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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gloria Taylor thumbs nose at Muhlenberg concerns

Chairman Green's handpicked candidate snubbed Muhlenberg ER hearing.
(Image from PCTV.)
Regular Democratic Organization candidate Gloria Taylor thumbed her nose at residents' concerns over Muhlenberg's future last Thursday evening.

While about fifty residents crowded the meeting room at the Plainfield Public Library to hear and question JFK's plans to move the Satellite Emergency Department from the main building to a much smaller space at Kenyon House, Taylor, who is running for the Ward 3 seat vacated by Mayor Adrian Mapp, and her running mate Charles Eke, who is challenging Wards 2/3 incumbent Rebecca Williams, were busy noshing and yukking it up with supporters in the private dining room of Spain Inn, the West 7th Street eatery.

Among those spotted at the event were both PMUA Commissioner Malcolm R. Dunn and his son Jeffery, who heads the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, as well as former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs.

Assemblyman Jerry Green, who handpicked Taylor as the RDO candidate -- without any input from Democratic Committee members -- has been noticeably absent from public events concerning the future of Muhlenberg since he addressed a 2008 rally protesting the hospital's closure and angered the crowd by saying it was 'time to move on'.

Since then, Green has worked quietly in the background to pave the way for JFK's proposal to develop the former hospital site into 600-plus rental apartments. Green has sponsored a bill (A3043, see full text here). which contains weasel wording that would allow 'repurposing' of qualified health care facilities to include non-health care uses with state tax credits to the developer.

In a recent blog post, Councilor Rebecca Williams also pointed out that the proposed bill would protect JFK from 'destabilization to the market' (see post here).

Candidate attitudes toward JFK's proposal for the former Muhlenberg hospital site will play an important role in the upcoming primary campaign.

Candidate Gloria Taylor has shown you her priorities by snubbing the public hearing on the Muhlenberg ER proposal to wine and dine her supporters instead.

Make a note of that.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Bob said...

And is there any wonder that people have little respect for most City Committee Members? We all need to have a voice and choice and not have that taken away from us.

Anonymous said...

It is evident that you have decided to promote the personal agenda of the New Dems instead of independently reporting on the issues of Plainfield.

Anonymous said...

They are all power hungry and self serving. So why do the Dems keep putting bad apples in the cart? If we want to make a change for the better and become free of the Green machine we need to get out and Vote in June!