Friday, July 18, 2014

Having a Blast at the Summer Concert and Car Show!


Sherry Winston--interactive flautist!
On Thursday evening, Plainfielders were treated to the first Summer Concert event in Plainwood Square Park: "THREE WOMEN & SOME JAZZ," featuring the Grammy-nominated jazz flautist Sherry Winston (for Sherry Winston's website--click here), and vocalists Pam Purvis (for Pam Purvis's website--click here) and Crystal Jones. The event was sponsored by the Plainfield Special Improvement District (SID) and organized by event planner Pat Fields.

I was able to enjoy the music (as always, Pat brings incredible artists to the summer series), to catch up with folks, and relax in the warm summer air. Emcee Robert Graham invited me to the mic to say a few words of greeting. Mayor Adrian Mapp also offered greetings to the crowd, and reminded everyone of the upcoming concerts in Cedar Brook Park--one on August 13 and the other on September 13 (details to come).  
 
BMW Isetta and the dreamy Cadillac Coupe (my fantasy road trip car!)

After the fabulous concert was over, I headed to the other event--the SID-sponsored Car Show right across the street--awesomely organized by George Withers of G-WIZ Auto Entertainment (click here for the website). I was given the honor of presenting the trophies to the car show winners, among them several Plainfield car (and motorcycle) enthusiasts. My favorite cars were the BMW Isetta (click here for a description), and the Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible. It was a wonderful evening, and we can thank Robert Graham, Dave Biagini, Pat Fields, and all the other members of the SID for their hard work in putting this first event together. The next Plainwood Square Concert is scheduled for August! See you there!

All best,

Rebecca


  

Friday, July 11, 2014

The "Plank" in Jerry Green's Eye: "If You Cannot Say Anything Positive..."

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Imagine my surprise when I read the blog post written by The King of Gutter Politics, Jerry "I Run This Motherf@&ker" Green. He writes, among other things, "We need to hold our community in high regard and not lower it to gutter-style politics. [...] If you cannot say anything positive about any elected officials, such as the Mayor, Council members and myself personally, please place that negativity somewhere else, but not in Plainfield. We do not need that here."
  
This was a stunningly hypocritical blog post. Only 16 weeks into Mayor Adrian Mapp's term, Green sent out a mailer saying that he never wanted Mapp, that Mapp was bad for our city, etc., and urging Plainfield voters to reject me (as a supporter of the new administration's progressive economic agenda) in favor of Green's un-Democratically hand-picked candidates. He did this after 16 weeks!  Where is Jerry Green's public apology to Mapp for all the lies that he, Jerry Green, put forth on the additional campaign literature that he sent out to 1st Ward voters only? Why did Green continue his attempts to discredit the new administration throughout the campaign? Mapp wasn't even on the ballot. 

Again, Jerry Green's hypocrisy is on full display in his blog post--written by the man who, in his filthy campaign literature, always lies about progressive Democrats who have the temerity to want to run for local office--instead, he handpicks candidates, disenfranchising the duly-elected Democratic City Committee members. He has LIED about me on numerous occasions: he said that I "doctored a video" (click to see what I supposedly doctored), and he attempted to link me (a progressive Democrat) to the "Tea Party," even getting his buddy Sen. Leader Steve Sweeney to sign on to these lies (which has made Sweeney look quite foolish). Green then sent out a silly "cease and desist" letter to block my posting of his foul-mouthed tirade in an attempt to intimidate me, along with a sworn affidavit from the person he got into the exchange with. This particular lie by Jerry Green has been fully exposed by the unedited video. As if that wasn't enough, Green also challenged my patriotism (much like the former mayor), which fell flat as well. Plainfield voters know full well that, next spring, Jerry Green will be back to his old, foul, negative tricks--don't be fooled by this disingenuous appeal. 

Where is Jerry Green's public apology to the residents of Plainfield for his continued negativity?

Green with his handpicked choice, Taylor at Liberty Village debacle
Plainfielders already saw Jerry "I ain't got all night" Green disrespect them at the Liberty Village community meeting where he rudely addressed city staff and the crowd, and where he said he was "head of Housing" and would be able to talk to HUD about the soon-to-expire PILOT--it was another embarrassing and laughable performance. Is he going to suggest that that video (where he was also caught on tape) was "doctored" as well? I wrote about the aftermath of that meeting in the church--where Green approached me and some Liberty Village residents (among whom were some of my constituents), and started yelling at me in front of them--they could not believe that he was their state representative.

Jerry Green, who has dragged my name through the proverbial mud for years--and especially this year--with his lies, is now chastising local bloggers for writing about our city and commenting?  How absurd! What Jerry Green needs to do is step down from public life--he is a statewide embarrassment. I have written before of his desperate and ultimately pathetic attempts intimidate me. He doesn't control me. He doesn't control my job, and the majority of voters who came out in the last election voted me back into office--even though I was in a very weak ballot position in Column E, versus Green's handpicked candidate, who had the strength of Cory Booker and Bonnie Watson Coleman at the top of the ticket in Column A. Voters were able to see through Jerry's lies and vote for Booker, Watson Coleman, and me. This fall, as the Democratic standard-bearer for the 2nd & 3rd Ward At-large seat in Plainfield, I will be on the ballot with Booker and Watson Coleman. 

I will also remind you all as well of something I wrote in May: 

"When I was canvassing in this neighborhood earlier in the week, some of the residents showed me a photocopied flier of the attack Jerry Green made on Mayor Mapp--they were disgusted by Green's "hypocrisy" and "two-facedness"--their words. They had voted for Mapp in overwhelming numbers--he received over 70% of the vote. In contrast, Jerry Green received LESS THAN 30% of the vote in the [entire] 22nd Legislative District!  To have Jerry Green, who only received 30% of the vote, attack a new mayor who had been in office for only 16 weeks, was deeply offensive to these neighbors. They were also angry about the notorious "push poll" that many of them had responded to. Once again, the response to the question about the greatest problem facing Plainfield was: "Jerry Green!" 

I have written about the lies and attempts at intimidation of Jerry Green in the past--below are just a few links of what folks need to keep in mind about the real Jerry Green as we move toward Primary 2015--when both his Union County Democratic Chairmanship and his Assembly seat will be up for grabs again.

The Embarrassing Spectacle of Jerry Green

Boss Jerry Green and Boss Steve Sweeney

Cease and Desist...From Telling the Truth?

Jerry Green and His Fake Poll

The Plainfield Obstructionists and Their Sham Resolution

The Shameful Sham of the Plainfield NAACP and Jerry the Destroyer

Community Meetings and Further Notes on the "Resuscitation"




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Homophobia: The Weapon of Religious (and other) Hypocrites


I am the OPENLY gay councilor in Plainfield. Homophobic, hateful remarks are unChristian, and reflect religious hypocrisy, hatefulness, and insecurity. Homophobia is more often than not also accompanied by other forms of loathsome prejudice (such as dislike of people whose ethnicity is different, including that of those from the Caribbean and Latin America). Christ surely does not smile on despicable and hypocritical fakery of the type that I am speaking. The sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, church congregants, and others who overhear homophobic commentary by the frauds and hypocrites will be calling it out right to their faces. Just you wait and see.

Brothers and sisters/
Being yourself is easy/
When God’s got your back.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Is So-called "Ethics Violation" Resolution Evidence of a Secret Council Meeting?

I take my fiduciary responsibility to the residents of Plainfield very seriously. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for some of my colleagues. So blinded are they by their unctuous loyalty to Jerry "I Run This Motherf@&ker" Green that some people would not be surprised to see actual complicity in his slanderous and libelous attacks on anyone (like me) who has the temerity to want to run for public office.

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(The "I Run This Motherf@&ker" Video)  

I ask the question in the post title in light of the denial by the Department of Community Affairs of the frivolous ethics complaint certain council members engineered against Mayor Mapp just days before the Democratic primary. According to these councilors, apparently, the mayor is not allowed to use the public access station to advance his progressive economic agenda for the city of Plainfield. The council president then decided to have a last-minute "Special Meeting" on Thursday 29, to pass a "Resolution voicing disapproval of with the comments of Mayor Adrian O. Mapp on Plainfield Cable Television and referring the matter to the New Jersey Local Government Ethics Board"--which I first found out about on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:46 PM.

At the meeting--predictably--Rivers, Reid, Taylor, and Greaves (who is apparently being dumped by Green next year, according to sources who have heard from her prospective replacement) voted to send their resolution to the DCA. Just as predictably, the Department of Community Affairs REJECTED their complaint, noting, in a response we received on Tuesday, July 1, that "...resolution 211-14 does not constitute a complaint under the LGEL [Local Government Ethics Law]..." because it did not meet the standards for filing a complaint--among other things, they have to name the specific provisions of the statute they allege to have been violated and provide actual evidence--which they did not.

Now, I am a member of the city council, and yet I was not made aware of the contents of Resolution 211-14 until the Thursday night meeting--who wrote the resolution? When did the council discuss what its content would consist of? I believe there was a meeting in violation of the Sunshine Law--secret meetings are illegal. Was there collusion on the part of the council to push this fake ethics charge resolution as part of Jerry Green's desire (just a few days before the primary) to discredit me and the new administration? I ask this because of a 4-page color mailer that was DELIVERED BY MAIL to Plainfield residents beginning on Friday, May 30--just ONE DAY after the May 29 "special meeting" was held by Bridget Rivers to vote on sending the resolution to the DCA.

The mailer in question references how the council voted--it is impossible for such a mailing to have been designed, printed, and mailed into homes on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, after a vote on Thursday night, May 29. It is important to find out how the outcome of such a meeting could have been known in advance, and who on the council knew what. 

Further, this mailer states that I "doctored" a video that was never in my possession and states that the case is in "the courts"--an abject lie. Jerry Green is very familiar with abject lies. Given the absolute lies that Gloria Taylor, Diane Toliver, and Charles Eke allowed Jerry Green to print about me on their behalf (LIES which Gloria Taylor still has not had the decency to acknowledge or apologize for), I believe I have great cause for concern. Not once did she (or the other council members who voted in favor of the fake ethics complaint) suggest that Jerry Green be censured for his outright lies about me and about Mayor Mapp. Not once did they suggest that an ethics complaint be filed against Jerry Green for his serious ethical lapses. I guess they think Green is an ethical guy. Anyone who has seen the video of his behavior knows that he is a statewide embarrassment.

Now, I am sure the usual nay-sayers on the council as well as their supporters will think that I am trying to make political hay. I am not. I have no need to. I WON my election. My concern has to do with how this city council can behave in an ethical, transparent, and honest manner in terms of how we perform the duties we are elected to carry out on behalf of our constituents. With this ridiculous resolution (along with the reprehensible Liberty Village near-debacle, the indefensible Clinton Liquors defense, and the continued refusal to give advise and consent for new PMUA commissioners who understand their fiduciary responsibility to the ratepayers), the residents should share my concerns. 

All best,

Rebecca




      

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summertime Car Safety: Don't Leave Valuables in Your Car



During summer, typically, folks seem to let their guard down in terms of keeping their car doors locked, and valuables out of sight. There is always a spike in car burglaries during the summer, since people are out and about more often. On the city website’s “News About Plainfield” section (left side navigation scroll), Public Safety Director Carl Riley reminds all Plainfield residents to lock their vehicles and keep all valuables out of view—during the day as well as at night. 

Unlocked cars create easy opportunities for thieves. These kinds of thieves just walk by cars and glance in—if they see a SmartPhone or a wallet, it takes just seconds to steal. SmartPhones, MP3 devices, wallets, handbags, and other items should not be left in the car, and remember to lock your doors and roll up your windows.

 

Now, be aware that there is a device available to thieves that can unlock car doors—click on the link to read a story about this nationwide problem: Thieves Are Using "Mystery Gadgets" to Electronically Unlock Cars and Steal What Is Inside.  Take a look at this video as well!

Increased patrols are helping, but again, the best way to ensure that you will not become a victim is to remove all your valuables.

Here’s to a safe summer!

Rebecca

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Freedom Summer


Click below to hear the great Nina Simone singing the civil rights anthem, 
"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free."