But what does she do exactly for that cool $143,410 she makes a year?
The short answer: Who knows?
NJ.com columnist John Bury explains:
Basically, if you want something big built in Union County and don’t want to ask the taxpayers in any meaningful way, you run it through the UCIA. They bond to get the money for it; get it built; then bill the city or county to lease the property to repay the debt.
“For this they take $528,000 to run the office and funnel tax money to “vendors” of their choosing,” Bury says.
Some of those vendors — one of whom has collected over $4.3 million from the UCIA over the last four years — then give some of that money back to DeFilippo in the form of campaign contributions to her committees and candidates.
The operations of the UCIA are so out of the way, so removed from public scrutiny, that it’s practically impossible to know what they, er, she is doing with public money.
In fact, the UCIA operations are conducted from DeFilippo’s Hillside home, where she can smoke and surf the Internet all day at the same time she’s running her campaigns and keeping tabs on her freeholders.
“These people seem to think that their work schedules or lack of are something that they are entitled to,” writes Patricia Quattrocchi in her PolitickerNJ column about county “no-show” jobs.
“It appears that it is not against the law to have a no show job as long as one’s employment contract does not call for one to actually report to a job site where the work is expected to be carried out.”
Nice work, if you can get it.