PCDO Membership Meeting -- Princeton University

Apr 17 2011 7:30 pm


PCDO Presents:


community + university =




Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 7:30pm

Suzanne Patterson Center, One Monument Drive (behind Boro Hall), Princeton, NJ


Can Princeton University and our two governing bodies cooperate to create a sustainable, mutually beneficial future for our town?


In June of 2008, PCDO passed a resolution urging the community to take action and insist on a fairer allocation of the financial burdens associated with fulfilling the public purposes of our community. Since then, financial pressures on our community have only increased, due to cuts in state aid, revaluation with its attendant regressive shifting of the tax burden, and the punishing recession of the past two years. At the same time, new controversial expansion plans have been proposed by the University, and recent census data show a distressing loss of diversity in the Princeton community over the past 10 years, multiplying the areas of conflict between Town and Gown. 



PCDO Local Issues committee members Kevin Wilkes, David Cohen, Sheldon Sturges and Jenny Crumiller will present a program updating members on the latest developments on all these fronts. Discussion will follow, with community members encouraged to bring their ideas on how best to ease tensions, work cooperatively, and juggle the competing agendas of all the players.

April 3, 2011 Endorsement Meeting Results

The PCDO's endorsement meeting for local races had a tremendous turnout this evening. No nominations were made from the floor, so the two Township Committee candidates were endorsed by acclamation. After the Borough candidates spoke, a total of 200 ballots were collected and counted from PCDO members.

To summarize the results, of the three candidates for Mayor, only David Goldfarb exceeded the 40% of the Borough votes, the threshold to receive a recommendation to be placed in the Democratic column on the primary ballot, but without the official slogan. In the council race, both Heather Howard And Barbara Trelstad exceeded 60% of the Borough votes and 50% overall, so received the full endorsement of the PCDO to be in the column with the official slogan on the primary ballot.

A detailed breakdown of the votes is as follows:

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Message from the PCDO President

PCDO Endorsement: Competition for Princeton Borough Mayor and Council Seats

Submitted by Dan on March 22, 2011 - 8:58pm

Endorsement Meeting and Candidates’ Night
Sunday, April 3, 2011 – 7:00pm registration; meeting starts at 7:30pm
Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Borough Hall, 45 Stockton St.)
Candidates for Princeton Borough Mayor:
David Goldfarb, Yina Moore and Anne Waldron Neumann
Candidates for two Borough Council seats:
Heather Howard, Barbara Trelstad and Thomas Zucosky
Candidates for two Princeton Township Committee seats:
Bernard (Bernie) Miller and Sue Nemeth

More info about each candidate, including links to their web pages, is at:

Candidates in contested races (for Borough Mayor and Borough Council) will have 3 minutes each to address the audience, followed by questions. Questions will be submitted on index cards and read by a moderator.

What questions or issues would you like the candidates to address?

Message from the PCDO President

Endorsement meeting postponed to Sunday, April 3

Submitted by Dan on March 5, 2011 - 3:35pm

The PCDO will hold its annual candidate endorsement meeting on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:30pm at the Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Princeton Borough Hall). This is a change from the previous date of March 20th.

The change is because of Mayor Mildred Trotman's recent decision not to seek re-election for Princeton Borough Mayor. The two week delay in the endorsement meeting will allow candidates and voters extra time to consider their choices to fill this open seat.

Candidates are urged to contact PCDO president Dan Preston by Sunday March 20 in order to appear on the endorsement ballot and to have campaign messages distributed to the membership before the April 3 meeting:
by e-mail to dan [/at/] princetondems [/dot/] org, or by calling 252-0011.

Many thanks to Mayor Trotman for her many years of service to the Princeton community.

Message from the PCDO President

NJ Schools - followup to our program on 2/27

Submitted by Dan on March 3, 2011 - 9:03pm

We had a great turnout at our 2/27 meeting to hear Julia Sass Rubin of Save Our Schools NJ explain the dangers to our public schools posed by legislation being considered in Trenton.

Julia Sass Rubin at PCDO on 2/27/11

Save Our Schools NJ is a "nonpartisan, grassroots organization of parents and other concerned residents who believe that all New Jersey children should have access to a high quality public education." (from their website).

Julia is a Princeton resident and PCDO member. She also happens to be an assistant professor in public policy at Rutgers with a mere four degrees from Harvard.

Julia outlined several areas of concern regarding legislation and policies advocated by the Christie administration (and even some Democrats), including:

  • a proposed voucher program to use taxpayer funds for private and religious school tuition
  • rapid expansion of charter schools without real reform or accountability
  • budget cuts

For more information, go to www.SaveOurSchoolsNJ.org. You can also "friend" them on Facebook.

Several time during her talk, Julia referenced work by her colleague Bruce Baker. His blog, School Finance 101, can be read and signed up for here.

An audience member also recommended Diane Ravitch's book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System.

At the end of the evening, the gathered members unanimously passed a resolution in support of NJ's public schools.

Whether you were able to attend the program or not, we welcome your comments. What additional actions could the PCDO or individual members take to protect public education in NJ?

Who Needs Unions? - General Membership Meeting

May 22 2011 7:30 pm

The future of organized labor and the economic and political stakes for all of us

Sunday, May 22 at 7:30pm

Suzanne Patterson Center, One Monument Drive (behind Boro Hall), Princeton, NJ


Following the Citizens United ruling and the increasing flow of corporate cash into our elections, labor unions have never been more critical as a bulwark against powerful corporate interests.  But the downward trend of labor power seems to be increasing, accelerated by attacks on collective bargaining by Republican governors around the country.  


With unemployment at crisis levels, can the Democratic Party and organized labor rejuvenate their traditional alliance working on behalf of all workers and the middle class?  What are the risks here in NJ if our Republican Governor gets a Republican legislature...will we go the way of Wisconsin and Ohio? If labor continues to decline, will the Democratic Party and the middle class follow? How can we fight back – together?  



Michael Merrill:  Dean of the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College.  B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in economic history from Columbia University.  He has developed workshops on "The Financial Crisis of 2008: Who Caused It and How Do We Fix It?" and "Workers in a Global Economy," delivered to 1,000 (NYC) building trades members; and has authored many papers on the state of labor and strategies for future success in various professional journals.


Don Dileo:  Currently serves as Vice Chair of the Mercer Democratic Party.  He is the former President of the Mercer County AFL-CIO, and its current Vice President. He has served on the Trenton Board of Education.  He is the former Political and Legislative Director, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for NJ, as well as its former International Union Representative.  A graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program, he is a member of the NJ Board of Master Plumbers, and former President SEIU Local 175 Princeton University.