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Letter to the Editor: Democratic Chairman, Louis Beckerman, Wishes Well to Republican Candidates

Beckerman wishes the Republican candidates well and notes this historic moment for Democrats in Scotch Plains.


To the Editor:

As the Scotch Plains Democratic Chairman, I want to wish Mayor DePaola and her running mate Mr. Saridaki  well. I know how difficult it is to campaign, work and continue normal family life at the same time. It is a major commitment and I know that you both did it for your concern for the Town of Scotch Plains.

This was a landslide victory for the people of Scotch Plains. This is the first time in the history of the town that the Democrats carried 20 of the 23 districts electing Councilman Kevin Glover as Mayor and Colleen Gialanella as Councilwoman. The voters clearly sent a mandate for change. I want to thank each and every voter regardless of which candidates or party that you voted for, for coming out and exercising your right as a citizen. It was a tough day. Blocked roads with trees down, lack of electricity, phones and the darkness of night, yet you came out in record numbers to vote. Republican Chairman Marty Marks blamed the hurricane, fortunately our democracy works regardless of adverse conditions.  
I realize that election night is filled with emotion especially if your candidates lose. I know, I have been there. One comment made in the local press has particularly troubled me. Republican Bo Vastine said, “as the last Republican Councilman, felt it was unfair of the electorate to “punish” Mary for circumstances beyond her control.  “I hope Scotch Plains is ready for the reality of Kevin Glover.  It will be interesting over the next four years to see if he can deliver. I am laying down the gauntlet and I will be paying close attention to what he says versus what he does.”

Mr. Vastine, suggesting that you are laying down the gauntlet and sitting back and watching what happens is not the role of a Councilman. Now is the time to put the politics behind you and do what you were elected to do. The people of Scotch Plains need you to work together with the newly elected Mayor as a team player and work for the betterment of Scotch Plains. Mayor-elect Glover has always welcomed and will continue to welcome constructive dialogue with everyone who steps up to the microphone. Councilman Marcus, Councilwoman-elect Gialanella, will certainly follow that tradition as well.  And although the line between being constructive and being disruptive is bold, I hope it is never crossed. And by the way, Kevin has a phone and email. I am sure he will be happy to listen to any constructive advice that you or any member of our community has. The elections are over, our new Mayor and Council has work to do. Let’s put the politics aside and work for a better Scotch Plains.

Louis Beckerman, Scotch Plains Democratic Chairman




NeverNervous November 08, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Please cut out this bipartisan non-sense. It truly has has no place in local politics. I am "laying down the guantlet" to all Scotch Plains politicians (Republicans, Democrats, Tea-Partiers, Courage to Connect/Re-Connect, Independants, Green Partiers, etc.) time to "graduate high school", work together and focus on restoring power and cleaning up from Sandy. One more thing, for gosh darn sake (emphasis), PICK UP THE LEAFS sooner rather than later (and branches) for cryin out loud. Otherwise I propose having everyone dumping them at the SP Municipal Building and/or Mr. Marks and Mr. Vastine's houses - LOL.
SPTaxpayer November 09, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Mr. Vastine- Please, for the sake of our town get a new hobby. I am a republican and I do not care what you have to say nor do I need you to advocate on my behalf. If you really want to make a difference, pick up a shovel, shut your mouth and start helping us clean up the town. If you like politics, move to Washington. Many residents like myself voted for a democrat because we are tired of the stupid games and nonsense you, marks and the rest of your "power broker " pals have engaged in. If you are not ready to help, then get the heck out of the way.
twogirls84 November 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Blame the hurricane....seriously? This hurricane gave Mary DePaola the opportunity to truly shine. The opportunity to sweep the election. I honestly do not think she could have failed any more miserably! I,for one, look forward to some fresh leadership, new management, and some well needed communication. Oh, and about those leaves...
Ariana Shore November 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Mr. Beckerman, your letter is more of a self serving gloat than a well wishing note. Different day, same politicians. Party first, power second, people last, as usual. A reminder of the horrific years the last time the Democrats were in power in Scotch Plains. No hope.
enlighten us November 09, 2012 at 07:14 PM
For Ariana.....Considering that the democrats have only ever been in power just 1 year of the last 40. Not YEARS as you put it. Can you point to specifics of what was so horrible that year.
Carolyn Allen November 09, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Mr. Beckerman...you can kiss my middle class, overtaxed, disgusted and fed up ASS!!!! What a pompous and arrogant message you just put out. Been here 18 "too long" years and I will be gone within the next 1 1/2 years and it cannot come soon enough! The politics of this town are ridiculous and embarrassing. The taxes I pay for the services I DON'T have are completely and utterly reprehensible. I am not planning to stick around to see more shit hit the fan around here. I suspect there will be plenty more For Sale signs in the coming year. Good luck and good riddance!!
Bsecky November 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM
We're happy to see you go Carolyn.
See Ya Later November 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Don't let the door hit ya in the azz on the way out.
Carolyn Allen November 10, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Good luck to you Bsecky...let me know how you're doing in a couple years. This town is a joke and our latest and greatest council will ruin this once "perfect town." All you idiots who choose to stay here..well...you made your bed!!
Chris November 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
the plural of leaf is leaves
Bsecky November 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Clearly you shouldn't take your anger out on our new council, as they have yet to show us what they can and will do. Take your anger out on the morons that you claim ruined our town! Good riddance to you!

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