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An Open Letter to Paul Vagianos – Owner of Its Greek to Me who is running for Ridgewood Village Council Election

An Open Letter to Paul Vagianos – Owner of Its Greek to Me who is running for Ridgewood Village Council Election
As we all know that Paul Vagianos, who is running for Ridgewood Council Elections, is also listed as an organizer for the “feed the front lines” initiative, and his own restaurant was one of the recipients of this award (conflict of interest as an organizer? may be not).

We also know that he is backed by democratic party machine and the county bosses who all were crying for our ex president to release his tax returns.
This is an open letter to Mr. Vagianos with a call to release financials of this 3M dollar effort. This is tax payer money that he’s spending. Please provide answers to following questions for full transparency:
How many restaurants from Ridgewood participated in the first Million Dollar Grant of feed the front lines?
What was the ratio of administrative fee vs the money that actually reached the restaurants?
Which were the top 5 restaurants to benefit from this one million dollar grant and how much each of those restaurants made?
Where the food was delivered? That’s a lot of food to be delivered in 90 days, and Ridgewood doesn’t have that many homeless / hungry people to feed.
The initiative says “feed the front lines” – how much of 1M went to feed the front lines? I have friends in both police and fire, and they did not receive this food.
Can you tell us if some of the recipients of this money had political connections?
Lastly, how much money was received by “Its greek to me” and how much money was received by Mr Vagianos or any of his relatives as “organizer” / “admin fee”?

If you are running for election, I hope you will answer these basic questions on how TAX PAYER money was spent?

31 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Paul Vagianos – Owner of Its Greek to Me who is running for Ridgewood Village Council Election

  1. I was told by a friend that only 5-6 restaurants received the biggest chunk of the money, two of which are either directly owned by Mr Vagianos or he is being the landlord.
    I was also told that the restaurant owners only received about 50% of 15$ a meal. Rest of admin fee that went to vagianos and his side kick JJ.
    I hope he clarifies this before the election.

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  2. Don’t vote for anyone who supports medical apartheid. We do not want a civil war.

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  3. I am a restaurant owner in town. I can tell you that I was late in getting involved with ffl project I was given the same amount of meals as everyone else . There were volunteers picking up meals everyday and it fed people thought bergen county HOMELESS , PEOPLE THAT CANT AFFORD A MEAL ,CHILDREN THAT GO HUNGRY .
    NO disrespect for the police in town they are wonderful But they can afford plenty of meals ! THE HEALTH BARN AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED SAVED MY BUISNESS and I was able to keep all my staff . I am Thankful!

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  4. Isn’t he the guy who called his own dad illiterate just to gain a few sympathy votes? If someone can sellout reputation of their own family for votes, I would not trust them. His father was a bright and smart man! He wasn’t illetrrate.

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  5. Vagianos stands to gain financially in every way if he gets elected.

    A big NO for this gold digger

    A big YES for Melanie Hooban

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  6. And the kindness brigade has started blasting this post on Facebook. Every time you ask for facts, they respond with “be kind”.
    Why is asking for facts and data considered unkind?
    Just release the information for full transparency and be done with it, instead of attacking those who are asking genuine question. This was NOT charity money. This came from TAX DOLLARS.
    They did NOT raise this 3M from donation drive. This came THROUGH POLITICAL CONNECTIONS from TAX DOLLARS.
    Please provide the information on where was this tax dollar spent!

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  7. To the anonymous restaurant owner in town,
    How many restaurants participated? What was the admin fee and how much did the restaurant get paid?

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  8. Seems like a reasonable request. Unless he has something to hide.

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  9. This is how crazy people are – Someone who doesn’t have her last name posted on Facebook (Katrina Marie) just posted on Ridgewood moms and dad‘s with free-speech complaining about the fact that James doesn’t have his last name posted on this article. How crazy are people getting!

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  10. Conflict of interest to own property and a restaurant in town while on town council. Can’t make independent decisions should one or more adversely impact his business.

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  11. I’m sure Paul was screaming for Trump to release his tax returns. I don’t want your tax returns Paul, just a listing of the checks you (or anyone connected with you) received from “Feed The Front Lines”

    BTW I love the way they name these programs. Who could argue with “Feed The Front Lines”

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  12. I ask this of Paul, and Melanie too: Why do you want to serve on the Village Council? Is it for personal gain or to help the Village itself? Paul teamed up with Gottheimer and showed he wanted a greater role in county and state politics. Will Melanie run just for political gain? In all the years of being a resident here, I’ve believed too many smiling faces and glad-handing, fancy suits and pocket squares, pleas of ‘wanting to help Ridgewood’ stories, only to find out later that my vote was wasted on their ego-driven power trip. Tell me and the voters of Ridgewood why you want the job and why you should get our votes.

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  13. It looks like 24$ a meal for dinner and 14$ a meal for lunch – https://njeda.sharefile.com/share/view/s62cab64b65ac4be99288dd02b0a86ffa

  14. As per this link, there are 104 restaurants in Ridgewood. Less than 20 restaurants received money from this tax payer funded initiative.

    https://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/dining/2019/01/17/ridgewood-food-crawl/1685695002/

  15. Look like the grant was awarded to HealthBarn Foundation, 1099 Wall Street West, Ste. 170 Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 . What was all the outcry about Healthbarn in Ridgewood?

  16. We do not need a shady operator on our village council

    Vote Hooban.

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  17. Paul stands to gain financially.

    Melanie simply wants to help the town

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  18. This election is going to be huge funding and calling in favors on one side and the other side is a resident who wants to help Ridgewood survive through the problems put before it because of stupidly expensive actions by prior Councils. Think seriously about what you are voting for–Outside power or the best for Ridgewood. Paul wants to use this as a stepping stone to more power–just like some previous Council members! Is that how YOU see Ridgewood?

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  19. Hooban is the only sane choice. Vote Line #1.

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  20. Not a fan of Mr. Vagianos, but given what Ive heard about the state of the YMCA program and Ms. Hooban’s firing this week, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with her in a position of authority anywhere.

    Everyone can talk a big game about character issues, but competency is just as important.

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  21. Favoritism, nepotism, stealing from the public, hiding municipal expenses in Ridgewood water and have another towns pay for it, the list goes on and on! Ridgewood is and has always been a dirty town.. this guy is just doing what everybody has done before him. The problem is most of the residents in this town are too worried about their own image and the public image of the town.. Should we name names of the other elected officials or those that run the different sports programs who put the overages in their pocket ? Umm Ridgewood Macaroons! The list goes on and on let’s air the dirty laundry people let everybody know how dirty Ridgewood really is!

  22. Quite a choice we have: an over woke sell out vs an unhinged online bully. Pretty much a microcosm of national politics: all the smart, talented people have better things to do.

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  23. i was a volunteer driver for the last grant- i picked meals up from 8 different restaurants the various times i delivered meals. I don’t see what the problem is that his restaurant was one of the participants. This program helped local restaurants and people who needed a hot meal – i was glad to volunteer.

  24. Who is JJ ?

  25. Any positive notes on this guy. Why would he want to be a councilman what’s his purpose anyone know. What is he for Hozier against.

  26. The outcry for healthbarn in ridgewood were a certain few trying to confuse the average ignorant person to believe the foundation and business were one and the same. And you dummies did! Totally different and if there were BIG administration cuts you can bet your sweet ass the owner of that business got some!!!

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  27. Ask Becky

  28. There had to be administrative fees. Who received them? How much were they ? How much will this same admin get with the new 2 mil grant? and what is Ramon Hache’s involvement?

  29. Vagianos and Hooban are the best we can do?? This Village is doomed!!

  30. Who knows or cares. Poorly run? Isn’t that kind of the story at the Y??
    People seemed to finally be happy there and all anyone I know said was positive stuff about her. And melanie was very vocal about supporting the Y even though so many people think it’s a dump. Seems she was good for them and there’s more politically going on here
    I guess leave that to the parents to decide.
    I do think last time I heard there were more than one person who have left working for that place or the guy who runs it, and even actually in that preschool who left with a problem.
    Maybe ask the neighbors if they like how it’s going over there.

  31. Why would you fire a single mother running a program and improving it ? Why? We’re they bullied into it? I am so curious being on the outside it sounds shady.

    And 3 million dollars of tax payers money just for heatlthbarn and some restaurants? What is going on?? Who gets the admin fees? So confused yet it’s my tax dollars !

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