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                                             Peyton's                                                                                                                                                      Kean: Controller’s Report
                                   Peek at the Week                                                                                                                                                        Proves Need for Reforms
                                            In Politics                                                                                                                                                   TRENTON — Senate Republican
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) cited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    munities, Senator Kean said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Senator Kean is the sponsor of leg-
                                       By Paul Peyton of The Leader/Times                                                                                                                              a recent Comptroller report highly           islation (S-1021) that requires local
                                            program.           According            to                                                                                                                 critical of the secrecy and abuses           governments to share alternative pay-
 Christie Fires Edu. Commissioner                                                                                                                                                                      surrounding tax exemptions and               ments with schools and counties to
  Bret Schundler Over ‘Race’ Flap , 700 firearms were
                                            turned in to authorities. The money                                                                                                                        abatements as further reasons why            the same extent that property taxes
   Education Commissioner Bret                                                                                                                                                                         reform bills he has sponsored should         are shared with schools and counties,
Schundler was fired Friday morning by       came out offorfeiture funds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       be given consideration. The State            so that state taxpayers are not left
Governor Chris Christie after New Jer-         Democrats Schedule Override                                                                                                                             Comptroller has indicated that prop-         holding the bill.
sey lost out on $400 million in educa-          On Family-Planning Funding                                                                                                                             erty tax exemptions and abatements              He said the state has not collected
tion aid as part of the Obama                  Although last week’s firing of Bret                                                                                                                     awarded in certain areas of the state        accurate or relevant data on billions
Administration’s “Race to the Top”          Schundler has pushed the cutting of                                                                                                                        have been cloaked in secrecy and             of dollars of tax exemptions and abate-
program.                                    funding for family-planning services                                                                                                                       have skewed school-funding policies.         ments for decades. In response to the
   According to news reports, the state’s   off the front page, New Jersey State                                                                                                                          Certain municipalities over the           lack of disclosure about the extent
700-page application was missing tax        Senate Democrats have scheduled a                                                                                                                          years have increasingly exempted             and impacts of exemptions and abate-
information from 2008 and 2009 while        hearing on Monday, September 20, in                                                                            Courtesy of Alan Falcone, County of Union   major developers from paying prop-           ments, the senator introduced legis-
including numbers for FiscalYear 2011       Trenton, as they attempt to override                          WHAT DOES THE CLERK DO?…Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, who is                            erty taxes, which support munici-            lation (S-1465) with Senator Ron Rice
instead. New Jersey, which fell three       Governor Chris Christie’s veto of the                         seeking re-election to a third term, explains the services offered by the County             palities, schools and counties. The          in the last session that requires greater
points behind Ohio, was docked five         $7.5-million budget item. Two-thirds                          Clerk’s Office to Peter Philippakos of Linden at the Jersey Gardens Mall Expo                municipalities have permitted the de-        disclosure, and will be reintroducing
points for leaving out the information      of the Legislature is needed to override                      in Elizabeth. More than 1,600 people visited the expo, where the county clerk                velopers to make alternative payments        the legislation for current session on
on the state’s application.                 the veto, meaning Democrats need 27                           assisted many with mail-in ballots and voter registration. For more information              to only the municipalities, and they         Monday.
   At a press conference last Wednes-       of the 40 Senators to vote in favor of the                    about the services the County Clerk’s Office provides, call (908) 527-4787.                  were not shared with counties and               “My legislation is sorely needed; it
day, Governor Christie was critical of      legislation. There are 23 Democrats in                                                                                                                     schools.                                     brings transparency to exemptions
“bureaucrats in Washington” for not
awarding the state the $400 million,
                                            the Senate.
                                               If successful, the bill would move to
                                                                                                             Paul Jackson Fund to Hold                                                                    The current arrangement has the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       impact of starving urban school sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and abatements, and ends the unfair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school-funding impacts of those spe-
saying New Jersey tried to furnish the      the Assembly on September 30, where
missing data during the presentation in
the nation’s capital, but officials re-
                                            54 “yes” votes would be needed out of
                                            80 members. The Democrats hold 47
                                                                                                              Inaugural 5K Run/Walk                                                                    tems of local funding and leaving
                                                                                                                                                                                                       state taxpayers to pick up the tab
                                                                                                                                                                                                       through an unfair school-funding for-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cial deals,” Mr. Kean said. “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Comptroller’s report should serve as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    a wake-up call for those who have
fused to accept it.                         seats in the lower chamber.                                      WESTFIELD – The Paul Jackson               Participants may register online               mula that shortchanges many com-             opposed these reforms in the past.”
    The next day, the U.S. Department                                                                     Fund (“The Fund”) will hold its first      through The Paul Jackson Fund
of Education released a video of the         GW Bans Developers                                           annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday,            website,
presentation, which showed Mr.
Schundler and the New Jersey team not       From Taking Donations                                         October 9. Money raised at this event
                                                                                                          will be used to assist families facing
                                                                                                                                                        The Paul Jackson Fund was cre-
                                                                                                                                                     ated in 1991 to benefit Paul Jackson,             Scutari Urges Christie to Back
making an attempt to provide the data,                 By RENNIE WOLTERS                                  a financial crisis due to catastrophic     who was paralyzed due to spinal cord
thus contradicting what Governor
Christie had said at his press confer-
                                             Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

                                               GARWOOD — The Garwood bor-
                                                                                                          illness or disability.
                                                                                                             The 5K Run and Two-Mile Walk
                                                                                                                                                     surgery. When he no longer depended
                                                                                                                                                     on finances from The Fund, he de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fed. Med. Marijuana Bill
ence.                                       ough council held a regular meeting                           will be wholly contained within Oak        cided to do everything in his power to               TRENTON – State Senator Nick              Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.
   New Jersey’s application was             last Tuesday – the only meeting that                          Ridge Park in Clark, with paved paths,     help others. He assumed leadership                Scutari (LD-22, Linden) has intro-           asserting that law enforcement should
amended over the Memorial Day week-         took place last month after having its                        and will feature mile clocks, water        of The Fund and created a charity of              duced a measure urging Governor              not focus federal resources “on indi-
end after Mr. Schundler negotiated with     August 10 meeting cancelled.                                  stops and scoring by Compuscore.           last resort for people in financial cri-          Chris Christie to support and advo-          viduals whose actions are in clear and
the New Jersey Education Association           The council passed an ordinance                            The 5K Run will be a USATF-certi-          sis due to catastrophic illness or dis-           cate for federal legislation that would      unambiguous compliance with exist-
(NJEA) on key provisions of the appli-      declaring that any redeveloper who                            fied, 500-point NBGP race.                 ability.                                          provide legal protection to patients         ing state laws providing for the medical
cation. The Governor ordered that           makes a political contribution to                                The event also will include a wheel-       Mr. Jackson passed away in 2009;               who use medical marijuana in com-            use of marijuana.”
changes made with the backing of the        elected officials of the borough, or to                       chair-friendly Two-Mile Walk and a         his dream and only wish was for the               pliance with state laws.                        According to published reports,
NJEA be removed from the applica-           local or county political committees,                         Kids Fun Run for those ages 2 to 11,       work of The Fund to continue. Pro-                   The senator’s bill would express          DEA officials raided the home of a
tion.                                       will be ineligible to enter into any                          with distances from 25 to 200 yards        ceeds from The Paul Jackson 5K will               the legislature’s support and urge           Denver marijuana grower earlier this
     Rochelle Hendricks Named               redevelopment agreement with the                              and finisher ribbons for all.              assist those most in need.                        the Governor to support and advo-            year after he spoke to a television
                                            borough. This ordinance prevents                                                                                                                           cate for H.R. 2835, known as the             news station about the profitability of
  Acting Education Commissioner
   Rochelle Hendricks has been named
                                            borough employees from entering
                                            into agreements with political con-
                                                                                                           Mindowaskin Park Cleanup                                                                    “Medical Marijuana Patient Protec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tion Act.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    his business.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Two Colorado laboratories testing
acting commission of the New Jersey         tributors, officials said.                                                                                                                                    In states with legalized medical          marijuana for pesticides and potency
Department of Education, following
the firing of Bret Schundler as commis-
                                               The council also passed an ordi-
                                            nance to amend the frequency of
                                                                                                           On Tap Sept. 18 in Westfield                                                                marijuana, H.R. 2835 would protect
                                                                                                                                                                                                       patients, prescribing doctors, dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    also were raided after they applied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for licenses from the DEA. As a re-
sioner. According to The Record, Ms.        criminal background checks for bor-                              WESTFIELD – The Friends of              chase from The Friends. For further
Hendricks has been with the depart-                                                                       Mindowaskin has scheduled a fall                                                             tributors and anyone authorized to           sult, federal legislators in Colorado
                                            ough employees and volunteers. Ac-                                                                       information,                access                obtain, possess or distribute mari-          sent a letter to Mr. Holder calling for
ment since 1987 and recently served as      cording to the ordinance, the police                          cleanup and planting event for    or call (908)
assistant commissioner for the Divi-                                                                      Mindowaskin Park on Saturday, Sep-                                                           juana on behalf of a patient against         the raids to stop.
                                            captain or his designee will coordi-                                                                     233-0028.                                         arrest and prosecution by federal               The “New Jersey Compassionate
sion of School Effectiveness and            nate a criminal history background                            tember 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. Vol-         Board members for the Friends
Choice.                                                                                                   unteers and organizations are encour-                                                        authorities.                                 Use Medical Marijuana Act” was
                                            check every five years after the initial                                                                 include Deborah Burslem, Robert                      “With this measure, we will send a        signed into law January. The state
      Bergen Residents Turn In              check, an amendment which increases                           aged to participate and to bring gloves,   Burslem, Jane Curtis, David Foltz,
                                                                                                          rakes and tools to trim shrubs and for                                                       unified message to the federal gov-          is approaching an October 1 dead-
   700 Guns at Buyback Program              the time between criminal back-                                                                          Fontaine Gatti, Elizabeth List, B.                ernment that we support the rights of        line to begin implementation of the
   The Bergen County Sheriff’s De-          ground checks by three years.                                 planting.                                  Carol Molnar, Paul Nazzaro,
                                                                                                             All volunteers are asked to meet at                                                       states with medical marijuana laws           program, after a 90-day delay re-
partment paid out $47,550 over two             The council will meet again on                                                                        Marilynn Shields, Gail Smith, Craig               to carry them out and that we believe        quested by the Christie Adminis-
days over the county’s gun-buyback          Tuesday, September 14.                                        the bandstand, located in the center       Stock, Barbara Vincentsen and David
                                                                                                          of the park. For more information,                                                           patients deserve protections. We will        tration was agreed upon by the leg-
                                                                                                                                                     Williams.                                         also respectfully urge the Governor          islature.
                                                                                                          call (908) 233-0028 or e-mail
                                                                                                                                                                    to join our effort to protect patients in
                                                                                                             The Friends of Mindowaskin is a         County to Hold Annual                             New Jersey who are suffering with            Cornerstone Ceremony
                                                                                                          non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization,                                                          debilitating illnesses and seeking a
                                                                                                          founded in the early 1990s to revital-     POW/MIA Ceremony                                  small measure of relief through the          To Mark Rededication
                                                                                                          ize and preserve the park. The mis-          ELIZABETH — Union County                        medicinal use of marijuana,” said Mr.
                                                                                                          sion of The Friends of Mindowaskin         will hold its annual POW/MIA cer-                 Scutari, the prime sponsor of the              Of Trinity Church
                                                                                                          is to ensure the long-term enjoyment       emony on Friday, September 17, at                 “New Jersey Compassionate Use                   CRANFORD — A Masonic cor-
                                                                                                          of this public park by the Westfield       11:15 a.m. on the steps of the Union              Medical Marijuana Act.”                      nerstone ceremony and rededicat-
                                                                                                          community.                                 County Courthouse in Elizabeth on                    New Jersey is one of 14 states            ion of Trinity Episcopal Church
                                                                                                             Currently underway is a fund-rais-      Broad Street.                                     with laws allowing patients with de-         will be held on Sunday, September
                                                                                                          ing campaign for the “Memory Walk”                                                           bilitating illnesses to use marijuana        19.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       for medicinal purposes. Under fed-              Masonic cornerstone ceremonies,
                                                                                                          at the bandstand. Granite pavers with                                eral law, however, it remains illegal        a rare occurrence today, date back to
                                                                                                          an inscription are available for pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to use, possess or cultivate mari-           the days of President George Wash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       juana, and no physician can legally          ington, who laid the cornerstone at

                                                                                                                  Art Ammermuller                                                                      prescribe it. H.R. 2835 also would
                                                                                                                                                                                                       transfer marijuana from a Schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                                       I controlled substance to Schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the United States Capitol on Septem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ber 18, 1793.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Azure Masonic Lodge No. 22
                                                                                                                                                                                                       II, under the federal Controlled Sub-        Grand Master, M.W. Joseph H. Ri-
                                                                                                              Business Health Plans Medicare Plans                                                     stances Act, statutorily recognizing         val, Jr., and the Grand Staff will par-
              Nirvana Latex Mattress                                                                                    Term Life Insurance                                                            its medical value and allowing doc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tors to prescribe it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ticipate in the ceremony, which will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    begin with the opening of the lodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The senator’s measure follows re-
                                                                                                                         14 Years Experience                               ports that U.S. Drug Enforcement Ad-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by the Grand Master at 1 p.m. He will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    then lead the procession to the church,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ministration (DEA) raids continue to         which is approximately four blocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                       take place in states with legalized medi-    away.
                                                                                                                            732-345-6300                                                               cal marijuana, despite an October 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                       directive from the office of United States
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Light refreshments will be served
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    at the church after the ceremony.

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