Cudahy Alderman Randy Hollenbeck’s record of broken promises

In 2013 Randy Hollenbeck ran for alderman in Cudahy’s third aldermanic district. During his campaign, Hollenbeck made a made a series of very specific promises to his future constituents. Six years later – as Ald. Hollenbeck vies for a third term in office – I thought it might be useful to take a few moments to review the promises Randy Hollenbeck made in 2013 to see if he’s truly a man of his word or just another politician who will say whatever it takes to get elected.

Here’s a list of the promises Randy Hollenbeck made in 2013 along with updates on whether Ald. Hollenbeck actually lived up to those promises:

  1. I will keep “the people” informed of what is going on in the city. I will come home after a Common Council meeting and let people know what was said and done! I will not post the private in closed session items, but the rest I will.
  2. This is absolutely 100% a broken promise. As far as I can tell Ald. Hollenbeck hasn’t blogged about Common Council meetings even once since he was elected to office. In fact, he’s largely been absent from social media since being elected despite being a very active blogger prior to being elected.

  3. I want to have an email list of District 3 constituents that would like to know what is going on and for me to ask them what they want me to do.
  4. While my wife and I did get emails from Ald. Hollenbeck for a brief period following his election eventually we stopped getting emails from Ald. Hollenbeck. I’m not sure if Ald. Hollenbeck still sends out regular emails to his constituents, and if he does he’s not sending them to all his constituents who’ve requested them. This promise is mostly broken in my opinion.

  5. I will call those that prefer that method and will of course post on my blog.
  6. Perhaps Ald. Hollenbeck is calling some constituents to provide updates, but I haven’t heard from anyone confirming he’s doing that. As I noted above Ald. Hollenbeck hasn’t posted anything on his blog in years, so this promise is at least half broken.

  7. I will on the major items the Common Council votes on if not given enough time to talk and get the wishes and direction of District 3 constituents as for the vote to be tabled until such time as I can how the District 3 constituents would like me to vote.
  8. I can’t recall Ald. Hollenbeck ever asking for a vote to be tabled so he can consult his constituents on how to vote. Then again, I stopped getting emails from Ald. Hollenbeck, so it’s hard to tell what he’s been up to.

  9. I will push to get the Common Council televised and on the web!
  10. Cudahy’s Common Council meetings are still not televised or on the web consistently. While some meetings have been put on the web, Cudahy Ald. Justin Moralez has been the alderman responsible for posting those meetings to the web – Ald. Hollenbeck had noting to do with putting the meetings on the web. This is yet another broken promise.

  11. I will hold town hall meetings to have face to face time with the District 3 constituents.
  12. Ald. Hollenbeck has not held any town hall meetings with his constituents since he was elected. This is absolutely a broken promise.

  13. I plan on walking the district talking to people not just during election time.
  14. As far as I can tell this is a broken promise. The only time I’ve seen Randy Hollenbeck “walking the district” is when he marches (or more accurately is driven) in the city’s annual Fourth of July parade, which happens to run in part through Ald. Hollenbeck’s district. However I will note I doubt if Ald. Hollenbeck were “talking the district” he’d knock on my door to talk to my wife and I given the animosity he seems to have towards us.

  15. As Alderman for the 3rd District of Cudahy I will be pushing that Cudahy’s Economic Development Director Brian Biernat comes to one Common Council meeting a month and explain in meeting and during the open session what is going on.
  16. From what I’ve been told Brian Biernat does not attend one Common Council meeting per month to explain “what is going on.” Ald. Hollenbeck may have pushed for Biernat to attend meetings but it certainly appears whatever pushing (if any) Ald. Hollenbeck did was unsuccessful.

If you’d like to read more about Cudahy Ald. Hollenbeck and his track record both before and after his election to office be sure to check out my archive on Blogging Blue

The “Patriot Way” indeed!

Apparently the ““Patriot Way” involves the owner of the team soliciting prostitution?!?!?

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was listed as part of a group charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida on Friday. 

Per Ali Schmitz of USA Today, Jupiter police announced Kraft has been formally charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.

Per NBC News’ Tom Winter, Florida police said they obtained video evidence showing Kraft “involved in acts of prostitution” during their investigation. 

Obviously Robert Kraft is innocent until proven guilty, but the fact that there may be video evidence showing Kraft involved in acts of prostitution doesn’t bode well for him.

My son’s life is immeasurably better because of Jocelyn

A little over six years ago I wrote at Blogging Blue about the death of Jocelyn Flashinski. Jocelyn touched my son’s life in a truly impactful way and I now that I’ve ventured out into a new blog I wanted to share what I wrote here.

Those of you who are regular readers of Blogging Blue know that while I write a lot about politics, news, current events, etc., I will from time to time get a little personal and write about life, family etc.

Among the topics I’ve touched on a few times is my family’s experience with autism, specifically in the case of my son Nick. Nick was diagnosed as being autistic when he was two years old, and after his diagnosis it felt like our family’s world had been turned upside-down. We didn’t know what that meant for us – and more importantly for Nick – but we knew we were going to do whatever it took to help Nick.

After Nick’s diagnosis, we were referred to the Autism Behavioral Network to begin the process of receiving intensive in-home therapy to help spur Nick’s development, improve his behavior, and give him the skills he’d need to function at a high level. Among the first staff assigned to work with Nick was Jocelyn, his lead therapist. Jocelyn quickly built a team of therapists (in addition to doing some of Nick’s therapy herself), and we quickly saw progress in Nick.

Over the course of the next few years, Nick’s team members came and went, but the one constant in Nick’s life was Jocelyn, and he was all the better for it. Jocelyn always knew exactly what to do to get Nick through a rough patch, and in many ways she helped lay the foundation for many of the gains Nick has made both at home and in school over the past few years.

Today is my son’s ninth birthday, and I’m in tears because I see so much potential for him to have a great life – and in many ways Jocelyn helped Nick tap into that potential. However, I’m also in tears because our family found out late last week that Jocelyn, who had made such a tremendous impact in our son’s life – not to mention our own – took her own life.

I don’t presume to know why Jocelyn did what she did, except to say that she must have had a great deal of hurt inside her, but I do know she’ll be missed terribly.

Jessica McBride of the Caledonia Patch has an excellent story about the impact Jocelyn had on so many autistic children during her too-short life, but this passage hit home particularly hard.

Whenever Jocelyn Flashinski was coming over for therapy, young Mario Martinez, who is autistic, would wait impatiently for her.

“He would sit at the window or the door. He would recognize her car. He would say ‘Jocelyn’s coming today,’” said the now 9-year-old boy’s father, Jesse Martinez of Milwaukee.

My son Nick was one of what I’m sure were many kids who waited at the window or the door for Jocelyn to show up to visit, and his life – and the lives of so many other children and their families – will be forever changed for the better because of Jocelyn.