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Rumors Relating to Holmdel Village

Rumors relating to rezoning in Holmdel Village are totally false and are being circulated to get political gains.

I have been a Holmdel Village resident for the last ten years and get excited and involved if any issue comes up affecting the Holmdel Village. It is very disturbing that some false rumors have been circulated by some Holmdel group claiming that the Mayor wants to rezone Holmdel Village to allow more commercial development and that the Mayor holds secret meetings with developers of Lucent and other properties. I have since spoken to the Mayor and the Republican candidates and can tell you that there is absolutely no truth to any of those claims.

First of all, I would like to remind the Holmdel Village residents that it was Larry Fink and the then Democratic committee members Tony Orsini and Janet Berk, who rezoned former SS White property in Holmdel Village to put two huge commercial buildings right in the center of the Village that would have created a huge traffic mess, much like Rte 520 corridor in Lincroft. With all your help we fought to overturn that rezoning by electing the Republicans to the township committee who reversed that zoning immediately after getting elected. The zoning still remains Residential with conservation easement along Rte 520. In fact, ever since Republicans took control of the township committee in 2006 they have been extremely diligent when it comes to township zoning matters.

We all live in Holmdel for a reason and enjoy the highest quality of life it provides with parks, open space and other recreation opportunities. The Republicans fully understand that and during my conversation with the Mayor and the Republican candidates Joe Ponisi and Tom Critelli, they have assured me that they would work to preserve the character and charm of the Holmdel Village for generations to come.  

With respect to Lucent, the Republicans are defending the township’s interests and not selling out to developers or make any secret deals. Republicans over the last seven years have held several meetings, encouraged public participation and sought public input on this property and want to take a balanced approach that would help the Town’s financial situation but at the same time protect the quality of life of Holmdel residents.

We are fortunate to have two very fine and extremely qualified candidates run for the Township Committee this November. I have known Joe Ponisi personally over the last five years. He coached my daughter’s HYAA/Travel softball teams and he is extremely passionate and dedicated to whatever he does and volunteered countless hours to the community as a coach and as the HYAA Baseball/Softball commissioner. He brings wealth of financial expertise and in these tough economic times, the town can certainly benefit from his financial wisdom to help reduce our taxes and pay for the township projects.

Tom Critelli also has a strong financial background that he will bring to the Committee.  Tom holds a CPA degree and his experience in real estate as a home builder will be an invaluable asset to Holmdel as the Lucent property gets developed.  Tom has also been an active volunteer in the community with HYAA and St. Catharine’s church.  I strongly encourage you to support the campaign of Joe Ponisi and Tom Critelli for the township committee this November.

Finally, our former mayor Serena DiMaso is running for re-election for Monmouth County Freeholder. She has been great working to protect the interests of Holmdel and Monmouth County and I encourage you to support her campaign as well.

Kal Ganesan

Holmdel, NJ

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Mary O'Brian October 09, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Kal, I reside in the Village area and concur with your recollection of what happened several years ago. It was the Fink led Democrats that wanted to push this development through. Thank-you for remembering exactly what happened.
Carol Beckenstein October 09, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mayor Pat Impreveduto made the following statements, that appeared here in Patch: "The RE-ZONING being developed for Holmdel’s Route 35 corridor and HOLMDEL VILLAGE will help maximize the value of these ongoing and imminent projects, while ensuring preservation of Holmdel’s unique community character. While the details of current discussions with developers in all of these areas remains rightfully confidential, the plan for sustainable economic development now unfolding has been no secret." If Mr. Ganesan or the fictionally titled "Mary O'Brian" know something, PLEASE elaborate! You may have been privy to what Mayor Impreveduto meant in saying the Township Committee are "RE-ZONING...HOLMDEL VILLAGE" but clearly, I was not.
Kal Ganesan October 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Jeff/Carol - You cannot find a more concerned Village resident than myself with respect to rezoning the Village properties, especially to commercial. I spent nearly six months in total and took one full month off from work to fight the commercial rezoning done by the democrats led by Mr.Fink and finally got it overturned. It not only affected our community, come try making left turn into Rte 520 from Candlelight in the morning hours and you will see what I'm talking about, but also me personally as it landed right in my backyard. After I saw the flyer at my door regarding rezoning claims, I personally have spoken to the Mayor and the Republican candidates and they have assured me that there is nothing in the plan for the Village with respect to commercial zoning. They were as clear as they can be on the subject. Given the past history of rezoning in the Village, I'm sure any elected representative will be very cautious before attempting to rezone without public input.
pat impreveduto October 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I made a public statement at the last committee meeting when asked by one of your constituents . I stated that "their has been no discussion regarding sewers or the development of Southern Holmdel". The township administrator was pressed my Mr. Fink who also stated there has been no discussion.( the same Mr. Fink who has a development plan for South Holmdel, from a few years ago) I will state for the final time we are not sewering South Holmdel and we have had NO discussions regarding development. If we had the money, I personally would like to see Main Street updated pavers on sidewalks and some type of old fashion street lighting. Nothing more. Finally, you must be mixing up me and the Democrates who we all know had a plan to develop Southern Holmdel. This is becoming an Obama like campagin. Let's mislead the people and if we say it enough they will believe it. Unfortunately, it's not working for him and it won't work for you. The residents of Holmdel are to intelligent for that. Thank you Kal for remembering what the Democrates were putting the people of Southern Holmdel through.
Kal Ganesan October 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
There you have it!!! Mayor himself has spoken on the topic. Thank you, Mayor!!!
Mary O'Brian October 09, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Yes, thank-you again Kal for the fight the first time and for your keen memory of what happened. Why do the Democrats feel like they have to spread rumors? Maybe because they have no real platform to move Holmdel forward. Kal, thanks for keeping a watch on our area.
George F October 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I agree with you Jeff R, forget the politics....do what's right. Frankly, I'm turned off by the whole "Democrates did this". Forget Democrat versus Republician talk, IT'S PEOPLE who need to be accountable, not political parties.
Nick J. October 09, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Jeff C, you are so right that it's the people that need to be held accountable. That's why the people who tried to push the Holmdel Village area development are long gone out of politics, with Fink hanging on for a few more months. We all need to come together and do what's right for this town and in my opinion it is a balanced growth plan so that we are not so reliant on property taxes from us homeowners. That means more commercial ratables with Lucent leading the way.
Steve Strickland October 10, 2012 at 04:24 AM
These rumors are indeed disturbing and hopefully false. But they started with the mayor's comment in the Sloan-Kettering thread (http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/articles/memorial-sloan-kettering-eyes-middletown-property-near-exit-114) that Ms. Beckenstein quotes above. You won't find any related comments pre-dating the mayor's comment. So *he* started the whole rumor. Naturally a lot of people were concerned and started asking for details and clarification (evidently Mr. Ganesan among them). No political conspiracy by the "Democrates." (Who is this guy publishing under the mayor's name?)
Steve Strickland October 10, 2012 at 04:44 AM
If you want a somewhat more balanced view of the SS White saga, read the transcript of the public hearing (http://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/images/minutes/minutes2005/Min_091205.pdf starting on p 24) and also the letter at http://ind.gmnews.com/news/2006-08-30/Letters/019.html
Carol Beckenstein October 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Mr. Mayor, thank you for correcting your mis-statement that I referenced, above; it was your own words that incited alarm among the SoHo neighbors. Why you would say "The RE-ZONING (of)...HOLMDEL VILLAGE will help maximize the value of these ongoing and imminent projects" will remain a mystery for the time being. And please stop blaming "the Democrats" for your mistake! Tax-payers of any party have a duty to be vigilant about the Township Committee. Just as troubling were your words: "...the details of current discussions with developers in all of these areas remains rightfully confidential." The Sunshine Laws may be in opposition to this behind-doors planning, whether technically or ethically. The more the public learns at the outset of Lucent's redevelopment (or Highway 35 or SoHo projects) the smoother the transitions of these properties will go.
Nick J. October 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Sorry, Steve but a balanced view of what was going on regarding the SS White property is posted above by Kal Ganesan. Here is a man that really cares about his neighborhood and is totally non-partisan.
Steve Strickland October 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I think maybe you should review the definition of "balanced" and "non-partisan." The minutes I linked to include the opinions of over 2 dozen Holmdel residents as well as the township planners. Some were in favor, some were opposed, but overall you can get some idea of the range of views. Mr. Ganesan's post reflects the (understandable) view of the homeowner that directly abutted the property. Others may share his view, but others clearly did not. And I'm not sure how a post that uses "Republican" seven times, highlights the current republican candidates, and encourages the readers to vote for them, could possibly be described as non-partisan.
holmdeldad October 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM
what is clear is people like Steve strickland, carol beckenstein, and Tony Orsini are delusional
Nick J. October 10, 2012 at 04:26 PM
In addition, Steve's wife Karen is the campaign manager for the democratic candidates. So he expects people to believe that what he types is non-partisan. What a joke. And by the way Steve, is there any misleading facts in what Kal writes?...of course not. He just calls out Fink, Berk and Orsini for what they were trying to do.
Johnny Smith October 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
There is no such thing as a 'CPA degree" If all of you NIMBY communists are so worried spend your own cash purchase the land and let it sit there. If not shut up and let the property owners do with their land as they please and as you do with yours.
Steve Strickland October 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
holmdeldad: Ah, it's these "Jane you ignorant slut..."-type comments that keep us coming back to Patch for insightful debate. (Channeling my inner 3rd-grader, it seems that "I know you are, but what am I?" is the only appropriate rejoinder...)
Steve Strickland October 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Nick J: Once again, I'm sure Patch readers are amused by the irony of this "secret" being exposed by someone who hides behind a pseudonym (while shilling relentlessly for the Republicans---but in a non-partisan way of course). I'm sure your identity would be a much more interesting secret. Though, actually, a number of people already know (you don't think anything is actually secret on the net, do you?).
William H. Bonnie October 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Hmmmm. i guess Stevie is a hacker for anonymous. I am sure nickj is routing his signal through an anonymous proxy server anyway.

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