Elliot Becker

Brigantine Golf Course Proposals. Employee Demands & Recommendations

In a few weeks, The City of Brigantine will hopefully receive a nice collection of proposals from professional golf course operators such as Billy Casper Golf and former Philadelphia Eagles QB; Ron Jaworski. A total of 9 potential management companies expressed early interest in leasing the Links at Brigantine Golf for up to 24 years. …

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Brigantine Firefighter: $140,000 Salary + Benefits + Pension

To the editor: In Brigantine, new focus needs to be placed on reducing the budget in areas of employee compensation. A 6.2-cent increase, as strongly supported by the city manager, is not acceptable, especially when it forwards debt to future years without really knowing the impact of near future years (2014 and 2015). The other …

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Firefighters’ Union Needs to Compromise. Act Professional.

WRITTEN BY LEE BUCCI   Originally published January 30, 2014. As someone who has been following the public-safety discussion in the city over the last year or so, I firmly believe the city needs to continue to seek new ways that will lead to long-term cost reduction for the taxpayers. This is not to say that …

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Absecon's Platt Outraged over Financial Questions

Watch video. Absecon’s Tige Platt is outraged over some financial questions from Brigantine taxpayers. Mr. Platt is the union rep for the Brigantine Firefighters, as well as a captain in the department. Watch Video clips from a recent City Council meeting. Brigantine public employees talk lawyers and litigation a little too much. Why do they …

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Brigantine Union Overtime Docs Suggest Abuse

Documents handed out at recent BTA; Brigantine Taxpayers Association meeting. These documents were also handed out at a recent City Council Meeting. These are OPRA requested documents in reference to INQUIRY into Brigantine Fire Department potential overtime abuse. Brigantine FD union leadership would prefer that these docs not be seen by the Brigantine Taxpayers. Sandi Williams …

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Links at Brigantine Golf; Request for Proposal

Brigantine is finally admitting that City government can’t do everything themselves. Sometimes they need to reach out to the experts. The Links at Brigantine Golf will soon receive bids on operating our 18 hole course for potentially 24 years. Taxpayers love this idea. Brigantine ‘insiders’ hate this idea. See Links at Brigantine Golf RFP here: …

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Anti-Shoobie Vibe Alive & Well in Brigantine?

A local grass roots organization calling themselves ‘Better Brigantine’ & ‘Concerned Citizens for Brigantine’ don’t seem to be big fans of part-time residents, visitors or tourists. That’s the story we hear from those that set up shop on a Facebook page.  ‘Better Brigantine’ is a name being used by many local organizations. But there’s one …

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Brigantine Police & Fire and Annual Raises

Brigantine’s current Fire and Police contracts provide for annual raises. Starting salary for Brigantine police officers increased 44% between 1999 and 2012. Recent contracts for Brigantine PD & FD featured pay raises, longevity bonuses, and overtime compensation. These facts were featured in a recent Press of Atlantic City newspaper article published on July 13, 2013. …

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Unfunded Liability. Mayor Gets Schooled by Councilman DeLucry

The Mayor of Brigantine gets a lesson on what an unfunded liability is. Watch Video. Definition: The amount, at any given time, by which future payment obligations exceed the present value of funds available to pay them. For example, a pension plan’s payment obligations, including all income, death and termination benefits owed, are compared to the plan’s present investment experience, and if the total plan obligations exceed the projected plan assets at any point in time, the plan has an unfunded …

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