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Asbury Radio Editorial - John A. Lynch, Jr -
Twenty-five years gone by.
Twenty-five years ago, I had sources telling me how Lynch and his cohorts were operating the redevelopment of New Brunswick. One was a N.B. cop. One was an accused arsonist with 30 arrests on his record. I interviewed him in jail.
One more reference to the wonderful job Lynch did in New Brunswick and I'll be ill. Any politico who comments about his successes and how these "proceedings" have marred an otherwise brilliant career should be investigated themselves.
Back then, I wrote a story about the working poor in New Brunswick who were frozen out of their apartments, so that the code official - a political hack - could post the condemned sign on the door. Can't occupy a building with no heat or hot water.
Tenants would pay their rents only to have the collector take off with the money. Then they'd be evicted for nonpayment. One family was burned out of the apartment they rented in a building owned by the police director's cousin. My magazine article was called "The Other 30-percent", after the quicky poll the city hired Eagleton Institute to do in reaction to my NYT's piece. (The Eagleton poll had showed that 70% thought redevelopment was good for New Brunswick.) The NYT's piece is up on this site under, 'Who is Asbury Radio?'. The magazine piece won a journalism award.
A lot more needed to be written, but my jailhouse source clammed up after a contract was put out on him. I wasn't alone though, he also refused to testify in court, which earned him an extra 6 mos. on his sentence.
The Hungarian community that gave New Brunswick some of its rich history was largely forced out by the tax concessions Lynch made to his cronies.
The minorities and low income people were forced out to Franklin. Urban Removal.
20 years later, Lynch finally tripped up a la Al Capone. He didn't pay his taxes. That allowed Christie's office to come in and do the job the state and local authorities wouldn't touch and tell the story the media for decades wouldn't report.
Now today (12/19/06) The Asbury Park Press printed an editorial calling for "no mercy" for Lynch; and US District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler sentenced Lynch to 39 months in prison. Amen.
For the Record - John Lynch, former mayor and state senate president, Entered Prison on Jan. 16, 2007
From the Home News (THNT):
LORETTO, Pa.: John A. Lynch Jr. surrendered to federal prison authorities here today, and was assigned to the prison camp at the Federal Correction Institute at Loretto.
Last month the 68-year-old Lynch was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to 39 months in federal custody, after pleading guilty to two counts of mail fraud and one count of income tax evasion.
Prison camps have the lowest level of security within the federal prison system. Inmates with the lowest flight risk are assigned to the camp. Unlike the adjacent low-security facility, the camp is not surrounded by a fence.
According to a prison official Lynch arrived at noon at the facility, located about 90 miles east of Pittsburgh...
His surrender date of Jan. 15 was changed by one day for the federal Martin Luther King Day holiday.
Home News Tribune Online 12/24/05
By RICK MALWITZ
NEW BRUNSWICK — The probe into the business activities of former Mayor John A. Lynch Jr. was widened yesterday when city officials received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office seeking all records of its business since 1993 with Lynch and 19 other individuals and companies.
"I have no clue what this is all about, and I'm not concerned," Lynch said yesterday.
"Whatever they want we will provide," said city spokesman Bill Bray.
According to the subpoena, received by the city yesterday in a FedEx delivery, it seeks delivery of the documents by Jan. 11.
The office of U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie informed the city it is not the target of the probe, according to Bray.
The investigation into Lynch's business dealings became widely known Nov. 9, the day after the Election Day, when the FBI carried out a search warrant in Tinton Falls at offices where Lynch and John E. Westlake share ownership in Executive Continental, a consulting firm.
Westlake alone also operates Alma Limited, another consulting firm.
The Nov. 9 search warrant sought all records of the dealings between Lynch, Westlake and the two consulting companies and 57 companies and individuals. It sought records for all of the city's business transactions from Jan. 1, 1999, to Dec. 31, 2004.
The subpoena delivered yesterday to the city began with Alma Limited and Executive Continental, followed by the names' Lynch and Westlake.
Also on the list were Penrose Properties, Richard K. Barnhart, MRA Plaza Associates, AEW, Roseland Property Co., Applied Development, AJD Construction Co., Joseph Taylor, Marshall Tycher, Carl Goldberg, Joseph Barry, David Barry, Anthony J. Diaco, and Hetal J. Patel.
Similar subpoenas have been issued to counties and to municipalities in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The day the FBI searched the offices of Lynch and Westlake in Tinton Falls, New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill was subpoenaed and ordered to testify before a federal grand jury in Camden and to bring all documents concerning The Highlands at Plaza Square, luxury apartments off Route 18.
However, his appearance was eventually canceled, according to Bray.
The subpoena delivered to Cahill referred to documents "involving or regarding Alma Ltd. Inc., Executive Continental Inc., John Lynch, John Westlake."
The Highlands at Plaza Square at Route 18 and New, Neilson and Richmond streets is a four-story building of 415 luxury apartments. The $70 million project was a joint development project that Lynch helped facilitate.
In an interview published in The Home News Tribune Nov. 20, Lynch explained that he formed the partnership with Westlake in 1993. He was serving in the state Senate at the time, but his influence waned when the Democrats suffered significant losses in the 1991 election.
As a result of the losses, Lynch said in the interview, he decided it was time to enter "the real world" and begin developing business interests in addition to his law practice.
When Westlake and Lynch started working together in 1993, they decided that Lynch, still a state senator, would not share in ownership of Alma. Were his name associated with Alma, Lynch said, "I would become the story, as opposed to the project."
The two then established Executive Continental to act as a subcontractor working for Alma, with Westlake and Lynch sharing 50/50 ownership and with Lynch the "choreographer."
Lynch explained that his role was "to make sure the politics would work."
Lynch was mayor of New Brunswick from 1979 to 1991 and served in the state Senate from 1981 until 2002. He is often given credit for the city's revival in recent decades.