Wednesday, June 27, 2012

INFORMATION SITE

Despite the fact that the 4th Ward Town Hall Council meeting Tuesday the 26th did not merit any mention on the City Site this appeared Tuesday.

UNION COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SAYS PLAINFIELD CITY COUNCIL VIOLATED MAYOR’S RIGHTS

PLAINFIELD - On May 25, 2012, Union County Superior Court Judge, Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C., ruled in favor of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and denied the Plainfield City Council’s Motion to Dismiss Mayor Robinson-Briggs’ lawsuit.

“I am pleased that The Honorable Judge Cassidy recognized the fact that the City Council violated my rights. I hope in the future, the City Council will afford me the opportunity to be heard on matters of public importance,” said Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs. ( link to this press release)

PRESS RELEASE
June 25, 2012
For Immediate Release
UNION COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT SAYS PLAINFIELD CITY COUNCIL VIOLATED MAYOR’S RIGHTS
PLAINFIELD - On May 25, 2012, Union County Superior Court Judge, Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C., ruled in favor of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs and denied the Plainfield City Council’s Motion to Dismiss Mayor Robinson-Briggs’ lawsuit.
“I am pleased that The Honorable Judge Cassidy recognized the fact that the City Council violated my rights. I hope in the future, the City Council will afford me the opportunity to be heard on matters of public importance,” said Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs.
In denying the Motion, Judge Cassidy ruled that the imposition of the $200.00 fine was a violation of the Mayor’s right to Due Process under the law.
Mayor Robinson-Briggs added, “The governing body took my good intentions and used them for their political gain.”
Robinson-Briggs added, “The Union County Prosecutors Office found nothing criminal in my effort to establish a gang truce that ultimately saved lives.”

I fault the Administration for using the municipal information Internet site for its own propaganda use.

I will hope that the Council will post the Judge's ruling since I am not sure that which has been posted has not been taken out of context and the decision was not entirely something else. My blog is open.

Another question; Although when the budget was passed I did not remember any funding for a Public Information position. There was additional funding for IT for needed part time specialists.

"Media" was given its own lines in the budget and I thought that would be for the video and cable purposes. I did not think there was enough funding for filling a vacant position. Obviously I must be in error, although I hate to admit that.

The heading on the press release reads:
CITY OF PLAINFIELD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
DIVISION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS
(address stuff)
Terry West

Where in the TO is this Division?
Addendum 9:30: Check this link Mayor Misuses City Resources Once Again to read Councilor Williams' take on the press release.

I regret that I had other commitments and did not attend last night's Town Hall Meeting.

5 comments:

  1. The circus continues. I think Mr. West needs to be shipped back to Trenton, or whatever hole he came out of. This is a violation of the public trust, using the City website for publishing clearly political opinions. If anything, the city website should be managed through the City Clerk's office.

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  2. oh Sharon...Isn't the road to hell paved with good intentions ?

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  3. It's no wonder our misleader-in-chief, the mayor, is out of office soon and can't get people to contribute to her re-election campaign. I was at the Council meeting where this was discussed in detail and what the mayor says is untrue and misleading. I guess at the next mayoral election we'll finally be able to throw out the old trash that's been stinking up city hall.

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  4. Doc--thank you for posting the addendum: As I noted, for the mayor to direct the Media Division to place her personal press releases on a city website and, further, to direct the city's Public Information Officer Terry West to write these cheap political press releases on her behalf (while on city time!) is an equally inappropriate use of taxpayer funds. What part of the job as PIO allows him to spend staff time writing politically-charge press releases about a PERSONAL lawsuit?? It is unethical and inappropriate. The offending press release has just been removed, and an investigation into who directed the media division to put it on the site has begun. There needs to be accountability at city hall--someone directed this to be done. We must sweat what some regard as "the small stuff," as it is part and parcel of "the big stuff."

    Rebecca

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  5. What we are seeing or being effected by is a non-competent person hiring other non-competent people. Birds of a feather?

    We can grouse all we want but if the change is not made in the voting booth, Plainfield will continue to degrade.

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