Mayor McCarthy May Face Foreclosure

Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy is named the defendant in a civil action foreclosure complaint for his home on Whittle Avenue in documents from Essex County’s Superior Court clerk’s office that Baristanet received.

The documents, filed March 25, say that McCarthy owes $612,035.41 originating from a $486,400 mortgage taken out in February 2006.  The number increased because of interest, late charges and other charges that may vary.

Property information for McCarthy’s home on Whittle Avenue in 2009 listed his home value at $385,500.

When asked about the documents, McCarthy said, “I’m not going to comment on it. Enough’s enough.”

McCarthy will be running for reelection tomorrow in the November general elections against Republican John Lazar.

The information about the foreclosure papers were given to us, the day before the election, by a source who wished to remain anonymous. The issue also came up at a Sept. 27 conference meeting, according to Bloomfield Life.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. If you received them from an anonymous source then why do you say the documents are “from the Essex County Superior Court” ?

    Did you verify that they’re legitimate? Are these public documents? Did you give the mayor a chance to respond? If so why is none of that mentioned. We have to assume you did not.

    You guys are on ethical thin ice again.

  2. I see you’ve added since the initial posting, “When asked about the documents, McCarthy said, “I’m not going to comment on it. Enough’s enough.”

  3. This is very interesting.

    We moved to Bloomfield about 16 months ago.

    During our house hunt, we saw the High Street house and made an offer. This was in 2009. It was vacant. Had been on the market for quite a while. The original asking price had been $389k.

    By the time we saw it, the asking was $315k. The house was a short sale sliding toward foreclosure. Along with our RE agent we did some leg work on it and found the name ‘McCarthy’ as owner. Our agent told us that it was owned by the mayor and that she believed it was a family member of the mayor who vacated.

    We ended up not buying the place because there was drama written all over it. There were so many liens on it, that it was taking forever and a day to get it sorted and all the lien holders satisfied.

    The selling agent wanted us to do some changing of monies under the table. Our agent told us that we’d have to find another agent to rep us if we wanted to go that route. She didn’t even have to warn us because we just were plain not interested in any part off the deal.

    We moved on.

    It sold about 7 months later for $295k.

  4. i beg to differ. But I could easily be wrong on the quote.

    So, why do you think these documents are legit? Or (better yet) relevant? According to northjersey.com in the linked article the foreclosure was settled.

  5. ROC, I edited the piece. The quote was in there when I went in. Just because something escaped your notice doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

    As for relevance, that’s up for discussion.

  6. there is no allegation of wrongdoing and it’s a private civil matter, so you don’t apply any relevance filtering to what you print?

  7. We received a copy of the foreclosure notice as part of a mailing by the Bloomfield Republican Committee (Lazar’s team). So it apparently is public record. However, unless we know that it has anything to do with the downtown or some other related issue, I don’t see why McCarthy’s private problems should play a part in our decision in the voting booth.

  8. i’m just confused about the facts. the simple facts. The Bloomfiled LIfe says the foreclosure was settled in Jan 2009. So perhaps these papers are just the old filing? Are they even active? Is it the residual of the unpaid loan after the sale?

    I mean if this has any relevance then the facts should be outlined.

  9. Marlene makes it look as if the High St house was under foreclosure, and the above article says Whittle St is under foreclosure. Are/were both houses under foreclosure.

    I don’t think this story will impact the election. Were there still a lot of people who hadn’t made up their mind yet?

  10. You “edited” the piece, Debbie? In the vein of, say, Ben Bradlee going over the work of Woodward and Bernstein?

    I have a hard time seeing posts on Baristanet as ever truly edited. Or generally even fact checked. If they are edited, I’d sure hate to see the raw copy.

    One might also opine that a photo of McCarthy’s home is somewhat intrusive. The picture isn’t even captioned, and someone else’s post clouds the issue by referring to houses on both High and Whittle streets. So which is it?

    Ah, the heady rush of offering up “citizen journalism,” eh?

  11. In other words… “Local man struggles to make ends meet during recession”… I doubt this revelation will have the impact the Lazar camp thinks it will. If anything it may hurt them, I’m sure McCarthy is not the only one having trouble paying bills right now. Publishing this story and attempting to make this an election issue less than 24hrs before the polls open seems in poor taste, considering the papers were filed in March.

  12. The house has a massive tree in the front yard. The roof was not in the best of shape. All things we considered when deciding whether to make an offer – how much work & moola it would take.

    Whoever ended up buying it, we always wondered if they’d take down the tree. (they didn’t, but they did do a new roof) Basically, we sometimes kept an eye out when we were on High.

    So we knew exactly when in ’09 the house sold – in the summer – and it’s even confirmed propertyshark.com – it was even in the Thursday ‘homes sold’ section of the paper.

    It just seem odd to me where the article mentions the Whittle foreclosure being settled in Jan ’09 – the mayor saying he sold the High house to pay/settle the Whittle matter.

  13. Here’s my guess Marlene. The house Whittle house was foreclosed and sold in January but did not fetch enough to pay off the entire mortgage. So in order to clear the matter up the other house was sold to pay the balance I the summer of 09.

    It’s only a guess bit fits the facts at hand.

    Too bad no one seems interested in anything but the campaign muck.

  14. Yes – I suppose that could be the case indeed.

    Anyway – I have no stones to throw – not trying to berate nor inflate the mayor. It’s just an interesting story to me seeing as how we had some involvement in the High property.

  15. 1. No, this is not an copy of an “old” filing. This was filed in 2010.

    2. The campaign piece shows the first page of the document – the papers filed in court. It’s legit.

  16. In the spirit of bringing up things that have nothing to do with candidate positions, qualifications and statements, how about reporting on the recently released photo of Mr. Lazar at a local gentleman’s club, that was taken last week. I find it interesting that the barista is only running negative stories about McCarthy. There is no mention of the money approved to build a parking deck in town that will not only make development easier but increase the amount of commuters to the city, thus increasing a need for shops and restaurants to service those commuters.

    The Republican line talks all negative and attacks the Democrats while lacking any plan beyond criticism. They attack the Mayor for the tax increases while looking at their numbers in a vacuum. No accounting for the recession, cuts in state aid, increased costs, county and state tax increases, etc. They also forget that the tax increases that did take place were approved by the WHOLE council. That includes the four council members (two of whom lost their seats in the primary) backing the Republicans (Spychala, Barker, Maly, Joanow). No mention of their role in the town’s economic issues is there? And yet, even with their hostility after losing their council seats and contributing to the town’s economic issues the Republican candidates are welcoming them with open arms.

    But there’s more. Don’t forget the “beautiful” campaign signs all over town from the Lazar camp that have two different numbers on them making them look tagged by a math crazed delinquent. Couldn’t they get their facts straight or did they take the same math classes that got McCarthy into “his trouble”? After the outstanding fact checking they did before putting up their signs, the Republicans sent out mailings with misspellings, lack of punctuation and third-grade grammar mistakes. Now they aren’t limiting themselves to incompetence in math, but they lack simple third-grade grammar skills.

    The mayor’s personal financial situation has nothing to do with the town. Some will say it speaks to his competency with money, but dealing with personal finances has nothing to do with being mayor when it pays a total of $12,000 a year. The man (any man or woman) can work their hardest and have bad luck in their personal lives, yet have the opposite happen in their jobs. How many residents have lost their jobs in the last three, six or nine years? How many homes are in foreclosure now or have been in that same time frame? Are all of these people “bad” as the Republicans have painted McCarthy? How does the mayor’s financial issues rate against a candidate and possible township mayor that frequents a gentleman’s club (during his campaign yet) with a shady past of shootings and possible prostitution? The same candidate that pushed through the township zoning board approval to build condos next to Brookdale School (see Baristanet THURSDAY, MAR 30, 2006) after area residents spoke out against it. The same candidate that insulted township residents after he lost his last bid for office.

    From my seat I’d rather take the guy with poor personal decisions than one with questionable ethics in both his personal and professional lives, and a disregard for the residents he hopes to govern.

  17. Re the “beautiful signs” – Look at the charts on the republicans’ website (www.bloomfieldsfuture.com). You will see that through 2009 (8 years of McCarthy as mayor) the municipal share of taxes had risen to 85%. The republicans estimated that once the 2010 taxes (McCarthy’s last year) had been set after the budget was (finally) passed, the increase in municipal taxes would be at least 90%. However, after the budget passed, it turns out the tax increase was actually (nearly) 104%, so stickers were placed on the signs to show the total result of McCarthy’s nine years as mayor!

    Where are McCarthy’s figures to support his fairy tale that municipal taxes increased only 62%? Nothing in his literature, nothing on his website. Therefore, nothing to back it up.

    At first thought, I, too, didn’t like their using McCarthy’s foreclosure in an ad. However, when you delve into it further, this property that’s valued in the $300,000 range has a debt of over $600,000. How does that happen, other than through irresponsible fiscal management?

    As for the democrats who are supporting the republicans, let’s face it. McCarthy and Company have a horrific relationship with Spychala and Company. Was there ever any doubt that Spychala, etc would NOT support McCarthy in the election. What should the republicans do? Say, “No, thanks, we don’t want you to encourage your supporters to support us by crossing the party line.” In fact, the republicans have stated multiple times that they want to represent BLOOMFIELD, not only the “republicans of Bloomfield.”

    Gentleman’s club. Wow. I’m not saying it’s something I encourage, but this is 2010, not 1910! Scarlett Letter, anyone?

    Finally, those darn condos next to Brookdale school! Hello? They blend in with the neighborhood. Would you have preferred the strip mall that the owner could have installed WITHOUT zoning approval? You defend McCarthy as being but one vote on a board (council). Lazar was but one vote on a board (zoning).

    All of this aside, however, I won’t vote for McCarthy because I think he’s rude and sarcastic. I’m not talking about in the council room with his “enemies” – I’m talking about his general character. Oh, he can put on a show when he wants to, but he is not a nice person, in my opinion.

  18. In the spirit of bringing up things that have nothing to do with candidate positions, qualifications and statements, how about reporting on the recently released photo of Mr. Lazar at a local gentleman’s club, that was taken last week.

    Because it has nothing to do with the campaign. Lazar is running for mayor, not Pope.

    McCarthy’s bankruptcy(s), on the other hand, have become public knowledge and recently noteworthy because of coverage in the local press and as fodder for a campaign mailer. Besides, the Barita’s post on this does not relate it to the campaign at all, except to mention that McCarthy is running against Lazar in the election. The Barista’s offered no commentary on how McCarthy’s bankruptcy(s) pertain to his “positions, qualifications and statements”.

    I find it interesting that the barista is only running negative stories about McCarthy.

    Stories? This is one post, and it can’t even really be considered a “story”. It simply regurgitates an item that is a matter of public record and public knowledge.

    And I disagree that they run only “negative” stories about McC. The other day there was an post about the nifty blue recycling barrels that Joe D is giving out to all the towns, starting with Bloomfield, coincidentally. It even included a photo of McC posing with all the free barrels he gets to give away.

    There is no mention of the money approved to build a parking deck in town that will not only make development easier but increase the amount of commuters to the city, thus increasing a need for shops and restaurants to service those commuters.

    Now you’re just shilling.

    The Republican line talks all negative and attacks the Democrats while lacking any plan beyond criticism.

    I heard many specifics from the Republican slate at the Candidate’s Forum, while all I mostly heard from the Democrats were patronizing platitudes and cliches.

    They attack the Mayor for the tax increases while looking at their numbers in a vacuum. No accounting for the recession, cuts in state aid, increased costs, county and state tax increases, etc.

    Taxes have increased substantially each of the nine years that McCarthy has been mayor. This record demonstrates a lack of creative leadership in dealing with these financial challenges, which are only going to get worse in the short term.

    They also forget that the tax increases that did take place were approved by the WHOLE council. That includes the four council members (two of whom lost their seats in the primary) backing the Republicans (Spychala, Barker, Maly, Joanow). No mention of their role in the town’s economic issues is there? And yet, even with their hostility after losing their council seats and contributing to the town’s economic issues the Republican candidates are welcoming them with open arms.

    Because the Line B candidates are not running against those people in this election, that’s why. Besides, politics makes for strange bedfellows, as the saying goes.

    But there’s more. Don’t forget the “beautiful” campaign signs all over town from the Lazar camp that have two different numbers on them making them look tagged by a math crazed delinquent. Couldn’t they get their facts straight or did they take the same math classes that got McCarthy into “his trouble”?

    Perhaps the two numbers are because under the McCarthy administration, it gets worse all the time?

    After the outstanding fact checking they did before putting up their signs, the Republicans sent out mailings with misspellings, lack of punctuation and third-grade grammar mistakes. Now they aren’t limiting themselves to incompetence in math, but they lack simple third-grade grammar skills.

    Much of the campaign literature I see from both sides is pretty atrocious. Yet all of this pales in comparison to Bernard Hamilton’s incomprehensible strings of non-sequiturs. When it comes to mangling the English language, Hamilton is Bloomfield’s own version of GW Bush.

    The mayor’s personal financial situation has nothing to do with the town. Some will say it speaks to his competency with money,

    Yes, it does.

    but dealing with personal finances has nothing to do with being mayor when it pays a total of $12,000 a year.

    Plus the health benefits he has fought so hard to retain, claiming that he works full-time as mayor. Now we see why.

    The man (any man or woman) can work their hardest and have bad luck in their personal lives, yet have the opposite happen in their jobs. How many residents have lost their jobs in the last three, six or nine years? How many homes are in foreclosure now or have been in that same time frame? Are all of these people “bad” as the Republicans have painted McCarthy?

    “Bad”? No, although that’s a rather childish manner in which to characterize the opposition to McCarthy. The fact is that McCarthy has been mayor for nine years. Nine years is long enough for anyone to hold that office, no matter who it is. And, the fact is that municipal property taxes have increased substantially under McCarthy’s watch. Although some may argue about small differences in the rate increase, the fact remains that they have gone way up. I’ve only been here for four years and the municipal portion of my property tax has increased by 35%. At that rate, there will be many more of us losing our homes in Bloomfield because we can no longer afford to keep them.

    How does the mayor’s financial issues rate against a candidate and possible township mayor that frequents a gentleman’s club (during his campaign yet) with a shady past of shootings and possible prostitution?

    Assuming it’s a legal establishment then where he goes and what he does in his private life is his own business.

    The rest of all that is just a slimy attempt to create guilt by association to incidents which you merely speculate may have occurred.

    Beside, I suspect there is a lot more whoring going on at Bloomfield Township hall these days than in any so-called “Gentleman’s Club”.

    The same candidate that pushed through the township zoning board approval to build condos next to Brookdale School (see Baristanet THURSDAY, MAR 30, 2006) after area residents spoke out against it.

    If Lazar as an individual could assert that much control over the entire board, then he’s probably the ideal candidate to put foot-to-ass on our dysfunctional township council.

    Besides, considering that the Broad St property was zoned for business, I think the tastefully designed apartment building that was built was much better and far less intrusive than other things that could have been approved to be built there. And just because some residents speak out against something doesn’t mean that those people always get there way.

    The same candidate that insulted township residents after he lost his last bid for office.

    Considering that I was one of the fools who voted for McCarthy the last time around, he was merely speaking the truth. I won’t be fooled again.

    From my seat I’d rather take the guy with poor personal decisions than one with questionable ethics in both his personal and professional lives, and a disregard for the residents he hopes to govern.

    “Questionable ethics in both his personal and professional lives?” Such as? Now you’re just shilling again. And if anyone has a “disregard for the residents”, it’s the mayor under whose watch we have been hit with an average 8% property tax increase year after year after year.

  19. Woohoo Pork Roll. Well said.

    I would add that the so called pictures of Lazar at the strip joint don’t look like him and that I think they are photoshopped in any case. There is also the matter of the so called “Lazar daughter” who has been posting trash on NJ.com.

    Can you say character asssasination. It’s McCarthy’s style.

    You are correct about the Brookdale apartments. I was initially against them and against Lazar for allowing them. They do fit into the neighborhood.

    The latest McCarthy missive arrived today and took full credit for environmental projects that have only been worked on by town councilman Nick Joanow who has NOT been campaigning for McCarthy.

    Again it’s McCarthy’s style as is the fact that paid “volunteers” who have no relationship with Bloomfield have fanned out over town campaigning for McCarthy. It makes me wonder who is financing this campaign and what have they been promised if McCarthy wins. There’s a lot of money to be spentand made on the downtown redevelopment including the $50,000,000.00 parking garage that is reportedly going to have condos above it and a row of stores below- I’m having trouble picturing it and wonder why more condos are needed when condos aren’t selling.

    Please remember to vote! Polls are open from 6am.

  20. There have been multiple sheriff sale notices.

    This is the second one on the Whittle Ave property in three years.

    Star Ledger on 4/23/08 published a Sheriff Sale of 168 Whittle Ave for a judgment of $556,516.52.

    Star Leger on 6/10/09 published a Sheriff Sale of 9 High St for $371.439.08, together with other costs including $10,848.26 IN TAXES!

    Then in March of 2010, a judgment of $612,035 against the Whittle Ave property.

    During the Candidates Forum, he said he sold his home, then in one of the Bloomfield Life articles, he said he sold one house to pay for the other. How do you lose money on the sale of a house and use the loss to refinance loans worth close to a million dollars?

    This is not your typical guy who is down on his luck who can’t make a couple mortgage payments after he has been out of work for three years. This is the Mayor of Bloomfield and this is a record over three years of financial malfeasance, tax evasion and election fraud fines. You don’t think that is relevant to an election? This is the guy who is asking you to trust him with multi-million dollar real estate deals, and a $66 million budget!

    To sum up his skills and qualifications for Mayor: he has so many tricks up his sleeve he can dodge those pesky regulators, those pesky lawyers, and those snoopy reporters who keep bringing up accountability and responsibility, he has a sense of entitlement to the extent that he is beyond the responsibilities of having to pay taxes and mortgage payments, he has a facility with obfuscation and a craft in spinning anything bad into being someone else’s fault, he seems to take pride in being able to get away with as much as possible while surrounding himself with followers, and he comes up with creative financing plans to pay election fraud fines, and legal fees for law suits against him and for ones he’s brought against other people while convincing people he’s a great guy and he’ll do good things for them – the next time. Are these qualities of a mayor or of a sociopath?

    Sounds like just the guy to weasel a deal with a developer who wants to build a Wall Mart in Bloomfield, or one who wants to buy our water system or our sewerage system, or who can convince unions he’s going to provide 600 jobs for them.

  21. I’m not a fan of delving into to someone’s personal life but something like a bankruptcy or foreclosure is relevant because you are entrusting this person with your cities finances. If he can’t do it home what makes you think he can do it in city hall?

  22. I’ll try to give my response, based on MY OPINION, in one posting without addressing individuals and their individual statements.

    I am not saying that McCarthy is the best, but he is better. While some of you find him sarcastic, rude, etc., I have had the exact experience with Lazar. The condos next to Brookdale may “fit in” as some of you claim, but you miss the point of the process and people it ignored. While Lazar was head of the zoning board, he pushed it hard and ignored the residents’ comments.

    Nick Joanow has been a very aggressive and dedicated councilman to the township.

    My comment about the signs has two points. 1-They are amateur looking and ugly with the two numbers. They give the appearance of a team that couldn’t get it right. As for the accuracy of the numbers, that are up looked at in a vacuum, why not use white paint and paint over them? The numbers themselves come into questions because they give the impression Bloomfield is the only town with these issues when in fact thirteen other county municipalities have seen HIGHER increases over nine years. McCarthy is one vote on the council and anything presented to or by the council must pass with a majority vote. Furthermore, the budget and increases come from the town administrator and finance director with “input” from the council. Accuracy counts toward establishing reliability. Had the Republican platform stated “taxes have risen under the Democratically controlled council with McCarthy as mayor” I wouldn’t have had a problem because that would be true. In contrast, at the forum he came up with numbers from something he was sitting on. They were ridiculously low and imagined.

    Along with that the man’s personal finances have nothing to do with the job. Money matters in the town come from the administrator and finance director. Anything the mayor proposes goes through them first for viability. And again, I mention how others have had trouble with their personal situations ( I know I have ) but he isn’t kept to the same standard. He may have made mistakes at home, he may have taken out second or third mortgages for personal reasons or to help family. I don’t know, but neither does anyone else. Again, it is looking at something in a vacuum.

    As for Lazar’s photo it was not photoshopped. It is him. In defense of the photographer I can’t say how I know these things. (I know it sounds shady but I’m sorry I have to protect him). Had this been McCarthy you would not brand him or give him a scarlet letter. You would have had him burned at the stake. Just like many people tried to do with Rockwell and his photos. However, it does go to ethical decision making for some, especially when actively trying to run for public office. If the man enjoys going to those establishments that is his choice. A smart man would go to one in another area or get Pay-Per-View.. Again, a smart man. ( I will respond to one statement here by Pork Roll. Your comment “The rest of all that is just a slimy attempt to create guilt by association to incidents which you merely speculate may have occurred,” is, I assume, addressing the shooting and prostitution I mentioned. That is not speculation and was reported in the Bloomfield Life, Star Ledger and I believe here on this site. )

    There is no reaching when it comes to the parking garage. With increased commuters driving to the train station for their commute rather than take DeCamp or driving in, there will be a market for businesses. That is fact. The opportunities will grow with the daily population increase. This is different than building a convention center and hotel. Nobody in their right mind is going to come to Bloomfield when they have New York, AC, Baltimore, Boston, Mohegan Sun, Philly and others with established centers, nightlife and restaurants. The area could use a small hotel since the only others are in West Orange or Clifton, but it won’t do anything for developing the downtown.

    I know we all have our opinions and I appreciate the time and opportunity to present them here for an adult debate of sorts. That is something greatly missing on NJ.com forums.

    Happy election day, enjoy the changing leaves and season, and I hope you all have a happy and healthy end to 2010.

  23. Pork roll – great response. Hope you don’t mind, I’m going to forward your post in an email to my friends and neighbors regarding this election. Thanks!

  24. “how about reporting on the recently released photo of Mr. Lazar at a local gentleman’s club,”

    lol.

    Is that why his plans include a No-tell Hotel in the center ?

  25. And if you vote at the Watsessing Elementary School be sure to pick up a baked good or two. Sales benefit the Home and School Association. Very tasty selection.

  26. My friend was denied a job at a bank last month because she has a lien on her truck. While I don’t agree with credit checks to get jobs, this is done because people in situations such as that (liens/foreclosures/etc) are more likely to steal or do shady things to get that money they so desperately need. When you apply this to McCarthy, who is just mad shady in general, it makes this story extremely relevant.

  27. Bleveman,

    Regarding the signs, it is not bad math. But perhaps a failed attempt at irony or humor.

    When the signs were posted shortly after the primary, the tax increase was at 90%. Shortly thereafter, as you noted, the council approved another increase, thus the update to the signs. My guess is they are trying to demonstrate that the increases are continuing.

    To whomever questioned or questions what McCarthy’s personal finances have to do with being mayor? Uh….they demonstrate fiscal responsibility, or in this case, lackthereof.

    Pretty clear cut to me.

    Unfortunately, just like many other elections there is no clear winner here. What we do have is someone with a 9 year history of doing, well, what he did. Or a chance for change.

    Aren’t there any retired business execs out there who have surely lost their job recently? I know Bloomfield doesn’t have the same glitz as Linda is receiving in CT, but we could surely pose a challenge for the right individual.

    Anyone? Please?

  28. Bleveman, love your post, I really do, but one more thing: if McCarthy isn’t “responsible” for the taxes as you point out, merely that he contributes to what is decided by the administrator and finance director, then he should not mention the ability to “decrease” or “stop an increase” in campaign talk.

    By including that in his talk track, McCarthy (and any other) suggest a decision-making authority.

  29. The town council votes on the budget- nothing is decided by the administrator and finance director. The Mayor in effect has an extra vote since he has claimed the VETO.

    McCarthy’s campaign website says:
    Implement sensible changes to municipal budget to reduce financial burden on Bloomfield residents

    Funny but Hamilton now claims to be on the Recycling Committee when he isn’t – it’s been Joanow all the time

    “Having implemented several “small but important” township initiatives, Hamilton (also a planning board member) says he has fought hard to preserve recreation programs, recruit grant writers and further the efforts of the recycling committee (of which he is also a member).

    “We were able to reestablish heighted recycling standards in the township,” said Hamilton, 48, of the committee.”

    https://www.northjersey.com/news/94392954_Familiar_faces_on_McCarthy_s_slate.html

    That’t the McCarthy way- take credit for averything good that others do an don’t take responsibility for your own actions.

  30. I feel bad for not availing myself of an opportunity for free entertainment that it appears our town council meetings have apparently become. They sound incredibly mean-spirited and toxic and it’s a small wonder we’re in such a mess. I don’t see how they find time to get any work done with all the muckraking.

    I’ve been in this area 20 years and some of these names have been in local politics all this time. Maybe we need a “six degrees of separation” type of term limits where nobody with any connection to a current official is allowed to run. Of course in a town this size that could be tough.

    I can’t for the life of me imagine who they think is going to stay in a hotel in Bloomfield Center

  31. Just swung by the Oakwood School to cast my vote. Thought it was very strange that Mr. Mayor McCarthy — looking extremely nervous — was standing just off to the side of the poll workers watching events transpire. I just could not bring myself to vote for him, but neither could I bring myself to vote for a Republican. I abstained on my votes for mayor and council members. First time in my life I’ve ever done such a thing.

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