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Have You Written to Your Elected Officials Lately?

Well, glad to see Gov. Christie's getting some mileage out of his self-serving videos at taxpayer expense. – promoted by Rosi

Have You Written to Your Elected Officials Lately? I have.

Recently I wrote to the triumvirate who represent my Legislative District, #4: Senator Fred Madden (D), Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D), Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco Jr (R), along with Washington Twp Mayor Matthew Lyons (D). The subject was the growing number of once-thriving, now vacant, retail properties in the Township (which will be a topic for a future diary).

I received two responses: one from Mayor Lyons, who thanked me for my concerns and suggested that I attend the next planning meeting . The other was from Assemblyman DiCicco, the sole Republican Legislator in my District, who expressed that he shared my concerns, and included the usual Republican boilerplate about making NJ more business-friendly. I believe he was sincere. I am disappointed by the silence form the two Democrats who represent my District, especially Mr. Moriarty, who is a Township resident and former mayor. At least Mr. DiCicco had the decency to respond. Perhaps he is the only one who realizes that he is up for re-election this year, and re-election is not a given.

I also wrote to the Governors office, one sentence:

“When can we expect the Governor to unveil his 2012 budget proposal?”

his reply below

Sunday NJ Talk Shows 6/27

otrscreenshotOn the Record has Michael Aron talking about property tax caps with Senate President Sweeney and Senator Kyrillos

reportersroundtableOver on Reporter’s Roundtable we have Michael Aron and the panel the Legislature state budget votes, the battle over property tax caps and family planning funding cuts.

This weeks panel included Lisa Fleisher of the Star-Ledger, Josh McMahon for NJNewsroom.com, John Mooney from NJSpotlight.com and John Reitmeyer with The Record of Bergen County

You can click on the images to watch the stream of each show. Below the fold I’ll put another recent interview between Senator Sweeney and Assemblyman DiCicco over the tax cap issue.

DiCicco attempts to fix a problem he will help create

Governor Christie wants to give local towns the chance to get rid of civil service protections as part of his toolkit and get rid of what he calls “unnecessary mandates.” Some of those mandates help ensure that veterans are able to get access to employment opportunities they sorely need. That realization has lead to this bill:

Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco (R-Gloucester) Tuesday announced he will introduce legislation on Thursday that would require all municipal and county governments to extend hiring preferences to veterans, regardless of whether they follow the state Civil Service pertaining to it.

That last line is why he needs this bill. To provide cover as he goes along with the Governor because one of Christie’s proposals would take away civil service protections and the issue has been raised by groups including Veterans for Education. They say that while on the surface DiCicco’s bill looks good, it’s really a disaster:

In reality Civil Service Reform is horrible for NJ’s returning veterans. The advantage to the Civil Service exams and Veterans Preference is that they provide State Mandates to all of NJ’s counties and municipalities and Veterans Preference is easier to monitor and enforce when it’s directly tied to the state.

By allowing each town to do their own thing, Veterans groups believe it would be harder to monitor what goes on because it’s not centralized. Veterans believe that the change will become a huge deterrance to getting jobs they should have access to at a time when they need it the most with Vets having double the unemployment rate of the national average. Of course DiCicco wouldn’t need this fix it bill if he didn’t go along with the Governor creating the problem in the first place.