Plainfield's extraordinary aid from the state this year came in at the second lowest amount doled out, a mere $250,000 (see here). Only tiny Union Beach borough in Monmouth County (pop. 6,649) received less than Plainfield. (See the complete state list here.)
But it is even more shocking when compared to Perth Amboy, this year's big winner, which received $3.5 million in extraordinary aid (see here).
One must ask: What has happened?
Certainly Plainfield has needs as great as those outlined for Perth Amboy. And we also have a woman mayor, as does Perth Amboy. And we have a powerful, long-serving Assemblyman in Jerry Green.
So, what gives?
Plainfield's extraordinary aid has consistently dropped since Robinson-Briggs took over as mayor in January 2006. The FY2007 (her first budget year) amount was $900,000. In FY2008 it was $800,000.
This year's $250,000 amount represents a more-than-300%-reduction from that amount.**
Is it because the Assemblyman no longer has the mojo to deliver the goods for Plainfield?
Or because of the shambles of the Robinson-Briggs administration's record (remember the million-dollar error in last year's budget; and the submission of this year's budget to the state without going through the proper procedures, including a Council resolution and the Clerk's signature)?
Either way, Plainfield taxpayers take the hit.
And Perth Amboy takes the haul.
**Sorry, you and I both know the math is flawed, but I just couldn't resist echoing Her Honor's claim of a 300% reduction in the murder rate.
- Courier --
- Plainfield: "Despite award of $250K state aid, layoffs, tax increase loom"
- Perth Amboy: "Perth Amboy awarded $3.5M in extraordinary aid"
- DCA: "SFY2010 Extraordinary Aid"
-- Dan Damon [follow]