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Dave Fleisher joins Cherry Hill Council

Cherry Hill council adds Fleisher
Philadelphia Inquirer, Tue, Feb. 24, 2009

A former Cherry Hill councilman was named last night to fill the unexpired term of Councilwoman Shelley Adler, whose husband was recently elected to Congress.

Dave Fleisher, 39, a father of three, is a financial-services executive who served on the Township Council for nine years until 2006. At 27, he was the youngest councilperson ever to be elected in the township.

Fleisher, Richard Supnick, and Gerald Faber were nominated by the Cherry Hill Democratic Party to fill Adler's seat. The Township Council then voted 6-0 last night to choose Fleisher for the remainder of Adler's term, which expires this year.

To read more about this, click here for the full article or here for the Courier Post article.

Courier Post agrees with Freeholders on Riverfront State Prison issue

Prison stands in the way of progress
Courier Post Editorial, February 23, 2009

County and state officials are right to stand firm on planned prison shutdown.

Riverfront State Prison was a mistake from its inception. Hard as it may be for the corrections officers who work there to accept, this mistake can and should be corrected. The prison should be closed and torn down.

And if anyone thinks that dangerous criminals who aren't eligible for parole will suddenly just be let out of prison; it's not true.

Moreover, though, the prison is a roadblock to the progression of development along the valuable riverfront in Camden. South of the Ben Franklin Bridge, where once there were empty industrial buildings, there is now an aquarium, baseball stadium, concert venue, battleship museum and luxury apartments. But on the north side of those towering stone bridge footings? There's a prison and a depressed neighborhood.

Camden County announces initiative to cut costs

Camco to merge functions, save cash
Courier-Post Staff
February 18, 2009

They have trimmed hundreds of positions and tried to slim the perks for the several thousand county workers who remain.

But as the economy and revenues sour even more, Camden County freeholders will announce this morning a fresh approach to revamping government.

County executives said they will strive to consolidate some functions among departments and county-related agencies.

Projected county revenue losses over the next couple years are expected to reach $12 million.

Meanwhile, unavoidable expenses are projected to grow by more than $20 million, the county said.

A press conference about the government transformation is scheduled for this morning at Camden County College in Blackwood. The effort meshes with a two-year-old campaign by Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who has pushed government agencies to streamline and share administrative functions.

Courier Post endorses Cherry Hill's false alarm proposal

Higher fine may end repeat false alarms
February 13, 2009
Courier Post Editorial

Cherry Hill wise to up the penalty for repeat alarms that waste the police department's time.

Every time police cars are dispatched to businesses and homes where security alarms ring, it costs about $500. When those alarms turn out to be false, those taxpayer dollars are wasted.

The Cherry Hill township council had good reason to significantly increase the fine for false alarms. False alarms have been a problem for township emergency responders, particularly police, and some businesses and homes have been repeat offenders. That needs to stop, and maybe a $1,250 fine will make those business owners or homeowners who haven't gotten around to fixing their malfunctioning alarms to do so.