For the first time in a long time, residents can expect to see Mayor Palmer in Trenton this week. He is hosting the US Conference of Mayors Executive Council on Thursday and Friday. Of course, he had to work the first part of the week due to the school fiasco.
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The Money Tree, Part II PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Saturday, 13 October 2007

GOP Candidates for Lawrence Township Council have raised the issue of a redevelopment deal that has gone to Community Investment Strategies and the Eagle Group having at least the appearance of a “pay-to-play” deal between the current Dems on the Council and the developers.

Community Investment Strategies is owned by Christiana Foglio, the wife of Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer.   

The Eagle Group is owned and operated by Sid Hofing.  Mr. Hofing donated some $2,900 to Mayor Palmer’s election campaign between July 2005 and July 2006.

The Republicans allege that Mayor Palmer donated money to Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami’s campaign that was then “wheeled” to the Lawrence Democrats who approved the deal with CIS and Eagle.  Ms. Foglio donated $1,750 to the Lawrence Democratic Club in 2004.

The developers stand to the get the parcel for $500,000, substantially less than the $2.3 million Lawrence paid for the site.

In addition, Lawrence Township is set to finance the project with up to $450,000 in affordable housing funds.

Mayor Palmer was quoted in the Times story as saying, “This seems like the political equivalent of six degrees of separation."

If only there was six degrees of separation.  If only there was.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 October 2007 )
Money Grows on (Family) Tree PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007

A couple of months ago, the New York Times as well as the Trenton dailies ran stories about substantial financial contributions made by former Senator Robert Torricelli to elected officials in districts where he had business interests. Of note was the $10,000 plus given to the campaigns of Mayor Palmer and his chosen “slate” of At-Large Candidates, Paul Pintella, Manny Segura, and Cordelia Staton

City Clerk Interview Baffles 'Other' Candidate PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Thursday, 27 September 2007

Trenton’s recent solicitations for qualified candidates for City Clerk prompted 19-year resident, advertising executive and civic association co-president Bill Kearney, Jr. to submit his resume. spoke with Kearney about the experience, the absurdly brief interview and the apparently pre-destined appointment of a candidate vetted by the administration.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 September 2007 )
Mayor Out of Town... Again! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 26 September 2007

It's Wednesday, September 26th... do you know where your mayor is today?


After skipping town for at least 2 days last week, following protests for his great absenteeism, the mayor is in Washington DC this morning in a closed meeting with other party members. The announced purpose of this meeting is to "seek help from the federal government to fight crime in cities." 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 September 2007 )
No Further Delay on RCAs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank Weeden   
Sunday, 23 September 2007

With growing public opposition to Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs), Trentonians have been subject to the predictable chorus of excuses from our mayor and other politicians who have supported this perverse loophole allowing suburban municipalities to send their affordable housing obligations to poor inner cities. Now, as legislative pressure mounts to eliminate it, these same politicians would have us think they are leading the charge for reform. The truth is, they now want to stall the issue in a “blue ribbon” commission which will take years to establish that which is already laid out in the New Jersey State Plan and soundly predicated on Mount Laurel and the Federal Fair Housing Act. Indeed, it is high time New Jersey acted comprehensively on affordable housing policy, but waiting for that perfect synergy to come about is no justification for further delaying the abolition of its most discriminatory and counter-productive component.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 September 2007 )
The Palmer Administration vs. Capital Health Systems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Forester   
Friday, 21 September 2007

An administration-sponsored resolution awarding a city contract to an outside firm has been seen as some as more ill will between Mayor Palmer and Capital Health Systems, an important Trenton employer that drew the ire of the Palmer administration when it announced it planned on moving one of its two Trenton operations to Hopewell.

The resolution means the Trenton business failed to receive a city contract despite a cheaper cost and the fact that CHS employs many Trentonians.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 September 2007 )
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