Dear Editor,

William Bucco of Aberdeen, a 28-year-old Campaign Treasurer for Freeholder Lillian Burry's 2011 re-election campaign should not have been appointed as Acting Assistant Director of the Monnmouth County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Monmouth County is facing a heroin epidemic and we need competent experts, not political socialites to assist residents battling addiction. Mr. Bucco lacks the background necessary to help implement the complex solutions we need to reduce harm and save lives.

Has everyone forgotten that Mr. Bucco's predecessor as Freeholder Burry's campaign treasurer was attorney John Cantalupo of Colts Neck? Mr. Cantalupo resigned after he came under scrutiny in relation to the corruption that took place at Brookdale Community College while he was employed as attorney for the college Board of Trustees.

Freeholder Burry pushed the corrupt Lucas farm deal that resulted in her political ally, former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas being given $1.2 million in county farmland preservation funds. Mayor Lucas has since been arrested by the FBI and is under federal criminal indictment for financial fraud relating to the deal.

Freeholder Burry and the Republican Party have broken the taxpayer trust. We need new leaders and a federal criminal investigation to put a stop to these incidents that have made our local government look like a Sopranos episode.

Justin Cooke

Middletown, New Jersey
Boulder, Colorado