Author Archive: MC Bayshore Dems

Some Big Issues for Young Adults

The issues that are most prevalent among young voters today are; affordable housing, costs for education, gas prices, and the Iraq War. Their concerns over their ability to get an education and start lives have become a hot topic when I go out in the area. I am approached by young voters in Monmouth County all the time. They ask me questions about what is happening in the political world when it comes to the problems that we face.

These issues are in a large way tide together. Affordable housing is a problem for anyone of our generation that is attempting to start their lives after school in our area. The debt that the ones who go to college have accumulated over their time in school is a huge burden. Gas prices rising with no end in sight. Low starting salaries, if they are even able to find decent jobs. Concerns about their friends, and family serving their county in the war. These have all made our generation wake up to the reality that this generation faces a real test to the way we live our life.

With less and less money being devoted to education. Many young adults and their families are facing the fact that they may not be able to afford to go to collage. This is a scary concept to many families. It is a known fact that in the 21st century college has become a prerequisite for having the ability to enter the middle class. Many young adults elect to take loans to pay for their college education. The range of the debt that they accumulate is from $25,000 – $100,000 depending on the degree that they obtain.

Starting salaries have not risen anywhere near the rise in costs that these young people face. The rapidly rising cost of education and transportation has become oppressive to young adults. This along with a shrinking job market makes the prospect of building a life in the communities that they grew up in look less likely to happen.

With average rents in our area ranging around $900 – $1,100 for a one bedroom apartment and houses going for around $300,000 many young adults have come to the reality that they can not afford to live here. Many of the young adults that do try to live in this area have turned to communal living. In reality we are turning to a quality of life that traditionally has been that of migrant workers. In many communities in our area resident have been trying to pressure town leaders to take steps to end the practice of communal living. So what is the next step? When college educated people are forces to except a lower and lower quality of life just to survive we are not heading in the right direction.

Weather you agree or disagree with the Fair Housing Act of 1985. It has made it a constitutional obligation to provide a cretin percentage of a towns housing affordable. This is rentable and owned housing.

With elected officials in our area standing in opposition of affordable housing and funding education they have shown that they do not stand with their younger constituents. I feel that they will find the folly in this on Election Day with the ever growing feeling of desperation among younger voters combined with the overwhelming feeling of a need for change.

Middletown False To Pay For RCA With Red Bank

Middletown Township (Monmouth County, NJ) On April 11, 2008 Matthew Morehead, Chairman of the Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats announced that court documents relating to a Regional Contribution Agreement between Red Bank and Middletown were discovered by his organization while in discussion with the town leaders of Red Bank urging the town not to enter into any future agreements between the two towns.

The document discovered was docket number A-3326-04T3326-04T3, which was argued on January 9, 2007 before the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division and was decided on February 28, 2007.

It was discovered that on March 13, 2000, Middletown filed a petition with COAH for substantive certification of an affordable housing compliance plan. One component of Middletown’s plan was an RCA between Middletown and Red Bank, under which Middletown would transfer 98 units of its affordable housing obligation to Red Bank. On June 14, 2000, the Red Bank governing body adopted a resolution authorizing the execution of the RCA with Middletown.

Several years passed without payment from Middletown due to the fact that Middletown failed to complete a “Credits without Controls Survey” and objections to Middletown’s compliance plan that could require mediation. On January 4, 2003 Red Bank’s governing body adopted a resolution canceling its RCA with Middletown.

“This document reflects badly on Middletown’s governing body,” Morehead stated. “This is just another example showing Middletown’s reluctance to live up to its constitutional obligation.”

“The money that is wasted by Middletown’s governing body in litigation would be better spent in providing its constitutional obligation of affordable housing to young adults and seniors. Where we would have the opportunity to receive state and federal funds,” Morehead continued.

“The costs that Middletown’s majority places on the taxpayers without any benefit are shameful,” Morehead concluded.  

Brookdale Democrats Join With M.C. Bayshore Young Democrats

Middletown Township (Monmouth County, NJ): Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats Chairman Matthew Morehead and John Swift Brookdale Democrats President announce that their organizations are joining together in the fight for affordable housing for young residents.

Mr. Morehead and Mr. Swift both feel that the issue of affordable housing is an important problem facing young adults in Middletown and Monmouth County. By joining their two groups together, they feel that it will strengthen the voice of young adults in Monmouth County. They also feel it will bring more public debate about reform in Monmouth County.

“By our sister organizations joining together we will unify and motivate young adults in Monmouth County,” Morehead stated. “For real change to happen it is up to the next generation to speak up to end the status quo”

“The decisions that our elected offices make today will affect our future,” Swift said. “It is time that we make our voices heard, so that we can have hope for a better future.”

“With the cooperation of the Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats and the Brookdale Democrats on this issue, as well as future issues, will bring real change to Monmouth County,” Morehead concluded.      

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To The Editor:

In its Feb. 20 edition, in the Letters section of the newspaper, The Independent printed a letter by Middletown resident Lois Whittom. The letter was titled “Dems imposing socialism on Middletown.”

Mrs. Whittom directly called me a “socialist” because I am advocating for housing that is affordable for young people in Middletown. I do not feel the need to label Mrs. Whittom any ridiculous labels because she may feel that a good start for young families is not important.  

Middletown sent over $12 million in recent years through RCAs to other municipalities. Mrs. Whittom makes the “argument” that this is somehow keeping out undesirables from Middletown. There are plenty of working young families in Middletown, where adults are earning about $35,000 per year each. Why should they not only be discriminated against, but that discrimination is subsidized by municipal tax money?

Mrs. Whittom makes the case I am a socialist because I am advocating for young people who are earning between $30,000-$40,000 per year. Her assertions are ludicrous. The housing that is being desired in Middletown is well out of the price range of working young people in the township. The Township Committee, with township tax revenue, created this condition.

I think Mrs. Whittom is irresponsible to call me a socialist, and that speaks very badly about her character. She does not agree with me, so she has to label me with some terrible name in public through a newspaper. This is a problem, which she should probably reflect on, since it represents a personal attack against me. She is saying I am something I am not, and yet she knows that. Her conduct is not responsible, and cannot avoid reflecting upon her.

Further, Mrs. Whittom infers that all of the young people in my organization, who have attended colleges and universities, been brought up in the Bayshore, have friends and family here, and have contributed and continue to contribute in so many activities are socialists, which is patently wrong. If Mrs. Whittom does represent a side of anything, it can’t be a good one. All she can do is call people terrible names with no justification, and no real argument or facts.

Matthew Morehead

Chairman, Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats

The Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats Go “.org”

Yesterday the Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats launched their new permanent web sight http://MCBayshoreYoungDems.org. This is a major step in bringing a voice to the youth of Monmouth County. It is a one-stop shop for just about everything. It features a guest book, easy sign up page, and much more.

Stop by today and check it out. While you are there sign the guest book and sign up. The path to change starts with you. Stand up and speak out.

Young Democrats Take On Middletown’s Use of RCAs

Middletown Township (Monmouth County, NJ): Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats Chairman Matthew Morehead addressed the growing problem facing young adults of the lack of affordable housing in Middletown do to the use of RCAs at the townships workshop meeting on February 4, 2008.

During the public comments portion of the meeting Mr. Morehead pleaded the case that Middletown?s policy of using RCAs to pay other townships over $12 million to build 649 of Middletown?s units of affordable housing, has had a great impact on young adults trying to start families of their own. Many of these young adults are current resident or are the children of current residents of Middletown. The other point that was made was that the

town was using the tax money if these young peoples parents to do this.

While Mr. Morehead was speaking, Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger made remarks on the issue. When Mr. Morehead tried to finish pleading his case Mayor

Scharfenberger interrupted by stating, “I am not going to debate this issue with you.” Then he moved on.to the next speaker.

“This just goes to show that there is no room for concerned residents to make their case to the Mayor and the Republican majority if it differs from their

stance on the issue,” Morehead stated. “It also shows

that the Mayor Scharfenberger has no intention of addressing the problems that face young resident of this town,” Morehead concluded.

14 Tickets for Uninspected Municipal Vehicles in Middletown

At the last meeting at town hall I brought up the fact that there were 14 tickets issued for 14 of Middletowns municipal vehicles on 12/31/07 by Frank Holden a Middletown police officer that retired that same day. When I questioned Mayor Gerared Scharfenburger if we had the money in town to maintain the vehicles he had the township attorney reply to my question.

The attorney stated that there was the money to maintain the cars. So I asked if it was gross miss management of the department. After that the reply I got was that the tickets were written to promote an agenda that the officer had. Well I had to take a breath after that. I couldn’t believe that the township attorney would acutely elude to the officer writing fraudulent tickets the day he was retiring to for some agenda. When I asked him this he back tracked and said that the tickets were not fraudulent.

The only agenda the officer may have had we the fact that the township does a poor job of maintaining there police fleet and it had been a concern for many years. My father was a Middletown police officer for many years. Over the years I have seen many check engine lights on and I have herd many complaints of the condition of the cars from a number of the other officers.

The real agenda is that the town does not want to fess up to the fact that they are not doing what they need too. Ultimately it is Mayor Scharfenburger that is responsible for making shore that all the departments in town are doing what is needed to keep the town running safely. The other question that came to me after I left is that mayor Scharfenburger feels that there is no room to cut the budget, but how can he know this if he doesen’t even know how the money is being spent or what is even going on in the departments.

Attack on Affordable Housing for Young Families in Middletown

Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger and his Republican majority on the Middletown Committee have taken a stance against young families in Middletown. As a young Middletown resident myself I feel that this stance is irresponsible and unforgivable. My family has owned property in Middletown for over 100 years starting with my great great grandparents having a summer property in old Camp Orville which is known as Leanardo today. I will be the first generation in my family that has to consider moving away from Middletown.

Mayor Scharfenburger and his companions have made an environment in Middletown that the children of current residents will not be able to return and start families of there own. Their opinion of affordable housing is that in the Middletown environment only senior housing is needed and not affordable  housing for young adults. But the truth is that this will be the housing for the children of Middletown’s parents. These young adults, many of whom grew up in Middletown, now will return home to find that the town that they grew up in doesn’t want them. The part that gets me the most is that Mayor Scharfenburger is using the tax money of the parents of these young people to do this. It was stated that “Middletown was the most prolific user of RCAs, sending $12.1 million to other municipalities to handle 649 of its affordable housing credits that would otherwise have been built in the township.” In an article by Jonathan Tamari Of Gannett on November 14, 2007.