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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Carla Katz Has Big Plans

Carla Katz, president of the largest state employee’s union, won a construction exemption from the Department of Environmental Protection, where the union she leads has a strong presence.

The Katz exemption allows the union president to build an addition and make other improvements in a region of Hunterdon County where the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act severely limits development.

Katz is president of Local 1034 of the Communications Workers of America, which represents 9,000 state workers — including 2,379 in the DEP's 3,450-member work force.
The cash strapped Carla Katz has some big plans for the house:

Alexandria Township Building Department records show Katz wants to add a three-to-five-room addition, lay a new driveway, build a deck, dig a swimming pool and install a new septic system.
Is Carla Katz still receiving support from Senator Corzine? Corzine campaign spokesman Tom Shea refused to answer that question, saying: "He's just chosen not to discuss a private relationship."

More on the Corzine-Katz Financial Deals:
The Corzine - Katz Deal: The Best Of Both Worlds
Why Did Corzine Forgive The Loan To Carla Katz?
Corzine, Carla Katz And An Odd House Transaction Near D.C.


At 8:57 AM, Anonymous njcons said...

I think you got this one wrong.
According to the highlands act, under permited actions is the following:

1. The construction of a single family house for an individual’s own use or the use of an immediate family member, on a lot owned by the individual on the date of enactment, or on a lot under contract on or before May 17, 2004 [Sec. 30.a.(1)] as well as any improvement to a single family dwelling in existence on the date of enactment, including an addition, garage, shed, driveway, porch, deck, patio, swimming pool, or septic system. [Sec. 30.a.(5)].


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

The real point of the post: Who is paying for Katz to build a three-to-five-room addition, a new driveway, a new deck, a new swimming pool and a new septic system? Given Katz' income, her rent and other expenses associated with living in a luxury apartment in Hoboken plus the house and property she wishes to improve; it doesn't seem possible for her to swing it all without financial assistance.

In terms of Katz winning an exemption - we quoted the APP report linked in this post exactly, so we are not "wrong on this one". We did not express an opinion on the Katz DEP exemption matter. We'll let those responsible for building permits and DEP exemptions to sort it out.

We might also have included the following quotes, from the same report linked in our post about the Katz exemption, the DEP term for the Katz construction permit, not ours. "Mary Helen Cervantes, a spokeswoman for the DEP, insisted Katz won the Highlands exemption fairly." Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club said: "We believe exemptions are given out too arbitrarily".

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

I understood the point of the post. My point is that the implied impropriety is not really there. If it's speculating about her personal finaces and Corzines role in them you need to move in a different direction.

P.S. Tittel is an ass. Look at his quote yesterday in the Ledger about the bear hunt. He's the one that drove the highlands act, which, in my estimation, is the an unconstituional land grab by the State of New Jersey in the name of public purpose rather than public use. It takes the value of peoples land and does not compensate them.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

NJ Cons,
It appears to us Corzine was trying to cover-up his financial assistance to Katz and we assume he must have a compelling reason for his actions. Otherwise why include similar personal loans on his senate financial disclosures, as required by senate ethics rules, and not the one to Katz?

If Corzine is providing additional financial assistance to Katz, he may well have been required to disclose this too. We happen to find it odd Corzine provided Katz the money as a gift after the two were no longer dating and if he is still supporting Katz financially, we find that stranger still.

What’s your explanation for Corzine’s actions? Please don't tell us, it's "just about sex".

Lie to a federal grand jury and obstruct justice – "it’s just about sex". Against all odds, causally mention the code word "Machiavelli" to the person you're trying to extort a bribe, place an unqualified friend in major state homeland security position, and on and on – no problem. All is forgiven because –"it’s just about sex".

Do you see a pattern to this excuse? As long as a politician's unethical or unlawful behavior also includes sexually activity, the public is required to give the guy a "get out of jail free" card.

We believe character matters and provides a window into how someone will behave if elected. We suggest people continue to follow the money.

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

I agree with your instncts on this. The Hoboken connection, not reporting the "gift" on his disclosure forms ect... I also agree that Character matters (a lot!). I think that Corzine is a bumbling prep school fool who for the first time is playing with street smart kids and losing all the marbles. His actions are klutzy. They look like the actions of a man who is getting bad advise from the people surounding him because they are not his people but someone elses (Torcelli?).

Either way he is unqualified for Governor.

P.S. Actually, the way he was forced out of Glodman makes me think that his partners thought he was unqualified to be the CEO there.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

NJ Cons,

Glad we're on the same wave length.
Should articles from the APP and the Star-Ledger prove to be false concerning the Katz exemption and her home expansion plans, then we were had. With more than one paper as our source we felt we were on solid ground with our post.

Lately we have decided to link to the APP, whenever possible, because their articles remain online, the Ledger’s articles vanish, resulting in broken links.

We have since posted a big excerpt from today’s Ledger about the matter. The Ledger is hardly a friend to Republicans, so if their reporters are still on the story, we’re not going to ignore the reports as Senator Corzine would hope.

Yes, we agree – a failed CEO with big spending plans for the state is the last person New Jersey needs as a Governor.

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous NJCONS said...

By the way, since the Ledger has gotten a new publisher (George Arwady sp?) they have gotten tougher on all parties on corruption in the state. The SCC, Corzine and even Forrester articles are good. The op/ed page is still too liberal, but they get the point on corruption.

P.S. Off for vacation. Keeep the faith.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

NJ Cons,

Enjoy your vacation!

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

"I think that Corzine is a bumbling prep school fool who for the first time is playing with street smart kids and losing all the marbles. "

Very insightful, as well as the remarks about the nature/motives of the advice he is getting. I had been thinking along similar lines but had never put it that way.

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The major conflict of interest here is not with Corzine but with Katz. She is currently running for office as CWA 1034 local president. Can she do this with a straight face after having just taken a half a million dollar gift from the next governor?

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Enlighten said...

How about we solve Katz'problem, the union's problem and the state problem and just not elect Corzine as Governor. If voters are smart and reject Corzine at the polls no one will be hurt. Nothin glike killing three birds with one stone.

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does it appear that the people of New Jersey ALWAYS get absolutely awful political leadership? s a former resident and one who has lived in sttes such as Illinois and Pennsylvania which ar also infamous for questionable political "leadership" the experience in NJ seems singular. Time after time at the top of the ticket and right on down, the people who are elected to serve end up acting in a self-serving, unethical, illegal or unprincipled manner (sometimes all four at once). Is it impossiible for NJ to elect someone who is ethical, able and principled?

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