To the Editor:
Recent letters to the Editor show what a two-faced prevaricator Michael Kelly really is.
HE ACCUSES ME OF EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN INCLUDING LYING, DECEPTION, SMEARS AND MORE. HE CLAIMS THAT SINCE I SERVED ON THE TWP. COMMITTEE 8 YEARS AGO, that I am somehow responsible for not meeting our present Fair Housing needs.
He fails to tell you that during those years the whole process changed and evolved from year to year. During my 12 years on the Committee, we planned for contingencies the State might impose on local governments, though it was not until 2018 that the courts chose to lay down comprehensive and onerous guidelines.
We met every requirement, choosing to hold off until State regulations were clarified.
I want to make it very clear that Kelly sat on his backside on the Township Committee for the past three and a half years and added little or nothing to the Fair Housing discussion, until he unleashed his wrecking ball on the Town Hall, the Senior Citizens Center, the gym in the basement of Town Hall, denying the Athletic Assoc. use of the basketball courts. He hid his destructive plans from the residents of Meyersville and River Roads until last minute "hearings" which came at almost no notice to our residents.
To my recollection, while I served on the Twp. Committee, he never attended a single meeting, to express any opinion or to offer positive suggestions for anything, let alone Fair Housing!
I learned from serving as an elected official, the first thing a politician who has been caught with his pants down, is to call "Foul" and claim innocence, and try to switch blame on others - I guess it's my fault that he can't be straightforward or truthful when he responds to factual criticism of his total inability to effectively serve as your Mayor, let alone Committeeman,
You don't have to believe me: Here are direct quotes from Township residents: (re Kelly)
(He, Kelly) - makes insincere promises-
- smears anyone who disagrees with him-
- has hidden agendas-
- packs Township Boards with his cronies-
- reins like a Dictator-
- silences residents who call in during township meetings using his "mute button" if he doesn't want them to ask hard questions.
- dictates to residents, paying only lip service to our concerns-
- depletes our surplus budget along with creating a massive 12.6% tax increase.-
-holds impractical, and imperious controlled "Telephonic" meetings where residents have to wait hours before being heard- if at all.
- turns a deaf year on residents who protest his actions.
- an "Empty Suit", with a gift of gab-
- no conscience or concern when it comes to hurting someone-
- makes fake, insincere promises.
- rigs the system in favor of poorly planned affordable housIng.
THE ABOVE ARE COMMENTS MADE BY TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS, NOT BY ME! - but I could not agree more!
Consider MY following comments and ask if you want a lightweight like the present Mayor running our town, and making financial, zoning and social decisions that will impact the Township for years.
1- Kelly hasn't held a responsible job in years. He retired as editor of the Echoes Sentinel- a give-a-way paper that folded while he was its editor.
2- He never was personally responsible for meeting a payroll.
3- He lacks ANY recent business experience.
4- He ran as a Republican for Twp. Committee because he knew he could not be elected as a Democrat.
5- He sold out Karen Swartz who was serving as Deputy Mayor in exchange for supporting Tayfun Selen (as Mayor), giving him carte blanche to appoint and kick volunteers off our Boards.
6- He with Tracy Ness, agreed to support Selen for Mayor, IF Selen and Ness would nominate Kelly as Deputy Mayor.
7- After becoming Mayor the first thing he did was to declare the Township would be run "in a non-partisan manner" and then voted for Ness, a Democrat for Deputy Mayor. Despite the fact, he all but destroyed the local Republican Party by betraying Karen Swartz who was the obvious qualified choice for the office of Mayor (or continue as Deputy Mayor), and he appointed many of his Democrat cronies to various Boards, and then he has the gall to claim to be "non-partisan"?.
8- He engineered the removal of Nicole Hagner who was Chair of the Planning Board, and would not even support her as Vice Chair, replacing her with two Democrats. Nicole had served the Township as Mayor and Committeewoman prior to Kelly's maneuvering to take her down. Subsequently, Kelly has forced Nicole as well as Karen Swartz to recuse themselves from voting on Fair Housing issues "Due to a conflict of interest", this despite the fact that these two women have more background knowledge of these issues than anyone else on the Boards.
9- AT THE SAME TIME, Kelly sits as Mayor and serves on the Planning Board, making up rules and spending hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars acquiring questionable Fair Housing sites. Call this "a conflict of interest"? Apparently Kelly doesn't think so.
On Primary Day, Republicans can throw out a RHINO who masquerades as a Republican, while running on the Republican ticket. Rid the Township of someone undeserving to govern, who has time and again proven himself incapable of representing you and who could care less about your rights.
Please vote for Ashley Felice and Mark Hamilton for Twp. Committee. They bring professional expertise, and honest commitment to governance.
Bailey Brower, Jr.
Lifelong Township resident, past Mayor and Committeeman.