As “Segway Bob” likes to do at the beginning of the month for the previous month, I’ll do at the end of the same month.
SBCreativeTV Monthly Update –May 2015
Was it as good for you as it was for them, the month of May I mean? The month started off pretty quiet as far as politics goes until the regurgitation of an old rumor surfaced once again. Apparently having nothing of substance to say, the rumor mill decided to delve into areas where it had no business. As with all malicious rumors, when you consider who they are coming from, you can only surmise one important fact: it was conceived and perpetrated by jealous enemies to be damaging, destructive, and detrimental to the politician’s effectiveness while in office. Such was the case when rumors abound concerning the mayor’s private life becoming estranged from his wife less than a month after his election and days before Christmas. As I have said in the past, personal morals do have their place when considering a politician’s sense of morality, and something can be made by their less than moral behavior, but this subject, if contemplated at all, should only be considered if the facts support it. And then only if your consideration would change the outcome, which in this case it could not. Therefore, this knowledge just becomes more hurtful and harmful to the families involved. Serving no useful purpose now, this rumor quickly disappeared.
Next, at a Council meeting, a new controversy arose. As JOHN SEASLY, STAFF WRITER | THE RECORD reported, the “anti-nepotism policy was voted down Thursday on second reading, after an emotional public comment by Police Chief Robert Kugler.” (http://www.northjersey.com/news/saddle-brook-council-decides-against-anti-nepotism-measure-1.1329013) The chief was quoted in the paper saying, “It’s not for me. My daughter was already violated by the previous administration. She has no indication, no desire to come here. That spark was put out a long time ago.” This statement seemed to be an unnecessary one unless he assumed people would think the opposite. The police chief was animatedly against the inclusion of “Department Heads” within the proposed new anti-nepotism ordinance. Saddle Brook had TWO MAJOR examples of why it DOES NEED an anti-nepotism ordinance inclusive of department heads. In 2003, Mayor D’Arminio terminated Chamberlain’s daughter, Kimberly Perrelli, from the Saddle Brook Police Department after determining that she was unfit for duty. Then, during the summer of 2013, Shanya Kugler, the police chief’s daughter, was bypassed for the position of police officer by Mayor Chamberlain.
The ordinance was ultimately knocked down when Councilman Accomando mysteriously changed his vote at the last minute. The Democrat’s campaigned on this premise because they already knew the problems of the past; the problems Mayor White admitted to during remarks at this council meeting.
Sometime later, after this Council meeting, there was an op-ed article in The Record Newspaper penned by Mayor Robert White which was titled, “Why municipalities need anti-nepotism laws”. Within this very well written article, White makes several references as to why he still agrees with his own originally proposed anti-nepotism ordinance with both articulate and powerful arguments. More than three-quarters of his letter reads as a strong proponent for what he believed then and what he still believes now. Yet ultimately he succumbs to his friends desires and weakly says: “I have every intention of reintroducing the ordinance I originally intended — one restricting hiring of relatives of the mayor and council, an ordinance mirroring the state's law for school boards. Whether we ultimately look to expand this to department heads is a discussion much further down the road, when we can analyze the success of the limited ordinance.” The mayor apparently neglects to realize that his statement admits to two very important factors: he may never look further into this issue again, and, this ordinance will be “limited” in scope from its onset. A Record Newspaper Editorial countered with a very strong and distinct comment: “Not good enough”. As I had said in a previous post, if being fair to all concerned is your ultimate goal, then making this ordinance vague, ill-defined, and or ambiguous, is not the answer. But it probably will become just that! Because the powers that be will be hard-pressed to stick their collective necks out to far. If for no other reason, the time to be unbiased, impersonal, and make the hard call, is precisely when you are writing an anti-nepotism law.
National Police Week
Then we had the disgrace (my opinion) of the lack of attention to National Police Week, a somber but unpublicized Saddle Brook event which was held on May 15th. When questioned, the mayor said their 15th annual SBPD Police Memorial was “Not really a public event” and therefore I would surmise the reason it’s not being advertised nor videotaped. SBPD has been working for over three years serving the public shorthanded, understaffed, with embarrassing press and only an occasional pat-on-the-back, nevertheless having done an exemplary job with two officers doing the job of three or four. No “blue flu” or public moaning and groaning about their working conditions. The attack on officers in the news these days is nothing less than an act of domestic terrorism spurred on by so much recent hatred aimed at officers everywhere. Hatred for the police has grown over the past few weeks in this country which has gone unchecked by many elected leaders. The LEAST the mayor, and former police officer, should have done would have been to widely advertise their ceremony thereby allowing the public to show their support in much greater numbers then what was present that day. This event could have been used for the average and decent people who have a grasp on reality and moreover a teaching experience for their children, had the timing of the ceremony been more accommodating for families that would have liked to attend. What the mayor showed on May 15th was usual, customary, and should have been done. What he could have shown was leadership above and beyond the usual and customary. He could have been that forward-thinking leader who could see the bigger picture and use his ‘smarts’ to unite a community with a much more lofty cause.
Veterans Field Rededication
A beautiful two million dollar field, along with Veterans participation, was a very respectful way to rededicate it. Though we honor war veterans who died in battle on Memorial Day, this was a wonderful way to thank our surviving veterans. The mayor, along with almost a full Democrat Council, graciously thanked the previous Republican Mayor and Council for initiating this project. Since Mayor White and his democrat running mates had campaigned against this new turf field, their reaffirming the previous mayor and councils undertaking was both warranted and gracious.
Memorial Day Parade
Great weather, good people, and a wonderful turnout of residents, made this day special. One of the highlights of the day was Steve Liszewski, a 90-year-old veteran of WWII, who walked the entire route of the Memorial Day Parade today like he has done for the past 47 years. Quite the opposite, Mayor White being a decrepit 55 years old, was seen and photographed using a Segway throughout the parade. Looking rather dorky in his helmet, he was a good sport nevertheless since he allowed people to take pictures while knowing full well those pictures will come back to haunt him; probably at re-election time.