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ELIZABETH—The city council president’s sister has filed a lawsuit in federal court charging officials in the administration of Mayor J. Christian Bollwage with racial discrimination.

Linda J. Perkins filed charges in 2005 complaining that Community Development Program Director Susan Ucci treated her unfairly because she is black and other municipal officials in the Bollwage administration failed to take any action.

Linda Perkins is a sister of Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste, a Bollwage ally who was rejected by the Union County Democratic Committee in a special Aug. 19 election to replace former Assemblyman Neil Cohen.

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By James J. Devine

New Jersey lost 6,200 jobs in November, the fourth consecutive month that the state’s unemployment rate moved higher.

In Elizabeth, Mayor Chris Bollwage and the City Council decided that something had to be done, so they gave themselves a pay hike.

Some people in Elizabeth are among the poorest in New Jersey, and while the number of Americans who take home a paycheck is dwindling every day, politicians who raise their own pay seem unbelievably arrogant.

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ELIZABETH—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage signed into law a measure that raises salaries for himself and the City Council members who enacted the pay hike ordinance.

Only Councilman Carlos Cedeño voted against the politicians’ pay hike, while eight other members of the governing body voted to approve the salary increase despite a growing economic crisis that has caused almost one million Americans to lose their jobs in recent months.

The ordinance was passed by the City Council on Nov. 25 and approved by Bollwage the following day.

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Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow

ELIZABETH – Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow released data highlighting the city’s gang problem last week – a problem that Mayor Chris Bollwage has refused to admit exists.

In September, Romankow criticized Elizabeth for the high number of unsolved murders – which he blamed on the prevalence of gangs – and announced that a new task force under his direction would investigate all Union County homicides. Bollwage refused a request to join the task force, challenging the prosecutor’s legal authority to make him do so. Bollwage also said that most of Elizabeth’s gang members are in jail.

According to the prosecutor’s statistics, there are 655 gang members with an Elizabeth address in the county’s criminal database. Of those, 180 are in state prisons, 38 are in Union County jail and 157 are on parole. As of Friday, 280 verified gang members, whose last known address was in Elizabeth, were on the street.

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Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow

Prosecutor Theodore Romankow

ELIZABETH—There is a serious gang problem in Elizabeth and Mayor J. Christian Bollwage is ignoring it, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

Romankow leveled the accusation at a news conference announcing that his office will take control of all homicide investigations in Union County with a new specialized unit.

Previously, homicides were managed by local police departments and investigators from the prosecutor’s office working together. That process has failed to solve a greatly increased number of killings in recent years, prompting Romankow to make the change.

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ELIZABETH—New and old accusations of police misconduct and political indifference remain issues in the upcoming mayoral primary, in which Mayor J. Christian Bollwage faces a stiff challenge by Edward Bryant Koon, a senior officer at the county’s juvenile detention facility.

“There have been 67 murders in Elizabeth since 2004, but 34 remain unsolved because Chris Bollwage in our Mayor,” said an Inslee Street resident who feels the city is ignoring a surge in violent crime because it is isolated in minority neighborhoods.

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Citizens only have real power over party bosses when serious candidates seek party nominations in primary elections, where voters and not power brokers get to decide who is going to hold public office.

The marathon competition for the presidency being waged by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is one example how things get done in a democracy.

This June, Democrats will face a host of choices that really test whether the party is ready to end “politics as usual” and elect new leaders who will make real changes for New Jersey. (more…)

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