Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bob Singer got to go

State Sen. Robert W. Singer Tuesday pleaded guilty to failure to yield to a pedestrian, as the 75-year-old woman critically injured in a June car accident involving Singer watched the proceedings in Municipal Court.
Singer, R-Ocean, had two motor vehicle complaints signed against him — failure to yield to a pedestrian at an unmarked crosswalk and careless driving — following a June 15 accident in Jackson in which pedestrian Barbara Sara, of Jackson, was struck. Sara was left in critical condition and remained hospitalized until late October.
"This woman was launched 12 feet into the air and went flying," said Sara's lawyer, Danielle R. Vaz, of the Eatontown law firm of Hobbie, Corrigan, Bertucio and Tashjy. Vaz tried unsuccessfully to persuade Judge Robert C. Blum to allow Singer's plea to be used in the civil case pending against the senator.
Sara was "properly crossing the street, when out of nowhere she was struck," Vaz said, noting the severity of the woman's injuries, which included two broken ankles, a broken leg and multiple fractures to her right shoulder.
Steven Secare, Singer's attorney, called the accident, which took place at the intersection of county routes 547 and 528, an "unfortunate incident" and said "We are apologetic and sorry for what happened."
Because Singer pleaded guilty to failure to yield, the two charges against him were merged, as is the common practice, and technically he was found not guilty of careless driving by Blum. He was ordered to pay a $156 fine and $33 in court costs.
Both Singer, who also is a Lakewood committeeman, and his attorney refused to comment following the hearing....

Robert W. Singer got to go. He's got too many jobs. Hands in too many pockets. Been there- everywhere- too long.

He is a runaway train.

Look at the jobs this man has:
Lakewood Township Committee 1980-present; Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Board of Directors 1996-99, 2001-present; Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority 1999-present, Chair; Ocean County Board of Health 1999-present, Vice Chair;Vice President of Corporate Relations, Community/Kimball Medical Center; State Legislator (source: N.J. Leg.)

No wonder he's in a rush.

He should rush into retirement.

His record?: The town got- is getting- a raw deal with Blue Claws stadium. Not to mention Cederbridge. Now he's secretly about to sign another stadium deal, with out public approval. And taxes and more taxes.

He gets endorsed, reelected, by playing Santa Claus, delivering gifts to whom ever is nice.

Who does this guy think he is- the vaad?
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:12 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the vaad should go as well.

Its time to create an independant vaad. anyone out there with guts??

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Lakewood Yid said...

He is the most powerful man in Lakewood by far. They will never vote him out because he's got big time connections in Trenton. About 5 years ago he bailed out the board of Ed's 3 million dollar defecit. I do not think he should go since he does good for us. I dont think you can blame him for the stadium. If the VAAD and AK would tell him we do not want it, the project would dissapear in a minute.
In fact, somebody went over to Coles yesterday (he's on the township committee) and Coles told him: "listen, I don't think it's a good ideabut Aaron wants it." Thats the point, this project is being PUSHED by yeshiva since witout it their investment in Cedarbridge goes down the toobs.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who does this guy think he is- the vaad?"

Hainu hach.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Council said...

Bob singer is excellent for lakewood being a state senator makes him very powerful - his problem is he assumes the vaad is lakewood - if we ellect a different vaad from the Tzibur he will do what they want. He tells everyone that the jews are his majority and he does what they want - ha has helped many yechidim also - the problem is he listens to AK and the Vaad because no one else is representing us - THE VAAD MUST GO NOT SINGER.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cal His office and tell him we do not want the stadium. Ask to speak to his legislative aid. His # is
(732) 901-0702

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets form a new Vaad NOW!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the above poster is right. Why do you blame Singer? Our community organazation(the VAAD) is telling him that we want this. Singer thinks that he his helping us.
We do not need a new state senator. We DO need a new VAAD. That said, who ever joins this new VAAD should start a school for his kids because they wont have one once the powers to be get through with him

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it still might be worth it.

I am ready to join if there are two others that will join me. we will make an election from the community to nominate a full vaad.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree singer knows what he told, the problem is with who is telling him.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost it's important to call Mr. Lawerence Bathgate III at 732-363-0666 as he is lawyer behind this whole Devils.keep calling.
Second why can't the devil use the Blue Claw Stadium?????

Forget new VAAD-10 vaads can get nothing done.
A "Tuvai Ha'iir" voted into position can take charge, and the Schools can't chalenge an elected "Tuvai".

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bathgate????? He's a lawyer in the deal. He doesnt care what we think and he shouldnt. He's representing his clients. Why call him? Singer is representing us nad therefore call him. Especially since he thinks that we want it.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bathgate will sucomb to pressure from our calls. Singer takes orders from AK / 617.

Singer will go behind your back anyways "with a smile".

2:49 PM  
Anonymous fgakjdqw said...

my information is that the roshei yeshiva are aware of this stadium.
have accepted it as a fact.
the are not aware of other things that can/will come with this deal.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know this whole Cedarbridge project should go back to be rebid, not like last time "a rigged bid".

AK VAAD has another little secret deal with Ralph Zucker / schron and cedarbridge.
They realized a while back that cedarbridge is a flop so they got zucker / schron to spend big money on a multi use plan for part of cedarbridge. The Township told zucker group at the time "after seeing the whole proposal" that they are still under contract with cedarbridge. "IT WAS ALL PART OF THE PLOY".

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why shouldn't such an undertaking be put up for a public referendum?

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Bob Singer owes it Secare.

Reb Yosef & Halberg couldn't get a deal.

Singer didn't plead guility to careless driving only to not yielding "he critically" injured the person.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A "Tuvai Ha'iir" voted into position can take charge, and the Schools can't chalenge an elected "Tuvai"."

It would be just as bad, if not worse, b/c then the yes-men and bagmen voted in would have halachic power behind them. Best idea is no vaad at all, just ish kol hayashar b'einav yaaseh.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Fotheringay-Phipps said...

To oust Bob Singer would be disgraceful, considering how he has carried water for the frum community all these years. You might claim that the Vaad doesn't speak for the frum community but it's certainly rediculous to expect Bob Singer to figure out that it doesn't.

I would be inclined to agree with the anonymous who suggested that Zucker is a stalking horse for the Cedarbridge people.

I heard the yeshiva stands to get millions and millions of dollars out of this. Problem is that we will end up paying twice as much. But as a practical matter, I imagine the RY will not turn down this much money, regardless of public opinion. I hope I'm wrong about this.

One problem with having an elected "tuvai ha'ir" is that the roshei yeshiva would probably endorse candidates, which would leave us back where we are now.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tuvai" are by definition elected by the "porei mass" = tax payers.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One problem with having an elected "tuvai ha'ir" is that the roshei yeshiva would probably endorse candidates, which would leave us back where we are now."

Precisely my point regarding the yes-men and bagmen.

"But as a practical matter, I imagine the RY will not turn down this much money, regardless of public opinion. I hope I'm wrong about this."

It's a sure thing, pal. They've already done it once with the BC stadium, for even less money, and even though it's such a big danger to our ruchnios, at least acc. to their subsequent letter. Hypocrites.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

A fresh face would have fresh allegiances.
He's too entrenched.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Council said...

What do you have against Singer as someone involved in what goes on I can tell you that singer coles are the best for us - they help yechidim when asked (even more then Unzerer) they just don't always know what we want. Lets start a new Vaad now.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

First of all I'm a big proponent of term limits.
Singer is too powerful, some say too corruptable.
There are so many varied interests that a vaad has to juggle.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

People have to demand, respectfuly, an independent vaad. A vaad comprised of well respected individuals, not tied to any org. A vaad that deliberates openly and with transparency.
Soon it'll happen.
It's hard for people to give up control.
Especialy since control means more money.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A vaad that deliberates openly and with transparency."

That's a good point. Let all vaad meetings be open to the public. Let them make all decisions in a public forum. Let there be accountability. Let's be told all their names, for Heaven's sake!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Coffe Pod said...

Maybee Yeshiva orthodoxy should start an online petition for an elected Vaad - It would be a good start - someone has to get the ball rolling - Although I think AK and the Vaad are currupt it might be smarter just to circulate a petition calling for an elected Vaad without dissing the old one to much.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me quote from a chosheveh Rov of last generation: POWER CORUPTS-& absolute power CORUPS ABSOLUTLY.
Need more be said?

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homer was a "chasheveh Rov"? Thucydides? Machiavelli? Lord Acton? Hobbes? Orwell?

Those are whom various versions of that quote are properly attributed, none of them a "chosheveh Rov".

I doubt you find a Torah source for such a thought, in any event, since the Torah establishes many positions with absolute authority, most notable the King who could extralegally impose the death penalty.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Fotheringay-Phipps said...

Actually the Torah pretty clearly agrees with that thought - there are many examples of Chazal noting the special nesyonos that face a king. Just one example would be the medrash cited in Rashi on "vayishtachu Yisroel al rosh hamita", where Yaacov expresses his gratitude that even though his son was a king (and was captured among goyim) he still remained righteous. There are a lot of other medrashim along the same lines.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moreover, the truth of this aphorism was seen in practice by the numerous wicked Jewish kings, who used their power to do much evil.

And what about the many azharos to dayanim against accepting bribes. These are needed b/c it's understood that people in power are susceptible to abusing their power.

Besides, since when do we need a source in Chazal for something which is common sense? The sentiment here is obvious to anyone with a bit of sechel; what's special about the aphorism is its phrasing (e.g. the play on absolute and absolutely).

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was also quoting a Greek philosopher...

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what?

3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so long as you're clear where you're getting your "Torah"...

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never said it's Torah. I said it's common sense, and is not contradicted by the Torah, but is even supported there.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, you attrivuted it to a "chosheveh Rov" as if his being "choshev" or a "Rov" had something to do with it...

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got the wrong anonymous.

And the one who said "chosheveh rov" I'm sure was joking.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great observation on Singer. Too many jobs means not much commitment.

2:59 AM  

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