Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Mayor Meir, Lakewood frum mayor

APP:

Whether one agrees with Hobday or not, Cunliffe has followed through on nearly all of the pledges he made when he was named mayor at the 2005 organization meeting.
Cunliffe said back then that he wanted to revamp and improve the township's Web site, start a quality of life task force to address neighborhood issues, provide land for the construction of private schools, and resolve lingering construction issues with the $4 million John F. Patrick Sports Recreational Facility off Oak Street."...
In Lakewood, the mayor is chosen by the committee from its five members, instead of the public directly electing him. So at Sunday's organization meeting, Cunliffe will hand off the mayor's gavel to Deputy Mayor Meir Lichtenstein.
But first, Cunliffe was publicly congratulated by fellow committee members for his year in office. For his part, Cunliffe said he was most proud of:Starting a quality of life task force, which mandates the heads of the Police, Engineering, Public Works and Code Enforcement departments attend public meetings to address resident complaints. The township also started a hot line — (732) 942-5003 — for residents to call in and log complaints with the township.
Rebuilding the township's Web site, which now includes schedules of meetings, a detailed township history and contact information for municipal department directors.
Auctioning off 41 acres for private schools. The auctions fulfilled a 2002 campaign pledge made by Cunliffe and Committeeman Raymond G. Coles to help provide land needed to build more schools for the growing Orthodox Jewish population.
Resolving outstanding issues with the Patrick sports complex. Though all the fields won't open until spring 2006, Cunliffe said the facility will be a hallmark of pride once it opens."I think we did some amazing things in 2005," he said.
Cunliffe acknowledged the township has its critics who say Lakewood does not do enough to control growth or complain about tensions between different ethnic communities. He said township officials have worked hard to address problems, but more needs to be done."Yes, we're growing," Cunliffe said. "Our demographics are changing. It does pose a lot of challenges, but I think myself as mayor and the committee have risen to meet those challenges."

To maximize accountability there should be a direct election for Mayor.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:24 PM

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To maximize accountability there should be a direct election for vaad members.

1:50 PM  
Blogger מרן ראש הישיבה שליט"א said...

This is terrible news - History has shown us that when ever jews (ק"ו frum) are in charge it just leads to unneede hatred. We would love not to have Frum commitee men at all if it was possible - but why do we need a Frum mayor?
We have enough votes to get by our agenda what do we gain from having a frum mayor? Mayor is largly a symbolic position and all it will do is cause sinas yisroel. Although it is very important to Lichtenstein to become Mayor but a what price? Why was the Tzibur not cunsulted everyone I know do not want a Frum Mayor (Not even Miller). Even PG Waxman never became Mayor.
Also many feel a frum Mayor will be severly limited in what he could acomplish for our Kehilla because of the constant scrutiny there will be placed on him. All in all this is another failure of those that supposedly represent us. I join the call for an elected Vaad.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean for the new vaad.

2:19 PM  
Blogger מרן ראש הישיבה שליט"א said...

Someone has emailed me (moranshlita@gmail.com) that many Askanim pleaded with the Vaad and RY not to let this happen for many of the reasons that I stated. It was all for nothing because Lichtenstein is dying to become Mayor. Don't be surprised to hear from that he really doesn't want to be Mayor just the Kehilla begged him - It is a bunch of bunk - but thats the way things work in Lakewood.
Some say it is a goodbye preasent because they are not going to support next election - but I wouldn't hold out hope.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lichtenstien would rather not be mayor but was begged to do so.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Y.W. Editor said...

Moran Shlita? Can you please verify that info that you stated.

"That many Askanim pleaded with the Vaad and RY not to let this happen for many of the reasons that I stated."

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Some say it is a goodbye preasent because they are not going to support next election"

Doesnt matter who "they" support in the next election- The klal will be smarter this time around than just to listen to who the vaad endorses.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

A frum community needs a frum mayor like kishke needs frosting.
It will surely make matters worse.
How can it not?

2:46 PM  
Blogger מרן ראש הישיבה שליט"א said...

Moran Shlita? Can you please verify that info that you stated.

"That many Askanim pleaded with the Vaad and RY not to let this happen for many of the reasons that I stated."


As I stated someone emailed me with the info - I have also now called someone who said that has heard it himself from on of the Askanim.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone of those arguments could alsop have been made against voting to elect Langert/Gertner and placing a frum majority on the Town Council.

Of course, most posters here were on precisely the opposite side of that particular question.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous lkwdguy said...

The Mayor of Lakewood has no more power than any other member of the township committee. Anything that the township wants to do must be approved by a majority (three members) of the township committee. Lichtenstien being mayor will have no impact at all on the tzibur. It wouldn't make any sense, under the current system to have a direct election for mayor. What would we be electing exactly? The guy that gets to throw out the first pitch at the BlueClaws opening game.
Hmm. If Lichtenstein does that, does that mean his kids get thrown out of school???

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It will surely make matters worse.
How can it not? "

A little Bitachon, my friends.

3:03 PM  
Blogger מרן ראש הישיבה שליט"א said...

Although I supported Langert (and Coles) it was only because of my distaste for Cunliffe - however I would have prefered A non Frum candidate that we could support. Also my main point is that since Lakewood Mayor has no real power so why would we want a Frum Mayor - We have nothing to gain except invoking alot of שנאה

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Shiur Klali said...

If he does A good job as mayor no one will care what his Ethnic background is.Its not the gavrah they will look at its the Cheftzah.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It will surely make matters worse.
How can it not? "

A little Bitachon, my friends.


I have full bitachon...

...it will make matters worse

3:57 PM  
Blogger Just Yidding said...

I agree that nothing good can come from having a frum Mayor! It will just lead to more anti semitism of Lakewood Jews by our "dear" non Jewish neighbors. Oy Vey, who runs this Kehilla anyway?!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We would love not to have Frum commitee men at all if it was possible"

It is possible! We managed for many years without anyone frum on the township committee. (and w/o a vaad either for that matter)

6:13 PM  
Blogger מרן ראש הישיבה שליט"א said...

I know that we used to manage withoud a Vaad - But now we have one and thay are very powerful. The only way to work around them is by having an elected Vaad for the people by the people.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it. An elected vaad will get us nowhere, b/c most people will vote for the candidates endorsed by the yeshiva, so we'll be back where we started from.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Fotheringay-Phipps said...

I agree that having a frum mayor is a bad idea.

I also heard that the reason the Vaad did not endorse Langert was because R' Mattisyahu was opposed to having a frum majority on the Township Committee. So I'm kind of surprised that he did not object to Lichtenstien being mayor, which, as others have noted, has no real influence and the potential for serious backlash. Maybe he did object and wasn't listened to.

OTOH, Lichtenstien himself told me, when he was deputy mayor, that the job consumed too much of his time (about 20 hours a week, was the figure he gave) so I'm a bit surprised that he would want to be mayor, which would undoubtedly take up more time.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Chapt a Maaseh said...

Maran,

when did you become so smart that you know everything going on in town and how the town should work.

Maybe YOU should become mayor!

1:33 PM  

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