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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!

 

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00 AM

Report calls for end to practice allowing pols to hold two offices

Sen. Robert Singer of Jackson (R-Dist. 30), the only Jewish Republican in the state Senate and the only Jewish politician among New Jersey’s dual-office-holding state legislators, pooh-poohed the importance of the issue.

 

“Let’s put it in proper perspective,” said Singer, who also sits on the Lakewood Township Committee in Ocean County. He noted that there are a total of just 39 dual officeholders in New Jersey, a state with perhaps 6,000 elected officials. “The numbers are not rampant. This is not breaking the state financially. This is typical hype,” he said.

 

Perhaps if the offices in question were full-time positions, there would be a downside to dual office holding, Singer said. But they are part-time positions, he said, and every time the voters elect him, they know they are electing a state senator who is also a member of the Lakewood Township Committee.
“It’s not a hidden factor,” he said. “I probably have a closer relationship with my constituents because I’m a local elected official. It’s not a big deal.”

 

Bob is one of the few elected officials to receive a state pension and salary from the state at the same time. Bob makes more money from your tax dollars than the average household income in his district.

 

Here is claims to be one of us. Is he?


Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Where is Bob? Island Heights!

Many people thought it was odd that we are calling out Senator Singer on his residency. Many people felt that the way that we did it was even stranger. I agree. But sometimes you have to do things in an unconventional way when all other conventional methods fail.

Voter registration records are publicly available from the State of NJ. If you run for office you must file certified statements as to your address. For both Bob lists 1463 Massachusetts Avenue in Lakewood. His wife also is registered to vote at that Lakewood address. You can look up me and my Husband as well. We both reside in Howell and are registered at the home that we actually live in. You can also drive by the house and see our cars there and our lackluster landscaping.

The NJ Constitution provides: "No person shall be a member of the Senate who shall not have attained the age of thirty years, and have been a citizen and resident of the State for four years, and of the district for which he shall be elected one year, next before his election."

And there is case law on this, one for example, challenging Carl Lewis from being eligible to run because he was not a resident of the State for 4 years. The point is that these rules are not a game and they are not a joke. If you are a seated, incumbent, Senator, you are charged with a greater knowledge of the law. In Singer's own words, "There is a certain respect you have to have to run for office." In my opinion Singer does not have that respect for our Constitution. He is renting an address for purposes of being able to claim that he is a resident of Lakewood and it is quite clear that no one is residing at that address.

To be clear, I have no faith that anyone will take any action. The head of every agency in Ocean County that would be responsible to take issue with Singer, is, you guessed it, affiliated with his party. The Democrats have out right refused to pursue this because they don't believe that challenges like this are effective.

I have specifically asked Bob in writing and in person to tell the truth about where he resides. He outright lied when we were at the APP last week for an interview. He refused to specifically answer the question as to whether he lived at the Massachusetts Avenue address. Rather he just claimed that he has two homes. Well, I think you can see the difference in the two homes. One is literally a shell. The other is loved and lived in.

The question you have to ask is whether or not our public servants should lie and cheat about something as basic as where they live? If they are lying about residency how can we trust them on bigger issue? If he doesn't live in the district how can he understand the day to day issues we face. Bob thinks I'm mean to him. Better to be mean than a liar.


Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Bob Singer and the Private Schools of Lakewood

Bob Singer doesn't want to pay to educate the "black" public school kids of Asbury at a cost of $33,000 per student, but he has no problem sponsoring a bill to subsidize private religious schools in Lakewood. He barked at the editor of the APP about paying for those kids in Jersey City and Atlantic City and bailing out those communities, but not Lakewood. He complained about the high number of special needs children in Lakewood, but failed to mention the SCHI director under indictment for fraud. Bob supports pumping more money into the PRIVATE schools in Lakewood. Bob seems to surround himself with people being investigated for fraud...including Ocean County party boss George Gilmore. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:00 AM

2016-2017 ACLU of New Jersey Scorecard

The ACLU of New Jersey just published their scorecard for New Jersey's State Senators & Assemblypeople. They gave Senator Bob Singer a 50% rating.


Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 AM

NJ Election: District 30 Senate race is 'just not nice'

As Lakewood grows and changes, so should its legislative leadership, one candidate for state Senate argues.

That's the stance championed by Amy Sara Cores, a Democrat running for the seat anchored by Republican Sen. Robert W. Singer, who has served decades in the Legislature. 

Singer, 69, is a bank executive who lives in Lakewood. Cores, 43, is lawyer who lives in Howell. Both want to serve the 30th District, which includes parts of Ocean and Monmouth counties.


Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 AM

More on the Issues

Bob wants to give more money to the schools in Lakewood for special needs children and "break up those people" in Asbury and bus them out to other schools, because it is too expensive to pay $33,000 per student in Asbury. (Yes he actually said this yesterday, 10/19/17, at The Asbury Park Press interview).

Amy wants all students to get a good education and does not feel the need to elevate one district over the other. Amy does not want to give money to people under indictment for fraud to run a special needs school. Amy wants a quality education for all children in NJ, including pre-school.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:00 AM

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

ALL HANDS ON DECK! 

We need to put at least 150 signs in every other town and at least 400 in Wall and Howell. If you wish to help, please call us at (732) 414-6669. The signs are already assembled, so they just need to be picked up at: 100 Willow Brook Rd, Ste 250, Freehold, NJ 07728. 

 


Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Friday, October 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Amy Cores Challenges Senator Singer, Invites Long-time Politician to Carpool to Newspaper Candidate Session

Amy Cores, a challenger to New Jersey State Senator Robert Singer has invited the longtime senator who represents Lakewood to carpool with her to an upcoming candidate session hosted by the Asbury Park Press.

“Dear Soon to be Former Singer Robert Senator,” she wrote.  “I would like to extend an offer to carpool to the meeting with The Asbury Park Press next week. We can live stream from the car and let the constituents see us chatting about local issues. I’d be happy to pick you up at your place… in Island Heights… if it is convenient. Just let me know a time. Best, The person replacing you after this election.   #CoresForSenate #ResidentofLD30 #WhereIsBob #IslandHeights”

While it’s doubtful the reserve and often elusive senator will not accept Cores’ invitation for a lift to Neptune, she faces a tough battle to win a seat that has firmly been Singer’s since nearly the beginning of recorded history, or so it would seem.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Where Is Bob? #SingerSighting


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Lawn signs are in! Contact us if you want one or will help us put them around town.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Next Thursday 10/19/17, Senator Bob Singer and I, will be interviewed by the The Asbury Park Press Editorial Board.

Only rule: Bob doesn't want me to pick on him and call him "Former Senator Singer". He will probably back out now because he is afraid to discuss the real issues: 

1) Lakewood welfare fraud, overdevelopment, traffic, and expansion.

2) Opioid abuse in our district. 

3) Why he doesn't live in the district.

4) Health care.

5) Fixing the pension system. 

6) Education funding.

7) Property taxes.... and much much more. 

I'm ready to answer these questions with something more than creating a new commission to study a problem. I'm ready to speak to the people of the district. Bob is running scared.


Monday, October 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Lakewood schools lawyer's $600G deal questioned by NJ AG

The Lakewood school board's costly contract with its lawyer may violate state education regulations, New Jersey Attorney General's Office officials say. 

The state, in a letter responding to a complaint filed in late August, wants more information from Lakewood education leaders about attorney Michael Inzelbuch's $600,000-plus deal.

"Our initial review of the documents provided suggests that this contract may not be consistent with Department of Education regulations," the Oct. 5 letter reads. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:00 AM

New Jersey is about to hit opioid makers with a major lawsuit

Two major U.S. manufacturers of opioids are likely to be named in civil suits by New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino as early as this week for deceptive practices in marketing the highly addictive drugs, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell NJ Advance Media.

The drug makers at the center of New Jersey's probe are the Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin and the Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, which makes a version of Fentanyl aimed at cancer patients. 


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:00 AM

DRUGS IN THE WORKPLACE! What to do? What not to do?


Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Transgender student beaten in 'vicious attack' at N.J. school

Senator Bob Singer voted NO on prohibiting Transgender Discrimination in schools. He is a danger to the LGBTQ community. We must protect our trans youth in our state, and let them know that they are accepted at home and beyond.

Excerpt: A 14-year-old transgender student was beaten by several fellow students at East Side High School in an assault that authorities said they are investigating as an alleged bias crime.


Kylie Perez told PIX11 she was punched and kicked Tuesday in a school hallway after a girl shouted "there's the tranny." Perez told the station she has been targeted by bullies who called her anti-gay slurs. She transitioned in 6th grade, according to the report.


The city's mayor, Ras Baraka, said he was "appalled" by the assault and planned to contact Perez and her family.


Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Trump tax plan: Monmouth, Ocean among hardest-hit counties nationwide

New Jersey is home to half of the 20 counties nationwide that would be hit hardest by President Donald Trump's tax plan, according to a New York University study released Friday.

That's because they get big deductions from state and local taxes that the plan wants to eliminate, said Patrick J. Egan, the study's author and professor in the NYU department of politics.

"It's really quite amazing how much this targets New Jersey," Egan said.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:39 PM

Cost of Childcare in New Jersey

Expanding early childhood education is a core issue to assist working class families in New Jersey. Families are often forced to choose between having a second income used to pay solely for the cost of child care and/or pre-school or having one parent stay at home. This affects all aspects of the economy, but more importantly may lead to children being less prepared for Kindergarten. With the amount of money we are spending on State taxes and real estate taxes, we can afford to expand pre-school programs to all children.


Friday, September 15, 2017 2:56 PM

Senator Singer is silencing his constituents on Facebook

Senator Robert Singer has tried to silence me and his constituents by deleting our comments and banning us from his official campaign page. If Senator Singer is deleting people's comments and or preventing people from commenting, how is he serving all of his constituents?



Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Tolls on interstates? Higher MVC fees? A new plan wants drivers to pay, pay, pay

A non-profit think tank wants New Jersey drivers to dig deeper into their pockets to help the state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit catch up on needed projects.

The organization, Fund for New Jersey, calling for putting tolls on interstate highways, leasing state toll roads to private operators and raising motor vehicle fees in a report called "Crossroads NJ" set to be released Wednesday.


Friday, September 8, 2017 3:01 PM

5 Interesting Fun Facts about Amy Cores


Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Lakewood fraud arrests spur amnesty program for Medicaid cheats

The wave of arrests in Lakewood in alleged welfare fraud schemes has prompted state officials to establish an amnesty program that will let Medicaid cheaters avoid prosecution if they come forward.

But participants will be required to repay Medicaid for the benefits they received while ineligible, and pay an additional civil penalty based on the amount of improperly received benefits. Participants also must voluntarily withdraw from Medicaid for a one-year period.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:00 AM

New Data Shows 30 New Jersey Towns With Most Heroin Abuse

In New Jersey, heroin is a problem everywhere. And in many places, it's only getting worse.

Each year, Patch takes a look at the 30 communities that have the highest number of heroin treatment cases statewide from the most recent year available (see list below).

For many New Jersey counties, heroin abuse remains a major factor in a steep increase in drug abuse cases in recent years — particularly in Ocean County, where the number of overdoses has more than doubled in recent years.

Indeed, Ocean County had the most towns — nine — on the list of 30 towns based on the state's newly recent data derived from 2016 statistics. Three were from Middlesex — including the small borough of Middlesex and the large township of Woodbridge, which had a 75 percent increase in cases between 2015 and 2016.


Monday, August 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Amy Cores on the radio courtesy of Colleen O'Day Rozzi and Ira Thor. Talking about Lakewood, the gas tax, and common sense. People over party.

State Senate Candidate Amy Cores of Howell, N.J. on NJ101.5 FM on September 14, 2017


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.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:02 PM

Senator Singer voted NO on authorizing the Board of Public Utilities to Approve Qualified Wind Energy Projects


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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