Charlie Cunliffe Responds

cunliffe smlThe following is the response to a question-among other questions-posed to Independent Charlie Cunliffe by R’ Yudel Shain, regarding cutting Inspection Department costs: “Let me mention one topic which we have discussed recently and that is the Inspection Department. We are exploring the idea of outsourcing the ENTIRE Department both for local and UCC inspections. We would expect savings not only in payroll but also benefits / pension / overhead. Also, we would eliminate the need to purchase/maintain/insure the fleet of cars and trucks used by the inspection department. Finally, the building could be eliminated to add more surface parking in the downtown and free-up spaces occupied by the Inspection vehicle fleet.”

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37 COMMENTS

  1. how about outsourcing the trash pick up it would be cheaper and we might even get our garbage picked up twice a week!
    The public works location ended up costing the township millioons plus all the maintanance of trucks pensions etc….

  2. How about outsourcing the Board of Ed. That would save the taxpayers millions. It would be cheaper, it would save on pensions, etc. It would also save millions on Catapult.

  3. Please! What a phony. What did you do for the 12 years that you were there? NOTHING! Not ONCE did you cut spending anywhere. This is the first year in who knows how long that the Township has cut spending. Your own manager, Mr. Edwards, acknowledged that fact during a meeting when the cuts to the inspection department were announced. Not only that, let everyone be informed, the only reason we have a CEDARBRIDGE in this town is because of Mr. Cunliffe.

  4. Oh man another deep thinker. Hey charlie you look so tanned and rested. Please stay that way. Even those that don’t support everything the yeshiva says realizes that you are not a man with novel ideas to help our town. We need someone to run that has creativity and guts.scrapping a multi million dollar public works dept. Once you alreadypaid for the infrastructufre is ridiculous. We just need a more responsible manager and we need all the people that bought homes in developments that were not made by the builder with garbage pickup in mind to stop complaining and take care of themselves.

  5. to 8:35. Thank Charlie Cunliffe for the 27 thats right TWENTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR Public Works Building that the taxpayers are paying for. They didn’t use UEZ Funds for that one.

  6. outsourcing the public works trash pick up would help this town. many area towns do not pick up trash, it’s up to the homeowner to take it to a dump. somehow I don’t see everyone in this town loading up the cars and driving their garbage to dump themselves. as easy as garbage day many homes don’t put it out properly now!
    as far as outsourcing the inspection department who would want to deal with the building in this town. it would be hard to believe that money would be saved.

  7. looks like some company in-mined! for this out-sourceing? you must have some friends in ‘high places’ giveing you these grand ideas?

  8. in Jackson i have to get my own pickup. It costed me over 1600 last year to pick up from a rental property that i have. think about what its going to cost over your taxes.

  9. Thanks but no thanks.
    If you are capable of doing this where were you all those years that you had the power to do this?
    If you are not capable of doing this then why reelect you.
    Will you please move on so that we can move on?

  10. Hey charlie
    U did a great job with birdsall will they be the new building dept and charge for evrey insp so u can “cash in ”
    Hey charlie did u forget PG he is the one who got u here in the first place
    We won’t forget the racist campaign u lead 15 years ago
    How about outsorceing the police dept
    We will get a SUMMER break if they do

  11. Anon 8:35,

    I don’t see how outsourcing the Public Works Dept. at this point makes any sense.. Perhaps you should have thought of this idea a few years ago – before they expended double-digit millions in the state-of-the-art system Lakewood now owns..

    Unless you know someone willing to buy the PW complex from us at the same price we paid to build it and then on top of that also promise to deliver significant annual savings.. your idea remains trashy!!

  12. Close “now before election” the whole wastefull inspection Department, Lakewood taxpayers doesn’t need it and can’t afford it.

    Let’s trim down the Public works department before election.

  13. Charlie, Last year you hired a consultant ignored his suggestions and cut 200,000 from the defeated Board of Ed Budget. This year Langert cut 879,000 without help from anyone GO STEVE!!

  14. The Lakewood independents are willing to committ in writing “how they will cut the budget”. Are the other candidates willing to committ & publicize their budget cuts?-Forget the scam of “the budget committee” it was a set up for the tax payers to think they’ll do something.

  15. I am not ready to vote for incumbents I do not think they have done much for the oilam that they deserve my vote. All I know is taxes are going up through the roof. I will give my vote for ,people who are going to do fo rme nobody else.

  16. in 12 years this man never cut spending. EVERY single year spending went up. he bankrupted this town. when he came into office we had 16 MILLION in surplus. We now have NOTHING left. get over your sinah of the yeshiva and wake up man.

  17. what u can see is the oilem is really po-ed. don’t come up with this “great” ideas now. this year I will not b voting what the vaad wants. I will vote with my sechel . we the taxpayers are sick and tired of the waste , fraud and corruption that goes on in this town . let’s outsource the whole thing, board of ed, inspection dept , zoning board uez and the waste dept. all fraudulent. and the people are downright mad. our taxes should b lower not higher . we’ve had enough . and the state aint no different and now with obama times that by a trillion , we’ve been taken over by corruption . ribbono she’ll oilem , save us !

  18. Ok 10:14 I do not think name calling is apropriate. Even on these blogs. He was just making a joke and I personally thought it was very funny.on a deeper level though I think that what he was really saying is that we should outsource the whole township committee because studies show that the longer a person stays in a political position -the more friends he makes.this will cause him over time to be tainted by all the special interests that have done him favors over the years. In that case cunliffe is no exception. He is just as bad ,or worse than all the rest. So this joker is right in his own way. We need to make a fresh new start and get all the old power out of office. We need people with fresh ideas. A new direction that will help all the townspeople,including the yeshiva. I would like to see a few people in this town run. But unfortunately they are probably too scared and just want to make speeches all the time.well why don’t you stand up and say you are running?you know who you are. You read these posts.you can be a write in. You might win. I am too young to run but you’re not. You have our support.

  19. LAKEWOOD NEEDS A CHANGE, THAT’S OBVIOUS, FOLKS. BUT WHO WILL BE STRONG ENOUGH TO STAND UP FOR THAT CHANGE? WHO WILL FIGHT CITY HALL AND DEMAND THAT CERTAIN ITEMS CHANGE LIKE THE INSPECTIONS THAT DO OR DON’T TAKE PLACE IN LAKEWOOD? YOU ALL DRIVE DOWN ROUTE 88 DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? I DON’T. IT’S HORRIBLE. DO YOU LIKE SEEING DAY LABORERS LINED UP BY THE DOZENS OR MORE LOOKING FOR WORK? DOWNTOWN LAKEWOOD IS ALSO HORRIBLE. I KNOW I WON’T EVEN BOTHER DRIVING THROUGH LAKEWOOD IF I CAN AVOID IT. THERE NEEDS TO BE AN END TO THE CORRUPTION OF THE POWER ELITE – THIS TOWN BELONGS TO ALL OF US, NOT JUST SOME OF US. AND WE HAVE TO LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER OR IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. WE NEED REAL WAYS TO HELP CUT COSTS. CROWDING MORE AND MORE RESIDENTS INTO LAKEWOOD IS NOT GOING TO HELP EITHER. WE NEED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF LAKEWOOD. EVERY ONE OF US DESERVES AS MUCH. DON’T LET ANYONE DECIDE YOUR VOTE; DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. DO THE RESEARCH. VOTE THE BEST PERSON IN WHO DESERVES A CHANCE TO IMPROVE OUR TOWN. DOES OUR MAYOR REALLY LISTEN TO THE “PEOPLE” OF LAKEWOOD? DOES HE CARE WHAT “YOU” THINK? IS HE EVEN APPROACHABLE? I’M SICK TO DEATH OF ARROGANT THINKERS, I WANT A CHANGE.

  20. A Federal judge said “to eliminate corruption-NEVER vote for an incumbent”. But check very carefully the philosophy & track record of the other candidates.

  21. To the candidates-The Tzibur is looking for THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH…We challenge you to put in writing for the public to see, and we will hold you accountable. The track record does not give us any level of comfort.

  22. Anyone who knows anything knows about the bills we get from birdsall, now T&M, etc. they bill us for everything from salaries to paperclips and tack on surcharges etc. every compltroller in the U.S. as well as any budget concious human being, knows that if you have enough work to go around for 8 hrs a day then it is always cheaper to go in house. If charlie is too stupid to know that, that’s fine because he is a politician.

  23. First of all, Mr. Cunliffe has NEVER stepped foot in the Inspection Department, so where does he think that he has ANY right to say anything about it. He is too busy making sure his daughter has her job. Lakewood Building Department is much needed, how else will LPD pay for all the cars Mr. Cunliffe’s daughter has damaged.

  24. Reb yudel. With all due respect. It is very true that by constantly voting for incumbents we keep allowing corrupty behavior to flourish. But charlie cunliffe is by no means a viable alternative.why don’t you run?

  25. Thank you for explaining to me that outsourcing doesn’t ony mean to india. I really thought that cunliffe was suggesting we get some guys from mumbai to come once a week and do maintenance on the town. DUH how could I be so stupid. Now I feel really stupid because I thought my posts were actually read by people with a sense of humor and a normal IQ level.but can we at least get an indian tax collector. The people from india are known to be even cheaper and more frugal than jews. Indian tax collectors would never have the chutzpah to charge such high taxes for a town like lakewood.

  26. If you have something constructive to say to improve our government functions and revenues, without being derogatory, then state it here anonymously. It you can’t add something to improve with our Township and want to critique maliciously you should state your name.

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