Letter to the Editor: Mayor Kuchinski’s Political Crony Strikes Back

Letter to the Editor: Mayor Kuchinski’s Political Crony Strikes Back

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To the Editor:

In her recent Letter to the Editor, Democrat loyalist and Kuchinski Planning Board appointee, Courtney Peters-Manning defends the seemingly uniquely-unqualified newly-appointed Kuchinski Zoning Board appointee Andrew Borders, and her fellow-Planning Board members. According to Ms. Peters-Manning, a Planning or Zoning Board member, apparently becomes imbued with a kind of doctrine of infallibility because, she writes, “they ensure that growth happens in the smartest and most environmentally friendly way possible,” regardless of public opinion or facts to the contrary.

Of course, Ms. Peters-Manning conveniently forgets that fellow-Planning Board member, Larry Clarke, presumably also infallible according to the Peters-Manning doctrine, repeatedly has voted against rubber-stamping the Kuchinsky-Blake Affordable Housing Plan, which violated our Master Plan capriciously, arbitrarily and unreasonably.

While the Peters-Manning’s doctrine is completely inaccurate, her statement reveals the mind-set of the small group of Democrats, who are currently running Hopewell Township, and seems based on the apparent party line that the Kuchinski-Blake administration has all the answers, when they obviously do not, and that the public is an impediment to the process.

That the Kuchinski-Blake administration and their defenders apparently have little use for the truth or representative government with public input has been the subject of numerous Letters to the Editor and explains:

  • signing Affordable Housing contracts without a single public work-session;
  • refusing to answer questions as to Affordable Housing alternatives that they claim to have explored;
  • excluding Diverty Road residents from dramatic changes to their neighborhood proposed last summer;
  • straight-jacketing, verbally, public speakers at Township Committee meetings;
  • failing to produce meeting minutes for over 1 year contrary to state law until I challenged that practice;

The list could go on.

Finally, while Ms. Peters-Manning should be acting on her environmental credentials, instead of just reciting them, perhaps she is more focused on securing her party’s nomination for Township Committee in 2019 or simply too busy towing her party’s line to actually protect the environment from the over-development of Kuchinski-Blake administration.

Harvey Lester

Titusville, NJ 08560

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