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Chelsea Neighborhood Association

One Resident’s Analysis of the Chelsea Neighborhood Association’s Debate

By Smartin’ Martin
(Normally, we just report on events.  This is almost entirely the opinion of one attendee. Here is a candidate-by-candidate review of those standing for Sixth and Fifth Ward and At-Large Councilmen offices.)
Councilman at Large
George Tibitt: Seems to be a mini-Mancuso.  A lot of people like him but he has no idea on legislation and laws.   He was incoherent and off-base at times. He could not even put together two plausible sentences yet he is a likable guy. 
Ernest Coursey:  Definitely a family man.  He continues to use the word “administration,” indicating that he backs Speedy.  I believe Coursey want to sell Bader field, ASAP.  The guy sitting next to me, Tom, commented about Coursey:  “His English sucks.”  He is another Langford guy.
Mike Toland: The guy acting most like a normal guy.  A retired Vet, he was well spoken and solid with many issues.  Yet he was not properly dressed and used the word Armageddon for the redistricting process. I think Toland is a good candidate and the right choice in November.
5th Ward
Dennis Mason: To the point.  When asked if he agreed with the smoking ban, he said yes and said if he had the vote again he would vote the same way.  On redevelopment of Bader Field, he wants to see housing, Casinos, and open space.  He answered with a little bit of everything.  I felt he made a strong impression and am considering voting for him but I believe he has no open competition in the ward.
6th Ward
Tim Mancuso:  Is not against the smoking ban, yet he kept referring to Mason’s ideas.  He referred to Tibbitt, in effect, as the new kid on the block.  Mancuso is non-sensical with his comments especially, “I will do what the people want with Bader Field.”  I think he will lose this election
Steve Layman:  A strong candidate and former mayor.  He spoke with a purpose and said it was time to clean up the mess in A.C.  He impressed me with his poise and firmness on all the questions asked.  I believe he will make an excellent candidate and strong leader for our sixth ward
Ytit Chauhan:  What a terrible debater.  The only candidate to take shots at others.  He is a smoker yet he believes the casinos should be 100% smoke-free.  He called this city petty and says if we are arguing over city cell phones and cars we are being petty.  Sorry he lost my vote.  He is so stuck up it’s not even funny.  He has no shot.

The debate quality was terrible.  Steve Layman and Mike Toland were the best.  Ytit and Tibbitt the worst. 
I spoke with my friend Eugene Robinson after the debate.  He voted against the smoking ban and states it is wrong for Casinos to be 75% – 25%.  I still support Mr. Robinson [despite his prostitution scandal] and am glad he voted against this cause.  Gene also said he believes the voting at the Democratic Committee was unfair and does not support that type of process.  When I asked about the fluidity of Government in this City – as to who takes over when the Mayor leaves office – he said this is a State Issue.  Well the state needs to fix this problem.  There is no law or consistency.  I elect Eugene Robinson MAYOR!  Oh wait I bet I can’t do it 🙂


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


5 thoughts on “One Resident’s Analysis of the Chelsea Neighborhood Association’s Debate

  1. All I had to do was to read his response on this blog to tell that Chauhan was stuck up. His knocks on the other candidates is the reason I would never consider voting for him. This is a good report and is consistent with what I know about the candidates. I’d like to see Toland and Layman get in as we need some fresh blood on council.

    Posted by dave | October 28, 2007, 8:05 pm
  2. Chauhan may appear stuck up due to the tactics used by Mancuso. He believes the casinos should be smoke free due to the welfare of the casino employees and patrons. Who cares if he is a smoker? All politicians take shots at each other, Ytit certainly isnt the first.

    Posted by Alex Rovins | October 29, 2007, 1:23 am
  3. That’s the problem. Chauhan seems to be the only one taking shots in this council race. Toland and Laymen have just been talking about issues while Chauhan bashes his opponents. We need an honest debate in AC, not what “all politicians” usually do.

    Posted by dave | October 29, 2007, 11:45 am
  4. Ytit is starting to flip-flop on the issues. He really has no idea about this city to begin with. I wonder if he ever worked in the city and talked to the people? I agree with his point of protecting the casino employees. Yet their are other things that can be encouraged instead of a steel gate 100% ban. Casino are the turbines of South Jersey when it comes to economic prosperity and jobs. When we start losing business we need to start coming up with new ideas to help create customers and make our business grow. Yes second hand smoke is a serious issue. Still, it can be controlled. Saloons in the olden days were places where cowboys relaxed and had a few drinks, played cards and smoked. Casinos are recreational 21st centur y saloons and we need to bring back the customers. So 50 -50 is the way to go so its fair to all people. Ytit remember schools and libraries are places of learning. Casinos are places to relax when we don’t want to learn. Good luck Ytit on Tuesday. Your going to need it.

    Posted by Devon | October 31, 2007, 10:27 am
  5. Excellent response, Devon. When you say you want to protect the casino workers, you also have to protect their jobs. It’s not going to be long–I predict after the holiday—that layoffs are going to start because there is no need for the current level of staffing with business dropping off by 10% or more. Then those people who wanted to “protect” the casino employees are going to see the hard reality of programs that were implemented to protect the employees will actually hurt them.

    Posted by dave | October 31, 2007, 2:10 pm

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