Scotch Plains Mayor and SP Councilman Comment on Consolidation

DePaola and Saridaki note the town will leave it up to voters

This information was provided courtesy of the Scotch Plains Republican Committee.

  Mayor Mary DePaola and Councilman Ed Saridaki spoke today on the news that the Local Finance Board in Trenton acted to allow a merger study to move forward for the possible consolidation of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood.
“We acknowledge the decision of the Finance Board and the actions of the Courage to Reconnect group thus far.  The Scotch Plains Township Council will not be an impediment to this process and will in fact appoint a member to the study commission.  Ultimately, if the process moves forward it will be the voters of both Scotch Plains and Fanwood that have the final say on the matter.  We see no reason to stand in the way of letting the voters be heard if this gets to a referendum,” Mayor DePaola said.  

She continued, “In my mind, the biggest concern right now on this matter is how this study commission will be funded. While I cannot speak for our government colleagues in Fanwood, their comments and actions thus far appear to indicate that the chance of the Borough offering up taxpayer dollars to fund such a study is remote.  If that is the case, it is equally remote that Scotch Plains taxpayers will be asked to foot the entire cost.”
Councilman Saridaki added, “While the prospect of a full consolidation is intriguing, right now The Scotch Plains Township Council is focused on moving forward with a consolidation of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments.  We have bi-partisan support on our Council and are hopeful that the final details will be worked out with our colleagues in Fanwood so the police consolidation can be ready to implement in the near future.  As representatives of our citizens we needed to answer two threshold questions before we could approve such a consolidation.  First, will our residents continue to be served and protected by an outstanding police force? And second, will there be a justifiable and significant savings for our taxpayers.  We believe the answer to both questions is yes.”
Mayor DePaola said, “We have assurance from our Police Chief Brian Mahoney that he believes our citizens will be well served in a consolidated police department.   We feel that Chief Mahoney will be a strong and respected leader in such a department.  We understand that there could be concern from our department members that somehow their jobs will be in immediate jeopardy should a consolidation happen.  There should be no such concern as full consolidation will be accomplished over several years and force numbers will be reduced mainly through anticipated retirements”.  

DePaola concluded, “Right now, we call on our colleagues in Fanwood to come the table to put the finishing touches on an initiative that makes sense and will be a tax savings for our residents.”

For more information contact:
Scotch Plains Republican Committee
Martin Marks, Chairman
(908) 447-1411

Read what Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr had to say here.

Holden MaGroin September 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I'm Holden MaGroin and this is for Spare us. I don't write the headlines, I just read them. If you read the article that I linked below you will see a who's who of our most esteemed local republicans who took the time out of their busy lives to dress up in red, white and blue and put their flag ties on to read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July. This was in 2009. They had an "all-American BBQ" and everything. The patriotic republican mayors of Scotch Plains and Westfield were even quoted. Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool. “I can’t think of a more patriotic way to celebrate the fourth of July." “This is a great way to remind people what the holiday is all about,” agreed Westfield Mayor Skibitsky. I would think that a more patriotic way to celebrate the 4th and remind people what the holiday was about would have not been to make this event exclusionary. Now the MaGroins are an all-American patriotic family as well who usually have a BBQ on the 4th of July. Sometimes we even get sentimental and read the Declaration. We just never charged people to come and share with us. The article mentions that our mayoral candidate was patriotic that day and attended. There was no word if her running mate was there. Perhaps as it was a holiday, the ATM machine might not have been working. http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/patriotic-republicans-read-the-declaration-of-independence#c
Michael Lewis September 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@Holden: More the former. While I see the applicability to the latter, another Vocabulary Word of the Day came to mind (have to seize these teachable moments!): po–faced adjective \ˈpō-ˌfāst\ British : having an assumed solemn, serious, or earnest expression or manner : piously or hypocritically solemn
faith September 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
u r to much holden. i love reading your comments.
cnewman September 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM
i can't imagine that a consolidation of the two towns won't be more efficient and cost saving - this is what is happening in business seems to be just common sense...i have lived in SP for many years. Why would it matter what mr. marks thinks? who is he? the former mayor??
Spare us September 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM
@cnewman. If you've lived in SP for many years you should know that the former mayor is now the current puppet master of the town republicans. Vastine = Marks. DePaolo = Marks. Saridaki = Marks. Malool no longer = Marks and was tossed out. Those dots are pretty easy to connect.


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