So, is Joe Santiago the first and only member of the Palmer administration to not have a bond fide, full time Trenton residence?

Or has this disregard for the city's ordinance been a long-standing policy?

Business Administrator Jane Feigenbaum owns a house in the Mill Hill neighborhood and has registered to vote in Trenton.  Still, neighbors say she seldom visits the house more than two or three times a week.  The local riff-raff are seen hanging out on her front porch more often than she is seen visiting; the yard gets terribly overgrown each summer; and the building is in need of some basic maintenance.

Assistant Business Administrator Dennis Gonzalez also used to live in Mill Hill.  But he sold that house and moved his family to the suburbs when he left City Hall to work for the ill-fated Trenton Economic Development Corporation.  With the collapse of that entity, Gonzalez came back to the Palmer Administration but didn't move back inot the city to do so.  It wasn't until a civic group started to question his residencey that Gonzalez purchased a home in the city.

Irv Bradley, a croney of Santiago's from the Newark Police Department, was recently appointed as Communications Director (the radio room).  The Rahway resident allegedly has a deposit on a high-rise apartment near City Hall, but he was appointed in violation of basic NJ Department of Personnel Civil Service rules.

A former Communications Director  allegedly lived in Trenton, but never gave up his home in Jackson Township, NJ.

"Acting Fire Director" Rich Laird doesn't live in Trenton either.

And if this isn't enough evidence of the Palmer attitude towards the City's residency law, what about the attorney approached to be appointed head municipal judge?

As the story goes, when the subject was brought up, she reiminded the Palmer representative that she wasn't a city resident.  "There are ways around that," she was told.

History shows the Mayor doesn't care about the very law's he swore to uphold.

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Palmer sings budget blues PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Trenton's "Missing Mayor" offered up a typically shallow and empty statement of surprise and non-blame regarding the city's weak financial status in a "closed" press conference this afternoon.

Read his prepared remarks here or at:


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And if you thought the smell was coming from the sewage treatment plant... PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Now hear this

There is a rumor floating around that the upper echelons of Trenton’s city government are in line to receive pay increases now that the AFSCME contract negotiations are completed. This would mean a raise for the various Department Heads and Directors, the Chief of Staff and, one would assume, the Mayor.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2008 )
Special treatment at sewage plant PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Monday, 25 August 2008

A letter alleging a union leader's son was given a do nothing job with Trenton's Sewer Utility and has received special treatment from superviors has surfaced.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 August 2008 )
It ain't easy being green PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Saturday, 05 January 2008

Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer is milking mileage out of applying "green" initiatives to the City as well as his leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Hybrid vehicles, using compact flourescent light bulbs are good are good Public Relations fodder but apparently the greening of Trenton stopps there.  An observer has filed the following:

Currently there is NO RECYCLING in City Hall. Nada- no can do. If you seperate the trash, the wonderful garbage people throw it all in one garbage truck. PAPER, CANS, PLASTIC CARTRIDGES, BATTERIES IT JUST DOES NOT MATTER. It all gets thrown in one trash can.

Need proof? Go to City Hall and try to find a yellow, green or blue container in any office, trash area or hall.way.  

Obviously, another case of "Do as I say, not as I do."

Is his journey really necessary? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jon Naar   
Friday, 28 December 2007
As I testified to the Trenton City Council December 20, the cost of having our police director (PD) reside 50 miles from the city in which he works is considerable:

Assuming his vehicle gets 20 mpg, the cost of driving 100 miles a day at $3/gallon = $15/day. Assuming he works 240 days a year = 24,000 miles = $3600 for gas. Add $400 for oil = $4000. Add $1000 for wear and tear on the vehicle = $5000 a year.

In terms of the overall police department budget this is not a huge percentage but we must include the cost of removing from the atmosphere the 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses generated by the fuel combustion in driving 24,000 miles.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2007 )
Cashing in Trenton's financial future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nicholas Stewart   
Saturday, 15 December 2007

Dear Trentonians,


Please join me in asking Trenton’s government to explain the recently resolved matter involving Trenton-Trigen (a power company on the corner of New Warren and Livingston Streets behind the ‘new’ Mercer County Courthouse).

Quick note, just because a matter has been resolved, City Council has the authority to revisit the matter, assuming a motion passes regarding the same.


Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2007 )
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