Newsflash

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.

 

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Palmer sings budget blues
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: http://trentonnj.org/Cit-e-Access/news/index.cfm?NID=12371&TID=55&jump2=0

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2008 )
 
And if you thought the smell was coming from the sewage treatment plant...
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 )
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Special treatment at sewage plant
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 )
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