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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Millions Wasted on Legal Fees, Costly Lawsuits Under Republican Control

Montag, Sudler, Suleiman & McElwee
(GALLOWAY) Under Republican control of Galloway, the Township has wasted millions of dollars on legal fees and unnecessary lawsuits, according to the Restore Galloway Team of Councilman Jim McElwee, Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler and Mike Suleiman.
"We could have done so much with the millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on legal fees and settlements," said McElwee, Montag, Sudler and Suleiman. "We cannot afford four more years of the Republican administration."
Since 2004, the Republicans in charge of Galloway Township have spent over $1.8 million on attorneys and legal fees. This number does not include legal services through the Atlantic County Joint Insurance Fund (JIF). This year alone, Galloway Township has spent almost $100,000 on attorneys.
Here is what $1.8 million could have bought Galloway Township:
  • 42 police officers (starting salary approx. $42,000) or
  • 78 public works employees (starting salary approx. $23,000) or
  • Restoration in bulk pickup 14 times over (approx $125,000) or
  • 39 Galloway teachers ($45,684 starting salary for a Galloway teacher) or
  • 9000 potholes filled (approx. $200 per pothole)
"If elected, we pledge to make township government more transparent so we don't have to be plagued with requests for government records," said the Restore Galloway Team.
The Restore Galloway Team's plan to end this wasteful spending includes:
  • Posting meeting minutes and videos of Council meetings on the Township website to cut down on government records requests
  • Removing the unnecessary and costly need to have attorneys look at every records request
  • Promoting an open dialogue with Township employees so any personnel issues can be alleviated rather than litigated.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Republican Council under Don Purdy cost the Township $500,000 is settlements in lawsuits by two employees that were on his hit list to get rid off. I'm sure Purdy negotiated well for Bonanni so he didn't have another $250,000 settlement under his belt. Purdy uses the taxpayers money to further advance his personal vendetta's.

Anonymous said...

Don Purdy used to be for the safety of the community including supporting our Volunteer Fire Companies and Police. Now since Purdy came in office we lost essential personnel in the Fire Company, surprise attacks of private investigations, loss of police officers forced to retire and leave with no backfill plan in place and is now pulling out his cracker jack box of tricks trying to remind people of the favors owed to him. DON PURDY the public, its fire fighters and police owe you NOTHING so stop asking.

Anonymous said...

The R's just keep taking care of there own,Purdy could of never built those businesses if he wasn't the mayor so what does that tell ya. We can not keep going in this direction ,we have to stop the good ole boy network and put the people that live here first . If you care about this twp you have to get out and vote for change.

Anonymous said...

The legal fees exist because the Township doesn't know how to handle personnel issues. It's amazing to see how much record requests revealed yet the Township has to hire multiple attorneys to review requests. Thousands of dollars wasted on purchase of equipment than no one uses yet the Police are forced to drive in vehicles that are unsafe to drive. Priorities to this council are backwards. Personal friend appointments by the Mayor including his personal attorney for nothing more than to get information for himself. Amazing no one can see the true intentions of Purdy until its revealed. I just want to know what is the Restore Galloway Team going to do when former employees including the former clerk have sued the Township again for Purdy's latest attacks and tirades.

Anonymous said...

Where are Purdy's running mates? They've got nothing to say, they're letting Purdy take all the heat and hoping they can sneak in the back door. THEY ALL HAVE TO GO OR NOTHING WILL CHANGE

Anonymous said...

This teams needs a bigger plan. Legal fees are the main culprit but so are other things. The Township already redesigned the website so that is off the books and getting rid of an attorney reviewing records, I thought that was already done when the Republican Chairman's attorney resigned. A better look in handling personnel issues needs to be done. Don't mention JIF around Purdy because he can't talk about it. I wonder why?!?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

I think the Purdy running mates don't want anything to do with him. None of them that I can see have come out to defend him. Heck it's survival of the fittest for them. Purdy gets targeted they look like saints, except for Gargione.

Anonymous said...

I looked at the OPRA Log and it seems the Twp might cut costs if they just put everything this website OPRA's on the Township's website. It looks like particular people are costing the Twp by OPRA'ing what already is OPRA'd. I can see the reason for a news website to OPRA, but if everyone want's those documents they should just wait for the news to publish them. Some need to be more cognizant of costing the municipality money especially when they don't live in town.

Anonymous said...

Not sure what Galloway Teachers have anything to do with the municipal budget. Maybe fact checkers need to be in order before you release numbers that do not affect a budget your talking about.

Anonymous said...

One solution, do not vote for Don Purdy or any of his affiliates. When he loses, recall Tony Coppola next. All problems solved.

Anonymous said...

I think it is difficult to just blame our current mayor for ALL the problems, especially when it comes to lawsuits. Is he a part of the problem, you bet, a big part, but not the only part. For too many years the Republicans have pushed through unqualified candidates that all have their own personal agenda, that has nothing to do with Galloway. Don't forget that we had a councilman at the center of all the lawsuits, run away and hide in another municipality. Making up some ridiculous excuse about not being able to find a house. He was and is a coward. His candidacy was just a gift to the unions from a weak group of Republicans. And that gift has cost the taxpayers of Galloway. You cannot just blame one person. The entire group from the County Chairman to the municipal chairperson are to blame. Further, replacing one unqualified hack with another is just like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Just like our country, this what happens when you put unqualified people in a position of power. Our Mayor could not do this much damage all on his own, he has had help.

Anonymous said...

The mayor doesn't do anything on his own. He gathers his buddies to do the work for him. He is the main proponent for why Galloway is in such bad shape. He may not be on the forefront to project himself as the main culprit, but rest assured, he is.

Anonymous said...

Sure, that 1.8 million is alot of money that was paid over a time period of 10 years and is wasted money. Maybe it could pay for 42 police officers, but only for ONE year and that's only if your not giving them any benefits. Then after a year you'd have to lay them all off because the 1.8 million is now gone. In reality that 1.8 million might pay for 2 officers to be employed over the period of 10 years after you factor in the their raises/promotions/benefits. Apply the same math to the other numbers listed and you'll have similar numbers. Sure, 42 extra police or 39 extra teachers sounds impressive and those numbers catch peoples attention, but it's a sensationalized number and nowhere near reality.

Anonymous said...

I love how the Republican water carriers come in and claim that wasting 1.8 million is no big deal and try to justify it. Try this, 1.8 million would pay our illustrious council and our Mayor's salary for the next 31 years. Still want to try and make excuses and act like it is no big deal?
I don't know what is worse, the do nothing council or the idiots that support and protect them.

Anonymous said...

The reality is money has been wasted. We are not going to get it back unless Purdy Co. LLC and fellow Republican professionals, contracts and whoever else Purdy gave contracts to, give it back. Purdy claimed in 2012 that he was going to turn the Township around, get rid of the negativity that has plagued the Township in media and press stories over the past couple years. I guess Purdy didn't realize he was the reason for the press stories then and he is the reason for the press stories now. The guy will never learn because those with the mentality that can 'beat the odds' will always push the limits until they fall off the cliff. He has embarrassed employees, current and former until he feels his foot crushed the bugs. Now these bugs are fighting back to really show the public what Don Purdy has done.

Anonymous said...

Millions were wasted on more than legal fees. Mayor Don Purdy knows where that money went to. Lets see, he used Township money to try and get rid of the Twp's Zoning Officer. That landed a lawsuit settlement of $250,000. He also got rid of two former Managers, Gougher and Tees. Oh wait, and Bonanni. And cost taxpayer money to fix a door he broke at the complex when he slammed it in Bonanni's face. Lets also not forget the former Clerk Lisa Tilton garnering $250,000 also by the hands of Purdy. Well two years of publicity I guess wasn't enough for Don. Whatcha doing now Don? Hmm. Looking for more publicity of OH Poor Don. I call BS on that. Sorry. I hope you publish this comment in full because its the truth. The list is to long to name everyone on the Purdy List and its still going. Stop paying for Purdy's vendettas and vote him out in November.

Den Klein*

Anonymous said...

Stockton college takes over NexGen park yet we can't get a PILOT agreement with Stockton ironed out? Way to go Galloway! http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/galloway/stockton-takes-over-nextgen-research-park-renames-it/article_c8daf2f8-209d-11e3-a6ff-001a4bcf887a.html

Anonymous said...

The Restore Galloway Team's plan to promote "an open dialogue with Township employees so any personnel issues can be alleviated rather than litigated" sounds like don't lay off anyone and give them whatever they want.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell our pleasantly plump mayor to take a hike!

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