Ocean Township Cops Make A Narcan Save

Bill Bucco, Acting Assistant Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services.

Bill Bucco, Acting Assistant Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services.

Two Ocean Township Police Officers saved the life of a 25 year old man late Tuesday night by administering two doses of Narcan, the antidote for heroin overdoses that New Jersey law enforcement officers have been authorized to administer since July.

Officers Randy Slawsky and Zachary Rhein of the Ocean Police Department responded to a reported overdose at an apartment located on Rustic Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a 25 year old male unresponsive in the living room of the home. A family member reported that they believed the victim had ingested heroin prior to being found unconscious.

Officers on scene administered two doses of Naloxone Hydrochloride (Narcan) resulting in the victim becoming conscious and responsive. The victim was speaking with officers immediately prior to being transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officers and EMS personnel credit the use of the Narcan in saving the man’s life.

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Posted: September 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments »

Jackson Councilmen Cleared Of Ethics Charges Over Appointment

The Local Finance Board, the entity within the Department of Community Affairs which oversees the ethics of local officials, has ruled that two Jackson Township councilmen did not violate State Ethics or Campaign Finance Laws when they voted to appoint their former campaign manger a job on the Jackson Municipal Utilities Authority, according to a report on Shore News Network.

Cara Glory was the 2012 campaign manager for Councilmen Barry Calogero and Robert Nixon.  On January 6, 2014 Calogero, Nixon join the rest of the Jackson governing body in unanimously voting to approve Glory’s appointment to the MUA.  Unidentified Jackson residents filed ethics charges with the Local Fiance Board.

The charges were deemed frivolous by Board Chairmen Thomas Neff, according to the Shore News Network report.

“Following preliminary investigation and evaluation of the facts and circumstances relevant to the complaints and upon consideration of the foregoing provisions of Local Government Ethics Law, the Local Finance Board voted to dismiss the complaints as having no reasonable factual basis.”

The state reiterated their stance, adding, “The relationship between an elected officeholder and a campaign deputy treasurer or campaign manager is simply not one, in and of itself, which poses a conflict.”

The charges against the councilmen were dismissed and Glory’s appointment remained as-is.

The issue is of significance in Monmouth County as Democratic freeholder candidates Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo attempt to portray themselves and paragons of virtue in the campaign against Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Deputy Director Gary Rich.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Department of Community Affairs, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Jackson Councilmen Cleared Of Ethics Charges Over Appointment

Park System Housing Report: Discounted Rent For Rangers Saves Taxpayers $870K

bill-buccoBy Bill Bucco

Thursday night the Monmouth County Freeholders held their second regular meeting of January.  The topic that received a lot of attention towards the end of the meeting was the release of the Park Housing Report.


This report was released to the public Thursday night at the Freeholder meeting with information regarding the living situation of the Park Rangers and cost to the county.  The rangers who are county employees in fact do pay rent for the house that they live in, but at a discounted rate of 37% based on the market value which results in $181,102.00 in discounts for homes on county park property. Currently there are 27 units occupied by employees and 5 that were recently occupied and now are scheduled for demolition.


It is important to note that the rangers that live in these homes are on call 24/7 and do not receive any over time pay.  There was talk about looking into out sourcing 24 hour security to a private security firm and the report shows that the estimated cost would be $1,051,200.00 a year for the same services they currently receive with the live-in park rangers. With the current system in place, it is saving the tax payers of Monmouth County $870,098.00 annually.


The report states the following:


            The results of the report confirms what the Board had believed to be true- that

            the program is beneficial and cost effective in meeting its’ intended purpose while

            producing savings by-


                        -protecting park system property and assets;

                        -providing on-site assistance to the public;

                        -maintaining an on-site management presence; and

  • – assisting in the recruitment of professional staff


            It is important to note that the Park Housing Program is directly related and essential to

            the performance of the employees official duties with regard to the maintenance of

            security of park visitors and County park property that includes the enforcement of Park

            rules and regulations the rendering of assistance for the benefit of the health, safety, and

            welfare of members for the public; and


            It is also important to remember that the Housing Program-


  • – operates with revenues exceeding expenses; and
  • – is managed efficiently and effectively by continually monitoring costs, reducing the number units, and their distribution


            The Committee has recommended that staff continue to review and monitor the housing program annually.

 The report goes on in detail on how much each individual pays and how much the county receives in revenue. The revenues are exceeding the expenses!


The only complaint came from a familiar face at the Freeholder meetings, James Martin of Spring Lake Heights.  Martin is no stranger to the microphone at any Freeholder meeting, but his attitude is uncalled for. I am all for questioning your public officials on how money is being spent, but Mr. Martin should not choose style over substance in his criticism of the Freeholders.  He got up at the podium, in my belief, to just hear himself speak. The substance he was trying to criticize the Freeholders for was flawless. He just liked to hear himself complain. If I had to give him any advice it would be, you catch more bees with honey then you do with vinegar Mr. Martin. To recap, the county is giving out a little bit over $180,000 worth of discounts to those who give the parks 24/7 security and surveillance. He was complaining that the estimated little bit over $1,000,000 outsourcing contract that was under consideration was too much and could get it for less. Really Mr. Martin? Less then $180,000? What world does Mr. Martin live in that everything is for free? If he is willing to protect all the parks in the county the way they are protected now for less then $180,000 yearly, then I am sure the Freeholder Board will gladly take it under consideration, but until he does, or comes in with real, factual alternatives, he should keep his sarcastic and demeaning tone towards the Freeholders to himself.


The park rangers have a responsibility to protect a total of 450 million dollars worth of assets, 15,000 acres, and on average 5 million visitors yearly. The Housing Committee, their staff, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders should be commended for looking out for the tax payers of Monmouth County and at the same making sure our parks are the safest and best places to visit in New Jersey.

Posted: January 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Park System Housing Report: Discounted Rent For Rangers Saves Taxpayers $870K

GOP possible candidates, who should run and who should watch from home

39858_561425906635_81401294_32495386_164957_n1By Bill Bucco

So, I’ve been keeping quite for the most part about who may/should be the nominee for the Grand Old Party and face President Obama in the 2012 election. So now, I’ve decided to throw my opinion out there on who I think is the best candidate for the Grand Old Party’s nomination. 


First lets start with the people I believe should NOT get the nomination and why:

Former Governor Mitt Romney

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

Former Governor Sarah Palin

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Herman Cain

Donald Trump


Governor Romney, someone who I very much respect, but I think has too much baggage now that the so called RomneyCare is going belly up in Massachusetts; which many say ObamaCare is mirrored on. Also, last time around Governor Romney spent a lot of his own money and still couldn’t pull off any big upset wins. He’s a fine American and I believe his experience and knowledge will be best served as the top economic adviser to the next President.


Governor Huckabee is an accomplished Governor of a state that housed a former President of ours. And he was definitely the underdog in almost every primary and pulled a huge upset in the Iowa Caucus. The only problem with the Governor is fundraising. He had trouble back in 2008 to raise money and I still think him being a former minister is going to hurt him in key swing states that are going to heavily have young voter turnout; who still unfortunately are blind sighted by the “Obama talk.”


Governor Palin, while someone who can shake up the base and I believe be very competitive in a Republican Primary, she has too much baggage. The liberal media has done a good job by ripping her apart and may have accomplished the task of making sure she never becomes President or Vice President. Her same talking points aren’t going to get her to the oval office, and also her resigning as Governor with but 18 months left doesn’t help either. She is someone that should be getting a lot more respect then she has, but let’s be honest, the liberal media won in the sense of painting her as a “right wing extremist” and are trying to shut her up but are failing miserably. Whoever the nominee is may want to look at her as a fund raising tool. 


Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He has done a pretty good job staying in the public eye. With frequent appearances on Fox News, writing books, and producing movies. However he can only ride the “I was Speaker when the budget was balanced” train for so long. He is yesterday’s news. He has too much baggage and I don’t think he should be considered as a possible contender. 


Former Senator Rick Santorum. If any conservative out there wants Obama for another 4 years, then Senator Santorum is the person to nominate. I mean seriously, is he for real? Here is a man who lost his reelection bid 59%-41% the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Senator since George McGovern lost to James Abdnor in 1980. I mean come on! And 1 thing I have to criticize Fox News for is actually having him on as a regular guest. He is yesterday’s news and shouldn’t be given any media attention really.


Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Now growing up where I did, I knew who Giuliani was and everyone loved him; still do in fact. But he was Mayor for 8 years and has not held a higher public office since. I think people in the North East have a different view of Giuliani, because we got to see what he did first hand, but the rest of the country didn’t. And his personal life will again play a big factor into people deciding whether or not to vote for him as well as his decisions on same sex marriage and abortion. He spent the most part, if not all of his campaigning in Florida and showed a weak 3rd place. Not good for a chance of the GOP to take over the White House next election.


Herman Cain, a lot of people will go who? Donald Trump, a lot of people know who he is, but again people will be like huh? These two men, successful businessmen, and people we need in Washington to make it more business friendly, with all do respect, have no right running for President. Just like Ross Perot back in the 1992 and 1996 election. This is just an example of millionaires and billionaires wanting to be at the top without having zero experience what so ever. 


Now let’s go with some who said they won’t run, but names are still floating around:


Governor Chris Christie

Former Governor Jeb Bush


Now, nothing would make me and probably most of the country happier then to see Governor Christie run for President against President Obama. You’ve had politicians in the past say that they aren’t going to run and then a few years later they end up running, but no one has said “short of suicide, I don’t know what to do to convince you that I’m not running for President.” Except one Governor. While I wish the Governor would reconsider, he is also a man that does what he says and says what he means. So if you were going to put a bet on who is not going to run, put it on Christie.


Former Governor Jeb Bush. Another man who has said thanks but no thanks. But even if he didn’t, it is still way too soon to even think about having another Bush on the ticket. Not because I don’t think Governor Bush would do a bad job, I think he would do a fantastic job, but I will have to agree with his mother when she said, “I think the country is Bushed out for a while.” Another good return on a bet if you were to do so.


Now let’s wrap it up with possible contenders and of course, my pick for the GOP as well as a pick for the Vice President


Former Governor Tim Pawlenty

Governor Haley Barbour

Governor Mitch Daniels

Congressman Mike Pence


Let’s start out with Governor Haley Barbour. I had the opportunity to meet the Governor last February and I was very impressed by him how he presented himself. He has a great record of winning elections. 1994 and in 2010; where in 1994 he was the RNC Chairman when the republicans made a historic sweep then and in 2010 as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) where he won Virginia and New Jersey (2009) and gained 12 out of 17 Governorships that changed parties. (Florida was counted in the 12 being Crist was officially an Independent as of April 2010) The problem with Governor Barbour is though his ties to lobbyist groups. That I think will be something his fellow Republicans will use against him and you know it is something Obama will use against him as well; but if the RNC or the person whoever gets the nomination, Haley Barbour is another person to really consider having as your fund raiser; the man can raise money!


Congressman Mike Pence, not much talk about him, but enough to put him on the radar as a possible contender. The major thing he has going against him right now is history. Historically, and in fact never, has a sitting member of the House of Representatives won the primary to seek the nomination. Also, outside of Washington DC, Indiana (where he is from and represents), and a small circle of the GOP, he is unknown. Now the argument can be made for a lot of the other candidates mentioned above, but as opposed to be being 1 out of 50 like the Governors or 1 out of 100 like the Senators, he is 1 out of 435 at the same time all of them are trying to find ways to get air time. He has a good record and I believe he could make an effective leader, but I wouldn’t recommend he be the nominee. 


Now it comes down to the final two (at least on my list) Former Governor Tim Pawlenty and Governor Mitch Daniels. Both Governor’s I admire and had the opportunity to meet Governor Pawlenty last February also. And he has been more vocal and visible then Governor Daniels in regards to running for President. The only reason is now because Tim Pawlenty is no longer Governor and Mitch Daniels, while still on the fence, is still Governor. However, I do believe Governor Daniels is seriously thinking about a run, because he cannot stand for reelection as Governor in 2012, he will be term limit out, and the RGA made Governor Rick Perry the Chairman of the organization; not a big surprise but at the same time yes because usually they give it to a Governor who is term limit out so the other Governors can focus of governing and reelection. 


Both of these men have similar traits that would make them both appealing. Both of them come from states that Obama won in 2008. Although Mitch Daniels has a better shot of turning Indiana red then Tim Pawlenty does turning Minnesota red. Only 1 Republican President has won Minnesota and that was Richard Nixon back in 1972; the good ole Gipper didn’t even win that state. Although Tim Pawlenty is closer in age to Obama and that can work in his favor. Both men have worked in “manufacturing states” which means they have worked with a lot of unions and can negotiate well and have the back bone that can fix the pension reforms in this county, something our current President lacks. 


That being said, the person I believe would be the best person to match up against President Obama is Governor Mitch Daniels. Some of you may think that is a boring choice, but I respectfully disagree. If you read his record as Governor, and they (the RNC and other GOP affiliated organizations) market him well, he will be an outstanding candidate for President. Also, geographically he is from a perfect spot. For starters, you can bet Indiana will be removed from the blue column and put back into the red column, and Ohio can also do the same. He is from a neighboring state so he is more known to “middle America” where some key states are located and states that Obama won in 2008 that Bush did in 2004. 


While Mitch Daniels is not the exciting spark that Barrack Obama was for the Democrats in 2008, that can change with the pick of the Vice President. And I am choosing the Governor of New Mexico, Governor Susanna Martinez. What she has done 3 weeks as Governor, Obama still hasn’t done as President, she is energetic and will rally the base more then Sarah Palin did in 2008. 


I believe a Mitch Daniels and Susanna Martinez ballot for November 2012 is a team that can beat President Obama and Vice President Biden. 


Your thoughts?


Posted: January 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics | Tags: , | 4 Comments »