This morning at 7:30 a.m. I had a meeting with Pat Allen and Rich Bianchi. It began as a heated conversation from a very upset Pat Allen. It seems an Ocean Ave Resident took what I said about Pat Allen owning numerous rental properties in town and holding a public works position and reported back to Pat Allen with a few minor embellishments. I suppose it had the intended effect as Pat was quite upset. I most respect how Pat explained first how he is a regular guy that simply loves his wife and family. He explained to me that he is handling fines from the state on his rentals and but no fines from the city.
I respect a man that gets in my face and explains his position. Pat Allen did this.
I want to say that I felt it quite appropriate that Pat Allen confronted face to face like a man should. I found his furor composed and NOT physically threatening but firm. We talked and he said that I should never mention his name again while campaigning. I responded that I have an issue with the way rental properties owned by some people in town seem to operate under a double standard in respects to code enforcement. I explained to him that it does not look good that he holds a position for public works and yet is a major developer in town. I explained to him that I think it is a major conflict of interest. I explained to him that he is indeed part of the political system that operates in this town. He responded by saying that his development efforts yields $24o, 000 per year to Bradley Beach, NJ. I told Pat that by this evening October 24, 2012 there would be a blog regarding our conversation. (In a direct message to his wife I want to explain that a family is always to be together with love and through all controversy. Family is forever this is ….but… a moment)
In steps … Rich Bianchi to our conversation, We chatted briefly about the electric needs for the November 3, 2012 Job Creation – Foreclosure rally. Rich and Pat both agreed that I should make a $50 donation to the town to cover the cost of the electric, I agreed as the rental of the generator would be at least that.
Our conversation continued as I felt I should talk straight forward to the people that I have been criticizing during the campaign.
Rich explained to me that his family has been in the town for 100 years. His family started a store, his family is on the Police department presently and . He also explained that Public Works is the core of this town. He explained that at least 30 people told him after the “meet the candidates ” evening event told him that they thought I was angry and that this would not work in this town to get elected. I explained to both Rich and to Pat that I indeed do have a problem with the way the city is run and that once I began campaigning and digging into the political mechanics of this little town more information came my way. I explained that I call it as I see it. What has happened to me in this town has apparently happened to others. Rich Bianchi responded and asked me if I knew who the police chief was in Avon , NJ. I told him no. He said I should know that the Mayors son is the Police Chief and understand that all these small towns operate the same way. I told him that any town that practices nepotism and cronyism (playing favorites) is wrong and erodes freedom and the rights of people. I briefly explained that I do believe that this effects civil rights and freedom especially with the way Police operate. I explained that the fourth amendment in particular was an issue . Richie oddly responded that he has 50 guns in his home. I responded that I support the second amendment as well. Richie said to me that I should not mess with the Police because they spread the word across all communities in the area and beyond. Richie “Cops stick together”. I guess I should take this as a threat? He asked what I was going to do with the Police. He said that the Chief runs the Town and that The Mayor has nothing to say about it. I responded that I disagree. I also told Rich that I did not agree with the Police disregarding the fourth amendment of the constitution, He responded by saying that Bradley Beach is not a town for undesirables. He commented that there are shootings all around us within a quarter mile. His comment was that “these people bring guns into Bradley Do you know what kinds of people pull into the Hess Station? “ I responded that regardless of what is happening the fourth amendment must be obeyed by the police. I did not at the moment feel any fear to Rich Bianchi’s statements.
Among some intellectuals that I am friends with they often point to the fact that people don’t realize what they are doing they are just inept .
Rich left and drove away. Pat and I continued our conversation and he explained that Rich is a perfectionist , he likes everything perfectly clean and in order. He explained to me that you cannot mess with public works. I told him that I started this campaign complimenting Rich on the great job he does in keeping things in order. It was the tenure application that put a flag on the public works department for me. I also told Pat that I planed to cut 20% of the payroll of the public works department. Pat said that it would never have a positive effect on this city to cut people in the public works department. Our conversation quickly reverted back to my comments on him in the community. I further explained that I felt that his operation as a contractor and as a public works employee was the flag I see here. I recommend to Pat Allen to step down from public works and to focus on his private investments and to be a contractor but he should not do both because it does not look good. He had no comment to that but acknowledged that it looked bad …he agrees but that all the employees at the Public works department have two jobs and work from cutting grass to cutting trees and everything in between.
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