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Attorney General Asked To Investigate Election Irregularities

There are 4 comments on the Clarks Hometown News Patriot story from Jun 15, 2010, titled Attorney General Asked To Investigate Election Irregularities. In it, Clarks Hometown News Patriot reports that:

The campaign manager for a group of challengers in the recent primary is demanding action from the state Attorney General's Office concerning "serious breaches to the integrity of the election process." Francisco Gonzalez, a school board member who was campaign manager for the Democrats for Change slate, complained of inappropriate conduct by the ...

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ElizabethResiden t

New York, NY

#1 Jun 15, 2010
Talk about sore losers!

"Among the specific issues raised, Gonzalez noted that absentee ballots were counted beginning at 6 a.m. on Election Day. He wrote that while the regular Democratic Organization of Union County was given notice, the challengers were not notified."

Perhaps someone can enlighten me. What difference does it make what time the absentee ballots are counted, as long as they are all eventually counted?

'Gonzalez also noted a “chilling” police presence at some poling places.'

I didn't see any police officers when I voted. Anyway, I for one feel safer anywhere there is a police presence. Unless police officers were somehow forcing the public to vote a certain way, mentioning this in his letter was pointless and just plain dumb.

If anything voters are more likely intimidated by the hords of Column B supporters (mandatory volunteers) who hang around outside the polling stations than police officers.

Newark, DE

#2 Jun 15, 2010
I agree!

You know, I get the feeling that most EBOE employees are either from out of town, or just do this "mandatory volunteering" because they don't want to seem like they are bitting the hand that feeds them. With over 4000 employees, the EBOE/EPS should have won some of the seats. Voter turnout wasn't in high numbers. I'm inclined to think some of the EBOE "volunteers" saw through all the nonsense and voted against the very people they were supposed to be supporting.

As a parent with an interest in my child's education I recently began attending board meetings and was in support of the EBOE. But a visit to city hall, a call to the NJDOE and hours of online and print reading led me to the truth about EBOE politics and their true intentions.

Coram, NY

#3 Jun 15, 2010
ER, don't waste your time with Devine's bogus press paid for by the EBOE. They got zilch. All they can do now is cry to try and force a special election.

Don't waste anymore of the taxpayer's time and money with your self-serving agenda and your nitwit arguments.

And these are the guys running a school system. Their star is only beginning to fade.
ElizabethResiden t

Parsippany, NJ

#4 Jun 16, 2010
Novice -

It is common knowledge that the determining factors for advancement in the EBOE/EPS are (i) connections in high places,(ii) political fund-raising/volunteering, and in a very distant, almost forgotten third place (iii) merit/qualifications. No matter whether one is a resident or an out of town teacher. As a perfect example, look at Fajardo's recent replacement on the EBOE. He is the husband of a school teacher. Said teacher also happens to be Board President Trujillo's cousin. When will the nepotism stop?! Was there no other qualified candidate in the entire city? Why is it OK that Fajardo hand-pick his puppet replacement, without any input from the public whatsoever? At the very least the candidate(s) should have addressed the public at an EBOE meeting and explained their qualifications before being voted on.

Indeed, it is a dirty game the EBOE plays. Let's break down their recent City Coucil campaign effort for those who haven't been following along:

- The EBOE supports Republican Chris Christie's campaign.
- Gov. Christie cuts school aid, and asks voters to reject any school budget that doesn't include a wage freeze or other cuts
- Voters reject the EBOE proposed budget increase
- City Council, acting on the voters' wishes, recommends cuts to the budget. Note that they recommend a wage freeze and laying off over-paid administrative positions, NOT teachers.
- Instead of following any of the recommendations of City Council, the EBOE sends out layoff notices for 383 positions. These consist of mostly in-school positions (teachers, aides, secretaries, social workers, etc), not the over-paid administrative positions ($260,000.00 Superintendent, four $150,000+ assistant superintendents,$140,000 Assistant Board Secretary, etc.)
- The EBOE effectively blames the City Council (not the Governor who they supported, nor the voters who rejected the budget) for the proposed layoffs. They go so far as to post their propaganda on the Elizabeth Schools website (still available on the home page )
- Voters were able to see through these tricks, and all of the BOE's candidates lost (with the exception of Cedeno's re-election)
- Now we wait and see what, if any, recommended cuts they make to the budget

I'm glad you have seen the light. And I hope you are right that many EPS employees have also seen the EBOE's tricks for what they are. Hopefully we can get rid of these crooked EBOE members in the next election.

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