Monday, March 31, 2014


“The die is cast” first uttered by Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon. Today it can refer to the eight Democrat candidates for one of the three contested Council seats.

Running as Regular Democrat Organization of Union County and on the official party line are Jerry Green’s personal selection for the local committee’s support; Diane Tolliver, Charles Eke, and Gloria Taylor. On the New Democrats for Plainfield slate are Rebecca Williams, Emmett Swan, and Charles McRae. Running as Independents are Siddeeq El-Amin in the 1st Ward and Rasheed Abdul-Haqq in the 3rd Ward.

Although I am not formally endorsing any specific candidate I will list them by the race that they have entered with some pro/con comments. You may and should take it from there. 

In the 1st Ward to succeed Bill Reid there are Diane Tolliver wife of former PMUA Commissioner and supporter of the million dollar gift, Alex Tolliver; Emmett Swan an relative new comer to the city as a condo owner in the Monarch and a “New Democrat; and Siddeeq El-Amin who has despite a history of long service to the Community marked by fallen into disrespect by the Party chair. Of the three he certainly seems to have the best qualifications.

To fill the unfilled 3rd Ward seat is the incumbent party appointee to fill Mapp’s post; Gloria Taylor. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq who had supposedly been the target of a Green’s Assembly bill prohibiting ex-jail inmates from holding a BOE position. Years of excellent public service did not erase a youthful mistake. Charles McRae the ‘New Dem” selectee has done exemplary service on several CBACs having served as chairperson, a true public servant.

There are only two candidates for the 2nd/3rd Ward seat; incumbent and advocate of the public interests; Rebecca Williams. Her opposition is Charles Eke who is on the PMUA Board and had been selected previous but unsuccessful by the Party as a Council candidate.

The next 8 weeks should be interesting ones that may give us bloggers much material if past competitive local campaigns have indicated. At stake is Jerry Green’s domination of the local government one that gave us Sharon

Although I wrote that I will not endorse any one candidate, I will not hesitate to note that which I feel to be positive or negative about any candidate.


I just realized that it has been 8 years and 3006 blogs that I have been posting this blog. Sometimes the well seems to run dry, and I have had to reach for subject matter. This seems to be one of those periods.

We expect things will change on the local level starting on April fool’s day when we can learn which Democrats are seeking local office. We should brace ourselves for 9 weeks of hot air; half-truths and no truth, character defamation, and computer calls.

This was a bad weekend sports wise and otherwise for me; only Florida is still standing. Michigan State helped by a bad no call beat the Hoos by 2 points, and then looked like high schoolers against Connecticut. Kentucky’s Freshmen pros swept Michigan and Dayton‘s bubble broke as expected.

Oh well the Mets begin their season Monday. Remember when Baseball started towards the end of April. This old ‘wait until next year Brooklyn Dodger” fan does.

He can also recall watching in person the Mets at the Polo Grounds. Who could not become a fan of a team that included “Marvelous Marv”, Choo-Choo Coleman, and Casey Stengel etc.? Everything written about them was true.

After the Town Hall Forum; my Daughter in DC wrote to me yesterday: “Perhaps they can push for Muhlenberg on the basis that a "Transit Village" needs at least an emergency care hospital within minutes of a station -not 30 minutes (traffic delay) away to the closet one in Edison. I certainly hope Muhlenberg comes back!!
I can't believe it's been snowing again!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


The big news over the weekend was the designation of the downtown area as a “Transit Village”. I do not know if the Netherwood area is included in the designation or if that is a separate project.

With Cranford,where there has been an explosion of new apartments building in the area adjacent to the RR station, as the only other designated Transit Village on the Raritan Valley Line this could be the real beginning of a regeneration of Plainfield. 

The big push will come if there is at least one one-ride train during each rush hour. It will still be almost a decade before there is adequate tracks and platform space  available.

The present residential plans are relatively small and there will have to be some major development to realize full benefit from this status. Gentrification is only to be feared by those who have an overwhelming desire to maintain control over a lower income neighborhood.

Is the big one coming? There have been three Earthquakes in the Los Angeles area in the past two weeks, plus one of the coast further north. To date 2014 has been a year of multiple natural catastrophes as well manmade disasters. Besides the missing airplane almost daily there has been reports of major fires.

Primary time is coming. Monday is the last day potential candidates can file. There have been three announced for the first ward seat and two as of now for the vacant 3rd ward and the 2/3 ward seat. We will see if there will be more.