Manville mayor Angelo Corradino at his Manville home. (AUGUSTO F. MENEZES/ Staff) 1188-METRO. (Photo: AUGUSTO F. MENEZES/Staff)
In recent literature by Councilman Onderko it appears either he is talking about another town or he is purposely misleading you and insulting your intelligence. The response to that letter I am about to give you can all be verified. It is part of the public record, and you can go to Borough Hall to find out who is telling the truth.
He talks about the Rustic Mall and being barren for eight years, but he failed to tell you that five of those eight years the Republicans had the majority on council with him and Steve Szabo as members. They did not even approach the owners about redevelopment. Mr. Onderko talks about the lack of progress our redevelopment committee had made in negotiating with the owners of the Rustic Mall, although he was present when the announcement was made regarding a presentation to be given to the Council in November, the project to go before the Planning Board in January; and a shovel in the ground by March or April of 2015 as I presented on the last reorganization day.
He tells you about a massive flood levee in Zarephath that in his mind will enhance flooding in Manville despite the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection saying differently since they were ordered to keep it at 1957 levels. The only assignment, and an important one, was given to the committee he chairs back in January. That was to investigate and give the mayor and Borough Council a report on the levee and what action his committee would recommend we take. Guess what? We are still waiting for that report.
In addition to that, he states we did not join the Green Brook Flood Control Commission. There is a simple explanation to that. We were never asked. This was told to him by a prominent and original member of that commission when we formed our own commission and he was advising us.
In response to his accusation about buyouts, we were never offered 150 buyouts and those of you who know how hard I fought to get the 100 homes bought out know I would never hold up 50 more homes from being bought (which I hope will come in the next round). We were allocated $30 million for buyouts and that is what the state is spending in Manville.
Councilman Onderko and Szabo both talked about the budget and how they voted against it this year. What they failed to mention is that they had no recommendations to change what was submitted. When asked what they would cut in the budget and what programs they wanted to eliminate Mr. Onderko’s answer was he was going to write a letter to the editor. Now, that is what I call representing the people. However, when he did write it there were no recommendations, just that he did not like the budget. Councilman Szabo’s response was because they voted no —meaning Onderko and Asher.
I am asking you to verify the facts you receive in campaign literature and if you do you will see the choice for Borough Council is easy this year. For honest and dedicated leadership and to continue the progress in public safety, economic growth, stabilized taxes and representation for all the people and not just friends I am asking you to vote for Councilman Ed Komorowski and Harry Bugal Jr. Nov. 4 to continue the progress we have made over the last three years.
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