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Hansen: Democrats' Criticism of Refinery Settlement a Political Ploy

The Republican candidate for West Deptford township committee weighs in on a letter sent out by Democrats Donna Szymborski and Denice DiCarlo.

Dear Editor,

In response to the letter written by Donna Szymborski and Denice DiCarlo—paid for by the West Deptford Democratic Executive Committee—and comments made by DiCarlo in West Deptford Patch, it is obvious that DiCarlo and Szymborski are answering to the party bosses. Those same party bosses have pulled the strings of previous Democratic administrations, allowing this settlement to remain unresolved for over twenty years and costing millions.

In the , DiCarlo claims that she did not “directly” receive any money from firms connected with this tax appeals case. However, she sends out a letter criticizing this tax appeals settlement from the direct benefactor of those donations. Also, how does DiCarlo explain the $116,468.99—part of which was funded by attorneys connected to this tax appeals case—in donations from that same benefactor that funded her campaign last year? It must be OK for DiCarlo to accept that money indirectly rather than directly.

In the same article, DiCarlo claims that, “I’ve made it very clear, I don’t think John Lloyd’s been doing a great job.” How does DiCarlo and her band of naysayers feel about Paulsboro Democrats hiring John Lloyd as of April 3, 2012, to represent Paulsboro in a tax appeals case by the NuStar refinery, which is located partially in Paulsboro and West Deptford?

DiCarlo and Szymborski’s letter was a political move in trying to get reelected, while scaring uninformed residents of this tax appeals case and creating an adversarial relationship with West Deptford’s largest taxpayer.

How does this adversarial posturing lead to a better deal? If this was not such an important issue that DiCarlo and Szymborski are playing with, you would have to laugh at anyone who would take the time to write a letter challenging progress of others and not offering a work product or solution of their own. Donna and Denice: what is the better deal? Please give us something more than “it could be better.” Certainly, the party bosses who have been milking millions from the taxpayers for 24 years have a solution.

The good people of West Deptford including the good people of the West Deptford Democratic Party are not being represented well by DiCarlo and Szymborski and the party bosses who have put West Deptford in this mess. DiCarlo and Szymborski appear to be upset that the new Republican majority is exposing the abuse of West Deptford taxpayers for the past 20 years.

Thank you.

Jeff Hansen

Hansen is running as the Republican candidate for West Deptford township committee.

canodit June 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Jeff has shown that he just doesn't get it. If the case was settled in it's first year, the republicans would be crying about a 23 year ongoing case, because the oil companies appeal EVERY YEAR. This is not just a single case that was ignored or prolonged, this is the history of an oil company that doesn't want to pay it's fair taxes year after year, so the GOP, freshly in control, is more than happy to let them pay what they want to pay while giving them an excruciatingly low assessment without firm (written) guarantee of no future appeals. With the 100mil precedent being set this year, the next time there is an appeal, 100mil will be the highest assessment the company will accept, even if neighboring refineries are being sold at twice the value, because the mayor will have, with this settlement, signalled that he doesn't think the refinery is worth more than 100mil. However, township committee had given the oil companies what they wanted for each appeal of the last 24 years then we would have the highest residential tax rate in all of South Jersey. Jeff, being a committee-person takes more than just grandstanding in 2012, but negotiating in the best interest of the future of this town and its relationship to its "largest taxpayer." I can't speak for the democratic committee-persons, but I want an even distribution of assessment in the settled years, millions less refunded, and at least 125mil guaranteed assessment for the next 4 years. How's that for a better plan?
WDNeedsHelp June 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Your facts, as usual, are undocumented and, as usual, incorrect. Your expectations are again, as usual, not reasonable given all the facts of the settlement. The settlement proposed by Committeeman Cianfarini clearly addressed all of your "made up" concerns. Please stop posting political garbage for the Democratic Party Bosses and only post fully documented and accurate facts.
ThomasJefferson June 01, 2012 at 10:15 PM
IMHO, before Mr. Hansen starts with the mudslinging, he better wait to see who his party bosses accept $$$ from to try to get him elected. That should be interesting.
JEANNE NAPOLI June 01, 2012 at 11:12 PM
WD MARY ,DO YOU EVER READ WHAT YOU WRITE.you're about as imbecilic as can be.You must be dicarlo's house maid or nanny.I'm an ex employee of coastal and sunoco ( EAGLE POINT ) AND YOU SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THIS SETTLEMENT. KNOWING SUNOCO,they are ruthless they will put the screws to this township so fast if this is not resolved then who you gonna blame (GOD ) your comments are tasteless and inane .i'm surprised sunoco agreed to this they are money hungry right now and big corp vrs little township,who do you think is gonna win.so quit embellishing denise and donna no's ( of course it's from the puppetmaster himself WHITE ) and say something intelligent for once One more thing denise will be her own worst enemy. Oh by the way let's see her produce her cpa license SHE DON'T HAVE ONE.
George Bush 41 June 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
First of all let me thank committeewoman Denise DiCarlo for getting Field of Dreams the money to rehab the park that will be enjoyed by all of WD and future generations of residents. Secondly, doesn't Angry Sam and the bully Mayor sound a lot like George "Read My Lips" Bush. Re-read the 20 point sham plan and their point #16 where they pledge not to take donations from professionals and vendors over $300. Well how quickly they forgot what they promised the residents of WD. Angry Sam's pockets are being lined with donations from everyone in the greater northeast. This guy has been pulling the wool over the voter's eye ever since his primary race where he doctored his resume to pad his credentials. The voters will see what a fraud these guys are in November when Denise wins in a landslide over their puppet candidate Hansen who is being controlled by Bill Fey and the party bosses.
kid rock June 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Mary answer this question why wasn't this settled 20 years ago and costing the taxpayers money every time it went to litigation. what do you think the right solution would be.instead of bantering on here come up with a solution to appease the residents inquring minds want to know.if you think the present committe is doing wrong then tell them what you think.don't forget they represent the entire community so for a handful of people to say they don't like it well they have to live with the situation. I think they ought to put it on the ballot and let the people decide if it's a good deal. got to remember rhetoric and name calling did not do the dems any good so the mere amount of people that are on here is just a speck of sand on a wildwood beach.
J. Smith June 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I read the Patch report last week regarding Hansen and the Republicans taking big contributions from their new attorney and insurance agent. Hansen is a total hypocrite when is comes to campaign funding. This isn't the issue anyway, so his comments are meant to avoid the key question: is this a fair settlement for West Deptford taxpayers. Compare what we know about the Sunoco settlement value against the appraisal done by the Township's own expert. Patch reports that the settlement pegs taxable value $2.5 billion less than the township's expert appraisal? Jeff is just parroting Cianfarini's "this is the best deal" line. Hansen also criticises DiCarlo for be" adverserial" with Sunoco. It is clear Hansen is in the camp that wants to just totally surrender to Sunoco and El Paso. I am glad DiCarlo is fighting to get a reasonable settlement. I hope she stands firm.
666 June 03, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I hope denise votes no,as a matter of fact please vote no,so when Novemeber comes around she will not be elected.residents wants this settled once and for all and her no vote will just put a nail in her coffin for being elected not re=elected elected because she lost and was appointed 25 years this has been going. besides this country is sinking deeper and deeper it won't been long it will be called USSA instead of USA
Ernest Kraus June 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
So who are this Stack, Coolahan and Stack, the appraisers listed in Ms. DiCarlo and Szymborski’s letter? A goggle search shows they do not have their own web site; why? They are listed on other sites as preferred properties being land, homes and barns. What expertise do they have in appraising refineries? Their last appraisal was done in 2010. How did they get the appraisal job? Both Ms. DiCarlo and Ms. Szymborski’s letter says Sunoco is “an oil company that has turned its back on West Deptford.” Neither of them, even though they work for major corporations realize that corporations do not make emotional decisions. They make decisions based on economic impact on the corporation and its’ stockholders. They enclose an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which has gone through a number of bankruptcies and owners and elimination of employees, railing against the former chief executive of Sunoco’s salary and bonus. The very salary paid for the mission she was given.
Ernest Kraus June 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
continued: Ms. Szymborski, an employee of Wells Fargo may overlook some of her employer’s history. It was formed with the merger of Wells Fargo and Norwest. Norwest was the surviving corporation, but kept the Wells Fargo name because of the national recognition. They acquired Wachovia and moved corporate headquarters to San Francisco from Charlotte, NC. The non-partisan organization, Public Campaign, stated that 2008 through 2010 Wells Fargo spent $11 million on lobbying and did not pay any taxes. They received, during that time $681 million in tax rebates while making a $49 billion profit. They laid off over 6,300 workers and increased executive pay by 180% to $49.8 million in 2010 for its top five executives. Ms. DiCarlo is an employee of Comcast which in 2010 was awarded the Consumerist 2010 Worst Company in America award .It continuously ranks at or near the bottom in terms of customers service. It too is an amalgamation of many companies, the latest being the acquisition of NBC Universal. It is a story of continuous price increases, monopolistic tendencies, lobbying and the hiring of spouses, children of mayors and other political officials to assure its continued allocation of preferred markets. There have been numerous FCC actions against it.
Ernest Kraus June 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
final continuation.The letter was paid for by the West Deptford Democratic Executive Committee, whose treasurer, Joseph Holovachuk, is a Gloucester County employee. Since this organization does not have a product to sell, one can only infer that it was paid for with those political contributions. How much did that cost? A pity that those funds were not donated to the township to defray expenses on all of Ms. DiCarlo’s and Ms.Szymborski’s tax raising projects. Ernest M. Kraus

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