Category Politics

OPINION: The Same Old Belleville Politics Disguised As “Progress:” The Case Against Melham and BetterBelleville

Belleville has seen bad politicians come and go but we believe that never has a Belleville mayor like Michael Melham so blatantly and arrogantly grabbed for power, control, and benefit. Throughout the past four years of Melham’s reign, his running mates on the Town Council have been largely silent. For these reasons, it is our opinion that Melham and BetterBelleville do not deserve re-election.

Mayor Melham’s Planning Board Caper, Part I

Since 2019, Mayor Michael Melham has claimed the right to appoint almost all members of the planning board, despite contrary evidence. The planning board’s vice-chairman challenged the mayor’s claims at a recent planning board meeting. by FF3, Lead Editor Note:… Continue Reading →

A More Complete Picture: An Open Letter & Counterpoint to Jay Levin of The New York Times

A recent New York Times article about Belleville painted an idealized picture of the town, especially from a real estate point of view. Here, Belleville Watch highlights some of the things that maybe realtors and politicians would rather not discuss.

AlphaDog Solutions and The Belleville Public Library: Conflict of Interest?

Why would a legal opinion from a library board attorney, apparently concerning a conflict of interest with AlphaDog Solutions — Mayor Michael Melham’s company — be necessary?

A Master Lesson In The “Art” Of Arrogance?

By FF3, Lead Editor A nearly 200-year old painting, appraised at $125,000 and belonging to the Belleville Historical Society, was removed from the Belleville Public Library and now hangs on the wall in Michael Melham’s office at Town Hall. The… Continue Reading →

Mayor Melham’s BOE-Enabled, Six-Figure, Taxpayer-Funded Windfall

The Board of Education voted on January 25th to lease property owned by Mayor Michael Melham. He now stands to be paid upwards of $180,000 in taxpayer money.

#Justice4Belleville: An Open Letter to NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

Dear Attorney General Grewal, You are obviously a busy man, so I will be direct. The residents of Belleville – a small town in Essex County – have patiently waited for your office to investigate the shameful – and possibly… Continue Reading →

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