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Natural gas and Renewables are not mutually exclusive, natural gas is a necessary compliment


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Trenton NJ, Statement from Thomas R. Churchelow, Esq., President, New Jersey Utilities Association on Governor Murphy’s Final Energy Master Plan:

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Jersey City Police union calls on Democrat Mayor Fulop to release tape of alleged bid-rigging

Mayor Steven Fulop

file photo Democrat Mayor Fulop

September 30,2017
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Jersey City NJ, Carmine Disbrow the president of a Jersey City police union that is in a contract dispute with Democrat  Mayor Steve Fulop’s administration is calling on the mayor to release a recording of the mayor’s top staffers allegedly discussing their efforts to rig a bid in 2014.  According to depositions filed as part of a discrimination lawsuit, two Jersey City employees claimed that in 2014, three top Fulop administration officials tried to influence a public bidding process for an energy consultant in favor of a company.

Jersey City POBA Statement On Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop:

September 28, 2017

Carmine Disbrow, President, JC POBA:

Mayor Fulop has been quick to rush to judgement against the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, yet when it comes to wrongdoing in his office he is silent. This again shows that in every instance he is willing to put his own politics ahead of moving Jersey City in the right direction.

To say that he passed the audio on to corporation counsel Jeremy Farrell, another political appointee, is nothing more than attempting to sweep things under the rug, and an insult to us all. The question remains what steps did Mayor Fulop take to root out what appears to be corruption that was happening right under his nose.

The Jersey City POBA is standing alongside so many other residents and community groups to demand that he release the tapes and come clean about what he knows about his appointees steering taxpayer funded contracts to politically connected vendors.

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Live The Life You Want Now And In The Future


May 21,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Al Zdenek noticed early in his career that his clients, and people in general, had not received a good financial education and had not surrounded themselves with the best advisors. As a result, they were not making the best financial decisions for themselves or their families and at times were making disastrous choices.

This is what inspired Zdenek to write the book “Master Your Cash Flow” (, which provides the way to make the 100 percent correct financial decision and help individuals and families grow and retain wealth and live the life they want now and in the future.

“Educating someone on how to consistently make the best financial decisions lets them avoid the costly mistakes most make in their lives,” says Zdenek, president, CEO and founder of Traust Sollus Wealth Management. “By consistently making the best financial decisions, they can find more cash flow to spend or save. Saving this new cash flow, they may achieve financial independence sooner, work less in life and have less anxiety and stress in their financial lives.”

Zdenek says one way that people can start reaching their financial goals is by using debt smarter, and getting away from the mindset that all debt is bad. Well-run business uses debt to increase shareholders. People can do the same to increase their wealth.

Here are some more ways to empower people to transform lives by consistently making the best financial decisions possible.

• Focus. Many don’t know where to begin to take control of their cash flow.  If you don’t know, get help, says Zdenek. The busy lives that people lead can cause them to not spend the time looking at the amounts they spend and why. Those who don’t focus on where their money is going could end up wasting a lot of it, and in the long run have to work harder and longer in life.
• Don’t Concentrate On Just Saving Pennies At The Expense of Living How You Wish Now. Zdenek and Madonna probably don’t run in the same circles, but they do have one thing in common: Neither one believes in just saving pennies and not enjoying life. While Madonna was hoping for some bling in her ‘80s hit song “Material Girl,” Zdenek says go ahead and buy that pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. It is necessary in your life to enjoy the things that make you happy, just as long as you continue to make smart decisions on bigger issues that affect your future wealth so that you can live the way you want for the rest of your life.
• Look High And Low. There are plenty of overlooked places where people find opportunities for increased cash flow. Those include proper income tax planning, structuring debt property, finding a better job, taking full advantage of company benefits, leasing vs buying, running your business more effectively, managing property and casualty insurance effectively and many more.

“I want to educate people on how to make the best financial choices for themselves and their loved ones, 100 percent of the time,” Zdenek says. “In doing this, they are empowered to live the lives they wish, now and in the future.”

About Al Zdenek

Al Zdenek is the president, CEO and founder (1982) of Traust Sollus Wealth Management, a boutique wealth management firm dedicated to empowering people to transform their lives and live the life they wish now and in the future. This is done by consistently making the best financial decisions. His book, “Master Your Cash Flow,” ( shows readers how to determine the wealth they need and then find additional cash flow and, if saved, build wealth sooner or have more wealth to live the lifestyle they desire now and forever.

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Ridgewood BOE waiting for teachers to Ratify


September 20, 2016

Dear members of the Ridgewood community:

We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, September 13, the negotiating committees for the Ridgewood Board of Education and the Ridgewood Education Association (REA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a three-year contract for the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.

This MOA lists the new contract terms, which will be made public once the contract is ratified by the teachers and voted on by the Board at a regular public meeting.  The contract becomes effective once the Board approves it.

During this prolonged negotiation, many community members, parents, and students shared their ideas and perspectives with us. While opinions varied, the overriding messages were consistent. Our community cares deeply about the quality of our schools. The educational programs and extracurricular activities offered to our students are highly valued as are our teachers, and the contract should be fair and balanced.

As we complete the tasks needed to finalize the contract, we ask for your continued patience and understanding. The good news is that the disruption caused by the unsettled contract is behind us and we can once again focus our attention on what unites us as a community, the education of our children and our excellent schools.

Ridgewood Board of Education
Sheila Brogan, President
Vince Loncto, Vice President
Christina Krauss
Jim Morgan
Jennie Smith Wilson

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Village of Ridgewood and PSEG work schedules

3 amigos

file photo by Boyd Loving 3 amigos

September 19,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Rurik Halaby, the following is an email sent to Tony Damiano, owner of Mango Jam and President of The Ridgewood Guild in response to a letter written by Tony to the Mayor re the PSE&G project:

Dear Tony,
I can’t express how disappointed I am with your email. First, PSEG work schedules are not controlled by Village Council and I, along with council colleagues, have taken the concerns of the business community very seriously. Personally, I began working on this tirelessly since 7:00am Thursday morning and have not stopped. The (former)Village Manager was involved in, and is responsible for, any decisions made in May or June and up until the date of her resignation. l was not included or apprised of those discussions or decisions. It’s unfortunate any time working on resolving this has been interrupted by this antagonistic and angry email.
Your assertion that I am “micro-managing” anything is shameful and regrettable. Five council members selected the members of the CBDAC. Furthermore, your suggestion that you could have been a “great asset” to the Central Business District Advisory Committee is undermined by the tone and content of your email. I have great confidence in Councilman Hache and this wonderful group of CBDAC committee members.
Council members Hache, Voigt and Walsh along with Deputy Mayor Sedon, myself and Village Staff have worked diligently to support for our business community. Your email is gratuitous and offensive.
I will continue my efforts to resolve the PSEG matter and am in the process of scheduling a meeting with them. I hope we can move on from this and will keep you informed of any progress.
Mayor Susan Knudsen

Rurik Halaby added on Facebook , “I could not believe the insulting, sarcastic, and disdainful tone and nature of this letter. Tony deserves better. He is a passionate man who is totally dedicated to making Ridgewood a better place for all of us, particularly the CBD.

Ms. Knudsen swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment guarantees Tony’s right to express himself. As importantly, it guarantees his right “to petition the Government for redress of grievances.”

If Mayor Aronshohn had written such a letter the Vocalantis would have hung him in effigy.

Ms. Knudsen, you owe Tony an apology!”

Yes Rurik we all know how much Paul Aronsohn loved PSE&G.