The Times Herald Our Readers Say: Current Upper Merion Supervisors worthy of re-election

From timesherald.com 10/28/15 As an Upper Merion resident for more than 30 years and someone who has served as an elected committeeperson for both the Republican and Democratic Parties, I have known every single supervisor over the last quarter of a century. This year I am honored to be supporting the re-election of Greg Waks and Bill Jenaway. Greg and Bill’s achievements are unsurpassed. They have greatly improved our local economy and township taxes have not increased in six years – the longest stretch in recent Upper Merion history. In addition, they resolved decades long litigation against the township, thereby saving millions of taxpayer dollars. Our infrastructure has also improved with a new community and senior center on the way, a public pool, a trail from Heuser Park to Valley Forge and they have passed key ordinances to improve quality of life. Bill and Greg are succeeding in bringing senior housing to Upper Merion, reviving the business park and they created a scholarship program. Under their leadership, public safety and traffic mitigation issues have taken precedence like never before. Equally as important, the culture of the board of supervisors is vastly improved. The petty bickering between Supervisors has ended and both the township and supervisors frequently reach out to residents. Also the board’s relationship with the school district is vastly improved and residents who show up at board meetings are treated with respect and political affiliation is no longer a consideration for appointments to citizen boards. These accomplishments and many others have been widely recognized. Read More at...

The Times Herald “Our Readers Say”: Upper Merion candidate’s behavior questionable

From TimesHerald.com, October 22 2015 After attending the “Meet the Candidates” forum at the Upper Merion Senior Service Center on Monday October 5th, I was very concerned and disappointed by some of the things incumbent Judge Bill Maruszczak had to say, and the way he conducted himself as a candidate. During the debate, which is available to watch online, Maruszczak lost his temper and interrupted his opponent, Ian Kingsley, when Mr. Kingsley mentioned a recent state audit that found problems with Maruszczak’s court management. Maruszczak was the only candidate to interrupt anyone during the debate all day. Maruszczak interrupted Kingsley to say “that’s not accurate.” Maruszczak also went on to say all of his audits were “basically perfect.” I looked into this and discovered the 2014 state audit did find “significant deficiencies” and “material weaknesses” in Maruszczak’s management of the court, which is obviously a concern. However, even more troubling than the audit itself and Maruszczak’s lack of accountability, is what he said next…Maruszczak contended he would continue to serve as District Judge until he decides to retire. Then, during closing, Maruszczak said “maybe Mr. Kingsley can run in 20 years when I decide to retire.” Maruszczak has been in office so long that he doesn’t even think the voters have a choice anymore. This sense of entitlement is appalling. Fortunately, we do have a choice for District Judge on November 3rd, and that choice is clearly Ian T. Kingsley, Esq. – Diane Reilly , King of...

Debunking UM Fox News (AKA “UM Revealed”) October 21, 2015

Another page out of the tea party playbook is being carried out by the UM Fox News operation.  The so-called “UM Revealed” (AKA UM Fox News) is trying to say the Democrats cost taxpayers 6 million dollars in sewer revenue and permit fees when they settled leftover litigation from Republican boards. This is the same argument that was debunked in the last Supervisor election two years ago. Since they can’t seem to understand basic facts, we will lay them out. Again. In 2005, the Township and its all Republican board of Supervisors announced a settlement with the Village at Valley Forge developer. This came after decades of litigation that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. Less money could have been spent to buy the parcel to protect the open space.  When at least one attorney advised the Supervisors to settle the case, the Republicans ignored that advice and pushed ahead. The township lost the case and had to reach an agreement with the developer.  After this agreement was reached, one Republican Supervisor said at a public meeting that the golf course litigation was resolved and bragged openly about the economic value of the settlement when they knew there was another potential plaintiff lurking.   The other plaintiff ultimately decided to sue the township and was planning to use this Supervisors reckless statements against Upper Merion.   It wasn’t until late 2011 that people really understood what we were dealing with.  Just weeks before a trial that had overwhelming evidence against the township, the board and the plaintiffs were able to work out an agreement. After all, taxpayers should not be responsible for...

Debunking UM Fox News (AKA UM Revealed) October 15, 2015

There is no denying it now. The so called “Upper Merion Revealed” (AKA UM Fox News) is a no-so-thinly vailed front for the Republican Committee of Upper Merion. They are claiming that a proposed development near the Valley Forge Towers is the fault of the Board of Supervisors. Funny that they themselves received a FOUR FIGURE campaign contribution from the very developer who is trying to build on the brownfield, in 2011. The campaign treasurer at the time is none other than the UM Republican chair who is currently running for Supervisor. “What did we get for our tax dollars?” they ask in reference to the open space referendum. Do they really believe 5 million dollars could by ALL the open space in Upper Merion? But to answer their question: *The Swim Club (Land that was saved from a developer that would have been approved under the Republican Board of Supervisors.) *The New Community Center (which was not bought by township when swim club was aquired because the GOP Board didn’t want a community center) *The easement from PECO that will soon be home to the Chester Valley Trail that will link the Schuylkill River trail to Exton The first 6 years after that referendum passed, the folks behind UM Revealed, ran the township. So if open space wasn’t acquired, Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves. Their decades of poor leadership allowed for development to go unchecked in this township. Perhaps if this type of initiative had been brought forward sooner, more properties could have been saved. Sadly, UM Fox News once again has shown they are nothing but a fraud that is...

Debunking UM Fox News (AKA “UM Revealed”) – August 2015

The fine folks at Upper Merion Fox News (aka UM Revealed) are back at it again. It seems this page, which has done nothing but try post stories to intentionally mislead residents, is now trying to pass off information to its readers as “official news” from  Upper Merion Township. To post a release about road closures and then make assumptions when readers ask questions is irresponsible. We recommend residents get facts from the township and it’s elected officials directly rather from the propaganda posts that have come from UM Fox News. They have even posted an article that is four months old in an pathetic attempt to imply that UM taxes are too high. Until they come clean on who they are and who they represent, we will call them out for what they are: phonies who are duping citizens into believing their twisted logic. If you want actual news and information from the township, get the facts from the OFFFICIAL township Facebook page or follow: Upper Merion Supervisor Greg Waks, Erika Spott, Carole...

Dr. Gary Ledebur joins UMASD Forward Team

The Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee announced today that Rosemont College professor Dr. Gary Ledebur has joined the UMASD Forward team and is running for School Board in Region 3. Dr. Ledebur replaces Dr. David Karen who has served on the school board since 1999, and withdrew from the race earlier this month.”After initially agreeing to run for a fifth term, I reevaluated my decision this Spring and Summer” Karen said. “I feel after 16 years, it’s time for me to retire and I am confident that Dr. Ledebur will make an excellent school board director.” Ledebur said “I am honored to run for David’s seat and look forward to the fall campaign. I have a lot to offer the Upper Merion Area School District and as I have talked with voters, they are encouraged  by my campaign and are eager to help out.” Upper Merion Area Democratic Committee chairman Tom Kohler added, “To lose a board member with such a background as David’s is tough, but to have the opportunity to replace him on the ballot with someone equally as qualified is exciting. It goes to the depth of quality individuals the Democratic Party has in this community and we are thrilled that Gary is willing to serve. Across our entire ticket, both locally and county wide, we have the most qualified ticket in every race. We pride ourselves on the high level of candidates we elect to our local and county government.” Dr. Ledebur will be running in Region 3, which consists of the following precincts: Gulph 1 &2, King 1 & 2, and Roberts. He is running with Robyn Briggs who is the...