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Introducing Jigar Shah and BOE Meets This Week

Lots happening in the township and on Patch over the next seven days.

Should be a newsy week in Parsippany.

On Monday, we'll have a profile of . He will address the absentee ballot controversy, but more than anything, Shah gives us a glimpse into his life in Parsippany and why he's the mayor's choice to serve as a link between the Barberio administration and the town's second largest cultural group.

Normally, the Parsippany Board of Education gathers on Thursdays, but this week, the meeting takes place Tuesday and in a special location, Parsippany Hills High School. In addition to presenting student awards, it's expected the board will talk about the new ad hoc committee charged with researching ways to make athletic improvements at the high schools reality and about the 2013-14 budget process.

Speaking of the school board, have you seen its vice president, Sharif Shamsudin, lately? He signed on to our Patch Takes It Off weight loss challenge at the start of the new year, and is he looking good! Already, he's down more than 30 pounds so far. On Wednesday, we'll here about the transformation in his body and in his life and meet the Parsippany personal trainer whose specialty is transformation.

On Thursday, we debut Patch's Spotlight on Parsippany, where we spend some time with a local business or group that helps make the township a great place to be. This week we will focus on a unique babysitting business: Special Services for Special Kids.

To end the work week, we'll meet a young local musician who is using his art to make a difference as New Jersey works to recover from Superstorm Sandy. The artist calls himself Farewell Luna, and in addition to talent, he clearly has a big heart as well.

Tom Long February 25, 2013 at 03:17 PM
This appointment is a joke. Face it the Mayor picked this guy because he' related to his running mate. Hopefully in 2014 the new Mayor will pick some real community leaders instead of this embarrassment.
ChrisP February 25, 2013 at 04:03 PM
This person is not a liason. He is Mayor's campaign manager for Indian community votes. Can someone list the communityy service he has been involved in in past 5 years? All he has done is help senior citizens by signing their absentee ballots and delivering them. Once the election is over, I hope the new Mayor will pick the right non political person who contributes towards the betterment of Parsippany community. This guy is a fraud.
M Jarrett February 25, 2013 at 05:32 PM
This appointment is as suspect and shady as the man who made it, Mayor Barberio. If this was a genuine appointment it would have happened long ago and a person chosen would not have been linked to the absentee voting fraud scandal. Jigar you are being used by the Mayor for what votes the grossly challenged Mayor perceives you can bring to the table for him (not that you would care because again you are just as questionable as the Mayor). The Mayor could care less about the second largest cultural community in the township; evidence of that is the Mayor's inaction on this issue until now-- now that the inept "leader" faces an election opponent.
Babar Parikh February 25, 2013 at 06:00 PM
There are thousands many more Indian American community members who deserve this liaison position more than Mr. Shah. I am embarrassed for our township that this Mayor tainted this honorable moment with such a back-door, scheming and divisive action to serve his political needs only. Mr. Shah can explain himself up and down his absentee election scandal all he wants, but it will not help. The constituency for which this liaison appointment was to benefit is no more comforted today because the entire township knows this move was to serve no resident, just the Mayor's political agenda.
Kathy Morgan February 25, 2013 at 06:13 PM
This desperate Mayor is using this appointment to stave off his waning support and lack of confidence among township voters. It is just that plain and simple. This will back fire at him in a big way. And the take away for the Mayor on election day will be this: Parsippany is smarter than you could hope to be. Now go home Mayor and get another job because you do not deserve another paycheck from the taxpayers of Parsippany.
Sabot February 25, 2013 at 06:40 PM
"Thousands more" Babar? How about you provide a short list, of say, 10? Also, this "honorable moment" was the result of the mayor's decision to create a liaison in the first place, but you just don't like the choice.
Frank L February 25, 2013 at 06:42 PM
LMAO, Save your breath Jigar. Jigar does not have to brief Parsippany on why he was chosen by the Mayor as liaison, PARSIPPANY ALREADY KNOWS. Now, Jigar are you drinking the same water as the Mayor -- the kind that makes people dumber than they normally are?
Frank L February 25, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Publius, yeah, right an honorable moment, ha what a joke. An honorable moment that took the mayor FOUR years to make. And low and behold.... it is election time. What a coincidence? The Mayor should be fired for being just being slow at the draw.
Ed Leon February 25, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Jigar was chosen for his anticipated payback to the Mayor during the elections. And that payback would be facilitating an underground voting operation to benefit the Mayor, his cousin Vinny and Jigar's nephew, the Shah this ethically-challenged Mayor MIRACULOUSLY converted to Republican just in time for the primary. So Jigar will just be going back to the actions that got him subpoenaed, questioned, but not charged in the 2011 absentee voter fraud scandal. I am waiting for the Mayor to part the seas and walk on water as his next acts to court another voter base.
Vic February 25, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Hey Publius, the person you just challenged to your mindless game of naming 10 better qualified Indian American liaisons could probably do it in his/her sleep or by randomly picking names of Indian American residents/taxpayers from a phone book. ANYONE would be a better candidate to the Jigar with the dark voter scandal cloud over his head and insatiable need to explain his role in the absentee ballot scandal.
Bob Crawford February 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM
At least Mr. Barberio's re-election strategy is now clear. Like a misdirected pinball on steroids James R. will, continue to careen from interest group to interest group naively assuming that people with a particular interest or from a particular culture will rush to support his candidacy because he espouses a view that he, after little thought and less understanding, thinks they want to hear. That's a no win strategy and one that will only serve to further convince the residents of Parsippany that a Mayoral change is needed next November.
Tom Kenol February 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Bob - What's wrong with the Mayor's decision to appoint Jigar to the Indian Community? Sounds like you along with "TeamGreed" are against providing the Indian-Americans in town a voice - Expect more from you - Maybe the timing of the Mayor was a bit suspicious (That I agree), but there's no doubting the Mayor cares deeply about ALL the people in our town - this is just a step in the right direction to bring Parsippany together.
Conservative 7 February 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Mr. Jigger Shah, You are just as diabolical as the Mayor who is just trying his best to cling on to his job. Jigger you were caught up in a absentee ballot scandal and your testimony given demonstrates how dishonest you really are to the citizens of Parsippany. You were involved in collecting absentee ballots and unfortunately the County authorities did a horrible job at interviewing the folks you took those ballots from. However, this dosen't mean that this case can not be investigated again by the appropriate officals. Your newly appointed position as the choosen liason to the Indian community is an embarrasement to the citizens of Parsippany and demonstrates how desperate and self centered you are to get your nephew Milin Shah elected along with Mayor Shrek elected. Also please respond to the public and let them know why you are still campaiging for the Mayor and your nephew while your a representative to the Mayor. This appears to be very illegal and a conflict of interest. I hope the Mayor told you that it is a conflict of interest to be campaigining for his election and your nephew Milin Shah.
Tom Kenol February 25, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Conflict of Interest? Paul Carifi is running for Mayor while his brother James campaigns on Paul's behalf while on duty as a policeman in Parsippany! Conservative7 aka another fake alias from TeamGreed - Let's talk facts - if there is any Conflict of Interest its with Paul Carifi trying to become Mayor to help his brother James Carifi get promoted! Jigar isn't even getting paid. How much is Carifi's taxpayer salary: $160,000 + Car + Gas + Health Benefits + Pension? What was the bill to Parsippany taxpayers for his partner - lou valori? $140,000 + Masters Degree ($100,000) + Doctorate Degree ($120,000) + Terminal Leave Payout at Retirement ($75,000) + Flipping Houses by Indicted Developer Mosberg (hundreds of thousands) + voting for Seitz to have a Contract Rasie! Lou Valori went against Governor Christie with Seitz Contract and Paul Carifi went against Governor Christie with Pension Reform: http://www.politickernj.com/wallye/38717/corzine-backing-pension-reform-opponent-seeks-votes-morris-gop-primary
Scott Dean February 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Tom. If this was just the first incident than maybe I hope yo realize there has been a plethora of issues that are suspicious ie: contracts,promotions,hirings etc... If you have just started listening to the reality of this town do me a favor and wake up your neigbors.They have been trying not to wake the sleeping dog !! start sniffing around and realize something stinks..
Tom Kenol February 26, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Hey Scott - I remember reading about the Little League Issue - I'm glad the Council helped you out - Every father should be able to see his kid play ball (I'm being sincere, not sarcastic.) Now back to Barberio - At the end of the day, any person in a chief executive position has to make tough decisions. But, I respect the Mayor because he moves forwards with what he feels is best for the Township, not for any selfish reasons. Example - If he promoted James Carifi then Paul would never be running this year. Example - If he promoted Lou Valori then Lou would not be running this year. This is all happening because of Greed from Carifi, not because of the Mayor. Now for the Contracts, the Mayor can only control NEW contracts for New Hires - the soon to be retired cheif's contract was negotiated under a Union contract well before the Mayor was in office. The high pensions are NOT the Mayor's fault - that's the State's fault - the sick/vacation days are NOT the Mayor's fault - that prior administrations fault - the Mayor cannot change grandfathered contracts otherwise the Township would get sued for millions. Not sure if you've ever met the Mayor - I have, but anyone that has met the Mayor and sat with him and speaks to him for just 10 minutes realizes how much he loves Parsippany - that pride will get him re-elected.
Scott Dean February 26, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Tom, I do appreciate your comment,and I have met with the Mayor personally.if you can honestly look past all of the issues and lack of leadership and say its ok he loves this town then by all means support him. I never agree with defending ones mistakes by pointing the finger at others.
Bob Crawford February 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Tom The Mayor made a pledge to reach out to Parsippany's many diverse communities four years ago when he was a candidate. I think, although I may be mistaken, that Mayor Barberio made that promise during an interview with the editorial staff of the Daily Record . During that interview and in response to a question, he suggested that he would appoint (unpaid) Deputy Mayors to connect him to Parsippany's diverse communities. For over three years the Mayor has failed to keep that pledge and has now only done so in a desperate and raher simplistic attempt to connect with a community that he hopes will believe that his appointment of Mr. Shah represents a genuine interest in and commitment to our friends and neighbors who are of Indian descent. Too little, too late but typically Barberio. Parsippany has had enough of too little, too late and more than enough of Mr. Barberio as our Mayor.
Tom Kenol February 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Thanks, Scott. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. I don't think the Mayor lacks any leadership - if anything, the Mayor has a strong backbone to stand up against the threats of Carifi and Valori. If you are not supporting the Mayor I hope you are supporting the Democratic Mayoral Candidate and not Carifi.
Tom Kenol February 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Hey Bob - I remember you from the BOE as a person who is never afraid to against the majority (that I can respect) - the Mayor continues to act in what he feels is best for the Township - plus he loves his job and has no selfish drive. The guy works 14-16 hour days for a 100k salary - he goes to Council meeting when Luther and Mimi hid at home - Jamie puts his neck out on the line and doesn't let anyone else take the fall - that I can get behind - has he made some decisions I disagree with? Yes, for sure - but even Ronald Reagan made decisions I disagreed with - You can't please everyone, but if you are well intentioned - then you are OK in my book. I can't say that about the Mayor's primary opponents.
Scott Dean February 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Tom, can you please confirm your statement about the latest contract for the chief? This was absolutely negotiated by the Mayor as I was told and if I remember correctly I actually saw the contract via OPRA . It seems to me this contract as I see it was written exactly for a retiring pal of his? If you know differently than please elaborate,I have made mistakes on occasion but I cant blame the Carifis for that. lol :)
Tom Kenol February 26, 2013 at 01:05 AM
The Mayor made the decision to make the Chief. But, the Chief's pension (where his huge payout stems from) is based on an agreement between the Union and the State, NOT the Mayor. When any Mayor decides to promote someone to Chief, he has no control over when that person decides to retire, and no Mayor has any control over a Pension Payout for a person under a pre-existing Union Collective Bargaining Agreement. Don't let TeamGreed tell you otherwise, they are brainwashing you. Carifi actually campaigned AGAINST Governor Christie's Pension Reform - just read this article: http://www.politickernj.com/wallye/38717/corzine-backing-pension-reform-opponent-seeks-votes-morris-gop-primary The facts are that we're going to be stuck with these payouts when people retire because these people are under grandfathered collective bargaining agreements. It's not the Mayor's fault. To blame Barberio for the Chief's retirement payout is ignorant. BTW - another fact - Valori voted to give Seitz a raise while Valori was on the BOE. Valori backpedaled and changed his vote when Governor Christie called the BOE, which included Valori the definition of Greed. And Paul asked Valori to join his team - who's the candidate making bad decisions? Don't let these guys brainwash you or scare you into supporting them. Spend time with your son, don't defend people with bad hearts and bad intentions who are only self-serving.
Scott Dean February 26, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Wow I guess i should have used a different word than elaborate.. Im talking about the sweet payout he will get for unused time not the pension. Again I was asking about our current Mayor ,why deflect ? Thanks for your concern for my son and I ,and my call to you will be the same regarding being brainwashed. With leadership comes responsibility for your own actions not pointing out what you believe someone else did or may do .
Conservative 7 February 26, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Tom or should I say Milin Shah? You sound like a winning little boy that is clueless!! Has the Mayor written a leniency letter for you for being a cry baby??
Tom Kenol February 26, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Nope, not Milin but i am hiding my real identity because afraid that if i say who i am or where i live then that my family would be intimidated by the Carifi cops - its happened to others and dont want that to happen to my own. And who is crying or clueless? Just stating facts my friend.
Conservative 7 February 26, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Young man try to educate yourself first in a mature matter concerning the canidates that you are supporting. And trust me Mayor Barberio and his slate clearly do not represent the values of our great town or the Republican party. Barberio, accomplishments in office, Over $3,000,000 in attorney fees Empty commercial buildings and increasing tax rates Chief of police payout of over $500,000,which the Mayor negotiated A pay out of a $250,000 lawsuit for bulling a clerk Appointed of Indian liason 3 months prior to his election. The same Jigger Shah investigated for absentee ballot scandal. Only to manipulate the Indian vote! Running mate Vinnie Ferrera who likes bullying little girls and making racial comments about Indian girls. Milin Shah who is the reborn again Democrat. Who taunted for the elcetion of Barrack Obama with his uncle Jigger Shah. Please see attached: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpg925 http://www.politickernj.com/tags/milin-shah

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