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Under Fire, Prasad Steps Away From Council Duties For ‘A Few Weeks’

Under Fire, Prasad Steps Away From Council Duties For ‘A Few Weeks’

Embattled Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad has decided to take some time away from council business. A statement from Prasad (D-At Large) to that effect was read at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting by Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy. “I would like to thank the voters of Franklin Township who have placed their confidence in […]

Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Proposed Ordinance Amendment Would Expand Sunday Liquor Sales In Township

Sunday alcohol sales would be permitted during the same times as the rest of the week under an ordinance amendment set to be introduced at the Oct. 9 Township Council meeting. Currently, Sunday sales of alcohol are restricted to noon to 2 a.m., in restaurants and noon to 10 p.m. in liquor stores. The rest […]

‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Monument Park’s Funding Set To Be Dissolved

‘Peace And Non-Violence’ Monument Park’s Funding Set To Be Dissolved

The group that for the past 10 years has acted as the repository for donations earmarked for a proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park on Oct. 2 took the first steps toward divesting itself of the money, and effectively killing the project. The Franklin Township Community Foundation is holding more than $79,000 donated to the […]

Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

Influence Peddling In Municipal Court? Prasad Emails Raise Questions

A Township Councilman appears to have tried to influence a Municipal Court judge – over whom he has reappointment power – to help a local landlord evict tenants from her property, according to emails reviewed by the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The councilman, Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large), steered the landlord to Municipal Court Judge Hector […]

FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

FR&A Analysis: Township Council Meeting Brings Some Surprises

Analysis The scheduled discussion of a new aspect to a controversial monument park, the start of a recall effort against the champion of that park, and a robo-call campaign to get people to support the park all heightened the anticipation of the Sept. 26 Township Council meeting. Those who attended weren’t disappointed. The possible creation […]

Criticism Of Council, Prasad Continues; New Memorial Park ‘Citizen’s Committee’ Discussed

Criticism Of Council, Prasad Continues; New Memorial Park ‘Citizen’s Committee’ Discussed

The Mayor and Township Council for the second consecutive meeting on Sept. 25 were criticized for the handling of a proposed “Peace and Nonviolence” monument park, targeted for township-owned open space. At the meeting, council members also discussed the idea of scraping all existing plans for the park and starting over with a reconstituted “citizen’s […]

Anonymous Robo-Call Campaign For ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Monument Park Underway

Anonymous Robo-Call Campaign For ‘Peace And Nonviolence’ Monument Park Underway

An anonymous automated telephone messaging campaign designed to bring supporters of the proposed “Peace and Nonviolence” monument park to the Sept. 25 Township Council meeting is underway. The robo-call message, which is less than two minutes long, does not identify who sponsored it. The message urges listeners to attend the meeting, speak during the public […]

Residents Form Committee To Recall Councilman Prasad, Campaign Underway

Residents Form Committee To Recall Councilman Prasad, Campaign Underway

The effort by a group of township residents to recall Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad has begun. A “Notice of Intent to Recall,” the first step in the process, was filed with Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy on Sept. 18. McCarthy has three business days from then to validate the three signatures on the notice – […]

(Updated) Somerset County GOP: Deputy Mayor Robinson Should Release All Emails Concerning Monument Park

(Updated) Somerset County GOP: Deputy Mayor Robinson Should Release All Emails Concerning Monument Park

Updated with comment from Deputy Mayor Robinson and statement from the Somerset County Democratic Committee. The chairman of the Somerset County Republican party Sept. 18 called on Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson to release all of her emails concerning the “Peace and Nonviolence” monument park issue. GOP chairman Al Gaburo said Robinson, who is running for […]

Councilman Chase: Prasad Should ‘Consider Resigning’ From Governing Body

Councilman Chase: Prasad Should ‘Consider Resigning’ From Governing Body

A Township Councilman on Sept. 13 called on an embattled colleague to “consider resigning” over his actions in furtherance of the proposed “Peace and Non-Violence” monument park. The comment came from Councilman Ted Chase (D-Ward 1) after members of the public had eviscerated the council in general, and Councilman Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large) in particular, […]