Thursday, May 16, 2013
Morris County Women's Republican Club hosting annual forum on May 21 in Morristown.
Looking for answers from Republican Morris County Freeholder and County Clerk candidates before heading to the polls? Now you’ll have a chance to lob your queries at all of them in one place. On Tuesday, May 21, the Morris County Women’s Republican Club, along with the Morris Township Republican County Committee, will join forces to host a night with all the candidates. “The public will have the opportunity to write questions on postcards that will be asked by the moderator to all candidates in the appropriate category,” the Women’s Republican Club said in a statement. The event will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Morristown at 39 Maple Avenue at 7 p.m. Candidates will make themselves available after the forum as well, the statement said.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Before council, John Inglesino hails Somerset County Prosecutor's finding that criminal charges were not 'viable' in Town Hall job-offer allegations.
Town attorney John Inglesino addressed the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office decision not to pursue criminal charges against Mayor James Barberio and associates at Tuesday's Township Council meeting at Parsippany High School. Inglesino claimed vindication over the decision, which was prompted by a probe based on claims by former Parsippany Police officer and current council candidate Dr. Louis Valori. The candidate had claimed Inglesino, Barberio and Council President Brian Stanton offered him a $50,000 police department public relations job to keep him out of the 2013 election race. Valori took his complaints—and a portion of a secret recording he made of the Sunday, Jan. 13, Town Hall meeting where the job was discussed—to law …
Brian Stanton spoke publicly about Louis Valori's now-dismissed job offer allegations at Tuesday's Town Council meeting.
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Wednesday, May 15
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Prosecutor will not press charges, but accuser says he is going to the feds for 'a fair and impartial investigation.'
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office will not file criminal charges in connection with a Town Council candidate's allegations that Mayor James Barberio offered him a job in January in exchange for not running for office, NJ.com reported. On May 9, a letter from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office was sent to town Attorney John Inglesino saying a determination was made that lodging charges was not "viable" and that additional investigation was not necessary, according to NJ.com. The Somerset prosecutor conducted an investigation into retired Parsippany Police Sgt. Louis Valori's claims after he reportedly sent his complaint to the state Attorney General's Office. The case was sent to Somerset rather than to the Morris County …
Parsippany-based lawmaker sponsored two measures designed to prevent Sandy-like gas shortages in the future.
A pair of bills sponsored by District 26 Asw. BettyLou DeCroce in an effort to prevent gas shortages during situations like Superstorm Sandy was approved Monday by the General Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. The first bill, A-3911, temporarily waives the requirement that fuel merchants obtain a distributor’s license to import or deliver motor fuel from another state into New Jersey when the governor declares a state of energy emergency. The second measure, A-3912, allows a retailer to sell a supply of higher grade motor fuel at the same price as the lowest grade during an emergency. Both bills, the lawmaker said, have bipartisan support in Trenton. “These bills are necessary to ensure there are adequate …
'MedReturn' units allow prescription drug disposal at police departments.
Thanks to county law enforcement, there's now a permanent option for those who need to safely dispose of prescription drugs. The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris will thank Morris County law enforcement for giving citizens a safe and secure place to dispose unwanted or expired prescription drugs with a luncheon at noon Friday at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy in Florham Park. There are now 16 "MedReturn" stand-alone units around the county into which expired or unused meds can be dropped. The units are firmly fixed to a secure surface in a police station, where they are monitored 24/7 and are checked regularly, with the items collected then properly destroyed. For further information about the event, …
In Parsippany, voters will choose party nominees for mayor, Town Council, county clerk and the state legislature.
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the June 4 primary election. To register, head to the municipal clerk’s office at Town Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Local races include Republican and Democratic races for mayor and for two seats on the Township Council. The GOP races are contested: Mayor James Barberio is running for re-election against Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. For council, Robert J. Peluso and former Parsippany Police officer Dr. Louis Valori, on the Carifi ticket, face Barberio's ticketmates, Councilman Vincent Ferrara and former Plannng Board member Milin Shah. Running for council on his own is Republican Board of Education member Michael Strumolo. The Democrats are unopposed in the primary: Councilman Jonathan Nelson …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Morris View Healthcare Center will host a free program for veterans on May 30.
Veterans put their lives on the line for our country and when they return, it's sometimes difficult for them to get back on their feet and re-join society. Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township will host a veterans program, “How to Make the Most of Your Veterans Benefit,” from 2 to 3 p.m. May 30. Morris View resident veterans, families and community members are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. The program will be presented by Hospice of New Jersey, with the agency’s social work supervisor Hannah Fisher as the featured speaker. Fisher has a masters in social work from Fordham University.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Taxpayer-funded pay hikes, part of the proposed 2013 municipal budget, range from $1,000 to $5,000.
The 2013 proposed $62.3 million municipal budget calls for an across-the-board 2 percent pay hike for white-collar workers employed by Parsippany and funded by taxpayers, as mentioned at the May 8 Township Council agenda meeting. A subset of these employees will also receive a merit raise, some of them for as much as $5,000, for, as Mayor James Barberio said, "going above and beyond." The breakdown is as follows: Mayor's Office Michele Sylvin $1,500 Sabina Vermont $1,350 Charlotte Vermont $1,500 Administration Jasmine Lim $5,000 Michael Hardie $5,000 Clerk's Office Cara Fox $1,500 Leslie Miller $1,500 Janet Zorsky $1,500 Tax Collector Lori Rogg $1,500 Ann Forte $1,500 Police All dispatchers moving up on scale Various Yolanda Sendo $2,000 …
But bad blood continues between union leader and the mayor.
There is finally resolution in the long-running contract dispute between the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and its blue-collar workers. At Tuesday's Town Council agenda meeting at Parsippany High School, the governing body approved an employment agreement covering 2010-14 with the New Jersey Blue Collar Association, which represents non-white-collar town workers in departments including sanitation, water, parks and public works. The administration would not discuss details of the pact, however Samuel Poff, president of union local chapter 1 said workers would get a 6.5 percent pay raise over the four years but make concessions in prescription drug coverage. Poff said his colleagues did vote to ratify the agreement, which he said gives …