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Thursday
Sep012016

Loyalty / Foilty

When you think of a politician, any politician, do any of these attributes immediately also spring to mind: allegiance, devotion, fidelity, honesty, reliability, trustworthiness, incorruptibility, truthfulness, trustiness, or any of one hundred other synonyms for the word loyalty? If they do then your either delusional or just a typical Hillary supporter.

Would antonyms better describe your knee-jerk reaction: disgrace, dishonesty, dishonor, disloyalty, lying, treachery, faithlessness, inconstancy, indifference, undependability, unfaithfulness and power-hungry?

There is a damn good reason why this is happening now in Saddle Brook. If you actually take the time to think of what was said here in his “endorsement” by the esteemed Mayor White, your answers would be more correct then when you just assumed Mayor Chamberlame had more than one boyfriend.

The next post will unravel exactly what I am referring too. Not that the concept is that difficult to understand. But rather to warm the cool aid a bit so even the most entrenched White followers will have to think twice. 

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A NON-BIASED ENDORSEMENT?

Monday
Aug292016

You have my support!

As summer comes to a close with Labor Day quickly upon us and Election Day not far behind, we all will once again be hit over the head and slapped across the face with a myriad of campaign promises. What to believe and who to believe will be allot easier said than done!

Do you believe the promises of an incumbent who has a record to judge from whether good, bad, or indifferent? Or do you trust a candidate who once held the office they are running for again but say that this time they think they got the hang of it and will do better this time if given the chance? Or, do you go with the new guy/girl? Someone who has no experience but may be able to talk a good game and whip people into a frenzy by empty words that sound laudable with no facts to support them? Elections, not an easy decision to make, especially in a small community like Saddle Brook.  

It is my humble opinion that the last thing to be concerned with in Saddle Brook politics is the Party Line. Unless you are actively involved in politics yourself and have a self-interest in who gets elected, there is no relationship between the name “Republican” and the platform they stand for with the same being equally true for Democrats. These party identities and their platforms mean something when it comes to State and National elections, not local ones. Local political parties are nothing more than “clicks”. Often composed of less than 5 people, they’d eat their own young to get their “guy” in office because it will benefit THEM, not necessarily the community. That proof is in the pudding every single month at a council meeting when you can observe the President of the Democratic Club, and the Democratic County Chairman, consistently berate the four members of their own party! While the “head of the party”, Mayor White, sits back and lets it happen allowing his fellow party members to look like fools and not risk sticking his neck out.

However, the Republicans are not in much better shape. Evident from past experience, you’ll get straight and tough talk from the incumbent, Mr. Cimiluca, but from there on the two remaining candidates fall far short of anything to write home about.  

When it comes to the Board of Education election things are equally annoying and suspect. Once again the mayor has his hands in the cookie jar. His son is running for trustee. Technically nothing wrong or immoral with that. But, when the mayor proclaims elsewhere, in multiple publications, that he is strongly in favor of condensing the BOE, making it part and parcel with the township council, and then, without shame, pushing his son AND his campaign manager to run for the BOE, you can’t help but see the handwriting on the wall. I’ll use this analogy: Even if Hillary Clinton didn’t do one thing wrong, it sure looks like she did, no? Perception is everything when it comes to fostering confidence. White’s timing could have and should have been better.

Below you will find a letter written by Trustee Michael Accomando. I post it here for many reasons which I won’t or can’t get into. Suffice it to say that I believe strongly in Mr. Accomando’s leadership. Because on many levels he has shown that through diversity while in office, he has stood for what he believes in and fought for it with all at his disposal. Mike is not the “favorite” among his peers on the board. Why? Because he doesn’t arbitrarily go with the flow. Some, and not his friends, might say that he is the cog in the wheel, the problem causer, not the solver. But his friends and some fellow colleagues, will tell you that Mike is the ‘check and balance’ of an otherwise rubber-stamp board.

What you don’t want in a leader is a popular guy who is well liked because he doesn’t question the intelligence of a decision. Frankly, if more politicians did their job they’d be allot less liked and hold office for less time. They are not there to make friends and line their pockets. They are there to see the bigger picture as the community they serve and not the individual resident.   

Mike Accomando is a man you want to decide your children’s fate while in school. Not someone looking at the board of education as a steppingstone to a bigger and better political career.  

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"Over the past three years I have fought tooth and nail for our students in our district to be given the education they deserve and are entitled to. I am an advocate against bullying and I am fighting for the right decisions to be made for our children more than anyone will ever know. I have never, nor will I ever, make selfish decisions. I’m pushing for a school climate renewal as a strategy to increase student learning and achievement, enhance school connectedness, and prevent bullying.  We need to implement more effective bullying prevention efforts. There needs to be   long term, comprehensive efforts that should be led by the principal and engage all members of the school community to both prevent mean, cruel and bullying behaviors as well as promote social responsibility.   There needs to be an increase in character education in our schools and more lessons on tolerance of others with differences. Research shows that a favorable school climate is linked to higher student academic motivation, engagement, and higher test scores.   Every child and staff member need to feel 100 percent happy and safe in their schools. We can revamp our curriculums which we have done, we can strive to increase our scores which we have done, but none of it will matter if we have children who do not feel completely comfortable in our schools.  Our tax payers are counting on our board to make decisions for their kids, their friends’ kids and their neighbors’ kids.  Many steps have been taken to improve bullying issues.  However, there needs to be more and I continually push for more preventative measures.

     Every decision made at every board meeting has been thought out carefully and thoroughly on my part.  I couldn't sleep at night if I didn't feel I made the right decisions. The students have always come first for me.   IEP’s and 504 Accommodation plans for students need to be more closely adhered to and monitored.  Our district has made progress and I stand behind all of my decisions over the past three years. I have made many educated decisions that I thought about carefully and even researched when necessary.  I have kept the community members in mind always. I stand behind every word, action, and decision. I take great pride in our community, and I take great pride in my honesty and character.   I hope to serve another three year term in this district. I want to do the right thing by everyone.  I'm not a yes man nor will I ever be. I want to be the voice of the community and our students.  All I want is to make a positive change in our community, especially for our kids.  

This November I will be running for Re-Election of the Saddle Brook Board of Education. I’m a concerned Parent not a politician.  My first term I have helped implement full day Kindergarten, Guidance Councilor's in all Schools, made sure all work is being done properly and up to code with Permits in our buildings, helped pass a 4.9 million dollar referendum, came within budget all three years, I stick up for our kids and have proven that it’s about the kids and not dirty Politics. Our kids deserve better than that and I will continue to do what I've done with your support. When Re-Elected I will focus with the Board to get our test scores up which has always been a concern as well.  We really have wonderful teachers and staff.  They are true professionals who work very hard every day, all year, on weekends and late nights and therefore need to be continually praised for their hard work and dedication to our kids. 

There have been times I've stood up for our children with only support from a few people. I didn't back down. I'm not afraid to push for something if it's the right thing. I'm not afraid to push for change when it's not benefiting our kids and community.  I'm not afraid to speak up.

Thank you for your support and please spread the word to vote #5 on November 8th 

BALLOT POSITIONS

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION 

#5 – MICHAEL ACCOMANDO"

Sunday
Jul312016

Welcome back National Night Out (NNO)!

Mayor Robert White explained the origins of National Night Out and said it was part of a national program throughout the United States, starting in 1984 to bring public attention to crime prevention. He said it has expanded since then to a night where residents can meet their first responders, police, fire and EMS. "That's where we took it," said White. It's a well-rounded public safety program." **

Well just to fill in the empty gaps a bit, where he stated: “residents can meet their first responders, police, fire and EMS”, was ALWAYS the case and why NNO was formulated in the first place. But for some reason the mayor wants to give the impression he is doing something different this year.  

White further said the township has not hosted National Night Out for the last few years. To clarify, Saddle Brook PD has not hosted a NNO for the last six years, ending in 2010 if I am not mistaken.

I originally started and introduced NNO to Saddle Brook on August 2, 1990. In those days there were not many police departments offering any National Night Out Against Crime. Saddle Brook was one of the major leaders who championed the concept which originated on the west coast.

Also in those days S.B.P.D. also offered many other crime prevention programs. During that time I also created the Crime Prevention Bureau which organized block watches as well as a host of other crime prevention initiatives. Within a few years after that I, along with then Sgt. Glenn Toepert, created the now defunct Community Services Bureau that married all of the PD’s crime prevention programs with the Juvenile Bureau.

During those years Saddle Brook Police offered more services to the residents and children of Saddle Brook then they ever had before or since. They were good, prosperous years.

I am hoping that the return of NNO in Saddle Brook in 2016 is a sign of more comprehensive things to come!! 

** National Night Out returns in Saddle Brook

BY MATTHEW MILSOP

STAFF WRITER | 

COMMUNITY NEWS (ELMWOOD PARK EDITION)
Friday
Jul292016

Stacked Deck

The family, All In The Family, is getting bigger by the minute I see. Pretty soon the Kugler Dynasty will be overtaken by the White Dynasty as it appears the mayor is slowly but surely learning the ways of political control, apparently by his friend and mentor, Robert Kugler.

I always called Ed Kugler the Bill Clinton of Saddle Brook politics. Nowhere near Clinton as a smooth talker, much scrappier around the edges to say the least, but always seeming to get things done to benefit the family. If anyone would say he didn’t do good things for the township as both a councilman and a mayor, they would be wrong. He did. But as he himself has said, “there is no reason to get involved in politics unless your family can benefit”.

You also can’t dismiss the fact that his son and police chief, Robert Kugler, is well educated and passed every test to gain his rank in the PD. What you can also be equally sure of is that any and all obstacles that may have been in his way were removed from that preconceived path. The Chief always treated me very well while I was employed at the PD. It’s a shame that all went by the wayside when I retired and was no longer of any use. That work ethic of ‘what have you done for me lately’ is now ostensibly rubbing off on Mayor White.

“A man with a silver spoon may get his share of supporters, but he can never be an inspiration for somebody! Patience and hard work are the key to every man's success.”   -Kailash Kher-

Maybe that shiny silver spoon is now being passed to a less lucky person in birth but blessed (or used) with being at the right place at the right time.

I have spouted off in past posts regarding why I believe it dangerous to have a mayor who has too much control. That no one person should have such influence as to singlehandedly and arbitrarily control or affect the lives of many. To a lesser degree then I had hoped, I explained how political influence manipulated and personally hurt a particular family in town and why the mayor and council and the board of education were conceived as separate entities and why they should therefore remain that way.

Then I happen to come across a troubling article. A Saddle Brook / Elmwood Park Daily Voice article written by Cindy Capitani and published on July 12, 2016, “Saddle Brook Mayor: I Love This Town”.  I can’t help but pick this article apart because it begs to be. Seeming laudable that the mayor works for only $1 dollar a year, when he rightfully receives well over $140,000 in pension and accumulated sick days, giving up a measly $5000 a year mayoral salary isn’t exactly a hardship.

"Coming from an administrative position in the police department and knowing the town and how government works, that was a big advantage for me”, said White. However, I believe having Bob Kugler as his mentor, was and is his big advantage. In all the years White was a Captain or Deputy Chief, I can’t remember a single instance when his administrative abilities affected us underlings lower on the totem pole. But maybe the article just means he learned how to read spreadsheets.

Also rather humorous was his comment of, “The hardest part, he said, is not being able to make everyone happy. Just because you're mayor doesn't mean everything is in your hands”.  Through his entire campaign all he ever continually tried to do was ‘make everyone happy’, never committing or taking a stand.  Something I called him on more than once. That was one of the main reasons we had more than a few strained conversation while I was managing his mayoral website. This was something even his running mates despised and while to this day, won’t allow everything in your hands! Contrary to what you see monthly on TV, the all in the family, is NOT the council.

The most political, and if not political then ignorant, statements in this article was “He's married, with two sons and a daughter, ages 25-31.This of course was to convey a well-established man of honor and distinction. Not to say he isn’t honorable and technically legally true that he is married, it would be closer to the truth to say he's presently separated, having two sons and a daughter, ages 25-31. No one held Karen Chamberlain accountable for her personal life and the same should be true now.

But the telltale comment within this article was:  The former school board president also wants to see the council and school board work more closely.  "I want us to operate less as two entities," he said. "We’re a small town and everything comes out of the same pot of money. We might as well do what we can to work together." Sounds plausible in theory but misplaced when considering possible total political control. The same hand in to many cookie jars just makes for a compulsive and egotistical dictator. Should those of you who believe my use of the word dictator is way too harsh, ask the two incumbent democratic candidates.

To that end we now learn that Timmy White, son of Mayor White, is running for the Saddle Brook BOE. With a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership you can’t say he has no qualifications. But you can question the timeliness of this venture. Is it really advantageous to have another White as a board trustee while this trustee’s father is the mayor? Why now? Although nepotism does not apply in this case, its definition does. With perception being EVERYTHING, wouldn’t it be less likely a false perception of impropriety would occur if both men weren’t in office at the same time? Or is it striking while the iron is hot all that matters.   

And then finally you have Joe Zottarelli, Dave Gierek, Angela Robinson and incumbent trustee Michael Accomando, all running for three seats. Any of those names belong to the family? Zottarelli and Gierek certainly do while Accomando certainly does not.  Conspicuously absent from these candidates’ names is Vincent Laurentino. Hum!! With Mrs. Zottarelli, board President and mayoral pick, Dave Gierek being the mayor’s foiled pick for a council candidate and also his campaign manager, and the mayor’s son now running, wouldn’t you say it appears the mayor has the deck stacked?

I had always believed that the Chamberlame administration was the most conniving. I have come to learn that couldn’t be further from the truth. They say what you don’t know can’t hurt you. I don’t believe that is true either. 

Thursday
Jul212016

ALL IN THE FAMILY – Pt#??

Unfortunately I am unable to write the fourth and final piece to my “All In The Family” due to ongoing litigation. Though technically it is not litigation but more of a procedural process by the Saddle Brook Board of Education. But to be fair to all parties concerned, it is better I don’t tell the real story if for no other reason than it will piss off the people that will decide this process which will ultimately and undoubtedly impact the victim family.

The hard truth is that while most of the BOE members appeared to be on the side of the victim family whose father happens to be one of their fellow board members, a few who decided politics was more important, were not.

The future good news is that both Councilman Cimiluca and Councilwoman D’Arminio intend to pass an ordinance regulating the township’s use of social media. A lot of what has happened with this entire incident has very much to do with what was said and who said it on social media. The mayor himself made a faux pas on Facebook while commenting to a post by a captain of the police department. Bottom line to this is that the captain should never have publicly expressed his opinion, the mayor should have realized this but instead fueled the fire and was forced to change his post and then apologize to the victim family, and top it all off, the mayor should have ordered the police chief to see to it that this captain was in some way disciplined. But since this captain is running for office on the BOE, is politically endorsed by the mayor, and the brother-in-law of the chief of police, nothing has nor nothing will happen. Understandable.

Mayor White publicly stated at the July council meeting that he was all in favor of a social media ordinance. The question now, and the fight I assume, will be if there is any teeth to this ordinance. No different than the townships anti-nepotism “executive order” which has no teeth and is not law, can anyone or will anyone be held accountable.

The mayor said there is already a social media policy within the township “handbook”. The board of education has recently adopted a social media policy. Will just the both of these be the model for the township ordinance? Councilwoman D’Arminio intends to also look into a policy from a former state trooper who owns a company that offers this service which is geared to including the police department. These services are accredited by police chiefs association.

The council cried uncle to the mayor with the anti-nepotism ordinance. They knuckled under because they couldn’t get their act together. Even some on this council can’t see the forest through the trees and acknowledge the goings-on under their watch. By ‘executive order’ only, and not being an ordinance, they inadvertently gave full accountability to the mayor when he is part of the problem! No one person should have the ultimate say. Laws are what keep things fair.

Let’s now watch and see if this goes the way it should or by the wayside.  

Sunday
Jul172016

Police Shootings Aftermath– As I see it

What I am most afraid of for the short term, is the way police officers will be judged by what I’ll call the “misunderstanding public”. Whether employed by a 30,000 manned force or a 30 manned force, police officers will be, understandably, more uptight, untrusting, and less likely, to cut anyone any slack in their effort to not expose themselves to any possible harm. This will have the potential to give the motoring public and/or the public at large, the impression that police officers are not treating them nicely or fairly. The public may get the impression that the cops “think who the hell they are”. Not understanding what the cop may be thinking and procedurally what he has to do to protect himself from the unknown, may come off to the regular Jane or Joe that he is simply being a bastard.

At a time when most sane people are crying out for understanding, working together, accepting one and other with open minds for a civil dialogue, the unanticipated consequences could be quite different.

If you are pulled over, understand that the officer might stand far back from your door which will cause you to have to twist your neck far to the left to speak with him. He does that so as not to put himself in a direct line of fire, not to purposely cause you discomfort. Let him see BOTH your hands on top of the steering wheel BEFORE he asks. Do NOT immediately reach into your glove compartment anticipating the officer will be asking for your registration and insurance card. Wait until he is at your door and watching your movements. Observing you move to your glove compartment before he is standing beside you will cause him to take a defensive mental position that you may have possibly reached into the compartment for a weapon.

If you are pulled over at nighttime, do not be offended if the officer shines his spotlight into your side-view or rear-mirror. He is not doing that to purposely annoy you or treat you like a common criminal. It just allows him to observe you more clearly while walking up to your vehicle while you are less likely to clearly aim a weapon at him.

Whether involved in a motor vehicle stop or approached by the police for any other reason, if you feel you were treated unfairly, you have every right to complain and make a “federal case” out of it if you like. Just don’t do it then. Any argument with the officer will only escalate into a bigger problem. Take note of or ask the officer for his badge number. The next day you can freely go to police headquarters, speak with the officer’s commanding officer or lodge a formal complaint.

99.9% of the time the police are not harassing you. Either he/she sincerely believes you committed an infraction of the law or, if honest with yourself, deep down inside you know you probably did.

The cops are going to have the jitters for a while now. Making it a bit easier for him/her will only make it a lot easier for you. 

Saturday
Jul092016

ALL IN THE FAMILY – Pt#3

I ended my last post saying what I believe Saddle Brook desperately needs: “No King’s or Queens to rule. Just laws, policies, and procedures applied and applicable to everyone.” My next example includes members of the township, the police department, and the board of education, all inharmonious, and at the exact same time. Though subtle nuances during particular instances will unfortunately be lost, trying to be all inclusive would only distract from the larger point which would therefore become ambiguous. 

Apparently, an incident took place in early 2016 at a Saddle Brook elementary school. The child victim, as I will refer to him, was in fourth grade. While in gym class the child was embarrassed when his gym teacher, who was only recently employed by the district, yelled out an embarrassing accusation in front of the whole class.   The other students joined in with the badgering of the student who was demeaned by the teacher.  He also was made a spectacle of by being called an offensive name by the teacher during a separate incident. There was no disciplinary action by administration which is what prompted the questioning by the parents. 

From what I've been told, this child has been distraught over the whole situation. 

Being concerned that he was being questioned by a Board of ED member’s wife for the name calling, the gym teacher responded the best way he knew how, by videotaping the class and the child! However, this child’s parents weren't so forgiving with videotaping without their consent. 

Around this time, this teacher was involved in an unrelated incident when he videotaped another child in the gym and immediately uploaded to YouTube. The infraction made here was that this teacher never asked for nor received parental permission to videotape or upload this video. When this child’s parents were made aware, they chose to not pursue it any further, in my opinion, a dis-service to the entire school system and every parent. 

Notice that not until just now did I reveal that the parents of the child victim are actually a Saddle Brook Board of Education Trustee, and a school teacher in another municipality. It shouldn’t matter whether you have that particular piece of information or not, but some people do have prejudices which can quickly slant how they see, feel, and ultimately act, in a given situation. In this case certain people in power showed their real colors. 

So after this latest incident the victim’s parents had enough of the schools ineptitude. The mother then filed an HIB report, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) as prescribed by law, (N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 et seq.). 

The report’s findings were presented to the board of education, but as of right now there are still processes and procedures being conducted that I’m not at liberty to discuss. 

Though out of sequence here, another point to ponder is that the father and board member of the child victim, went to police to lodge a formal complaint when he found out the teacher had videotaped his son and the class. After repeated attempts and apparently being stalled, when finally received, the police report was nothing more than a regurgitation of the incidents. No investigation was conducted. 

Since the time of the original incident the superintendent, Bert Ammerman, had been fired. 

A reminder, I did say this story would be convoluted and hard to follow. To this point what is even harder to understand is the involvement of all the players I previously mentioned. In my next and final post regarding this subject, I will explain in great detail how this is “all in the family” and why, especially in Saddle Brook, there needs to be LAWS, not just policies, that can and will insure people, all people, are treated with fairness and respect. 

*I have been informed that a discussion for an ordinance will occur at the July council meeting.