The November 5th Council meeting was essentially no different than any previous meetings of late. The usual components were all there: awards, Larry Ratajczak segment, Councilman Camilleri’s thanking everybody for everything, and Councilman Accomando leaving no insight to anything
On the other hand, I did notice some stark differences that got my attention. Council President Mazzer seemed to not fully grasp her responsibilities as president by making light of Councilman Cimiluca’s lack of brevity during his comments. Mr. Cimiluca’s lack of brevity is what actually does allow some insight for the viewer. His explanations, and the average person’s understanding of what and why something occurred, is exactly what I would expect a person watching a meeting, has come there to learn. While I do understand that Ms. Mazzer was not intentionally trying to insult Cimiluca, making fun of his inclusiveness was losing sight of what they are really there for.
You didn’t hear anything of value from Councilman Accomando, not that he or anyone else is required to make notable statements every time they speak. You just don’t learn anything from them either. This is where I believe the general public would be better served to have caucus meetings covered on TV; where ideas are discussed and each councilpersons ideologies are expressed. A council meeting has become nothing more than a place where the entire council is legally allowed to assemble, pass or reject an ordinance, while putting on a show to entertain the public, yet structured to have absence of detail.
Mr. Cimiluca once again, brought up the issue of the anti-nepotism ordinance. But this time he stood alone. No backing from two council people, D’Arminio or Accomando, who campaigned for this ordinance. They’ll say they have been on the record as wanting this ordinance but, since it hasn’t passed when twice tried, no sense voting for it now. But, if D’Arminio and Accomando had sided with Cimiluca, it would have been a 3-2 vote and passed. Mr. Cimiluca took his time and explained the many issues as he sees them. Agree or disagree, he was articulate enough to educate the people on the subjects at hand. If nothing else, that should be appreciated.
This ordinance is not a matter of trust in the mayor, as Mr. Ratajczak would like you to believe. No one is saying they don’t trust the mayor that he will abide by his own Executive Order. In effect, the mayor has even said that he enacted his executive order because he has come to believe, changing his initial feelings, that it is best for the community which is another way of saying it should be an ordinance. The council and the people trust the mayor. But laws are passed to keep everyone in check and don’t rely on people’s word.
As usual, Mr. Ratajczak brought up both good and old talking points during his monthly segment. He was right on the money when it came to the building inspector relying on squealers to find infractions of the law rather than his responsibility to find them. He also, as usual, lashed out at his political enemy, Mr. Cimiluca, a Republican. Contrary to the ladies opinion who spoke after him, Mr. Ratajczak doesn’t have personal vendetta against Mr. Cimiluca, as much as a political one. You have to constantly remember that Mr. Ratajczak is the Democratic Club president. There is a method to his madness. While Ratajczak continually berates Cimiluca on the health benefits issue, he also continually neglects to mention that one from his own party, Ms. Mazzer, is equally responsible.
The last thing I need to mention is the mayor’s comments referenced to SB-TV (I will not include Community in their name) and myself, though not included by name.
I’d like you to watch and listen to his comments before I comment.
As the mayor stated, the Saddle Brook Board of Education videotapes both their caucus and general meetings on a monthly basis. More than not his statement is correct. However, where he is I not forthcoming is that the video is uploaded to, and shown, on YouTube. From there the board embeds that video onto the school district website, and therefore is not housed on any township owned hardware. Then he says “copies” are being posted on a regular basis on a “particular internet blog which is “not illegal”. He is speaking of course, about THIS particular internet blog. He has “no problem with that”, he says. Well I’d have to ask then, why bring this up in the way he did,in the first place? He doesn’t like that many residents come to this blog, probably for no other reason than to view the BOE meetings. I understand that. He believes they should be on TV. I agree with that! As matter of fact, what the mayor will never admit too, is that I have for many years now, pushed for BOE meetings to be on TV. Ever since 1999 when I started SBC-TV in fact. Furthermore, during the years Mayor White was president of the BOE, I continually pushed and advocated to him personally, for their meetings to be on TV. He yes’d me to death for years. Now all of a sudden he gets this bright idea to put them on TV? Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that he wants too. I just wonder why it took him so many years to get there.
If he wants to take all the credit, that’s fine with me. But his stated reasons for doing so is what shows me he still has a bug up his a$$. The prelude to his announcement was uncalled for and added no legitimate reasons to wanting to do what should only have been done originally. If SaddleBrookTV.com hadn’t posted the videos, would he have cared so much?
As I stated in my previous rant and will not go into detail again, is that if the mayor wants more activities on TV, sports and school events, as any resident would, get the township people involved. Why didn’t the mayor ask parents who tape their child’s football, soccer, basketball games and the like, to contribute those tapes to the township for TV airing? Probably for two reasons. The mayor still doesn’t understand the capabilities SBC-TV once had and could have once again. And, using ‘his’ Enlacosa Video Company, would cost money for each editing and airing of resident tapes.
The mayor spoke of the township taping and airing the BOE Meet Your Candidate show as if this was a novel approach for educating the public. Been there, done that, in many years past. New for the mayor maybe but certainly nothing new.
I’ve already had my rant about the mayor’s lack of understand regarding resident involvement on local access TV, as well as, the lack of leadership of the BOE and its administration by not developing a curriculum for TV & radio production. But the mayor brought this up this time, not me. If you are going to speak about this Mr. Mayor, speak truthfully and not insinuate something, no matter how inadvertently, that isn't the real truth; no matter how good it may make you look.