grew up in to express his frustration.
“If you don’t have enough help, you can’t get all the work done and you’ll go out of business. This board majority has taken political malfunction to a higher level,” he said.
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Board member Murray Sonstein had little to say about Abate and Cipriano.
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Attempts by BucksiocalNews.com to reach other board members were unsuccessful.
Dave Ballard, Burlington’s director of housing and community development, was more outspoken, calling criticism of the city and of the mayor “grossly” unfair.
“The mayor and I have always been available to the board of island managers. We have worked very hard to keep them involved when it comes to island issues,” Ballard said. “And, we have a very good rapport with several of the board members.”
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The company would have paid up to $1 million - to be split between the city and the island managers - for use of the island. That deposited material would have been removed once Fidelis set up its planned permanent dredging company at U.S. Pipe.
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