Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Long Branch School Election Results

With an incredible 1,286 total votes, the Long Branch BOE budget was APPROVED by a majority of voters; 766 YES votes, 520 NO votes. This should mean another fine year of students in Long Branch getting a sub-par education from underpaid teachers while school administrators continue to pull in the BigBucks. Long Branch teachers were all working the phones asking people to go vote "for their jobs"; I received two such calls but received no calls, door knocks, or printed materials from any BOE candidates. Word of mouth/neighbor research was the only source of (questionably accurate) information.

BOE election "winners" are:
James N. Parnell 910 26.16%
Allan Menkin 739 21.25%
Armand R. Zambrano, Jr. 665 19.12%

Congratulations to Jim Parnell and Allan Menkin.

As for Zambrano - I almost feel like there was some False Advertising here. Armand R. Zambrano was on the BOE, then got voted out, then got appointed back on to fill a vacancy, then had signs around town that read "Re-Elect Zambrano".... Re-Elect??? We didn't elect you in the first place, remember? Unfortunately, voters have been duped and we're stuck with a board member who is responsible for those ridiculous administrative salaries, and the number of administrators. Unfortunate, but at least the good news is that Joseph Ferraina has retired... good chance we'll see him again in a future mayoral election; hopefully voters remember to vote against the man who put his name on a school and took half a million a year in salary from taxpayers to run a school system that gets a failing grade year after year.

For the record -- there was absolutely no communication regarding the BOE elections or public question from the Long Branch Republican Chaiman. I asked for some involvement or direction several times to no avail. There has also been no involvement or communication from the Chairman or a fellow committee member who is also on city council despite some prodding. Hopefully they remember there is a primary election for state elections coming up... I've been working my local district, no communications from anyone if they are working theirs, but I doubt it. If you are in Long Branch and haven't heard from your local committeeman, please let me know (click the call me link on the left) and I'll get you in touch with them, or we'll run you for committee on the ballot next year.

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