County executive's former campaign manager offers free public relations help to Bergen Community College.
Sunday, April 7
The decision by Alan Marcus and The Marcus Group to withdraw their $90,000 contract with Bergen Community College was the appropriate course of action given the County Executive’s past practice of weeding out unnecessary and wasteful spending. However the decision by Mr. Marcus to offer “free” consultation services regarding upcoming labor negotiations is equally disturbing. When does a public agency or in this case a county school board take collective bargaining tips from a public relations executive? Doesn’t Bergen Community College have on retainer legal counsel to handle such matters? The withdrawal of this contract does not cause harm to the institution as suggested, but it saves taxpayers $90,000 on something that wasn’t needed or …
Incumbent Rob Hermansen and former River Edge mayor Margaret "Peg" Watkins have been defeated by Democrats Tracy Zur and Steve Tanelli.
Democrats were poised to gain control of the Bergen County Freeholder Board for the first time in two years, with Tracy Zur and Steve Tanelli leading their Republican opponents by more than 30,000 votes. With 98.93 percent of ballots tallied, the Democratic pair overwhelmed Republican incumbent Robert Hermansen and running mate, Margaret "Peg" Watkins. Although several thousand ballots still need to be counted, the Republicans have conceded the race, northjersey.com reported. Unofficial data had Zur and Tanelli ahead by about 30,000 votes as of 11:43 p.m. Tanelli, a popular local councilman from North Arlington, checked in with 27.5 percent of the vote. His running mate, Zur, a former prosecutor and county judge from Franklin Lakes, took …