Springfield Newsletter – October 17, 2014

COMMUNITY
For a current listing of Springfield events, check out my Calendar at http://calendar.shehady.us!

–  Lots of activities in town tomorrow! Stop by the Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce’s Fall for Springfield Street Festival at 11 a.m. on Mountain Avenue. Live Music, Beer Garden, Car Show, Kids Rides, Food, Petting Zoo. Free admission!

–  As part of the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey, there will be a Battle of Springfield Reenactment at Meisel Avenue Park at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday as well.

–  The Jonathan Dayton High School Senior Class is sponsoring a car wash and clothing drive on Saturday morning at the high school. Cars will be washed for $5.00 in the rear lot. (Wearable men’s, women’s & children’s clothes, linens, curtains, towels, belts, shoes, handbags, stuffed animals and hard toys are being collected. Items should be placed in tightly bound garbage bags and can be dropped at the high school cafeteria between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.).

–  Please join us Tuesday, November 11th at 11 a.m. in Veterans’ Park for the annual Springfield Veterans Day ceremony. It is important to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our military veterans.

GOVERNMENT
– The next Township Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.

ELECTION 2014

As you may know, I am running for Springfield Township Committee and I need your support.  Unlike my opponent Mark Cunningham, I am the only candidate with proven leadership, demonstrated by my military service and tireless efforts during my two years as Mayor.  I am also the only candidate with real government experience.  Every vote counts so please remember to vote Shehady on Tuesday, November 4th.
– The Truth About My Record on the Environment

Mr. Cunningham released three points riddled with lies to slander me and my record.  I’d like to offer the facts below.  Keep in mind the petty politics Cunningham is resorting to out of desperation to win.  It should certainly make voters wonder what there is to gain by using such tactics.

Point 1 – The political rhetoric and spin on this “anti-idling” ordinance from Mr. Cunningham is absolutely ridiculous.  I don’t think he read the ordinance but for anyone who wants to read this apparent “strengthening”, you can see it here: http://zszs.us/1wbgKDX

The State already has an anti-idling law that Springfield cannot legally “strengthen”.  This ordinance simply duplicates the State law and then waters it down.  While the State law prohibits idling on all property and roads, this ordinance is limited to Township parking lots and School parking lots.  Further, it attempts to illegally divert funds from the State and Committeewoman Bandrowski admits it was a financial gimmick.  The genesis of the ordinance is “Sustainable Jersey”, which they incorrectly cite as requiring an ordinance when all it asks for is a resolution.  I am the only one on the current Township Committee who supported creating the “Greening Springfield” environmental team in the first place back in 2009.  I abstained from the vote on introduction so that it could be legally vetted.  The ordinance is nothing but campaign posturing, our Township Attorney clearly did not know the specifics of the law concerned and my opponents do not appear to know what they’re doing.  Watch the unedited video clip from the meeting here: http://youtu.be/6mYcUGsO1Ow

Point 2 – My opponent Mark Cunningham’s team on the Township Committee said, “$60,000 is a small price to pay” just to hire a politically connected lobbying firm to schedule meetings with our NJ Senators and Congressman. Mr. Barnett went down to Washington D.C. to meet with Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, Representatives Leonard Lance and Don Payne, Jr instead of just going to the nearby offices in Westfield and Newark because of this lobbying firm paid for with dollars since 2013.  The photo opp that accomplished nothing was paid for with your taxpayer dollars.  In 2011, Senator Menendez  headlined a Springfield Democratic Party fundraiser in town for $75 a person and now they want to claim they need to pay $10,000 to set up a meeting.  Congressman Lance has been in Springfield multiple times since Hurricane Irene.  The Mayor admitted there were no attempts to schedule meetings with our Congressmen right here in town with a simple phone call or letter.  Mr. Cunningham just wants a lobbying firm to do all the work instead of rolling up his sleeves himself.  The proof is in this video from our Township Committee meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygBSHbbGiS4

Point 3 – Now Mr. Cunningham who has been absent for all but about 4 Township Committee meetings the last few years claims that I have “done nothing productive to move towards a solution to the flooding problems of Springfield’s residents.”  He must not know about the countless capital projects to address flooding that I put forth or the thousands of dollars spent on restoring our dikes or the thousands of dollars in grants received to help in times of flooding.  The Mayors Council on Flooding did not exist before Hurricane Irene in 2011.  I was the first Springfield Mayor to join the Mayors Council on Flooding and during Hurricane Sandy I was the only Mayor from the Flood Council who went to the reservoir to get the water level lowered.  (http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_orange_reservo.html  Additionally, I was the Springfield Mayor who signed a “historic inter-local agreement” in 2012.  (http://www.nj.com/cranford/index.ssf/2012/10/as_storm_looms_mayors_take_fir.html).

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