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Letter to the Editor: SP Resident Against Council Receiving Health Benefits

The following is a letter from a Scotch Plains resident.


To the Editor:

I understand that being a member of the Scotch Plains Township Council can be time consuming and in many instances, a thankless job.  While I do not begrudge these elected officials a modest stipend for their service to the community, I am thoroughly outraged that Councilman Kevin Glover takes $25,000 worth of health benefits for him and his family from the Township.  

The fact he has been doing this since he was first elected means that his family has received well over $100,000 of benefits from the taxpayers of Scotch Plains.

Mr. Glover has consistently proclaimed that “We can do better” when it comes to our municipal budget.  Well, we can; and we can start with Councilman Glover.

I call on the Councilman to relinquish his taxpayer funded health benefits, reimburse us for what it has cost us over the years or instead resign from the Township Council immediately.

Brian Power

Lance October 02, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Has there been any follow up by the Patch on investigating the email address used for the Edward Saridaki comments? Has there also been any follow up by the Patch on any formal statement from Edward Saridaki or the Republican party other than denial?
Nicole Bitette October 02, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Hi Lance, We have not further investigated this, I contacted Mr. Saridaki asking if he had made these comments and he said it was not him and said he would appreciate if they were removed and they have since been removed.
Lance October 02, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I'm disappointed that there is not any further investigation. I have lived in this town for 67 years and I want to know if I've been lied to. Is Holden right? Can you verify if the Edward Saridaki comments used an email address that is his? If he used your paper to write that and then denied it, we voters should have the right to know what kind of candidate we are voting for. I think you have an obligation to us voters to verify if it's true or a lie.
Chris Thompson October 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
This benefit is offered to the council, (Voted in by a republican led council in the past), and I see nothing wrong with Mr Glover taking advantage of it!
Nicole Bitette October 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hi Lance, I can verify that that email address associated with the comments was not either of the email addresses I know of for Mr. Saridaki. Also, the account was created at the time of publication of this letter, where Mr. Saridaki noted creating account for Patch awhile ago and hasn't used it recently.

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