Friday, August 29, 2014

APP LETTER: Ex-Burry aide unqualified for post

The following letter was posted online over at the Asbury Park Press website earlier today. It hits the nail right on the head and points out exactly what's wrong with the Queen Bee of Monmouth County politics, Freeholder Lillian Burry and her lack of judgment towards the people she appoints to county postitions. It's political patronage at its worst.

 From the APP:
William Bucco of Aberdeen, a 28-year-old campaign treasurer for Freeholder Lillian Burry’s 2011 re-election campaign, should not have been appointed as acting assistant director of the Monmouth County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Monmouth County is facing a heroin epidemic and we need competent experts, not political socialites to assist residents battling addiction. Bucco lacks the background necessary to help implement the complex solutions we need to reduce harm and save lives.

Has everyone forgotten that Bucco’s predecessor as Burry’s campaign treasurer was attorney John Cantalupo of Colts Neck? Cantalupo resigned after he came under scrutiny in relation to the corruption that took place at Brookdale Community College while he was employed as attorney for the college board of trustees.

Burry pushed the corrupt Lucas farm deal that resulted in her political ally, former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas, being given $1.2 million in county farmland preservation funds. Lucas has since been arrested by the FBI and is under federal criminal indictment on financial fraud charges relating to the deal.

Burry and the Republican Party have broken the taxpayer trust. We need new leaders and a federal criminal investigation to put a stop to these incidents that have made our local government look like a “Sopranos” episode.

Justin Cooke
Middletown and Colorado


Anonymous said...

Didn't the Monmouth County Republican "Queen Bee" learn anything from the Lucas farm deal? Perhaps she had better wise up before the next indictment considered may be her own.

Just look at the national scene where even the arrogant Minority Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has had his bluff called. His campaign manager resigned yesterday .

It's about time to put the people before political patronage !!! Long past time !!

Anonymous said...

I agree this is as bad as appointing the unqualified losing Democratic Freeholder Candidate as the head of the Office of Emergency Management for Monmouth County!

Anonymous said...

I bet you wont post the last comment!

Michael Morris said...

Anon 5:08 + 5:09

Glenn Mason was uniquely quailifed for his position as the head of the Office of Emergency Management for Monmouth County, unlike Mr. Bucco.

Anonymous said...


There are tons of unqualified democratic appointments that have been made across the state. You are just grandstanding prior to the election for Larry.

Call a spade a spade, this is a joke!

Anonymous said...

Don't mess with the Queen Bee, you may get stung!

Anonymous said...

"The bigger they come, the harder they fall!"