Tuesday, January 28, 2014
THE FIVE VOTED?
A short note before I leave for my doctor’s social visit this am; about the real meeting last night, the Special Meeting.
When I arrived at 7pm I was relieved to see a full complement of Councilors and a crowded Court Room.
Plainfield now has a CFO, more later. Almost every list of appointees was accepted by a 7:0 vote. Yes there were a few exceptions, the greatest number being either 2 or 3 nays. No vote until the PMUA vote gave the slightest appearance of an organized rejection.
Then came the nomination of a slate of 5 Commissioners. It was a breath of fresh air to see one holdover Carol Brokaw who had not participated in that infamous award of a million dollars, plus Nan Anderson-Bennett, Thomas J. Crowder, Charles Tyndale from the first ward, and Thomas Kaercher.
Before the public interviews began both Councilors Taylor and Brown made statements why they didn’t feel the holdovers should be replaced. Councilor Taylor also remarked without giving facts that there was an ongoing investigation of the PMUA. Afterwards they inferred that their vote was not political!
Two Councilors: Chairman Reid and President Rivers posed most of the questions; repeating the same one to all except Brokaw who was not interviewed since she was being reappointed.
Reid focused on whether the candidate approved of the practice of hiring ex-prisoners as a second chance. All spoke in the affirmative.
Reid then focused on a statement supposedly made by Mapp in 2005 when he ran for Mayor, that the PMUA should be disbanded.
He wished to know if Mapp had spoken to each one advocating that stance. All replied NO. Incidentally 2005 was not a mayoral election year.
Rivers asked each if they had been involved in “anti-PMUA” activities, such as “Dump PMUA”. All responded I the negative.
Then came the “not-political” vote; only Williams and Storch voted for the candidates. No explanation was given by any of the FIVE why they rejected any candidate. So much for Plainfield’s best interests.