Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thank you

First and foremost, I would like to thank the two thousand Roxbury residents who voted in favor of our efforts in yesterday’s Roxbury school board elections. Your support has been and will always be invaluable in achieving a school district free of cronyism, cover ups and wasteful spending.  

Even though yesterday’s school board’s race was closer than it has been in recent years, we still came up about 200 votes shy of victory.  However, we are not giving up.  The Roxbury TEAM organization will continue to work towards our mission to lower property taxes, improve educational opportunities for our students and hold our current school board members accountable.

In the mean time, we understand that simply waiting until next November’s election is not an option.  There is so much that can be done right now.  Please visit our website at www.roxburyteam.org for information and ways to support our other pro-taxpayer projects.

Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Sincerely,

Chris Rogers


Roxbury TEAM Secretary      

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vote November 4th, Chris Rogers for Roxbury School Board


Chris Rogers is a board member of the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association, serving as the organization’s president from 2011 to 2014. He is also the founding member of the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Foundation, a nonprofit entity that educates New Jersey residents on the merits of lower taxation and increased accountability of elected officials. 
Rogers is also a student at Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, seeking a dual degree in History and Public Nonprofit Administration. 
At the local level, Rogers served on the Roxbury School Board from 2009 to 2012.  He is one of the founding members of the Roxbury Taxpayer’s Association (TEAM) and a member of the Roxbury Republican Club.
Along with several other residents from Roxbury and Mount Arlington, Rogers has led the effort to form a state commission of unpaid volunteers to study the feasibility of eliminating duplicative administrative costs by merging the school systems and municipalities of Roxbury Township and Mount Arlington Borough into one township.
    
I am well aware of how local government taxation continues to spiral out of control in New Jersey.  I strongly feel that volunteerism is the only solution to eliminating government waste and abuse.  The employment agency, otherwise known as the public school system, must be revamped into a system that rewards financial efficiency and academic excellence, while eliminating cronyism and patronage jobs. Only when you take away the added financial gain of those who could just as easily volunteer their time, can a person ever truly say it’s all about the kids”, stated Rogers.   
Rogers went on to say, “Voters should also never allow politicians to threaten citizens with program cuts designed to inflict maximum pain on voters. (i.e.… cuts in late busses, sports and music programs or core educational programs.)    Instead, this school board should focus on the many layers of administrative and legal waste that continues to increase and plague our school district.”
“My personal goals are to not only reduce taxes in Roxbury, but also improve the educational quality in the Roxbury schools, as well as increase the much needed accountability of our local school board members.  For example, the highest paid person in the school district should never be the school board attorney.  If this current board did not have so many personal conflicts of interest, I assure you, the attorney would have very little to bill us for.”, Rogers said.
Rogers stated, “There are clear differences between myself and the candidates who run as part of a slate called Roxbury CARE.  One of these candidates, Pat Miller, presided in disgrace over a well publicized student sexual assault cover up just a few years ago.  

During her tenure on the board, Ms. Miller also called for a resolution designed to tarnish the reputation of a fellow board member with allegations of trespassing on school grounds.  After hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills, these charges were later deemed false by an administrative judge and the New Jersey Commissioner of Education.  

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However, Ms. Miller is best known for being a key negotiator in the 20% teacher raise negotiated in 2009.  The people of Roxbury cannot afford another Pat Miller school board term.” 

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“I recognize the reduction of waste, mismanagement and abuse will always be an uphill battle, but giving up is never an option.”  Rogers said.  “On November 4th, please vote ballot position number 3, Chris Rogers for Roxbury School Board.  For more information, please visit www.RoxburyTEAM.org.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Jersey’s Local Finance Board Approves Application for Municipal Consolidation Study Commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Chloe Miller
973-315-0300

ROXBURY AND MOUNT ARLINGTON – July 16, 2014 – The State Local Finance Board gave its unanimous approval this morning of an application calling for the creation of a municipal consolidation commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington.

Representatives of both communities will be appointed to serve on the commission, which will undertake a comprehensive study into the pros and cons of consolidation.

Chris Rogers, a Roxbury resident who is among the petitioners, was among a group of residents from both towns who attended the Local Finance Board meeting today to show support..

“We are thrilled that our application has been approved,” Rogers said. “Now the hard work begins. We are eager to form the consolation commission and move to the next step in the state-mandated process.”

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington submitted nearly 400 signed petitions last year to clerks in both municipalities calling for the municipal consolidation study commission. It would comprise five residents of each town.

The process, which follows the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Law, is similar to what is now taking place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which formed their consolidation commission in early 2013 in partnership with local elected officials.

The effort to gather petition signatures began October 2012, with residents from both towns meeting to discuss the petition process.

Roxbury and Mount Arlington are not the first to pursue this initiative. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township conducted the study in 2011, and consolidated on January 1, 2013. The merged town has more than $3 million in tax savings and has received positive feedback from residents.

The petitioners received voluntary support from Courage to Connect New Jersey, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that helps citizens and government leaders through the state-mandated consolidation process.
Gina Genovese, executive director of the organization, said the petitioners in Roxbury and Mount Arlington have worked diligently over two years to push the process forward. “This is an extremely knowledgeable group of petitioners who have carefully deliberated if they should pursue a consolidation commission,” Genovese said. “Today is a historic moment, as Roxbury and Mount Arlington now formerly explore if they are better as one municipality.”




Monday, July 28, 2014

Six seeking three seats on Roxbury school board in November

Roxbury Register - July 28, 2014


Contested school board race slated in Roxbury district.


There will be a contested school board race in the K-12 Roxbury school district this fall, but not in the K-8 Mount Arlington district.
Petitions to run for the Board of Education race in November were due in the Morris County clerk’s office at 4 p.m. Monday.
Both districts opted several years ago to move their April elections to November. This year, the general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4.
In Roxbury, three, three-year seats are up for re-election.
All three incumbents are seeking another three year term each.
They include Ronald Lucas of Perin Place, James Monaghan, Jr., of Hillary Terrace and David Ramage of Lazarus Drive.
Seeking a return to the board are two previous members: Pat Miller of Bass Drive and Chris Rogers of Ford Road. First-time candidate Terasa Fedorchak is also seeking one of the three seats on the board.
In Mount Arlington, three, three-year terms are also up for re-election.
Long-time board member Gene Paradiso opted not to seek another three year term.
Instead, Karl Svenningsen of Henmar Drive is seeking one of the three seats, as are incumbents Rachel Byrne of Bertrand Road and John Longtine of Hover Drive.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Jersey’s Local Finance Board to Hear Application for Municipal Consolidation Study Commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington - Hearing Set for July 16 in Trenton


ROXBURY AND MOUNT ARLINGTON –The State Local Finance Board is expected to give final approval on Wednesday, July 16 of an application calling for the creation of a municipal consolidation commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington. If the board approves the application, representatives of both communities will be appointed to serve on the commission, which will undertake a comprehensive study into the pros and cons of consolidation.

Chris Rogers, a Roxbury resident who is among the petitioners, said the group went before the Local Finance Board on June 11 to show support. There was no opposition during the public hearing portion of the meeting, prompting Rogers to believe the state board will grant approval at the July meeting.

“We are optimistic and hopeful that our application is approved,” Rogers said. “We are eager to form the consolation commission and move to the next step in the state-mandated process.”

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington submitted nearly 400 signed petitions last year to clerks in both municipalities calling for the municipal consolidation study commission. It would comprise five residents of each town. The process, which follows the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Law, is similar to what is now taking place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which formed their consolidation commission in early 2013 in partnership with local elected officials.

The effort to gather petition signatures began October 2012, with residents from both towns meeting to discuss the petition process.

Roxbury and Mount Arlington are not the first to pursue this initiative. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township conducted the study in 2011, and consolidated on January 1, 2013. The merged town has more than $3 million in tax savings and has received positive feedback from residents.

Learn more at http://roxburymountarlingtonstudy.com/

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hearing Set for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday

New Jersey’s Local Finance Board to Hard Application for Municipal Consolidation Study Commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington

ROXBURY AND MOUNT ARLINGTON – June 10, 2014 – The State Local Finance Board is set to hear an application tomorrow that calls for the creation of a municipal consolidation commission for Roxbury and Mount Arlington.

The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 am at the state Department of Community Affairs, 101 S. Broad St, Trenton. The board meets in Conference Room 129. If the board approves the application, representatives of both communities will be appointed to serve on the commission, which will undertake a comprehensive study into the pros and cons of consolidation.

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington submitted nearly 400 signed petitions last year to clerks in both municipalities calling for the municipal consolidation study commission. It would comprise five residents of each town.

The process, which follows the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Law, is similar to what is now taking place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which formed their consolidation commission in early 2013 in partnership with local elected officials.

In Roxbury, the effort was put together by members of the Roxbury Taxpayer Association. In Mount Arlington, the effort was driven by former Councilman Gene Paradiso, a current school board member who joined a group to merge the towns in the 1990s, before the Local Option Municipal Consolidation Law was adopted.

“It is our hope that residents from both communities can attend the hearing in Trenton tomorrow and voice their strong support for this application,” Rogers said. “This is an important step in what could ultimately be very important decision for both communities.”

The effort to gather petition signatures began October 2012, with residents from both towns meeting to discuss the petition process.

Roxbury and Mount Arlington are not the first to pursue this initiative. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township conducted the study in 2011, and consolidated on January 1, 2013. The merged town has more than $3 million in tax savings and has received positive feedback from residents.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Municipal Consolidation Study

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington submitted nearly 400 signed petitions in 2013 to clerks in both municipalities calling for a municipal consolidation study commission.
The petitions were certified, allowing the citizens’ group to form the consolidation commission, comprising five residents of each town. The commission will be meeting to study the pros and cons of merging the towns, and if the issue should go before voters of both communities.
The process, which follows the Municipal Consolidation Act of 2007, is similar to what is now taking place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood, which formed their consolidation commission in early 2013 in partnership with local elected officials.
“This is another example of local citizens working under state law to promote change,” explained Gina Genovese, executive director, Courage to Connect New Jersey, which is assisting the citizens’ group through the process. “The group of petitioners in Mount Arlington and Roxbury are making history for their hometowns, calling for an analysis to see if the two towns are better together.”
In Roxbury, the effort was put together by the Roxbury Taxpayers’ Education Association (Roxbury TEAM). In Mount Arlington, the effort was driven by former Councilman Gene Paradiso, a current school board member who joined a group to merge the towns in the 1990s, before the Municipal Consolidation Act of 2007 was adopted.
The effort to gather petition signatures began October 2012, with residents from both towns meeting to discuss the petition process.
Roxbury and Mount Arlington are not the first to pursue this initiative. Princeton Borough and Princeton Township conducted the study in 2011, and consolidated on January 1, 2013. The merged town has more than $3 million in tax savings and has received positive feedback from residents.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Jersey Taxpayers Association: Screening of the new film "The Ticket"

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