The Vaad endorsement did not go to the two frum candidates on the ballot. One, a long standing politician and current committeeman and the other a newcomer. Where is the hakoras hatov they always preach about when voting for incumbents? how could they throw one of their own under the bus? does hakoras hatov only apply to new promises and deals? The fact that the vaad can go against its own previous moral standards is disturbing but not shocking.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
A flyer sent by The Lakewood Vaad, titled "urgent election notice" details their choice candidates for the upcoming election November 4th. When referencing the election for township committee, there is not a single word about the suffering of Lakewood residents due to property taxes sky rocketing this year alone. Not a word about promising to lower the taxes. The vaad once again seems to ignore the needs and best interests of the Tzibbur while continuing to use the כח הרבים for other favors. Did anyone represent the interests of the tzibbur when choosing the candidates? who was in on these meetings? The tzibbur should have a right to be informed of the issues and standings of the candidates and then make a decision. To blindly be told who to vote for without a shred of information is insulting, degrading and condescending.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
There is lots of backroom dealing and infighting among the askanim both from the Vaad, Igud and others who to endorse this coming election. The recent election which will cost taxpayers $30 million was simply ignored and information usually publicized prior to a vote, was withheld from the public. While they slug it out among themselves, They must keep in mind the interest of the entire tzibbur is what should count here. NOT developers, NOT, private mosdos, NOT politically connected power brokers, NOT any Yochid. But ONLY of the Tzibbur. The ones that will vote and decide the candidate. Looking back taxes have increased and sky rocketed by the Vaad backed candidates currently in power. We cant afford to elect the same people again and again when all we have is more taxes more referendums and the residents are bleeding with no end in site.
Any Frum city has an infrastructure of essential needs that are here for the tzibbur and belong to the shtut. Many frum communities have services and organizations such as , Mikvaos, Chevra kadisha, Mosdos haTorah, hatzolah, bikur cholim, and many chesed organizations. In a perfect world, they are under a elected vaad haair which are appointed by the tzibbur and there is accountability and transparency in those who are appointed to run these services. In Lakewood, services which are communal in nature are controlled by yechidim which does not work out well for the klal. Unfortunately, when yechidim control the services of the tzibbur their personal interests comes first. A recent example a gvir was willing to donate a large sum of money for a particular project but the yochid in control was involved in something not to his liking. The tzibbur lost out. With out a properly elected vaad haair, the town becomes a hefkervelt.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The power of the frum Lakewood vote belongs to the taxpayers who make up the community. For years, the Vaad acted as a official body representative of the needs of the public as a hole. Over the years influential members and other power brokers began to look out for themselves as they had personal interests in many projects in town. Instead of looking out for the needs of the entire tzibbur other interests took over. Property taxes doubled and tripled with no end in sight. Bussing issues came and despite all the talk there is still major problems. Crime is up, housing is scarce, zoning and approvals are out of control with no proper planning. What the politicians dont know is that the Tzibbur is not represented any more. There was never an official body appointed to represent the tax paying tzibbur. Its time that politicians answer up to those who vote for them, not those who make deals with them. the people cant take it anymore they can not afford to live like this.