Green Brook EMS May Be Outsourced

Green brook residents and businesses, Green Brook EMS needs your help. Please come to town hall on Monday night at 7:30 to voice your opinion.

Your mayor, township administrator and council have decided that having an all volunteer squad is costing the tax payers too much money. They are in the process of researching outsourcing this service to paid services under the guise of saving you, the taxpayer, money. The few cents on the dollar that gets allocated to emergency services will NOT make a dent in your tax bill. On top of this the service that once cost you nothing extra could now end up costing you upwards of $600. On top of this, it very possible that these paid services will not cover community events. If they do there will most likely be a fee involved.

Our squad is made up of 30 very dedicated volunteers. We get up in the middle of the night because we have a desire to help our neighbors. We do this for free. We do not get paid. As volunteers we put in an excess of 70 hours a month of our own time. We miss holiday dinners with our families, we have lost our own houses to floods while saving and assisting our neighbors. Again we do this because we have a desire to help our residents not because we have to. All we are asking for is your help to keep our doors open.

Please come out to town hall on Monday night @ 7:30 to let your mayor and council members know that you want to keep your volunteer EMS. This is the one time that we really need your assistance. Without your support we won’t be able to keep our doors open!!! Please come out Monday night!

— Brett Munkel

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VOTE TODAY!!!

Green Brook Residents: Please VOTE! Polls are open until 8 pm tonight.

Where to vote:

  • If you live south of Route 22, vote at the Green Brook Middle School.
  • If you live north of Route 22 on the far west side of town (i.e., west of Mountain Parkway – Scheurman Terrace, Brandywine Rise etc.,) vote at the Middle School.
  • If you live north of Route 22 on the far east side of town (i.e., east of Washington Ave – West End, Blue Ridge, Interhaven etc.,, vote at the Middle School.
  • If you live north of 22 in the middle – east of Mountain and west of Washington (i. e., Top of the World, Red Bud, Top Ave) vote at the Fire House by the Washington Rock State Park.

Our team is working for you! But they need your help. Please support the full Democratic Ticket:

Governor – Barbara Buono

NJ State Senator – Nick Scutari

NJ State Assembly – Jerry Green & Linda Stender

Somerset County Sheriff – Rich Arline

Somerset County Freeholder – Keiona Miller

Green Brook Township Committee – Dave Breen

Green Brook School Board has an open seat for a 3 year term. Please write in candidate JOSEPH PETRILLO.

 Thanks so much for your support in this election.

What’s Not to Like about Sen. Barbara Buono?

From  Blue Jersey:
In today’s world of media short attention span no sooner is one issue raised in the gubernatorial campaign than it is quickly supplanted by another. We rapidly lose track of the totality – the many differences between the positions of each person. Let’s take a look at key issues and compare the two main candidates.

  •  Property taxes: She’s champions efforts to hold down property taxes by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share. He does not.
  •  Miinimum wage: She supports increasing it and and indexing it to inflation. He does not.
  •  Earned Income Tax Credit – She supports raising it back unconditionally to 25%. He lowered it to 20% and uses it as a gimmick to further other ends.
  •  School education: She supports more funding for schools and seeks to protect collective bargaining rights for teachers. In his first year in office he reduced funding by $820 million and has been antagonistic toward bargaining.
  •  Environment: She supported the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and wants to put an end to using waivers that allow polluters to dirty our air and water, and jeopardize public health. He does not.
  •  Marriage equality: She embraces it. He runs away from the issue, vetoes the legislative bill, and hides under his call for a public vote on the issue.
  •  Women’s health care: She supports funding for Planned Parenthood. He does not.
  •  Transportation: She supported the building of the ARC tunnel and understands the value of investing in our infrastructure. He ended ARC and he invests too little in our infrastructure.
  •  Gun violence: She calls for the reduction in magazine size from 15 to 10, an end to the private sale loophole, and a law requiring face-to-face sale of ammunition. He does not.
  • Oversight: She has questioned recently the management of halfway houses and AshBritt’s debris removal costs. He resists oversight. 

Senator Barbara Buono lays out her positions on these issues in her web site. The incumbent governor, in his web site, preferring only to laud his accomplishments, does not.

What’s not to like?

John Weisnewski Will Not Seek Another Term as NJ State Democratic Chair

In a letter to New Jersey state Democrats last week, John Weisnewski announced that he will not seek another term as State Democratic Chair. He thanked New Jersey Democrats and encouraged all to show their support for the to-be-announced incoming chairperson by contributing to the party. Weisnewski’s term as chair ends in June. He is on the ballot for re-election as Assemblyman in the 19th district in November.

Gov. Chris Christie Scolds Green Brook Twp Adminstrator

We’ve been complaining for years about the lack of responsiveness from town hall…well, now Governor Christie knows about it too.

Read this article about Governor Christie’s comments today in a town hall meeting in Middlesex.

Gov. Chris Christie at Middlesex Town Hall

Tree Debris Removal in Green Brook Begins November 19

Here’s the latest from Green Brook township about the removal of tree debris from Superstorm Sandy:

Please place all tree debris to the curb by Monday, November 19th (if your insurance company is asking you to do otherwise, please email greenbrooktwp@gmail.com and provide that information to the Township)

The Township will be picking up all storm-related tree debris, only fallen branches and trees (regardless of size, i.e. logs)

The Township will NOT be picking up general storm related garbage (i.e. fences, siding…etc), only storm related tree debris.

This clean-up will be a massive undertaking for the Township’s Department of Public Works. We ask that you please be patient with this process. A schedule for tree debris and leaves (previously published leaf schedule is suspended) will be forthcoming and will be posted on the Township’s Web site.

Official Voting Locations in Green Brook

Map of Polling Districts in Green Brook

Courtesy of the Watchung-Green Brook Patch, here’s the official list of voting locations in Green Brook.

Note voting locations have changed in some districts. Please check the list and check the map.

District Location
1 Green Brook Middle School, Jefferson Ave.
2 Firehouse no. 2, Rock Road West
3 Green Brook Middle School, Jefferson Ave.
4 Green Brook Middle School, Jefferson Ave.
5 Firehouse no. 2, Rock Road West
6 Green Brook Middle School, Jefferson Ave.

Pick Up Your Mail-In Ballot Today Until 3PM

On Monday, Nov. 5 , the Somerset County Clerk’s office will issue mail-in ballots from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The statutory deadline to accept mail-in ballots is 3 p.m. Monday.

Residents who pick up a vote-by-mail ballot Saturday, Sunday or Monday will be able to complete it and drop it off at the Board of Elections, located next to the County Clerk’s Office.

The office is located on the first floor of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove Street, Somerville, N.J. 08876. Residents should come in person to pick up a vote-by-mail ballot. For further information, call the Somerset County Clerk’s Office at (908) 231-7013.

There is free parking in the Bernie Field Parking Deck, which connects to the county building on the green level or enter on East High Street.

What You Need to Know About Voting

Message from NJ State Senator, District 18, Barbara Buono:

If your usual polling place has electricity, you should be able to vote there on Election Day. The state has required that all county clerk offices remain open this weekend from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow voters to vote early by absentee ballot.

To vote electronically, displaced voters may submit a mail-in ballot application either by e-mail or fax to their county clerk. Once an application is approved, the clerk will electronically send a ballot to the voter by either fax or e-mail in accordance to the voter’s preference. Voters must return their electronic ballot – by fax or email – no later than November 6, 2012, at 8 p.m.

Voters can download a mail-in ballot application for their county by visiting http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html. A list of county clerk websites, phone numbers and fax numbers are available by visiting http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information-local-officials.html.

Separate directives issued today enable displaced voters and first responders to vote by provisional ballot at a polling place in a county other than the voter’s county of registration. The deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots has been extended to November 19, 2012, for any ballot postmarked on or before November 5, 2012. Mail-in ballots post marked later than November 5 will not be accepted.

County elections officials have also been directed to print a sufficient number of provisional and emergency ballots to accommodate voters.

Voters are encouraged to take advantage of extended office hours at county elections offices to cast their vote early and in-person. Registered voters can obtain and cast their ballot in-person at their county elections office up until 3 pm Tuesday. County election offices are to remain open, at a minimum, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the weekend, until November 5. Voters that have a mail-in ballot and choose to deliver their ballot to the county elections office in person must present their completed ballot to their county elections office no later than the close of polls on Tuesday.

Polling Moved to GBMS for Green Brook District 3

Although we are all preoccupied with storm related matters, we can’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, is election day. The polling place for Green Brook District 3,  which is South of 22, West of Kaffka, has been moved to the Green Brook Middle School at 132 Jefferson Avenue, Green Brook. 
 
Please share this information with those that it may affect. Help us get voters out to support Tom Tsivgas and Dave Breen and the rest of the Democratic ticket. We need your vote and we need your support.
 
Stay safe and be well!
 
P.S. Please put your signs back on your lawns too.