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For those of you wondering, Senator Singer never wrote me back. I'll keep sending him emails until he responds. If any of you have something that you would like to "Ask Bob" kindly contact me HERE and I'll include it in my weekly emails to him. If he doesn't answer our questions... I will after the election!

 

Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:39 PM

Charlottesville

If you have taken the time to read my bio you will see that before I became a lawyer, I studied history and obtained a Master’s Degree. I had a professor in graduate school who always pushed me to NOT engage with racists, anti-Semites, bigots, etc. After all, we were in the deep South. In his opinion they were not worthy of the effort to convince them that they were wrong. In my 20s, I had even more piss and vinegar than now and I would literally shout at them. As I got older, I found more creative ways to make my point and I try to move people away from views of exclusion and hatred. I went on to learn the law and take much of my faith in what this country can accomplish rooted in the law.

The events in Charlottesville speak to some of the fundamental problems we have in the United States, but they also speak to a far more local issue. I watched the posts yesterday in many of the local groups and read many of the comments. I also waited, desperately hoping that Senator Robert Singer would make some type of comment. After all, he must be concerned about what is going on in Lakewood and some people locally do, in fact, hate members of the community solely because they are Jewish. What I saw was that our local leaders were silent.

They were silent because they are either afraid to speak out to discuss these difficult issues. Or they are afraid to lose the votes of one segment of the population over the other. Or they are simply at a loss for words because they would rather say nothing than say the wrong thing. Or, they too, do not believe that it will accomplish anything to condone racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, etc.

I’m not afraid.

What we saw in Charlottesville can happen anywhere when we allow fear to overcome reason, when we allow lies to replace fact, and when we forget the fundamentals of the laws upon which this country was founded. When our leaders fail to lead, fail to speak out, fail us by allowing division rather than preaching unity, we allow terrorists to have a voice.

Now let me explain why this is important here in LD30. We have a community of approximately 100,000 Hassidic Jews. They live in Lakewood. They are insular. That is their right to be. They are allowed to have their own community and choose to exclude others. We all have that right. In that respect they are no different than the Amish. Then there are the people that surround Lakewood, in the towns of Brick, Jackson, Howell, Toms River, and others. They see some of the problems that have arisen from the rapid development in Lakewood, the crisis in the public schools of Lakewood, the control of city, county and even state political offices, which they perceive to be bought by a voting block in Lakewood and money from Lakewood. These concerns are legitimate and these concerns are borne out by fact.

What is not factual is that all Jews are bad. What is not factual is that anyone who criticizes Jews is an anti-Semite. The failure of any of our local leadership to address these issues at this level of dialogue means that we may well end up with our own version of Charlottesville. I would hope that we don’t see the Klan marching with torches here in New Jersey. I fled the deep South almost 20 years ago to come to the Northeast where people are fair minded and not filled with fear and hate based on religion and color. I’m no fool, there are racists everywhere, but there are far fewer here in New Jersey.

What are we doing to fix the actual problems that may ultimately lead to men marching with torches? Nothing, because we have no leadership.

Although most of the people in Lakewood will never see this post, I strongly urge you to share this. Ask #WhereisBob? But more importantly, take the time to consider a solution to these problems that will serve the needs of everyone, not just the few. That is what community is supposed to be about. The more we draw lines of distinction the closer we get to conflict.



Friday, August 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Lakewood Marine crawled under a blazing truck; 40 years later, a medal for heroism

A Marine Corps reservist stationed in California, Cartwright was washing his clothes when a diesel refuel truck caught fire on his base’s airstrip. As flames began to engulf the 1,200-gallon vehicle, Cartwright grabbed a fire extinguisher and raced to the scene. Then he crawled underneath this ticking time bomb and put the blaze out by himself.

“I did it because that’s what you do,” he recalled Thursday from his home in Leisure Village. “That was my job.”



Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Disabled vets, Purple Heart recipients get free parking at all N.J. meters

Vets will be exempt from feeding the meter once they obtain a placard that will have to be renewed every three years, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission said Thursday.


Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Race, religion, corruption and politics: A guide to the crisis in Lakewood

The town thrust into the spotlight this summer with the arrest of 26 members of the Orthodox community accused of lying about their income to collect more than $2 million in public assistance.

The arrests brought renewed attention to Lakewood and highlighted what residents of the Ocean County town already know – Lakewood is changing. This once-faded resort community has become the most complex town in New Jersey.



Saturday, July 22, 2017 7:20 AM

#SingerSighting

Help us find Bob! If you see him, take a picture with the hashtag #SingerSighting and share it with us. 



Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 AM

LETTER: Change needed in Lakewood

Journalist Payton Guion surfaced many of the issues facing Lakewood. The arrest of twenty-six individuals and the willingness by many to drop their public assistance to avoid arrest adds to its guilt and negative public perception. The Orthodox leadership should engage in serious self-reflection to improve ethical behavior in its community.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:01 PM

Senator Robert Singer voted AGAINST Patient Safety for our Nursing Home Patients

In NJ nurses have reported that nursing homes are often staffed dangerously. One LPN can have 60 patients with the assistance of 3 CNAs. We need to protect those people who are often laying in beds, relying on staff to feed, bath and keep them clean because they are unable to toilet themselves.

FACTS:...

Hospitals which routinely staff with 1:8 nurse- to-patient ratios experience five additional deaths per 1,000 patients than those staffing 1:4 nurse patient ratios (Journal of the American Medical Association 2002).

The odds of patient death increases by 7% for each additional patient the nurse must take on at one time (Journal of the American Medical Associations 2002).

READ MORE HERE



 

Home Patients.


Sunday, July 9, 2017 12:47 PM

Senator Robert Singer voted NO on Prohibiting Transgender Discrimination in Schools.

Bill S3067 would require the Commissioner of Education to develop and distribute guidelines to prevent discrimination against transgender students to school districts.

 



Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:58 PM

More couples face welfare fraud charges in New Jersey

Twelve more residents were charged in New Jersey on Thursday on allegations of welfare fraud, bringing the total number of people charged in the ongoing investigation to 26.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017 1:19 PM

Senator Singer voted NO on Prohibiting Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

Conversion therapy is a set of practices that intend to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity to fit heterosexual or cisgender standards and expectations. (Huff Post)

Read More HERE



Monday, July 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Senator Singer Voted to Raise Your Gas Tax

Senator Singer voted YES on N.J.'s 23-cent Gas Tax Hike.



Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Follow the Money

The time has come to replace Singer. He has prioritized self-preservation thru consciously turning a blind eye to the corruption of Lakewood, and the greater good of the community all to preserve his seat in the Senate.


Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Equal Pay

On average, New Jersey women who are employed full time lose a combined total of nearly $16 billion every year due to the wage gap.


Friday, June 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Senator Singer voted NO on Increased Use of Renewable Energy

We need to invest in renewable energy. We currently face two major proposals for traditional energy sources that are opposed by the citizens. The first is the proposed power lines in the Middletown, NJ area. The second is the natural gas pipeline. When these utility monopolies receive the bulk of the subsidies and have the bulk of the politicians in their pockets, we need to elect p...eople who are focused on the future. And the future is renewable energy.



Monday, June 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Senator Singer voted NO on Requiring Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns

Since Nixon, every president has released tax returns, except for Gerald Ford, who instead made public a decade's worth of summary data about his federal taxes.

Read more HERE



Monday, June 12, 2017 12:00 AM

One year ago today, 49 innocent lives were taken, but they will never be forgotten.


Saturday, June 10, 2017 12:00 AM

Senator Singer voted to cut 7.45 million in funding for Family Planning Services in NJ from the State Budget

Approximately 100,000 women and men in New Jersey receive preventative health services from Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers. I will work to restore funding for family planning services and I will never stop fighting for our healthcare, rights, and communities.

 


Thursday, June 8, 2017 1:01 PM

New Jersey Poverty

The experience of poverty in New Jersey encompasses a broad spectrum of individuals and families facing economic struggle. The spectrum includes people with very low incomes facing dire deprivation and daily sacrifices. It also includes many among the working poor, who are often ignored by official poverty statistics but who nevertheless experience real and harmful economic challenges. (Anti-Poverty Network)

Read More HERE



Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state

There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.

Downsizing to a one-bedroom will only get you so far on minimum wage. Such housing is affordable in only 12 counties located in Arizona, Oregon and Washington states, according to the report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

You would have to earn $17.14 an hour, on average, to be able to afford a modest one-bedroom apartment without having to spend more than 30 percent of your income on housing, a common budgeting standard. Make that $21.21 for a two-bedroom home -- nearly three times the federal minimum wage of $7.25.



Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 AM

Judge: Lakewood improperly changed zoning rules

A superior court judge has ruled that township officials improperly changed the zoning on County Line Road in 2013 because they did so without notifying neighbors.

Judge Marlene Lynch Ford on June 2 ordered officials on Lakewood's township committee, planning board and zoning board not to accept any applications or permit any construction on projects proposed based on the ordinance.



Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Climate Change is Real #ActOnClimate


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:00 AM

Lakewood is fastest-growing NJ town; hits 100,000 people

After more than a decade of explosive growth, Lakewood Township has officially surpassed 100,000 residents.
According to the most recent estimates from the Census Bureau, Lakewood grew to 100,758 people in July 2016, up from 99,231 the year before. In adding 1,527 people, Lakewood was the fastest-growing municipality in New Jersey over that time.


Friday, May 26, 2017 12:00 AM

NJ will soon decide on 1,800-home plan in Lakewood

If the DEP approves the permits, the project would still need a thumbs-up from Lakewood Township before work could begin.
The project, introduced by GDMS Holdings LLC in February, has intensified an ongoing debate in Lakewood pitting those who say the town is being choked by new development against those who want more housing.

Plans call for 1,872 homes, five community centers and 44,677 square feet of retail space to replace at least 18 of the 27 holes at Eagle Ridge, according to attorney Michael Gross, who represents the developer.

Since the project was unveiled, neighbors living in the communities around the golf course, some of whom paid extra to live on the fairways, have revolted. More than 40 people spoke against the development at a public hearing earlier this month. Residents also sent more than 1,100 letters to the DEP in protest of the project.

"Ocean County can no longer take this kind of rapid development without consideration of how it's going to impact the community," said Bill Hobday, who lives near Eagle Ridge.



Monday, May 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Today is #HarveyMilkDay in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist who was assassinated in 1978.


Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

LD30 Challenger Cores Claims Singer is “in the Pocket” of Lakewood Developers

“GDMS now wants to overtake the Kokes Brothers as the largest developer in Lakewood. How much more can Lakewood stand?” Cores questioned. “Last year, Lakewood approved 501 single-family homes and duplexes. This project alone is four times that.”

In addition to drawing opposition from residents of Lakewood, surrounding towns including Toms River and Howell have seen both officials and residents voice opposition.
Cores posited that Senator Singer’s financial ties to the developers behind the golf course project have motivated his silence on the project’s potential for negative impact on already crowded Lakewood.

“Senator Singer has not expressed any significant opposition to this project. Why would he?” Cores questioned. “He received income from the Kokes Organization and uses a residence owned by GDMS Holdings to maintain a ‘residence’ in the district. In other words, he is in the pocket of the largest developers in Lakewood. Yet he sold his home and moved to Island Heights a few years ago.”



Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Titles Don't Make Leaders, Actions Do.

Titles Don't Make Leaders, Actions Do.
By Amy Sara Cores

On May 9, 2017, we went to the CAFRA hearing regarding the development of 1800 homes on Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Lakewood. My assistant and I handed out campaign cards and greeted the members of the community that were primarily coming to express their opposition to the project. Many of those people were our senior citizens. They greeted us warmly and smiled. Many of them asked me for my help to stop the project and I asked them in turn for their vote to be in a position to help them after the election in November.

What was striking was that there were more than a thousand people in attendance. The development of Lakewood has gotten to the point where the town is on the verge of self-destruction. There is such a stark divide in the residents’ view of how Lakewood should grow that it conjures up the image of the trenches of WWI. Both sides are fixed in their views, unable to cross no-man’s land and bridge the gap. On one side is the large Hassidic community and the large real estate developers. On the other side, is the senior community and other residents. Anyone who criticizes the Hassidic community is labeled anti-Semitic.

Let me be very clear. Identifying the problems in Lakewood is not an attack on Judaism or the Hassidic community. As a Jew growing up in the south I know what it feels like to be attacked in that way. This is about rapid over development that is causing such tension in the community that it is being expressed in term of hate, rather than in terms of solutions.

Something has to be done.

We have a company, GDMS Holdings, LLC who has purchased the Golf Course and some immediately adjacent properties. GDMS now wants to overtake the Kokes Brothers as the largest developer in Lakewood. How much more can Lakewood stand? Last year, Lakewood approved 501 single-family homes and duplexes. This project alone is four times that.

This week over a 100 teachers were fired from the public schools. The State recently bailed out the school district. The streets cannot handle the volume of traffic. The potential revenue from taxes is being eroded as many ‘residences’ are re-zoned as tax-exempt places of worship. Funds are being diverted from the public schools to pay for private schools. The town cannot withstand this continued rapid development. From 2000 to 2010 Lakewood’s population grew from approximately 60,000 to 93,000 (34%). Lakewood went from being the 22nd most populous municipality in the state to the 7th in 2010.

So with the problems so focused on growth, roads, schools, children, I had to ask myself why there were so many seniors? There were literally seniors being bused in to attend the meeting. The answer is simple, they chose to live in these quiet retirement communities, where the property taxes were lower, but they wanted to remain in the great State of New Jersey. Now, developers like the Kokes Brothers and GDMS Holdings are seeking to buy up these larger plots of land and convert them for other uses.

The seniors want to stay near their children and grandchildren in NJ. They do not want to be forced from their homes. And, they want to make sure that their tax dollars benefit the entire community. They also want to ensure that their pensions and government benefits are protected, but that is for another editorial comment.
What can be done? The first thing to do seems much simpler than you may think. Vote. Vote out all of the current leaders. From the members of the school board, to the town council, to the state legislators, to the state senator. Vote them all out. Not only have they done nothing to fix the problem, they have in fact helped to create the problem. Vote them out.

But when you do, replace them with candidates that are going to work to fix the problems by focusing on all of the citizens. Right now there is a large special interest group in Lakewood. They vote. They vote as a block. They put up and support candidates for office who support the policies and changes that the special interest group, the Kokes Brothers, and now apparently GDMS Holdings want to affect. Senator Singer has not expressed any significant opposition to this project. Why would he? He received income from the Kokes Organization and uses a residence owned by GDMS Holdings to maintain a “residence” in the district. In other words, he is in the pocket of the largest developers in Lakewood. Yet he sold his home and moved to Island Heights a few years ago.

Not only do many of the residents in Lakewood want a moratorium on the rapid over-development, but so do the residents of the surrounding towns. The rural landscape of southern Monmouth and Northern Ocean Counties is threatened. We need to form our own special interest group in LD30 focused on ensuring that the growth rate in our communities is supported by the infrastructure. We need to ensure that our public schools are properly funded and supported. We need public school funds to be used for public schools before a single dollar is used for private schools. We need to ensure that public dollars are not being deferred for private improper uses.

If you have not figured it out, I am running against Robert Singer in this year’s senate race. It is time to replace Singer. He has long ago stopped serving the interests of our district. We need to have representatives at all levels of government who are focused on serving the people, not themselves. We need to have public servants who have a real stake in the community that they serve.



Friday, May 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Lakewood High School students take to the streets in protest over teacher job cuts

Hundreds of students from the Lakewood High School this afternoon took to the streets to protest the recent job cuts to approximately 140 staff members – including teachers.
Some holding signs, the students peacefully marched from the Lakewood High School building around 12:15 PM, chanting along the way.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Bring A Folding Chair #ChangeTheRatio


Friday, April 14, 2017 12:15 PM

I Stand With Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump signed a resolution on Thursday that will allow states to withhold Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Read more here: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58e2ac55e4b03a26a3652d3a

#StandwithPP #CoresforSenate

Amy Cores for New Jersey Senate

 


Friday, April 14, 2017 12:04 PM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Every 21 hours a rape is carried out on a college campus in America. We have a role to play in stopping sexual assault. Education about consent is sexual assault prevention. I am making a pledge to end sexual assault and harassment. We need to teach our youth how to talk about sex, including how to ask and recognize consent.

To learn more and see how you can help, visit: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month

#SAAM #BreaktheSilence #CoresforSenate

Amy Cores for New Jersey State Senate

 

 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Today symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.


Monday, April 3, 2017 12:00 AM

Democrats Tap Their Candidates

In District 30, Amy Sarah Cores, Howell, will be the Senate candidate. She has a law practice in Howell.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Motorcycling Multilingual Polymath Takes on Sen. Singer in Strong GOP 30

Democrats are running a renaissance woman against longtime State Sen. Bob Singer in the solidly Republican 30th district. Amy Sara Cores is a classically-trained cellist and Elie Wiesel protégé who can speak seven languages. The working mom sometimes rides her Harley to work at her Howell law firm. 


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