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North Arlington, Al Granell, Tom Zammatore, Kelly O'Malley-Velez, 2015
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 10:32am
NORTH ARLINGTON - The North Arlington Democratic Party is backing Councilmen Al Granell and Tom Zammatore along with newcomer Kelly O’Malley-Velez for three borough council seats that will be contested this year.   The Borough Council is currently made-up of four Republicans and two Democrats. A sweep by the incumbents and O’Malley-Velez would split the governing body with the 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats for the second time in three years.   Granell, Zammatore and O’Malley-Velez filed their petitions today to run in the June 2nd Democratic Primary.   Granell and Zammatore are running for re-election to their, three year terms, O’Malley Velez is seeking election to the unexpired term held by former Councilman Joseph Bianchi, who is now mayor.       Councilman Al Granell said he is seeking another term to continue his efforts to bring professional financial stability to the borough; “and to help oversee a redevelopment plan for the borough that makes sense for our community and...
Ceberio, Robert Ceberio, Len Kaiser, Encap, North Arlington, Redevelopment, NJMC, Tax Increase, Joe Bianchi
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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:43pm
Dear Editor:   Does reaching to a failed political past equate to redevelopment prosperity in the future?   That's the question before North Arlington as the council majority took the politically motivated step of hiring Robert Ceberio to handle both redevelopment as well as public relations. The retired executive director of the very defunct agency (NJMC) that heavily promoted and subsidized the failed EnCap housing scheme, that same agency was recently disbanded by Governor Chris Christie (R) and legislative Democrats on a bipartisan basis!   For Mr. Ceberio is not a developer or redeveloper, but a retired government bureaucrat drumming up business for himself and his associate, former Mayor Leonard R. Kaiser. Neither Ceberio nor Kaiser to my knowledge have ever developed or redeveloped a single parcel of land anywhere outside of their work at the NJMC, and yet have landed this lucrative contract courtesy of taxpayers.   What exactly is their role, to wine & dine potential...
North Arlington Vikings, NAHS, Vikings, North Arlington High School
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 5:36pm
Here are some great memorabilia of North Arlington's HS past as the Vikings were perennial Group 1 powers.  
Al Granell, Tom Zammatore, RCM Ceberio, North Arlington Redevelopment, Mayor Joseph Bianchi, Len Kaiser
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:17pm
Last Thursday, North Arlington Borough Council made it official: By a 4-2 vote, they voted on a resolution to hire RCM Ceberio LLC as a redevelopment and public relations consultant at $2,500 a month, including all expenses and travel, from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2015.   The council’s two Democrats – Al Granell and Tom Zammatore – said they voted against it because the hiring procedure was “flawed” and lacked “sufficient transparency.”   The contract awarded the Wayne firm, headed by former N.J. Meadowlands Commission executive director Robert Ceberio, calls for RCM Ceberio to implement a three-pronged plan:   “Prepare an economic development inventory of potential sites in the borough, Monitor commercial uses and commercial tax ratables, Take necessary initiatives to attract businesses, which will make a major contribution to the economy of North Arlington.”   The firm’s contract says that the real estate inventory “will include vacant or underutilized properties and commercial...
Robert Ceberio, Leonard Kaiser, North Arlington, NJMC
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:42pm
For the RFQ for PR services that he Borough of North Arlington advertised in December of 2014, Click Here! It is quite detailed in seeking the experience of respondents and their duties. How does Robert Ceberio's firm get this business without responding to this specific application for services? How could he possibly be given the contract when he meets almost none of the criteria? If Ceberio's were to have gone this traditional route of application, scrutiny and transparency he would have had to disclose not only his clients but former mayor Len Kaiser's personnel relationship as being part of his firm! Why the non-disclosure? Why is the Mayor and his council majority intentionally undermining the professional services process of a Request for Proposal? Why the secrecy?      
Robert Ceberio, redevelopment, EnCap, NJ Meadowlands Commission
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:02pm
North Arlington Councilmen Al Granell and Tom Zammatore said they cannot support the hiring of Robert Ceberio as the borough’s redevelopment consultant because they said the hiring procedure used by the mayor and  council majority is flawed and lacks sufficient transparency.   Granell and Zammatore said they were not given valid reasons last month to hire RCM Ceberio, LLC without going through the normal Request For Proposal process. Ceberio is the former executive director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and a backer of the failed EnCap development proposal, one of the biggest financial boondoggles in state history, which cost the borough millions of dollars to fight.   “I have not heard a valid, realistic reason why from the Republican majority on why  they are demanding that the council go outside of normal governmental procedure to hire Mr. Ceberio and his partner, former borough mayor Leonard Kaiser,” said Granell.   “This is not an emergency hire.  So why is the council...
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DEMOCRATS SAY MAJORITY’S CONSULTANT HIRING VIOLATES TRANSPARENCY AND SAFEGUARDS OF SELECTION PROCESS

03/13/2015 - 4:02pm
Robert Ceberio, redevelopment, EnCap, NJ Meadowlands Commission

North Arlington Councilmen Al Granell and Tom Zammatore said they cannot support the hiring of Robert Ceberio as the borough’s redevelopment consultant because they said the hiring procedure used by the mayor and  council majority is flawed and lacks sufficient transparency.  ...

Bianchi, Pronti and Cruz Raised $37,485 Including Donations by Professionals Later Hired by the Borough?

03/13/2015 - 3:29pm
Bianchi, Pronti, Cruz, Pay-to-Play, Donations, North Arlington

"Among the joint campaign's donors are professionals who were later hired by the borough -- Hackensack based Randy Pearce of Pearce Law LLC, hired as borough attorney in January, who gave $2,750 combined; Michael Neglia of Neglia Engineering, whose engineer was hired to serve...


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Greenwald & Sarlo potential choices for LG TRENTON – While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) makes his way through the Midwest and particularly Iowa to take the temperature of Republicans nationally, an early crop of successors has emerged to succeed Christie in what most regard as a blue state run amok! While Democrats have entrenched and embedded majorities in both the General Assembly and Senate, Democrats have struggled to hold the governor’s chair after a series of scandals, high taxes and a bad economy has sunk several incumbents. Republicans under Tom Kean controlled the governor’s chair from 1982-1990 when Democrat James Florio became just the second gubernatorial incumbent to be defeated for reelection (William T Cahill was the first in 1969). Florio was defeated for reelection in 1993 and Christy Todd Whitman was elected and reelected with less than 50% of the electorate. In 2001 James McGreevy easily defeated former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler only to resign under a cloud of sexual scandal. State Senator Richard Codey served as acting governor was succeeded by US Senator Jon Corzine in 2005. But in 2009 Corzine was proven to be politically weak and message less as then former US Attorney Chris Christie upset Corzine by less than 100,000 votes. Building strong bonds with Democrats across the state, Christie’s reelection was a coronation in 2013 as he trounced former Middlesex County Senator Barbara Buono. Former Ambassador Phil Murphy seems to be making inroads in various counties including Bergen and Passaic as Senate President Steve Sweeney looks to add to his South Jersey base of support in wake of stiff competition from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop who seems to have absolute support in his home county of Hudson while vigorously seeking the support of neighboring Bergen, Passaic, Union and Essex counties. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) of Sayreville continues to make the rounds as well as an alternative to the more moderate Sweeney and...
North Arlington, Al Granell, Tom Zammatore, Kelly O'Malley-Velez, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 10:32am
NORTH ARLINGTON - The North Arlington Democratic Party is backing Councilmen Al Granell and Tom Zammatore along with newcomer Kelly O’Malley-Velez for three borough council seats that will be contested this year.   The Borough Council is currently...
Ceberio, Robert Ceberio, Len Kaiser, Encap, North Arlington, Redevelopment, NJMC, Tax Increase, Joe Bianchi
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:43pm
Dear Editor:   Does reaching to a failed political past equate to redevelopment prosperity in the future?   That's the question before North Arlington as the council majority took the politically motivated step of hiring Robert Ceberio to handle...