Author Archive: Senator Loretta Weinberg

Transparency & The NJSE

On January 15 of this year I attended a “public” meeting of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority after being “tipped” off that they were planning to close the Izod Center in Bergen County. I say “tipped off”, because the public agenda for the meeting did not state they were planning that action.

The Commission members courteously listened to the many members of the public who had also been “tipped off”. and came to ask questions. There were no documents presented to the public (and from my observance none also to the Commissioners themselves). Commissioners then went into closed session and emerged later with a resolution autorizing the almost immediate closing. A majority voted yes, but one of the “No” votes came from Commissioner Leroy Jones who said, Commissioners had not received any information upon which to base a vote, and in fact had been notified only the day before that such an action was going to be taken. Certainly that raises questions of why there were any “Yes” votes with such little information.

Minutes of October and November of this past year state that the Izod was going to have a great 4th quarter. We have prior financial tables from NJSEA showing the Izod generally operating at a profit.

Happy New Year, and Thank You.

I wish our BJ community a wonderful 2015, and the continuation of the stamina to keep those voices strong for our shared progressive values.

I also want to thank Rosi and our wonderful staff writers for making us think and learn. This week it was the “radium girls”, aboout which I am embarrassed to say I did not know anything. Another chapter in women’s history.

I am looking forward to some exciting “new beginnings” with lots of celebrations of new office holders in Bergen County this coming week. We have very high hopes for our new County Executive James Tedesco. His first appointments have been great. Congratulations to Michele DiIorgio, Chief of Staff.  

Am privileged to participate in several swearings-in this coming week in Palisades Park, Leonia, Bogota. Tenafly, and the County as well as celebrating new councilmembers in Alpine.

It’s also going to be a new year of some personally exciting experiences for me. Celebrating one of those “big decade” birthdays by keynoting a Seattle, Washington CeaseFire conference and then flying to Los Angeles to talk to the west coast version of “Ready to Run” women’s gathering. In between, I will get to share the actual day with family and a few close friends in Calif. Not a bad way to begin the new year at a new age. Yes, life continues to be interesting, challenging, passionate, and productive even in the later years.

So thank you BJ for helping to make it so. Hope to do a few more columns than I’ve done this past year.

And lest we forget, the first order of legislative business is to try to override the very cynical veto by Christie of the PA Transparency & Accountability bill cosponsored by my Bergen collegues, Senator Bob Gordon and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle. I have very few words left to describe how I feel about that other Governor across the river….you know, the one from my party.

So happy new year. We have lots of work to do.