For the last few months, our Democratic controlled majority and their allies have started the drum beat to settle with 800 Sylvan. Most recently with a detailed email from our Godly-Protector, Eye on the Cliffs Newsletter. We leave it up to you to determine if they are insulting our intelligence or if you really believe we should settle.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
In 2015, we as a borough filed a declarative action in court to tell us how many units the borough should build to comply with our affordable housing obligation.
The genesis of our loss in the 800 Sylvan matter started with the secret maneuvering made by our Local Democratic friends. These steps brought us here and please don’t let anyone tell you differently:
- Not building the 77 Units at Hudson Terrace after buying the land with court approval.
- Hiring Albert Wunsch to secretly negotiate a settlement on the first day of taking control of the council in 2019.
We trusted Tsabari and Song and voted them into office after they campaigned to oppose High-Density at 800 Sylvan. Please see: https://saveenglewoodcliffs.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2018-Tsabari-and-Song-Campaign-Material.png
Our Englewood Cliffs Democrat party has been deceiving us for years and we have spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars trying to protect the innocent unsuspecting residents and our families.
IT IS TIME WE CHANGE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM FROM WITHIN
WE CAN NEVER ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN
WHAT CAN WE DO? Continue applying pressure by doing the following:
- WE MUST KEEP THEM FROM SETTLING. Settling sweeps all the wrong doing under the rug while leaving us with no option for filing an appeal after paying millions in legal fees.
WE MUST TAKE THE PROPER APPEAL WITH OUR CHOICED LAWYERS AND HAVE OUR DAY IN COURT
WHERE DO YOU THINK OUR TOWN IS BEING GOVERNED FROM?
Do you think our local government is run from Borough Hall or a basement office on 523 Floyd Street? Why is your borough council voting late in the night to put Ex-Mayor Parisi’s name on the building in borough hall earlier this year?
Gloria Oh has been deceiving us for years. She supported paying the ex-police chief a $587,000 “Goodbye” gift after he made racial slurs against Asian people! After all, it was public money anyway. Gloria Oh, although a real estate attorney, has secured attorney positions in other municipalities.
Do you think she is satisfying pay to play favors within her own party?
Ed Aversa has financial interest in a building and a dental practice located in one of the “Overlay Zones”.
Do you think Aversa’s practice stands to gain from doubling our population coupled with increasing the value of his business and property? Do you believe this conflict of interest prevents him from participating in this matter?
Deborah Tsabari, co-founder of the Eye on the Cliffs Newsletter, lives within 200 feet of 800 Sylvan. After the Borough attorney opined there was a conflict of interest due to her residence’s proximity and cannot participate in the 800 Sylvan matters , the Democratic Majority fired the Borough attorney immediately and replaced her with Albert Wunsch.
Eye On The Cliffs Newsletter written by Carin Geiger, is riddled with half truths designed to sway public opinion to garnish support for her local party members/ insiders.
Here are some simple questions for Ms Carin Geiger:
- Who funds each mass mailer sent to our homes at a cost of $1,000 to $2,000?
- Does Ms Geiger pay for the mailers out of her own pocket?
- Why is Ms Geiger so generous with her time going door to door spreading falsities?
- Has Ms Geiger come to your door telling you that Mayor Kranjac has been disbarred?
- How does Ms Geiger know the terms of the SECRET MOU?
- Is she a town insider with leaked information? Is she paid for her activities?
Jimmy Song is a young attorney who is blindly following them. He understands that they formed a 3 person subcommittee so they could cut off the Mayor and the sole remaining Republican council member from the deliberations and then illegally instructed Albert Wunsch and the other attorneys to settle without alerting the public by voting on a resolution.
Why did they have to do it in secret instead of leveling with the residents and explaining the so-called benefits?
Borough Attorney Albert Wunsch was hired on January 3, 2019 and has since been paid approximately $500k. Of all the attorneys in the world, why was Albert Wunsh, a Police and Personal attorney hired? Wunsch’s main role is to negotiate a settlement at our cost. In a court document, Wunsch states there is a “New Sheriff Town” and the newly elected Majority is going to settle despite any opposition and how he was going to ram it down our throat in one night in 1st week of July when people are away on vacations;
At the July 10, 2020 meeting, Debora Tsabari admitted after 18 Months of withholding the reasons from the public that Albert Wunsch was hired as a negotiator:
Why would we need a negotiator on day one after taking control of the council when your mandate was to litigate?
They never meant to fight this. First they tried to ram a settlement through in secret, then they hatched a plan to fool us while the taxpayer footed the bill for the attorneys to lose the trial. Now, once again, they want to push a settlement because they know, the residents are wise to their scheme and THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM FOR THEM!
We suspect Albert Wunsch was hired to create the bottleneck and for the process to be controlled from Floyd Street instead of Borough Hall.
NO ONE MENTIONS THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY OVERLAY ZONES
WHAT IS AN OVERLAY ZONE? An overlay zone grants the owners of those properties “AS OF RIGHTS” to build High Density Housing at any time.
Settling with 800 Sylvan most certainly means rezoning other areas in town for “the big set up” of other properties. Radically transforming our town and setting us up like sheep about to be fleeced. No matter how small the settlement, after factoring in the OVERLAY ZONES, a MINIMUM OF 1000 HIGH DENSITY units is coming in any scenario.
HERE IS THE CRAZY PART. After the 400 units are built at 800 Sylvan, only 80 will go to affordable housing. The same number we as a borough proposed to build ourselves at Hudson Terrace. Are you starting to see the scheme unravel? For 3 extra units plus all the extras to the builders, the council persons we trusted wrecked our town.
RESIDENT FILES COURT COMPLAINT AND OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS
THIS IS NOT POLITICS. SERIOUS COMPLAINTS AND ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE COURT AGAINST CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL.
In September 2019, a resident personally filed court papers to intervene against 800 Sylvan, yet our borough attorneys told the court that the resident was adequately represented and denied the resident the opportunity.
Do you think the borough attorneys prevented the resident from intervening because they knew it would blow the lid off the setup to lose the trial?
In June 2020, a resident filed separate court papers supporting an investigation against Ed Aversa, Gloria Oh, Deborah Tsabari, Jimmy Song and Ellen Park.
Do you want to know the truth and think they should be investigated?
Instead of allowing the investigation, the Democratic Majority Council’s response to the residents’ complaint was to hire one of the most powerful law firms in the state. They purchase a bazooka to fight our resident. In other words, our tax dollars are being used as a weapon against its own people. If they are innocent, there should be nothing to hide.