Below is a letter I sent to Greenwald and the other representives and his response:
To: Adler, Sen. D.O.; Greenwald, Asm. D.O.; Lampitt, Asw. D.O.
Subject: Brookfield Group Home
It has been several weeks since my neighbors and I have met with you and
the representatives from NJ Mentor regarding the group home that may be
located in our neighborhood. Since that time I have been spending many
evenings discussing this with my neighbors and the mood is becoming even
more emotional than that which was on display at the community meeting.
People are frightened, epecially since school has started and rumors
about Mentor children being placed in their childrens classes have begun
Let me be a voice fom some of my neighbors. These children will not be
welcomed in our neighborhood, we have no faith in DYFS to oversee the
operations at this house. We have less faith in NJ Mentor to put the
safety of our neighborhood and the well being of all the students at our
schools before the need to turn a profit.
There is nothing you can say to most of us that will convince us that
this is a good idea, that this will enhance our community or contribute
to the safety of our neighborhood and schools.
Nannette and Paul Smith
and his reply:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the proposed group
home in your Cherry Hill neighborhood. We have taken the liberty of
forwarding your concerns to Commissioner Ryan of the Department of
Children and Families (DCF). We have been advised by the Commissioner's
office that he has scheduled several meeting this week and next with
residents from the community and that he plans to make a determination
by the end of next week.
Again, thank you for contacting us. We will continue to ensure that
your concerns are heard by the appropriate officials within DCF.
Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald
Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt