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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Trenton Public Schools
Written by William Trent   
Sunday, 09 September 2007

While the Trenton school district is indeed an urban district that serves many students living in bad economic situations, the Douglas H. Palmer administration has continued to fail at making a dent in bad test scores and other statistics since taking over the mayor’s office in 1990.

The prospect of students escaping the economic void of Trenton is compounded by the inept leadership that has characterized the school district throughout Mayor Palmer’s reign.

Trenton boasts SAT and HSPA scores consistently lower than the state average, and has an abnormally large number of students graduating through equivalency tests rather than normal graduations.  Every year the senior class is a much smaller group of students than it was when it entered the high schools four years earlier.

And, until this year, the high school was consistently on a list of “dangerous” schools.

Through all of this, Mayor Palmer has tried new schools boards, new superintendents, and many proclamations and catch phrases, but to no avail.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
Alert: Have You Seen this Man?
Written by Web Master   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Alert: Have you seen this man? Mayor Doug Palmer was last seen just before the 2006 election.

Palmer Missing Photo
Mayor Doug Palmer
 Perhaps worried about Trenton's record setting murder rate in 2005 and early reports of a failing school system, Mayor Doug Palmer is believed to have fled the city last May. Authorities suspect that Mayor Doug Palmer may have changed his appearance, as seen in these income progressed pictures shown in Esquire magazine.

On August 14th, a video has appeared of the mayor.  In what could best be described as political pornography, the video appears to show that the mayor may have fallen victim to a group named the US Conference of Mayors. Images in the video show the mayor in various cities around the world, but no images appear to place the mayor in the city of Trenton in the last year. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
Where Did They Go?
Written by Greg Forester   
Wednesday, 07 July 2004

"Because the attraction of industry and development is a key component to continued economic growth, the City of Trenton has been actively cultivating private development in New Jersey’s capital city. In the last four months alone the city has announced over $205 million in new developments targeting private industry tenants.”   

         - Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer in October of 2005

Fast forward to 2007, and the condition of several projects touted by the Palmer administration over the last few years.

Broad St. Bank: People have still yet to move into this gem in Trenton’s central business district, mostly due to problems with acquiring parking for the tenants and businesses leasing space in the building.   Douglas Palmer and company seem to be blind to the thousands of spaces of unused surface and deck parking all over the downtown area currently used by the state and other entities.   These lots remain empty during non-business hours and weekends.  Can Mayor Palmer and Trenton spare a space for someone wanting to live downtown?

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
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