Outside Perspective

My attention was drawn the other day to a headline on “An Urban Island of Batsh*t Crazy.” Hey, I thought. Someone’s writing about Trenton! I clicked on the link, and was rather surprised to find out the article was actually about Bridgeport, Connecticut, instead. You know what? This other post-industrial Northeast city [...]

Time for a Gut Check, Trenton

Profiles in Courage, this wasn’t.

I attended last night’s meeting of City Council, with the intention of delivering remarks on the matter of the FCC Consulting contract. Before I had a chance to do so, while the Members were in Executive Session to discuss the lawsuits (yes, plural. ADPC filed a second suit on Wednesday) brought [...]

Speaking of Class Action...

No, really! Even before the news yesterday about the legal troubles facing Trenton Business Administrator Terry McEwen, I was thinking about the movie “Class Action,” the 1991 release directed by Michael Apted, starring the always wonderful Gene Hackman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as father-and-daughter lawyers on opposite sides of a contentious class-action [...]

Change is Coming. But Not Yet

Cronyism and corruption. These are not words that should ever be associated with public service and yet, too often, they are.

Politicians elected by their fellow citizens to improve the quality of life for their constituents too often end up taking advantage of their office for personal gain.

Taxpayers who believe [...]

Deja Vu All Over Again. Again.

I don’t know what it is about the City of Trenton and its Information Technology Services. The City just can’t seem to figure out how to manage IT services, specifically the purchasing and contracting process by which Trenton hires its vendors. We seem to be right back in the exact same [...]

Getting the Basics Right

Last week, Mayor Eric Jackson gave his annual “State of the City” Address before a packed audience in Trenton’s City Hall. His message was mostly upbeat, and rightfully so, as he promoted some of the accomplishments and initiatives under way by him and his Administration during its first year in office. The City has indeed [...]

The Gumshoe is On the Other Foot Now, Mr. Muschal

When Trenton’s South Ward Councilmember George Muschal thought he was under a covert extra-judicial investigation by the Administration of former mayor Tony Mack led by his brother Ralphiel, he was incensed. Just plain pissed off.

“They’re coming at me full force now. You  just can’t make this stuff up. I have it on good authority [...]

No One Looks Good on This

My advice to the members of Trenton’s City Council: Shut Up Already!

Nothing you are saying, or not saying, is helping. In fact, every time you open your mouths and try to clarify, or support, or defend, you only succeed in being yet more offensive, and digging yourselves in deeper. You are also showing that you [...]

We've Been Here Before

From The Trentonian, July 15, 2015:

Police say the tip they received was in regards to a single employee engaged in drug activity. But a Trenton Water Works employee who asked to remain anonymous said “numerous people” who work at the Water Filtration Plant not only use drugs at work, but also deal [...]

Amazingly, Graced

I don’t usually write much about issues outside the borders of the city of Trenton. Sometimes, I touch upon matters encompassing greater Mercer County, and even more rarely the entirety of the State of New Jersey. I don’t often feel confident or competent enough to offer any thoughts about topics of [...]