Thursday, May 8, 2008

Where is Weinberg?

Silence is deafening.


Loretta Weinberg has been a visible fixture in Teaneck politics for many years. (for the record I have never met her personally)

She sent out a mailing 2 years ago for Parker and 8 others in an election for four seats (we all remember it as the letter referring to voting for some people because of their gender).

She sent out a letter supporting Katz, Dworkin and Honis several years before that and two employees from her office were in attendance at the Monday night north east block association/ Teaneck United rally for Honis.

She also tried to create a forum this week with members of the Hispanic community for " her candidates" (I assume Honis, Toffler and Jackson- Inside Bergen.com has seemed to indicate as that they are Weinberg supported).

So my question is-- WHERE IS WEINBERG?:


Monica Honis probably said one of the most insensitive comments to the Jewish Community and probably all communities for that matter. A couple of key elected officials and supporters are noticeably silent.

This is not election fodder, this woman should not be on our Council.

Toffler made her NY Times comment that offended many in the Jewish Community:::::no apology

Honis makes her public comment about "the gas chamber"::::::no apology.

Does Weinberg really stand with them? And is this behavior acceptable?

137 comments:

Anonymous said...

Loretta ought to exercise leadership right now and throw her full support to the Katz Team--the balanced team that stands for forward movement and accomplishment for her hometown.

Such an act would burnish her reputation and help clean up the mess caused by Teaneck United.

Besides, she is better off supporting the team that will win than to be identified next Wednesday with the losers. Make no mistake, Team Teaneck will win.

Are you suprised said...

Loretta is the consumate pol. She'll wait to see where the chips fall and explain how she was behind them 100%

Anonymous said...

It sure is a mess.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Loretta also on a Senate subcomittee for Jewish affiars.

She is also on the National Council of Jewish Women (Life Member).

What's going on?

Anonymous said...

What's going on?

What's going is that the writer of this blog has no idea who Loretta Weinberg is and what she stands for, and has no problem defaming her to push his misguided agenda.

Weinberg has been an outspoken and active member of the Jewish community in Teaneck and Bergen County for decades, and has devoted much time and effort to Jewish causes and organizations.

Mr. Truth - Do us a favor. Stop spreading malicious lies please? Believe it or not, some people believe what you write.

Anonymous said...

So why doesn't she do the right thing and just come out for Team teaneck now?

Anonymous said...

So why doesn't she do the right thing and just come out for Team teaneck now?

What makes you believe that Weinberg feels that the election of Team Teaneck is in the best interests of the town?

I for one am a practicing Orthodox Jew, and I've been absurdly underwhelmed (at best) with Team Teaneck. I don't think they represent what this town needs, nor do I feel they possess the leadership qualities necessary for the position.

My third vote is still strangely up for grabs, but my friends and I are voting for Goldman and Rose without a doubt.

Know who you are said...

We guess we know who you are. But you are quite alone among your "friends" in casting such a vote.

Anonymous said...

"Know who you are" - Who exactly do you think I am? I highly doubt we know each other...

Anonymous said...

Loretta should express her outrage at Monica's comments and refusal to apologize. By not doing so, some may feel she agrees with what was said. I would like to think she does not.

not Team Teaneck said...

Rumors and lies. Another typical post from the Teaneck Liar.

It was a letter not a postcard. She did not say to vote for Ms. Parker because she was a women. She said, only one of these 17 candidates is a woman - Lizette Parker is a strong voice for our families and for our older residents. Believe me, I know how important our women's voices are on our governing bodies."

"Lizette grew up in Teaneck, was educated in Teaneck, and has a Masters Degree in Administrative Science from FDU. I am so impressed with her quiet strength, the clarity of her goals to stabilize our taxes, to improve our employee relations and to make certain all of Teaneck's residents feel welcome in our community."

She followed with the following specific endorsement. "There are many good candidates for you to choose such as Elie Katz who deserves reelection; Dennis Crowley; Ron Schwartz; Kevie Feit and Abdul Waheed ... or David Langford."

InsideBergen decided to call the Northeast Teaneck Block President's Association rally a Teaneck United rally because the author thought it would be a more effective story or was just afraid to attack a black organization.

InsideBergen is similar to the Teaneck Liar. Just as this blog will report any rumor or lie it thinks favors Team Teaneck, InsideBergen will report any negative rumor or lie about Weinberg. That includes Adam Gussen's race baiting news release about Weinberg in early April.

How could Weinberg ever consider supporting Team Teaneck when their official attack dog, Adam Gussen attacks her at every opportunity.

After the true Team Teaneck - Rudolf, Hamadudeen and Goldman - are elected, Gussen will become the nice guy who brings money into town while Rudolph or Goldman takes the attack dog role!

Anonymous said...

To "not Team Teaneck"

Where did you come up with the crazy idea that Ned Goldman is part of Team Teaneck?

Anonymous said...

To "not Team Teaneck"

Where did you come up with the crazy idea that Ned Goldman is part of Team Teaneck?


Obviously, there's no moral difference between this Teaneck United partisan and the Teaneck Liar.

Anonymous said...

Did you see The Record article today? I wonder what the payback to Kates is for making that plug for Goldman.

Anonymous said...

Who are Cheryl and Elliot Small?

Anonymous said...

So Robinson seems to be the weakest link in the Team Teaneck chain. Let's hear it, Team Teaneck supporters. What does Robinson have going for him? Why should I vote for him? I'm not convinced.

Jeff O said...

Did you see The Record article today? I wonder what the payback to Kates is for making that plug for Goldman.

It was actually the reporter who reported that Kates is supporting Goldman. There was no "plug" on her part in the aricle, but I assume the "payback" for her endorsement will be a councilmember represents the best interests of the town she loves.

Anonymous said...

I am also a practicing Orthodox Jew. From what I have read and heard so far from the candidates, I still don't understand why anyone assumes that thoughtful Orthodox voters would vote for the Team Teaneck candidates. If it's only because one of the three candidates happens to be an Orthodox Jew, that seems like an awfully superficial reason to be voting for someone. Even if it were a valid basis for a vote, it certainly doesn't explain why I should vote for the other two candidates. Am I missing something here.

Anonymous said...

Weinberg states it was a slip of the tongue yet Moronica stated she knew exactly what she was saying.

Hey Loretta- open up your damned ears!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 1:45-

Check out the Jewish Voice and Opinion:
http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com/pdf/200805.pdf

Anonymous said...

Check out the Jewish Voice and Opinion:
http://jewishvoiceandopinion.com/pdf/200805.pdf


I just read the article. I've never been more offended. Truly disgusting. I urge all those who may be coming to (understandably expected) conclusions that this article outlines the beliefs of the Orthodox community in Teaneck to reconsider. I can assure you that that most Orthodox voters would never condone such sickening behavior!

The JV&O MUST be held responsible for spreading such malicious hate to Teaneck homes.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:07 says to look at an article in the Jewish Voice and Opinion but the question I was asking was why anyone would assume that a "thoughtful" Orthodox voter would vote for Team Teaneck. Thoughtful people generally don't rely on incendiary rags to inform them about candidates and their views. Nonetheless, I looked at the article. Can they be serious: we are supposed to base our vote on the need for more kosher eateries in town!!!

It appears to me that the only people who would like there to be threats toward the thriving Orthodox community in Teaneck are the Team Teaneck backers. Inciting fear is a great way to get people to vote for you!! I have yet to hear any candidate -- even the supposed Orthodox basher, Ms. Toffler, say anything about preventing the Orthodox community from thriving and growing.

What Ms. Toffler is talking about (from what I have read) is the need for Teaneck to maintain its quality of life and not become so enamored with development that it will compromise quality of life issues as has occurred in some Rockland county communities. Even those of us who are proud of the thriving Orthodox life we have in Teaneck are not interested in that.

Let's bag the rhetoric and fear mongering and vote for the most qualified candidates whose ideas are the best for Teaneck and its citizens.

Anonymous said...

You are only pretending! Anybody concerned about Orthodox life would note the Abbott attack against the Griggs Avenue synagogue in the Suburbanite the other week. Nothing has come easy for the Orthodox community over the years. Martin Cramer, a leader of Teaneck United,opposed synagogue growth back in 1976. That is on the record.

Honis's unapologetic attack on her Jewish colleagues can't be wished away.

Toffler's use of the New York Times to bludgeon the Orthodox community is on the record.

Anonymous said...

What Ms. Toffler is talking about (from what I have read) is the need for Teaneck to maintain its quality of life and not become so enamored with development that it will compromise quality of life issues as has occurred in some Rockland county communities. Even those of us who are proud of the thriving Orthodox life we have in Teaneck are not interested in that.

Let's bag the rhetoric and fear mongering and vote for the most qualified candidates whose ideas are the best for Teaneck and its citizens.


As a concerned Teaneck citizen who happens to be Orthodox, I couldn't have said it any better!

None of the candidates are "out to get us." I'm voting based on one qualification - who has the best interests of Teaneck in mind.

The Orthodox community is only hurt by the spread of such rumors. It really is a huge chilul Hashem to see this happening.

Spreading rumors, and hate, and fear is no way to act as Jews, or citizens, or people! Here's to honest campaigning and looking out for the best interests of Teaneck as a whole, not any one particular group. I hope the election will come out in favor of the honest hard-working citizens, not the fear-mongers.

Teaneck Truth said...

"is the need for Teaneck to maintain its quality of life and not become so enamored with development that it will compromise quality of life issues as has occurred in some Rockland county communities"

Looks like there is a minyan of so called orthodox jews on the moon all of a sudden.

do you actually believe yourself when you say that Toffler's Rockland county statement was pertaining to over development and not a large ever growing orthodox population??

Please. I love Teaneck, but the average Ramapo lot size makes Teaneck homes look like shacks. Over development- maybe some small hasidic enclaves, but by no means the rest of Ramapo.

Teaneck Truth said...

"is the need for Teaneck to maintain its quality of life and not become so enamored with development that it will compromise quality of life issues as has occurred in some Rockland county communities"

Looks like there is a minyan of so called orthodox jews on the moon all of a sudden.

do you actually believe yourself when you say that Toffler's Rockland county statement was pertaining to over development and not a large ever growing orthodox population??

Please. I love Teaneck, but the average Ramapo lot size makes Teaneck homes look like shacks. Over development- maybe some small hasidic enclaves, but by no means the rest of Ramapo.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:15 in all his chochma (wisdom) claims I am "pretending," so we better use more familiar language to confirm this is not pretend.

Anybody who knows any of the facts about the efforts to create a beis kenesses (synagogue) at Griggs Avenue is well aware of the chillul hashem b'farhesia (public desecration of God's name) that has been committed there. What's even more of a shanda (shame) is that the mispallim (parishoners) have acted recklesslessly by allowing their indiscretions to raise questions about other legitimate efforts (past, present and future) to build shuls in this town.

Monica Honis' comment was not anti-Orthodoxy. It was a stupid, insensitive remark, offensive to all Jews (Orthodox or otherwise)and in fact to all good people who understand how horrible the Holocaust was.

I still have not read or heard anything by Ms. Toffler that is anti-Orthodox. She has simply raised serious questions about quality of life issues in this town. If those issues involve questions about the Orthodox community, we should not be afraid to address them together with other caring and concerned citizens.

Can't Team Teaneck run on its ideas instead of inciting fear and hate?

DF said...

You keep asking about Loretta. Enough of Loretta.
What about Monica's Council friend Jackie Kates. Mrs. Kates has been visibly silent during this ordeal. She made one comments. Does Kates tolerate this? Mayor Ostrow released a statement and he is not Monica's good freind. Anyone speak to Jackie?

Anonymous said...

Jackie kates does not want anyone to dislike her, so she is pretending that she didn't hear anything. You will see her next week at the Council meeting hugging and ksissing Monica like they are best friends. Check out the book " how to win friends and influence people".

joe citizen said...

Jackie Kates' one audible word at the council meeting made it clear that she heard the incredulous comments.

DF said...

Stop bothering Loretta, Jackie is our local representative and she should be the one making a public statement.

Teaneck non-partisan supporter said...

"Monica Honis' comment was not anti-Orthodoxy. It was a stupid, insensitive remark, offensive to all Jews (Orthodox or otherwise)and in fact to all good people who understand how horrible the Holocaust was."

I completely agree with this statement, Anonymous 6:03PM, and as a human being, I was appalled at her arrogance and refusal to apologize for such a hurtful statement. As a township leader, she should be ashamed of himself.

What's more, Jackie's statement in the RECORD article speaks for itself, and I know for a fact that she is terribly upset at what Monica said. She also is not alone at being appalled at the words, mailings and actions of both "groups" of candidates during this campaign. Loretta has never been at a loss for words, so her silence is indeed deafening, esp. considering Monica is one of her minions and one of the leaders of the local Democratic Club which is Loretta's power base.

That being said, many many Teaneck residents who are considering their votes on Tuesday are really saddened by the tone. For me, there's alot of blame to go around, and it's not just on one side of the fence.

Anonymous said...

There is definitely a lot of blame to go around and this town needs healing very badly. But it is awfully disheartening to see the rabbi of the town's largest Orthodox synagogue participating in the dirty politics by name calling, as described in the Jewish Voice and Opinion article. Vote for whomever you like, encourage others to do so, even vote blindly by ethnicity but what good is name calling especially from our leaders?

Anonymous said...

Weinberg: Honis should have apologized

Anonymous said...

Looks like people are starting to come to their senses and realize both Honis and Rudolph should be thrown out of office. That is probably the best way to heal this town.

Anonymous said...

Honis for sure, but why a fine Councilman like Rudolph? His record of accomplishment is outstanding.

Anonymous said...

Rudolph is a sleazebag political hack. His record of helping himself is outstanding. It's all about helping Rudolph feed some more from the slop at the county trough. His two running mates have never attended a council meeting and are only in the ballot as payback from Boss Joe.

Rudy screwed Teaneck taxpayers with Birdsall for a few hundred grand and if he wins again he'll screw us even worse. Big bucks for incompetent county contractors and employees, all paid right out of our pockets.

Throw Rudolph out and Honis too. They'll make a great couple watching meetings together from home.

Anonymous said...

"Fine councilman"????????

"Fine" is one of those empty adjectives people use when they have nothing of substance to say about someone. Often, it is the friends and supporters of a rather dull invdividual who deflect that person's inadequacies by opting for the characterization "fine."

Let's be candid. Rudolph may be nice as a person (no way of knowing) but as a councilman he has come across as an inarticulate, uneducated, adolescent lackey of a party boss.

The only reason he is at all competitive in this election is because, unfortunately, the Orthodox community in Teaneck -- recognized as one of the most vibrant and intelligent Orthodox communities and populated by many well educated and successful people -- has been sold a bill of goods that its thriving community is somehow being threatened.

That's a bunch of baloney. Does anyone really believe that there will be fewer kosher establishments in Teaneck or any different rules for complying with the zoning laws to expand or build synagogues if Mr. Rudolph is not elected??

The captains of industry, prominent doctors, law firm partners and other intelligent members of the Orthodox community really need to look deep inside and ask two questions:

(1) Would I want the "fine councilman" to be leading my business, medical practice or law firm? and

(2) Why is it we are being encoraged to vote for a "fine" councilman, whom we all know is rather unimpressive?

Hopefully, this intelligent community that has contributed so much to the growth and success of Teaneck won't fall back on an artificial paranoia that has been concoted by those who have nothing else to sell and will be wise and thoughtful enough to vote only based on what's good for Teaneck.

Teaneck citizen said...

Forget about religion, gender and race. We have 2 incumbents running for reelection. Lets talk about their accomplishments since they have been on the council. Lets be fair,keep in mind that Honis has 4 years and Rudolph 2 years.

Anonymous said...

Teaneck needs CHANGE. No more fear mongering. Make sure the incumbents (Rudolph and Honis) are not elected!!!!

Anonymous said...

The letter that follows was written by a family Rudy assisted in its time of trouble when they lost a child.
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Often times we form our opinions and thoughts about people based on what we read or hear. Some slurs get repeated so often, even in print, we think there is substance to them when there is nothing but air.

Painfully, we have watched as Councilman Elnatan Rudolph has been publicly demonized by his opponents in the name of "politics".

Our relationship with Elnatan and opinion of him, however, go beyond the newspapers or any silly rumors and we were adamant that we have an opportunity to share with you our story and help the people of Teaneck see who he really is.

Our family last year experienced the horrific tragedy of losing our daughter. Through the entire nightmare of this unspeakably painful time, one community leader stood by our side and helped us in many many ways as we passed through the tragedy. That was Elnatan. Whether through the countless telephone calls, e-mails or stopping by, he was always ready to help.



Please understand we would never politicize our tragedy, but Elnatan helped us out of generosity and love and thus we could not allow his good deeds and selfless conduct in our family's time of need and travail to go unreported and unappreciated at a moment when he needs us the most. Therefore, we feel honor bound to share our feelings of gratefulness with our community that may not really know Elnatan, who is quiet and modest amidst his many fine actions on behalf of others.
He truly is an unsung hero.

So please go out and support Elnatan on May 13th. Judge him by the person he is and not who he has been made out to be. He needs our help and Teaneck needs his continued leadership and representation. Elnatan Rudolph is a shining example of what our fathers have said, "He loves peace, he pursues peace, he loves people and he brings them closer to the Almighty".

He is a good man for all of Teaneck.

Sincerely yours,

Cheryl & Elliot Small

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of very kind people who do good for others (as all should do) who just don't have what it takes to lead a business, a medical practice, a law firm and yes a municipality. Rudolph has been a council member for two years. He has been an abysmal failure and his campaign has been premised on inciting fear and hate. His campaign actually threatens to exacerbate some latent and not so latent tensions in town. I hope he continues to do good for his friend and negihbors. There is just no basis or reason to re-elect him.

Anonymous said...

You are crazy. What he does is what a Council member should do.

The irrational hatred toward Rudy demeans the bearers of it.

He is very much up to the job and has carried it out excellently.

Just let the election proceed based on the truth.

Anonymous said...

Again, generalities. We are supposed to vote for Rudolph because he is a "fine councilman" who does "what a council member should do." Not a very well reasoned explanation.

Rudolph sits at council meetings, playing with his blackberry. When he speaks (which isn't so frequent), it's often difficult to discern what he is trying to say. He is so clearly controlled by a party boss and has focused his campaign on inciting fear.

Please explain why any intelligent voter should support a candidate like that.

Anonymous said...

His campaign is based purely on pointing to his accomplishments such as acquiring the fire truck, gaining the funding for the new park for all children, and working out the ZERO budget increase for this year.

All the hatred is directed at him rather than flowing from him.

It is most apparent that Rudy's irrational enemies deny his obvious accomplishments and repeat their lies about him because they have no other way to face the election, especially since they support candidates truly unworthy of the citizens' respect, let alone votes.

Anonymous said...

This hatred for Rudolph is a two year old thing from the people who lost the last election. What has Rudolph done in 2 years?

brought in the money that got this town to build its first handicap accessible playground.

brought in money for a new fire truck.

started discussions on increased recycling.

these are just a few things he has done.

what can anyone say that any other councilmember has actually done??

Anonymous said...

calling the zero budget a lie is just the continuation of these same people who yell and scream about everything. are out taxes going up this year ladies and gentleman? the answer is NO! this council is the first to ever look at a budget and try to do something different other than to rubber stamp the manager's budget. what has Monica done on this council?

Anonymous said...

We all know the zero budget is a red herring designed to push off payments to later years. Rudolph cannot take total credit for the other "accomplishments." But even if he could, how come Yitz Stern didn't mention anything about those accomplishments in his letter? He said we should vote for Rudolph because "It is clear to me that the word 'diversity' is the new code word for 'quotas for Orthodox Jews.' I need your help." Nope, Yitz, we can't help you because you underwhelm us with your candidates. Don't try to guilt us into voting for candidates that are incredibly unimpressive and do not have what it takes to lead our township. You insult our intelligence. Most of all, don't try to foment disharmony in our town when none should exist.

blog reader said...

Anonymous 3:06
An intelligent voter should support Rudolph for re-election because he has brought approx. 1 million dollars (of our taxes) back to Teaneck. More specifically, he helped get us 2 fire trucks, shared services with Leonia(salt shed) and the all-inclusive playground for Votee Park. ALL AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO TEANECK TAXPAYERS!!!
This is why I'm voting for Elanatan Rudolph.

Anonymous said...

If you watch the pathetic performance of the five non-Team Teaneck candidates on channel 9 at 12:30 today and compare it to the excellent Team Teaneck panel on last week's show, it will not even be close for any voter who has not yet decided.

Rose called for "breaking the bridges among the communities in Teaneck". At that point Toffler cackled her patented snort of laughter. The host was forced to call Goldman "a politician" because he would not give her a straight answer to a softball question. Toffler claimed Teaneck in its diversity could teach Japan with its ultra homogeneous culture how to function. Jackson spent most of her camera time talking about Wright and Obama.

Anonymous said...

Two firetrucks and a joint salt shed with Leonia sure sounds like the hallmark of leadership!!!

You don't have to show much interest in what's going on at council meetings, you can't formulate a discenible opinion about township policies or issues, you can engage in questionable practices with companies with which you are interested and you can run a campaign that invites discord in the town but all of that is meaningless because you arranged for the acquisition of firetrucks. Why don't we do away with campaigns and candidate forums. It's irrelevant what views and opinions they have. Just let them all become good shoppers and our town will be better off.

What exactly does Team Teaneck stand for besides fear and hate?

Anonymous said...

You keep repeating your lies of the past two years as a mantra. It is pathetic. Rudy absolutely has not done any of the bad things you impute to him. Get past being a sore loser in the old election.

You have no idea what leadership is. Yes it involves doing!! Rudy is a doer of good things for the town.

If you really cared about lack of leadership, corruption and sowing discord, you would be looking to others of the candidates.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I voted for Rudy two years ago. Then, the community leaders advised us that he was part of a young capable group that had fresh ideas for Teaneck. Boy, was that a bad choice. At the time, I thought highly of Elie Katz, who I thought could bring together the diverse constituencies in Teaneck. Elie seems to have traded in that unique position for a seat at the table with party bosses outside of Teaneck. Too bad!

I still think that Kevie Feit is capable and deserves his spot on the council. I hope he maintains a streak of indpendence and sensible judgment and is not coerced into adhering to the party line.

Gussen seems rather obnoxious and cynical. I still haven't quite figured out why the Orthodox community considers him one of their own.

But Rudolph above all is the biggest embarassment. He is unqualified to be a council member and he has used connections and dirty tricks to get ahead.

The Orthodox community has nothing to fear. It is thriving and will continue to do so and there is no candidate in this election who poses a threat to its vitality. Well, that is, maybe except for Rudolph. His complete lack of comptenence is likely to raise questions about the community's priorities, which should not be raised. The Orthodox community does so much good for Teaneck. Don't blow it by running unqualified political hacks.

Anonymous said...

More lies and nonsense.

Anonymous said...

one has to wonder to what extent the Rudolph haters actually believe the fantasy narratives they spin. they don't even see that the object of their hatred could not possibly exist the way they conceive of him as a blend of incompetent boob and arch criminal at the same time.

Anonymous said...

"one has to wonder to what extent the Rudolph haters actually believe the fantasy narratives they spin. they don't even see that the object of their hatred could not possibly exist the way they conceive of him as a blend of incompetent boob and arch criminal at the same time."

Excellent Point! In that case, I'll just go with "incompetent boob."

Anonymous said...

Nothing like veering an argument toward the extremes in order to swipe aside criticism. No one ever said Rudy was an "arch criminal." Not quite sure what that is but I will interpret it to mean a clever mastermind of criminal behavior. That, Rudolph is not.

He may personally be a very nice person, but as a council member he has been singularly unimpressive. At the same time, his dirty politics stems from his close association with party bosses that have allowed him to benefit personally from possible endeavors engaged in by the town. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to benefit in that way.

It's Team Teaneck that his chosen to run the candidates on its slate. All are lightweights at best. Team Teaneck has the burden of showing otherwise. It has not done so.

This town needs to get back on track. There are some capable people running. Goldman and Rose have served considerable terms on township boards. And Toffler is a Yale PhD who has written books and is not afraid to raise difficult questions.

This election should be a no brainer. The only problem is Team Teaneck has captivated an intelligent community with fear that its communal institutions are at stake. It's all hogwash but that's the only way they can run this campaign.

Anonymous said...

Was I the only one who thought that Rudolph's piece from the Small family was entirely inappropriate? I am familiar with their very unfortunate situation, and my hearts go out to them and their family on their tragedy. My sincerest kudos go out to Rudolph for the emotional support he provided the family through their rough ordeal.

However, something like this has no business being on campaign literature. This flyer taught me that: Rudolph is a loving, caring guy in his personal life. He provides a warm shoulder to lean on when its necessary. Hes there for township and community residents when they need emotional support.

It says absolutely nothing about his political career. It says absolutely nothing about his council career. It says nothing about what he can do for the township as a whole. It says nothing about what his policies are. It says nothing about his character and demeanor as a politician.

While the personal interactions of a councilperson is important, it should by NO MEANS be used as campaign fodder. Rudolph - keep your personal situations personal.

Its great to know you'll be there for me in my time of need. But it says absolutely nothing at all about what you'll do for me until then.

Anonymous said...

Can any of the Katz Team zombies explain why we're supposed to vote for Hammeduddin and Robinson, two people who know nothing about Teaneck finances and have never attended a council meeting? I saw the video and Robinson knows nothing. Hammeduddin is a slick operator, but he isn't far ahead of Robinson in ignorance.

Why can't we vote for people with experience and intelligence?

Any of you Katz Team cult members have an explanation?

Enquiring minds want to know said...

Anonymous at 3:26pm wrote "But even if he could, how come Yitz Stern didn't mention anything about those accomplishments in his letter?"

Does anyone know what Yitz Stern letter this person is talking about? I certainly didn't get a letter from Yitz Stern about Rudolph. Did anyone else?

Anonymous said...

Letter is dated May 9, 2008 and presumably sent within the Orthodox community. In it, Stern endorses Rudolph, Hameeduddin and Robinson and states "[o]ur community needs everyone to vote."

The letter includes a rather tongue and cheek statement about diversity in Teaneck. Stern resurfaces his experiences from two years ago, writing: "Two years ago, I was targeted and classified as a 'bigot' for supporting four qualified individuals who happened to be Orthodox." [I didn't know that Gussen was Orthodox!!] Now, Stern claims, he is supporting "three outstanding people, from about as ethnically and religiously diverse backgrounds as one can imagine and I am being attacked in various public forums."

It's as if you can hear Stern chuckling with a you want diversity, I'll give you diversity, as he writes in the next sentence: "It is clear to me that the word 'diversity' is new code word for 'quotas for Orthodox Jews. I need your help."

Yitz: No one wants quotas for Orthodox Jews. We just want the best and most qualified people running our town. If you can run a slate of excellent Orthodox candidates, who are not interested in running on a platform meant to scare the Orthodox community, those candidates will win by the same margins Elie got in the last election.

Stop the fear mongering. GET RID OF HONIS AND RUDOLPH.

enquiring minds want to know said...

Could someone please post the text of Yitz's letter? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Teaneck Truth has a copy to link.

It's too bad Yitz Stern and Elie Katz had forged many relationships and alliances with various other constituencies in town. But they seem to have decided to change tactics and forge an ethnocentric approach irrespective of quality. That's unfortunate but somewhat defensible. What is out of line is the attempt to pursue this new agenda through fear and scare tactics.

Anonymous said...

These scare tactics are also accompanied by an extremely disturbing paranoia. Yitz can be for "diversity", and mean three incompotents of different religions. Other people using the word "diversity" can only mean some sort of anti-Orthodox bigotry. Katz has used the word "enemies" and "opponents" to describe anyone who doesn't follow the Katz party line 100%.

We had a budget problem and Rudolph concocted a zero budget by pushing off 3,000,000 in bills to next year. Even their campaign ads only boasts of cutting 500,000 in spending. As big as our mess already is, pushing off all these bills to next year makes for an even bigger mess. Katz, Rudolph and company have not shown that they have any ideas how to solve the problem or that they will listen to any outside advice.

Rose and Goldman have skills to solve these problems. Hammedudding and Robinson have none. We can't let ourselves be a victim of fearmongering and paranoia. Lets elect qualified candidates for a change.

Anonymous said...

You are correct. The only qualified candidates in this election are Rose, Goldman and Toffler. (Minor League) Team Teaneck focused all its attention on slandering Toffler -- quite unsuccessfully I might add -- through the misinformation of the Jewish Voice and Opinion. Interestingly, they have said little about Rose and Goldman, who clearly have records and years of service to attack. If there were something to attack, they would pull out all stops.

What say you (Minor League) Team Teaneck?

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Anonymous said...

Completely uncalled for! Can that be removed asap?

Enough of the rhetoric said...

Taxes can get lowered by either cutting services or bringing in new money. Those are your only options.

Elnatan Rudolph has brough new money into town through grants (handicapped accessible park), fire engines and plans to do the same for the next four years.

Mohammed Hameeduddin is an articulate, smart individual with experience in the private sector that he will bring with him to the Council.

Robbie Robinson stood up for children's education even when it put him at odds with those around him. He is a man of conviction.

Compare Team Teaneck to Monica Honis and her rants about taxes or Barbara (I'm the most ethical person I know - except don't question me about my role at bilking clients out of their money) Toffler and the choice is clear.

Toffler and Honis can outline what's wrong, but they are more interesting in assigning blame and hoping that in your anger you will vote for them than they are in trying to outline plans to move the town forward.

I've heard a hundred times about how her father integrated the schools, but that was the 1950's this is 2008 -- she needs to step up....

Honis showed that she is more interested in destroying than building bridges. Why else would she not have apologized for comparing the Town Council to a gas chamber? If that's how she refers to the people she would have to work with, what do you think she's going to do if you elect her? At best she'll be irrelevant, at worst...her original plan was to raise taxes 6.8% on people that could barely afford their taxes now.

Voting on Tuesday is as simple as 1-2-3!

Teaneck non-partisan supporter said...

"It's too bad because Yitz Stern and Elie Katz had forged many relationships and alliances with various other constituencies in town. But they seem to have decided to change tactics and forge an ethnocentric approach irrespective of quality."

I too have been extremely saddened that two fine township leaders have squandered their long-developed relationships within the larger community to support this one-dimensional diverse ticket. Teaneck residents are not stupid, and just because you cushion your Orthodox Jewish incumbent with a Muslim and an African-American does not mean voters will not question the quality of the candidates. What a shame. I am also extremely upset that Katz has labelled it "The Katz Team" when, as the mayor of Teaneck, he should not be egotistically putting his name on signs at all.

And how telling that, yes, both sides seem to be overlooking the fact that the two independent candidates, Goldman and Rose, have support for good reasons -- their long records of service to the community, their solid knowledge of township finances and government structure, and their in-depth answers to questions, unlike Rudolph's thin lame responses at the LWV Forum. Vote for Rose and Goldman!

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Anonymous said...

Minor League Team Teaneck now seems to be resorting to basic racism. Cut it out. Intelligent voters are not voting for Honis because she is black. She, like Rudolph (though she's got a bit more going for her than Rudolph) is just not cut out to be a council member. Her comment about "gas chambers" was stupid and insensitive. Leave it at that. I hope some of her friends can help her understand the reason her comment was so insensitive.

Can Minor League Team Teaneck stop running a campaign of fear and hate.

Anonymous said...

It's perfectly clear. There are only three candidates in this election that stand out as qualified to sit on the town council: Goldman, Rose and Toffler. Let's just elect them with a number one mandate of healing this town and putting an end to the fear and scare tactics that were pursued in this election. Come on Teaneck citizens do what's good for this wonderful town.

Anonymous said...

Toffler a "healer"?? That is an all time howler.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Toffler is probably the smartest candidate in this election, who has held important jobs in high powered situations. She is not afraid to raise hard questions that need to be raised. Reports are that she reached out to a number of people in the Orthodox community to discuss the comments she made to the New York Times and that she came across as understanding and willing to listen. Those discussions seemed to have stopped once Team Teaneck concocted its pathetic accusation of unethical conduct on her part. She has the intelligence and skills to be an effective council members for all of Teaneck's citizens.

Anonymous said...

Katz and Stern have forged relationships? With who?

Anonymous said...

Katz and Stern were very different when they were council members together. In fact, Katz would never have received the large vote totals he got in the last election had it not been for the relationships he had made with others during the period of time Jackie Kates was the township mayor. In particular, Katz and Stern had close relationships with members of several of the boards in town including the Board of Education. Those relationships seem to have been shunted aside as the fear inducing Team Teaneck agenda has been pursued.

Elie Katz has the potential to be an important part of unifying and healing this town. He has devoted much energy, money and dedication to improving this town and he has the personality to get along well with people of different constituencies. After this election, he needs to reconsider the ideas and tactics that have been pursued in his name.

Elie Katz can work well with Goldman, Rose, Toffler, Feit and Parker in healing this town. It's unlikely that Gussen would be much help in that but perhaps Elie can work to convince him.

Anonymous said...

I heard that the Teaneck Police union will be working on getting out the vote again this time just like they did for New Beginnings in 2006.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Minor League Team Teaneck sees the writing on the wall. Rudolph is going to lose. Selling fear can only go so far.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:55 - I disagree. I think Feit is also part of the "Katz Team". Just look at how he votes on the Council.

Anonymous said...

The worst thing voters can do is to bring back Rudolph with two more yes men. Rudolph has already shown that his only priorities are to help himself and his puppet master Joe Ferriero.

We've already seen Rudolph push to hire Birdsall, a company that is a big county contractor and Ferriero contributor that helped contribute thousands that were wheeled to Rudolph two years ago. Rudolph was the main person behind a plan to pave over Brett Park to give Sanzari, a construction firm and another big Ferriero contributor, a more convenient parking lot for his New Milford restaurant.

Rudolph will do anything to help himself and Boss Joe and he's done it when there were three loud voices of opposition. Robinson is another county hack with a phony job and Hammeduddin can't be far behind. With two more cronies in their pocket, Rudolph will be able to push even harder to please Boss Joe without any voices to defend Teaneck. You can be sure that Mayor Rudolph will do whatever he can to help county pay-to-play contractors put more money into Boss Joe's pockets with some of it sent back to Rudolph.

Rudolph Wins = Teaneck Loses.

Anonymous said...

If Rudolph were to become mayor, Teaneck would be like chelm, the famous city of clowns from Yiddish literature. There are too many intelligent people in this town to allow the lightweights from Team Teaneck a chance at winning.

Anonymous said...

Goldman, Rose and Jackson will be able to work together with Parker to create a new majority that will work for Teaneck, not for Rudolph and Boss Joe. Without Rudolph and Katz twisting his arms, Feit will probably shift loyalties. Rudolph and Honis have been the two biggest obstacles in the past two years. When we toss out we can finally get the government we need to clean up the mess from the past two years. For Mayor we need someone like Lisette Parker to stand for the values that a diverse Teaneck represents.

Anonymous said...

I guess the minor leaguers of Team Teaneck are motoring up their RV and heading out of town. Where will Boss Joe send them next?

Swiggle said...

I see all these anonymous commentators (which I assume are the same person since they are speaking in lockstep with similar phrasing) and can't help but wonder where Tom Abbott is?

Anonymous said...

Taxes can get lowered by either cutting services or bringing in new money. Those are your only options.

Elnatan Rudolph has brough new money into town through grants (handicapped accessible park), fire engines and plans to do the same for the next four years.

Mohammed Hameeduddin is an articulate, smart individual with experience in the private sector that he will bring with him to the Council.

Robbie Robinson stood up for children's education even when it put him at odds with those around him. He is a man of conviction.

Compare Team Teaneck to Monica Honis and her rants about taxes or Barbara (I'm the most ethical person I know - except don't question me about my role at bilking clients out of their money) Toffler and the choice is clear.

Toffler and Honis can outline what's wrong, but they are more interesting in assigning blame and hoping that in your anger you will vote for them than they are in trying to outline plans to move the town forward.

I've heard a hundred times about how her father integrated the schools, but that was the 1950's this is 2008 -- she needs to step up....

Honis showed that she is more interested in destroying than building bridges. Why else would she not have apologized for comparing the Town Council to a gas chamber? If that's how she refers to the people she would have to work with, what do you think she's going to do if you elect her? At best she'll be irrelevant, at worst...her original plan was to raise taxes 6.8% on people that could barely afford their taxes now.

Voting on Tuesday is as simple as 1-2-3!

Anonymous said...

I thought lockstep was only for the Katz Team?

Anonymous said...

The worst thing voters can do is to bring back Rudolph with two more yes men. Rudolph has already shown that his only priorities are to help himself and his puppet master Joe Ferriero.

We've already seen Rudolph push to hire Birdsall, a company that is a big county contractor and Ferriero contributor that helped contribute thousands that were wheeled to Rudolph two years ago. Rudolph was the main person behind a plan to pave over Brett Park to give Sanzari, a construction firm and another big Ferriero contributor, a more convenient parking lot for his New Milford restaurant.

Rudolph will do anything to help himself and Boss Joe and he's done it when there were three loud voices of opposition. Robinson is another county hack with a phony job and Hammeduddin can't be far behind. With two more cronies in their pocket, Rudolph will be able to push even harder to please Boss Joe without any voices to defend Teaneck. You can be sure that Mayor Rudolph will do whatever he can to help county pay-to-play contractors put more money into Boss Joe's pockets with some of it sent back to Rudolph.

Rudolph Wins = Teaneck Loses.

Anonymous said...

Simple numbers for simpletons. Perhaps Team Teaneck can now turn to the ABCs. They will need something to do after they lose.

Anonymous said...

Which candidates in this election did not graduate college? Can they all be from the same team?

Anonymous said...

The council asked for a zero percent budget from the manager and she gave them a 6.8% budget. Rudolph led the effort to push $3 million in bills from this year to next to make it look like we had a zero budget. Even he only claims to have cut $500 thousand in "wasteful spending".

This is his main claim to re-election. The best menu item on Katz's menu was "$0 Municipal Tax Increase for 2008". The only problem is its a lie. They know it's fake and they keep on lying.

There are $3 million in bills that will have to be paid next year. Gas prices are going up. Electric bills are up. Oil bills are up. Medical expenses are up. Everything is up and we have $3 million in bills to pay for.

The gig is up. Rudolph has to go.

Anonymous said...

Tom Abbott and Alan Sohn are very decent people who have been victimized by the fear mongers of Team Teaneck. Both have invested tremendous amounts of time informing the public of town matters and have done so fairly. Vote against fear by throwing Rudolph and Honis out of office.

Anonymous said...

The gap is widening. What will Team Teaneck do? They haven't been able to dig up any dirt on Goldman and Rose, both of whom haven't shown any animosity (perveived or otherwise) toward Orthodox Jews. Rose even worked at Yeshiva Univeristy.

Anonymous said...

They haven't been able to dig up any dirt on....

If your view of politics forms around the presumption that 'having dirt' is the reason you shouldn't vote for a candidate, you have a very dismal view of what could be.

I'm voting for the Candidates that I think will work together for a better future....not the people that have the least amount of dirt.

Cynical Teaneck United.....so cynical!

Anonymous said...

Read the Jewish Voice and Opinion articles and the letters circulating in the Orthodox community from the likes of Yitz Stern and other community leaders. They are intended to scare the Orthodox community into voting for Team Teaneck because otherwise evil elements will dismantle community institutions. It's all false fear and unecessary paranoia.

Team Teaneck consists of the three least distinguished candidates who did not graduate college and are rather inarticulate. The only Orthodox candidate of the bunch has been the most underwhelming member of the current council and has been in trouble for his close connections to party bossess from which he has personally benefitted. Please explain why the Orthodox community, which is populated by so many successful people who have accomplished much and have played a significant part in the development of a non partisan town would support such candidates.

Anonymous said...

The rabbis and leaders of the Orthodox community should publicly disclaim association with the divisive articles about this election that appeared in the Jewish Voice and Opinion.

Anonymous said...

The rabbis and leaders of the Orthodox community should publicly disclaim association with the divisive articles about this election that appeared in the Jewish Voice and Opinion.

Thats a bit of a stretch when the Rabbi of the largest Orthodox congregation in Teaneck was a primary interviewee in this month's JV&O article. He publicly and openly declares his support for Team Teaneck and his disdain at anything that has ever touched Teaneck United. He claims that issues that are of crucial importance to the Orthodox community are at stake in this election (mentioning in particular the eruv and home/synagogue expansions), and that voting for anyone other than Team Teaneck will bring about the end of the Orthodox community.

While I am a member of another synagogue, I was praying by his congregation this Saturday, where he openly and publicly in his sermon declared his support for Elnatan Rudoplh (who was in attendance that morning), followed by a plea for everyone to vote on Tuesday. These are our community leaders?

Anonymous said...

It's truly sad. I don't think the rabbis fully appreciate the responsibility they have in protecting the good name of the community. The picture on the front page of the Jewish Voice and Opinion together with the divisive statements made in the article were terribly embarassing.

Anonymous said...

While I am a member of another synagogue, I was praying by his congregation this Saturday, where he openly and publicly in his sermon declared his support for Elnatan Rudoplh (who was in attendance that morning), followed by a plea for everyone to vote on Tuesday. These are our community leaders?

yeah, you're right. He should publicly proclaim his support for the woman "who is going to the gas chambers, and I choose my words carefully" and the woman who chooses to make private emails public and hates his community.

yeah, thats the ticket!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Toffler does not hate the community. She is a member of a very knowledgeable Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom. She simply raised questions about quality of life that even people within the Orthodox community themselves have raised.

The rabbi should encourage people to vote as part of their civic duty. He has no place telling people in his large congregation who to vote for and he should not be fueling the fake fear and paranoia that has surfaced during this election.

Anonymous said...

There are six candidates other than the gas chamber lady. Other than Robinson the village idiot, all the others are more qualified than Rudolph. It is an embarrassment that a Rabbi would violate his synagogue's tax exemption by endorsing a candidate from the pulpit. Isn't this rabbi also a lawyer?

Anonymous said...

Read the Jewish Voice and Opinion articles and the letters circulating in the Orthodox community from the likes of Yitz Stern and other community leaders.

Whenever someone tries to quote from the "National Enquirer" of Teaneck, they hear from your side all day long about how it's not worth the paper it's written on. But when it suits your intentions, you use it to prop up your bogus arguments.

Also, you can't (all evidence to the contrary) simultaneously prop people up as community leaders and claim that they are trying to use fear and intimidation.

Fear and intimidation would be Laura "I have a switchblade" Zucker sending out illegal campaign literature on behalf of Teaneck United.

Shame on you....you hypocrites!

Anonymous said...

yeah, you're right. He should publicly proclaim his support for the woman "who is going to the gas chambers, and I choose my words carefully" and the woman who chooses to make private emails public and hates his community.

yeah, thats the ticket!


Who said anything about Toffler or Honis? The point is that publicly endorsing (even implicitly) a candidate IN shul, DURRING the drasha ON Shabbos is very, very inappropriate!

He (and any Rabbi) has no business peddling his politics to the congregation. If he endorsed ANY candidate, or said anything at all about the election other than "get out and vote," he has severely compromised his role as a community leader.

I'd be rather hard pressed to find anyone who's vote is entirely dictated by their Rabbi, but the opinion of one's Rabbi as a community leader and as a spiritual leader, does carry a very significant amount of weight when making decisions regarding the election.

He really has completely abused his pulpit by engaging in such speech.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that the rabbi of the largest Orthodox congregation in Teaneck is not a community leader? I think he probably identifies himself as a community leader. Why is he demeaning himself by calling Teaneck United with the name Teaneck Divided?

Anonymous said...

and pastors and ministers never endorse anyone???

ROTFLMAO

Anonymous said...

anon 3:48

After the way they behaved at the Rhodda center and the last council meeting, how can anyone NOT call them Teaneck Divided?

What a dismal display. They wouldn't even listen when others were talking.

Anonymous said...

Rose worked at Yeshiva University? In the library? Children's book section?

Anonymous said...

I got a copy of Loretta Zucker's negative piece on Ferriero in my door. Pretty professional. Almost as good as Audra's mail piece today with all the wasted postage. She would do great with the Township budget.

Anonymous said...

I got a copy of Loretta Zucker's negative piece on Ferriero in my door. Pretty professional. Almost as good as Audra's mail piece today with all the wasted postage. She would do great with the Township budget.

Anonymous said...

Here is part of what Rose submitted to the League of Women Voters.

Howard Rose

Years residing in Teaneck: 28

Occupation: Many people know me as the proprietor of BRIER ROSE BOOKS, a Cedar Lane landmark for over 10 years, where I talk with residents and stay in touch with the pulse of Teaneck. My business experience includes 25 years in College Student Services, from Veteran Affairs Officer at Manhattan College, Director of Financial Aid at the Teaneck Campus of FDU to Student Finance Officer at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law.

Anonymous said...

That's right, Chuck. Ned would also be efficient as a Councilmember. He couldn't even put a "Paid for by" on his lawn signs. Maybe the State will give him a visit.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Minor League Team Teaneck finally found something to go after Goldman. Can't resist the dirty politics, can you?

Anonymous said...

Rudolph is the sole councilmember who can point to $ he has brought in for Teaneck.
Where were Lizette & Monica with their relationship's to bring $ in for this town??

Anonymous said...

Weinberg is a real boss--she bosses for the sake of exercising power. No danger she might actually DO anything for her constituents while she bosses. And that is where Monica has learned how to DO nothing.

Anonymous said...

Major League--Minor League.

Just watch last week's excellent presentation on channel 9 by Team Teaneck and then watch the joke all five of the other candidates produced in yesterday's channel 9 show.

No comparison: Team Teaneck is the Major League Team.

Anonymous said...

Major League--Minor League.

Just watch last week's excellent presentation on channel 9 by Team Teaneck and then watch the joke all five of the other candidates produced in yesterday's channel 9 show.

No comparison: Team Teaneck is the Major League Team.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Alan Sohn has mastered the program for multiple voting over on Teaneck Progress.

Let's see if Goldman/Rose can get as many real votes as Alan has stuffed into Esther's ballot box.

Anonymous said...

Which candidates in the town council election did not graduate college?

Which candidates in the town council election were the most inarticulate at town forums?

Which candidates in the town election include incumbents that have spent most of their time at town council meetings playing with their blackberry and saying virtually nothing?

Which candidates in the town council election work for Boss Joe?

Which candidates in the town council election will benefit from the town hiring specific contractors?

Which candidates in the town council election have sought support from a significant community in the town by fomenting fear in that community?

Let's hear it for Team Teaneck. The minor leaguers in this year's election.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 3:17pm wrote that Rabbi Pruzansky "openly and publicly in his sermon declared his support for Elnatan Rudoplh (who was in attendance that morning), followed by a plea for everyone to vote on Tuesday."

Did this really happen? And what letters have been circulating in the Orthodox community?

Anonymous said...

As to letters circulating in the community, this is the post from anon 9:09 p.m. of May 11 about a letter from Yitz Stern:

Letter is dated May 9, 2008 and presumably sent within the Orthodox community. In it, Stern endorses Rudolph, Hameeduddin and Robinson and states "[o]ur community needs everyone to vote."

The letter includes a rather tongue and cheek statement about diversity in Teaneck. Stern resurfaces his experiences from two years ago, writing: "Two years ago, I was targeted and classified as a 'bigot' for supporting four qualified individuals who happened to be Orthodox." [I didn't know that Gussen was Orthodox!!] Now, Stern claims, he is supporting "three outstanding people, from about as ethnically and religiously diverse backgrounds as one can imagine and I am being attacked in various public forums."

It's as if you can hear Stern chuckling with a you want diversity, I'll give you diversity, as he writes in the next sentence: "It is clear to me that the word 'diversity' is new code word for 'quotas for Orthodox Jews. I need your help."

Yitz: No one wants quotas for Orthodox Jews. We just want the best and most qualified people running our town. If you can run a slate of excellent Orthodox candidates, who are not interested in running on a platform meant to scare the Orthodox community, those candidates will win by the same margins Elie got in the last election.

Stop the fear mongering. GET RID OF HONIS AND RUDOLPH.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Alan Sohn has mastered the program for multiple voting over on Teaneck Progress.

Let's see if Goldman/Rose can get as many real votes as Alan has stuffed into Esther's ballot box.


Are Team Teaneck supporters that pathetic that they have to convince themselves that someone rigged a voting system on a blog, just so they can sleep better knowing that they are still really "ahead" in the standings?

Anonymous said...

Which candidate has been let go by the most colleges without getting tenure?

Which candidate has been fired from numerous teaching jobs in special ed?

Which candidates have the backing of Boss Weinberg?

Which candidate has made up the most lies about her opponents?

Which candidate has begged to be spared the "gas chamber" her colleagues are identified with?

Which candidate has gratuitously attacked a former Councilman who tried to help her out of friendship?

Which candidate wants to change the positive things that the last Council has innovated/

Which candidates want higher taxes?

Which candidate has a history of cheating clients and has claimed all corporations are corrupt?

The candidates who match these questions are running on Teaneck United.

Anonymous said...

Which candidate has been let go by the most colleges without getting tenure?

Which candidate has lied repeatedly about graduating from college?

Anonymous said...

I'll vote for candidates who are doers for Teaneck, not themselves.

Candidates who speak at good and welfare in a "snippy" tone yacking about 15 minutes of TV fame, published books, middle-6 figure jobs, and on and on doesn't answer the WIFM question.

Anonymous said...

"minor league team teaneck"

sounds like Teaneck united is getting really desperate!

Anonymous said...

doesnt surprise me. look at the poll nunbers on the other teaneck blog. Teaneck united looks like they will finish 4th in a 3 team race

Wes said...

Quoted from anonymous above re Elnatan:

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"Fine councilman"????????

"Fine" is one of those empty adjectives people use when they have nothing of substance to say about someone.

Rudolph ... has come across as an inarticulate, uneducated, adolescent lackey of a party boss."
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Anonymous accusers Rudolph's supporters of lack of substance but then herself engages in unsubstantiated ad hominem attacks.

Who was your ethics professor, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

It's not ad hominem. The poster aknowledged that Rudolph may be a nice person. What she said are facts. Rudolph has been the least impressive member of the current council. It is a fact that he did not gradudate college. It's a fac that he has problems expressing himself. It's a fact that he is party of Boss Joe's machine. Those are not ad hominem attacks.

wes said...

Ad hominem = argument via personal attacks instead of on substance.

"Rudolph has been the least impressive member of the current council."

Please explain your evidence for this statement? Impressive is a highly subjective term.

"It is a fact that he did not gradudate college."

Is this what you were referring to by "least impressive"? Educational credentials may be helpful in evaluating unknown candidates, but at this point, Elnatan has a track record in office. Why not judge him on that?

"It's a fac that he has problems expressing himself."

Are you implying he has some type of speech impediment? Should that be used to disqualify him from elected office?

"It's a fact that he is party of Boss Joe's machine."

You accuse him of being a political lackey. That is not a factual, substantive argument.

If you feel Elnatan would not serve his constituents well, I suggest you make your point on the basis of the man's record in office.

Anonymous said...

There is no record. He spend all of his time at council meetings playing with his blackberry. The most that can be said about him is he helped buy a fire truck. Thanks, but we need leaders on the town council not good shoppers.

wes said...

Here is a link to the 4/14 teaneck council meeting. Please show me where Elnatan is playing with his blackberry? I was unable to find it.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6311322942095472042&hl=en

Anonymous said...

Based on the video, other than a smile or two in making a presentaion with good buddy Elie, Rudolph said not one word at that town council meeting. Looks like that meeting involved some pretty important issues but Rudy said not one word. Why?

Anonymous said...

Just go to the meetings. You will see Rudolph other totally bored or playing with his blackberry.

wes said...

What you said was

"He spend all of his time at council meetings playing with his blackberry."

When in fact he does not, as demonstrated by your inability to cite an example in the 4/14 meeting. Shall we say you exaggerated and leave it at that?

Anonymous said...

Wes, my friend, think logically. I didn't say based on the video of the 4/14 council meeting, Rudy spends time playing with blackberry. Rudy has been a council member for two years. There have been many meetings where has has been seen playing with his blackberry and demonstrating total disinterest in what was going on. For all I know, he could have been playing with his blackberry on 4/14 as well. The camera was not focused on him much during all of that meeting.

Let's make sure to vote for the most qualified candidates, like Goldman, Toffler and Rose.

Wes said...

The problem is, when you exaggerate to make your point, it casts doubt on the rest of your statements.

I still have had no response on my earlier points.

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