I was present at both debates for mayor and council and it seems clear to me that the Republican mayor and council candidates are pushing for a new fire house.
The Democratic mayor and council are in favor of the residents’ opinion. As many of you may know that I am all in favor for helping all those in need, so therefore I am endorsing the Democratic ticket.
If you still want to be able to afford to live in Milltown, then please come out on Nov. 8 and vote Eric Steeber for mayor, Joe Pietanza and Randy Farkas for council.
The Milltown Republican candidates…..are asking for your vote!
Recently, you received in your mail, a political flyer telling you that it is time
… to plan for the future … for example:
– A plan to resolve the flooding problem;
– A plan for an immediate action on Office of Emergency Management.
– A plan to resolve the future of the electric utility;
– A plan to prepare for infrastructure needs for today, tomorrow and
the future to avoid further catastrophes.
Idle For 4 Long Years!
For 4 long years the Republicans have been in the majority on the Milltown Council and for 4 long years the Republican controlled Council came up with NO PLANS!
NOW that it is election time they say … we have to plan for the future…
THE TRUE PLAN FOR MILLTOWN’S FUTURE!
Vote for a Democratic Change!
On Tuesday, November 8th Elect:
Eric Steeber for Mayor – Randy Farkas & Joe Pietanza for Borough Council
DEMOCRATS LOOK TO THE FUTURE! – REPUBLICANS ARE STUCK IN THE PAST!
I would like to address the misleading and disingenuous claims that the Milltown Republican candidates posted in the Home News Tribune on October 11, 2011.
The only obvious effort the Republican Council took with regard to the relocation of our Electrical Utility Sub-Station was to walk away from the negotiations of 50 Washington Ave. over approximately $300,000.00. The candidates should be embarrassed that they are taking credit for proposals with regard to the substation. I have been proposing we elevate the switchgear building since taking office on January 3rd, 2011.
Councilman Ryan and I have participated in many meetings and discussions both pre and post Hurricane Irene and therefore believe we are responsible in great deal for the shift of priority from Fire House to Sub-Station. Clearly our campaign of last year supports thefact that Councilman Ryan and myself are looking out for the best interest of the Borough of Milltown. We debated not only relocation of the Sub-Station but elevation as well.
Ironically the Republican Candidates accuse others of making this issue political yet the Republican controlled Council continues to conduct business while excluding the minority from the process. One of the reasons Councilman Ryan and I sat silent during audience comments during the September 12 council meeting was because we wanted to hear the residents’ concerns and complaints and not engage in negative dialogue which clearly was the case for others.
It is apparent that Republican candidate’s words carry no weightfor during the entire state of emergency the Republican led leadership of our Fire Department was noticeably absent. This behavior seems to be typical of the lack of leadership demonstrated over the course of the last several years.
Let the record also reflect had it not been for my private and public persistence the removal of the train trestle and consideration of other steps towards mitigation would not be part of the current debate.
With regard to our efforts to improve our communication with residents we once again have the resources of Middlesex County to thank, much like the fact that the lack of Leadership on the part of the Fire Department led to the need for an inter-local agreement with the Middlesex County Fire Marshall.
We are committed to work together with current council and the residents to find the best solutions for Milltown in this great time of need as long as we are fully informed at all times…something that has been addressed with the current council and is well on its way of being rectified.
If anyone would like further clarification please do not hesitate to contact me.
Milltown Borough Councilman
It is well known that The Borough of Milltown was without electricity for 5 days after Hurricane Irene came through and the flood waters rose. For those of us lucky enough to have access to generators, it came as somewhat of a surprise when we plugged in our modems and cable boxes and still had no cable service. Who knew that Cablevision relied on Milltown Electric to deliver their service?
At the September 12th Borough Council Meeting, I asked that a representative from the Borough contact Cablevision on behalf of all residents who subscribe to their service. Not receiving the response desired, I took matters in to my own hands and called Cablevision the next day. Initially, they refused to give me a credit for my outage stating that it was not their fault that I lost power. I reasoned that I did have power through my generator and yet when I did what was necessary, I still did not have service. They admitted that they rely on Milltown Electric to deliver their service to residents and granted the credit for my outage.
At that point, I inquired about a credit for my fellow residents who are subscribers and who had the same issue. I asked for a “blanket courtesy credit” for all Milltown Subscribers which was promptly rejected. I was told that they will handle these inquiries on a case by case basis. I argued that the cases are virtually the same. The impression was that if a subscriber doesn’t ask, then Cablevision will not issue the credit. So I spread the word with what I said and what my result was in an attempt to help others. Some residents were successful and others were not. However, it should not have come to this.
I can’t help but to feel that Cablevision should have done what was right and issued a blanket credit for every Milltown Subscriber. In addition, we will never know if the result may have been different had the Borough made the effort to contact Cablevision on behalf of all resident subscribers. Hurricane Irene sure did expose many things, the least of which was the unwillingness to make a phone call.