resignation of City Administrator Carlton McGee in 2006
3 .Dept. Heads Do Not Communicate with Each Other
4 Poor Notification Of City Council Meetings
5 City’s Unemployment Rate is Double Digit
6 Plainfield Residents Are Leaving in Record Numbers
7 Senior Center Opening has been constantly delayed.
8 City Continues to Lose Tax Revenue With Each unsold Monarch Condo Unit
9 High Number of Foreclosure Filings on Plainfield Homes
10 Mysterious circumstances of a Plainfield City Official getting $250G Buyout Paid for by her former employer, Dover NJ
11 Personal/Relative Disclosure Statement Forms Must Be Made Available to The Public for Information
12 Mayor Left Out Her $35,000. Salary on the Financial Disclosure Statement
13 The lack of support and respect to the Latino community
14 The lack of support, advocacy, and programs for better racial relations between the many different racial groups that make up the city

6 comments:

  1. Whine and weep! The Courier News endorsed her.

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  2. Dear 6:38pm no name much shame: I have no need to whine The Courier endorsement was about the most left handed ine I ever read and you will note I wrote earlier today "Perhaps, I am hoping in vain since because I am probably like the Courier a realist when it comes down to the fact that there are approximately 12,700 Registered Democrats and only 1.000 registered Republicans plus slightly less than 8000 Independents in Plainfield"

    Perhaps e nough Registered Democrats in Plainfield will realize that it is time to stop playing the fool and vote for change.''

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  3. Doc,
    I think point 3,458 you left out that she get up in the morning. I think point 3,459 should be that she eats food every day. And point 19,987 should be that she has feelings too.

    Did I miss anything?

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  4. 9:51 I thank you the additional facts. If you read my blog I wrote that these points were complied from other bloggers. I made my comments earlier today and Plainfield Today's 10 points are not included.

    Briggs has better defenders.

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  5. Well the 4th of July fireworks were GREAT !!!

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  6. I hope so. I hope our registered democrats do not vote along party lines just because. We are better than that. We cannot continue to tolerate inept leadership in towns where the majority of the residents are African-Maerica and Latino ( I am African-American). I want smart leadership in whatever color or party it comes in. Robinson-Briggs i sjust not smart leadership. For me, not being able to produce a budget speaks volumes to the administration's capacity to execute the duties of the position and the respect they have for the City Council and the citizens of Plainfield.

    Ayanna

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