The needler in the haystack.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Final budget hearing (Mayor's office and Economic Development) tonight


Ah, yes ... just and capable...


Plainfield's City Council holds its final budget deliberation session tonight at 7:00 PM in City Hall Library. On the griddle will be the Mayor's office and Economic Development.

As some Council members, especially Committee-of-the-whole Chairman Bill Reid, made clear at April's business session, the knives will be out for Mayor Mapp's chief of staff and the public relations positions.

After tonight's session, the next expected step will be feedback from the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and the final public hearing and (possible) Council amendments to the Administration's proposed budget next Monday evening, May 5, at 7:00 PM at the Council Chambers/Municipal Court.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Final Muhlenberg community meeting tonight


2013 Commemoration of Muhlenberg closing. Left to right:
Joan Van Pelt, Councilor Rebecca Williams, Mother Carolyn Eklund, Dottie Gutenkauf.


Tonight will see the third and final community meeting for input concerning the future of the Muhlenberg Hospital campus. Led by Heyer, Gruel & Associates, the meeting gets under way at 7:00 PM in the cafetorium of Emerson Community School.

About a hundred residents and other interested parties took part in each of the first two meetings. Speakers made it clear that residents have two main issues --
  • The community needs healthcare-related uses at the former hospital, with proposals ranging from a short-term acute-care facility to developing a medical mall; and

  • Total opposition to JFK's proposal for more than 600 'luxury' rental apartments.
The Mapp administration looks to proposals to be worked up by the consultants as a way to bring JFK into more realistic negotiations.

In addition, Mapp has raised the issue of JFK's tax liability to the city for having abandoned the purpose for which its tax exemption was originally granted.

The elephant in the room, of course, is JFK's asking price. Though I have yet to hear a firm number, it is clear that JFK is trying to get a buyer to chip in $13 million or so to cover bonds floated for Muhlenberg back in the day.

A realistic price for the campus and its buildings, based on an apprraisal, would obviously be much lower.

This is your last chance to chime in on the issues. The consultants have said they expect to have their report ready for presentation to the City by the end of the summer.

Emerson Community School is located at East 3rd Street and Emerson Avenue. Parking available in the school lot on Emerson Avenue and on the street.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Jerry Green's outrageous Muhlenberg maneuver


Residents fought against Muhlenberg's 2008 closure.



Assemblyman Jerry Green and former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs surprised everyone by showing up at last Thursday's community meeting at Clinton School on the future of the Muhlenberg Hospital campus.

One must remember that Assemblyman Green has kept a very low profile on Muhlenberg over the years since it was closed in August 2008, never appearing or speaking at the numerous public meetings, discussions or observances regarding the closed hospital (except for the highly erratic 'Community Advisory Group' which was supposed to monitor Solaris' compliance, and which former Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs chaired).

Jerry's most memorable statement -- until last week -- was telling attendees at a 2008 rally in support of keeping the hospital open that it was 'time to move on'.

Robinson-Briggs forfeited any credibility concerning Muhlenberg by failing to ever take up her seat on Muhlenberg's board at all during her 8-year tenure as mayor.

By the time Jerry rose to speak last Thursday, many residents had already made the point that the only outcome they desired was for a healthcare-related use for the Muhlenberg property -- with total opposition to JFK's proposal for more than 600 apartments.

Jerry led off his remarks by mumbling that the problem with the JFK proposal for luxury apartments was that there were too many units. When given pushback by resident Robin Wright, Jerry changed his words and said, 'Read my lips -- NO UNITS'.

We would do well to recall Jerry's long history of financial entanglement with JFK.



It was news to all that Jerry was VP for Local Affairs
of a Westfield-based lobbying group (from their website).


For years, he 'advocated' for the hospital before eventually 'working on projects' involving Muhlenberg when he was (secretly) Vice President for Local Affairs of the Westfield-based lobbyist The Alman Group. The Courier's exposure of the Alman relationship caused Green great embarrassment and the sudden resignation from the firm (see a summary with links to the contemporary stories here). It later came out that Green never declared his relationship with Alman on his financial disclosure forms -- despite rumors in the community that Muhlenberg was paying $5,000 a month, or $60,000 a year, for Green's 'advocacy'.

Even before that, in 2003 Green had proposed a $150 million project to build a middle school on the Muhlenberg campus (see Courier story archived here). The deal would have helped ease Muhlenberg's indebtedness. At the time, Green stated that if the deal didn't go through, the hospital's future was in jeopardy.

Ever eager to transactionalize his endeavors, Jerry's school proposal also included a provision that contracts for the project would be under local control -- suggesting possibilities for abuse in their awarding. (Shades of the Liberty Village PILOT dispute!)

Unfortunately for Jerry, he picked the wrong phrase to underscore his seriousness by quoting Poppy Bush's famous 'read my lips' statement, one of the all-time unfortunate political one-liners (see here).

As I see it, Jerry Green is frightened by the prospect of his primary candidates Gloria Taylor, Charles Eke and Diane Toliver being swept away over their support of JFK's proposal for over 600 apartments.

Just as Poppy Bush disregarded his 'read my lips' promise and raised taxes, Jerry is likely to have a change of heart the day after the Primary election and go back to supporting JFK's proposal for 600 apartment units.

Voters will be wise to be wary.

The third, and final, community meeting on Muhlenberg takes place Tuesday, April 29, at 7:00 PM at the Emerson Community School, East 3rd Street and Emerson Avenue. Parking available in the school lot and on the street.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Annual duCret Student Art Show today


The opening reception for the annual student art show is today.


The opening reception of the annual student art show of Plainfield's duCret School of Art will be held today from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the school's Central Avenue campus. The show runs from today through May 5.

duCret has been equipping students for careers in fine and commercial arts since the 1920s. The annual art show gives students an opportunity to both show off and sell examples of their efforts.

Works include paintings, drawings and pastels, as well as ceramics, pottery, jewelry, airbrush and digital art.

The duCret School of Art is at 1030 Central Avenue (across from Cedarbrook School). Entry to the auditorium
is off the parking lot at the rear of the complex.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shakespeare Garden opens 87th year today


The Shakespeare Garden opens its 87th season today.


Members and friends of the Plainfield Garden Club will gather at 9:30 AM on Saturday to open the Shakespeare Garden for its 87th season.

All are welcome to come and admire the heirloom spring bulbs -- and pull a few weeds!.

The Shakespeare Garden is in Cedar Brook Park near Randolph Road and the Cricket Pitch.

Friday, April 25, 2014

YMCA Healthy Kids Day Saturday


Healthy Kids Day signs young people up for
spring and summer activities.


Plainfield's YMCA invites the city's young people and their families to kick off an active spring and summer with its annual Healthy Kids Day Saturday from Noon to 3 PM at its Watchung Avenue facility.

The free event features pool activities, a basketball clinic, both youth and adult fitness classes, a karate class, arts and crafts activities and a bouncy house for youngsters. The First Tee, a youth development organization, will offer attendees a chance to tee off in their golf clinic.

The historic Plainfield Area YMCA is at 518 Watchung Avenue at the corner of 6th Street. Parking available in the YMCA lot on Cleveland Avenue or on the streets. For more information, call (908) 756-6060
.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Arbor Day ceremony Friday features 100 kids


A contemporary cartoon depicted President Teddy
Roosevelt advocating conservation of America's forests.


One hundred children from Evergreen School are expected to attend Plainfield's annual Arbor Day ceremony Friday morning in Library Park to help plant trees in honor of the day.

Arbor Day got its big push in the United States after President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1907 to the nation's school children commending the annual planting of trees and the importance of conservation policies in the face of the lumber industry's destruction of old growth forests nationwide.

Arbor Day thus became the first real mass environmental movement in the country.

Plainfield's ceremony is organized by the Shade Tree Commission. The half-hour program gets under way at 11:00 AM, rain or shine. All are welcome.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Primary petition challenges go to court Thursday


1920s view of the Union County Courthouse, before the tower was added.


Challenges to several Plainfield Democratic primary election petitions will be heard by a Union County judge in Elizabeth Thursday.

Assemblyman Jerry Green, as chair of the Plainfield RDO, is challenging the petition of New Dem Ward 1 candidate Emmett Swan.

The New Dems are challenging the petitions of RDO candidates Taylor, Eke and Toliver on various grounds.

The judge's ruling is expected the same day and will determine the final lineup for the June 3 primary election.

Though I won't be able to attend the court proceedings (I have a Library Board meeting), I will try to pass along the results afterward.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Second of three Muhlenberg forums Thursday night


Resident input on the future of the Muhlenberg campus is sought.
 
Clinton School's cafetorium will be the setting Thursday for the second of three public meetings on the future of the Muhlenberg Hospital campus. The meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM.

The meetings are being conducted by consultants hired by the City last year to gather input from residents and make proposals for the former hospital that take into account the point of view of the city and its residents.

JFK, owner of the former hospital site, has already proposed moving the Satellite Emergency Department (SED) to new quarters in Kenyon House as a prelude to executing its plan to develop more than 600 rental apartments on the 17-acre site, as well as a strip mall in the former Park Avenue parking lot.

Mayor Adrian Mapp has always insisted that some health- and medical-related uses be found for the facility. There is a groundswell of repurposing closed hospitals with standalone Emergency Rooms plus 'medical mall' arrangements including specialist medical offices, imaging practices and fitness and outpatient rehab facilities.

About one hundred people attended the first forum at the Plainfield High School cafeteria on March 26. The third and final meeting is slated for April 29 at Emerson Community School.

Clinton School is at West Fourth Street and Clinton Avenue. Parking available in the school lot on Clinton Avenue and on the street. Entrance to the cafetorium is directly adjacent to the parking lot.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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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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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Busy Plainfield week ahead

 

Continuing to work out what 'just and capable' means.



It's a busy week ahead for Plainfielders as the weather finally seems Spring-like.

MONDAY, APRIL 21

Council President Bridget Rivers and Councilors Tracey Brown and Vera Greaes have called a town hall meeting to discuss the Liberty Village situation. Without a PILOT agreement in place by May1, it seems likely a deal to buy and refurbish the 96-unit complex will fall through. Councilor Storch reveals on his blog (see here) that Ms. Rivers was one of three Council members invited to meet with the purchaser's attorney a year ago in the Liberty Village Community Room, no less. This information makes the Council's resistance to the negotiated PILOT even more curious.

The meeting is set for 7:00 PM at Ruth Fellowship Ministries, 733 South Second Street (between Spooner and Grant). Ample parking available in the church lot.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22

City Council budget hearing. Up at bat will be Economic Development and Administration & Finance (including Health, IT, Media, Purchasing and Tax Assessor and Collector).

The hearing is at 7:00 PM in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room of the Plainfield Public Library, Park Avenue at West 8th Street.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Council budget hearings continue with the Mayor's office, Recreation and Inspections.

Also at 7:00 PM in the Library's ALD Meeting Room.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Mayor Mapp's Inaugural Ball will be held at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren. The event was rescheduled from its original February date on account of inclement weather. The event begins with a 6:00 PM VIP Reception, a 6:30 Reception and Dinner at 7:30 PM.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

Plainfield's youth baseball season kicks off at the Rock Avenue complex. Under the leadership of the Mapp administration, the city's teams and the Queen City Baseball League have joined up -- at last.

MONDAY, APRIL 28


The final Council budget meeting will include a report/presentation from the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee as well as Council comments. The entire budget process is expected to wrap up with a hearing at 8:00 PM on Monday, May 5 (a regularly scheduled agenda-setting session will start at 7:30 PM) at the Courthouse/Council Chambers at which Council amendments to the Administration's proposed budget will be taken up.

Exciting days ahead.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Primary campaign kickoff rally at New Dems HQ today



Plainfield's New Democrats political club will kick of the 2014 primary campaign with a rally and grand opening of its headquarters today from Noon to 2:00 PM. The campaign headquarters is at 508B Watchung Avenue, next door to the former Blackberry's and across the street from City Hall.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet the New Democrats candidates for City Council, enjoy some refreshments and volunteer and/or contribute to the campaign.

Parking available on the street or in nearby parking lots.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Public hearing on JFK's new Plainfield ER proposal tonight


The proposal is to move the Emergency Room to Kenyon House.



A proposal to relocate JFK's Satellite Emergency Department (SED) at Plainfield's former Muhlenberg hospital campus will be heard tonight at 7:00 PM at a meeting of the Planning Board at the Plainfield Public Library's Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room.

Though the SED is an operation of JFK Health System, the application is in the name of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Inc. Doubtless, this little distinction will become important later on as things develop.

The proposal essentially involves improvements to the first floor of Kenyon House, the two-story building at the corner of Park Avenue and Randolph Road. The new ER would be located on the first floor, along with diagnostic and other services. The second floor would continue to be used by the DaVita Dialysis Center.

In the years before Muhlenberg's closure, then-parent corporation Solaris Health System had subdivided the original campus, establishing the Snyder School of Nursing and the Kenyon House on separately deeded parcels of land.

Tonight's proposal would open the way for JFK to move forward on its proposal to demolish the existing hospital structure and replace it with a complex of more than 600 rental apartments.

Members of the public will be allowed to ask questions and make comments as part of the hearing. The plans for the proposed changes are on file at the Planning Division on the second floor of City Hall and are available for inspection until 4:30 PM today.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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New Dems kick off primary campaign with Saturday HQ rally



Plainfield's New Democrats political club will kick of the 2014 primary campaign with a rally and grand opening of its headquarters on Saturday from Noon to 2:00 PM. The campaign headquarters is at 508 Watchung Avenue, next door to the former Blackberry's and across the street from City Hall.

Visitor will have an opportunity to meet the New Democrats candidates for City Council, enjoy some refreshments and volunteer and/or contribute to the campaign.

Parking available on the street or in nearby parking lots.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Liberty Village PILOT: Liar's Poker?


Liar's Poker is a popular bar game based on the serial numbers of
dollar bills, plus skill at bluffing.
 

A great deal of time was spent wrangling over the proposed amendments to the 50-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) on Liberty Village at last night's Council meeting. The proposal ultimately failed even to be put on the agenda, but as the evening progressed, I began to suspect some folks were not being upfront about what they knew and when they knew it.

While details of the PILOT have been discussed previously elsewhere (see my post here, and Bernice's here), my attention is attracted to the question of why the Council has dug its heels in so hard, so quickly and with so little discussion.

On the surface, several Councilors have complained of being rushed. Last night they also expressed concerns that granting the PILOT before the sale would leave no leverage against the new owners to perform the improvements that are being promised.

Council President Rivers also insisted that $1.5 million had supposedly been set aside previously under the current owners for improvements to the property and there is no accounting for what happened to the funds. Both the Mapp administration and the attorney for the purchaser were unaware of any such assertion, but Rivers persisted.

While Councilors and several speakers from the audience were blaming the Mapp administration for time constraints -- 'last minute politics being thrown at you' is the way resident Mustapha Muhammad put it -- my ears caught several references to the PILOT negotiations having gone on for more than a year.

Both the buyer's attorney, William Eaton, and Mapp's economic development director Carlos Sanchez made mention of the time frame, which places the origins of the proposed sale and PILOT amendment firmly in the administration of former mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs. Sanchez said he couldn't tell the Council why the Robinson-Briggs administration had not followed through on the matter and politely reminded them that he had only come on board on February 1.

But what really caught my attention was Councilor Storch's statement that he recalled getting a phone call from Assemblyman Jerry Green's office over a year ago inviting him to vet the proposal. Storch then went on to add that he and 'two colleagues' went to the Assemblyman's office and went over the proposal, but that that was his only prior participation. He said he never knew anything else until it was brought up at last week's Council agenda-setting session.

If the 'two colleagues' Storch mentioned so discreetly were fellow Council members, then we have the puzzle of how some folks at the Council table could have been surprised at the proposal. Not only that, Councilor Rivers was council president last year> Is it possible she would not have known if members of the governing body had been invited to review the proposal at the Assemblyman's office?

Then there is the matter of the condition of the Liberty Village complex, which many -- Councilors, Mapp administration and residents alike -- deplored. The Housing Authority no longer manages the complex, though it once did. Did conditions deteriorate on its watch? And if they did, why has no public outcry been made before this?

Former councilor Malcolm R. Dunn, a current Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority (PMUA) commissioner offered some historical context. He had been a Housing Authority commissioner along with current PMUA executive director Dan Williamson when the original PILOT agreement was crafted.

If the current Council has questions about why the PILOT was granted a 50-year term and never generated more than 6.28% on the gross shelter rents until the current proposal to raise it to 10%, perhaps they should quiz Mr. Dunn more closely.

From my point of view, it's ironic that Dunn, the man who engineered the $1.2 million giveaway to retiring PMUA executives Watson and Ervin, also managed to help engineer another giveaway from the public purse to the owners of Liberty Village. And how much was that worth over the past 32 years? Councilor Reid has a point in raising the question, though I doubt he will pursue it to its logical conclusion.

Lastly, there is burden that all of this has meant to the rest of Plainfield's property tax payers over the past 32 years.

Hundreds of children, if not more, have been accommodated by the Plainfield Public Schools though the district has never received a dime in school taxes from Liberty Village since its inception. This means that the cost of educating all these children has been shouldered by the remaining taxpayers.

It we take into account all the apartment complexes in the city which are subject to PILOTs and which are open to families (and not age restricted like the Senior residences) and which do not contribute to the support of the public schools, it is not hard to understand why ordinary folks have questions about the value of PILOTs.

The buyer's attorney offered to meet with members of the Council to answer their questions in an effort to reach some agreement to forestall the deal's falling apart. I am hopeful that the buyers, the Mapp administration and the Council can work this out.

Even though that will mean another special Council meeting -- O, the drama! -- which will probably be necessary anyway, since the City will most likely run out of money before the 2014 budget is finally adopted.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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Funeral arrangements for Mel Cody

Longtime Plainfield resident Melvin (Mel) Cody passed away unexpectedly this past Sunday at home. Visitation will be tomorrow, April 17, from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Liberty Baptist Church, 515-517 Court Street in Elizabeth, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mel had made his home in Plainfield for more than 36 years. He was a longtime member of the Planning Board, to which he was originally appointed by Mayor Al McWilliams.

Mel also led the Rushmore Avenue Block Association and was president of the citywide block association.

An obituary is on the Star-Ledger website here, where you can leave messages of condolence. Entombment will be at Lake Nelson Memorial Park in Piscataway. Services are being handled by Higgins Home for Funerals on West 8th Street.

(If anyone has a photo of Mel, I would be glad to post it here. Email it to: plaindan@gmail.com.)


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Liberty Village PILOT a question of bakshish?


In former Soviet-bloc countries, 'bakshish' was commonly demanded to get things done.

If the modification of a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for Liberty Village is to proceed this evening, it will have to be added to the agenda as a new item with the assent of five members of the City Council after failing to be added at last week's agenda-setting session. If the PILOT fails to move forward, I wonder whether it's because of bakshish.

On its face, the matter seems simple enough.

A buyer for Liberty Village, whose owner died over a year ago, is ready, willing and able to step in to make improvements that will dramatically improve the HUD inspection score -- among them, having an on-site superintendent, adding a community room with computer stations for use by residents, as well as a laundry room and improvements to plumbing, electric and sidewalks. The feather in the Mapp administration's cap would be the increase in the PILOT payments from 6.28% of the gross rent roll to 10%.


While no one would probably argue for a 50-year PILOT agreement in this day and age, that is the term that was granted by the Plainfield City Council in 1982. The term is not being abrogated by the proposed changes.

The question on everyone's mind is why there is any difficulty in accepting the (much) improved deal.

But then, this is Plainfield -- or OZ, as Olddoc would say.

When I moved here in 1983, the rap among potential developers was that Plainfield was a place to avoid because of the shakedowns alleged to get the needed votes for projects to move ahead.

During Mayor Mapp's Transition Team's work, the Economic Development subcommittee got an earful of the same sort of reports from those with memories of past Plainfield experience.

The subcommittee's push was to 'rebrand' the City, convincing those with money to invest in projects that Plainfield had turned the corner, that development would be welcomed and the city's stance, while it might be tough, would be fair and honest.

But old habits may die hard.

With $9 million proposed to change hands, the question arises whether some are looking to 'monetize' the transaction in some of the old ways -- whether through 'finder's fees' or 'referrals' or whatever the term du jour is.

In other words, bakshish. Grease. Something to make the wheels go round.

In the 1970s, I worked for a rare-book seller in New York City who had a worldwide network of clients, including many university libraries in what were then countries behind the Iron Curtain.

Very early on, I learned from my boss Sam, who as a teenager had led his mother and sister in escaping the Warsaw Ghetto to safety behind the Russian lines, about bakshish in the rarefied world of historic and rare books.

Sam regularly engaged in duplicitous billings to university libraries in the Soviet Union, Poland and the DDR -- enclosing fake invoices showing lower values in the packages of books themselves and settling the actual purchases through letters of credit at the correct prices.

The reason was not to cheat the governments of 'douane' (duties) as the libraries were exempted, but to thwart the corrupt custom officials who would hold up delivery of any package suspected to contain items of value until the recipient had coughed up 'bakshish' -- cash for the release of the goods.

With the fall of the Soviet Union, I had quite forgotten about bakshish.

Perhaps I shouldn't have?


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Mayor Mapp's 'First 100 Days' report cancelled


Mayor Mapp was sworn in in January by his daughter Shermona
as his wife Amelia held the Bible.


An email from the city's press office received at 7:50 AM today advises that the presentation on Mayor Mapp's 'First 100 Days' scheduled for Wednesday evening has been cancelled, 'because of the many meetings scheduled for the remainder of April'.

The email advised the 100 Day report will be issued on Wednesday, as planned, and Mayor Mapp will tape a roundtable with his cabinet discussing the progress on his agenda for the city in the first 100 days of his term. The tape will presumably air on PCTV as soon as it is ready. Check the city's website and the PCTV schedule for more information.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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