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Mayor Halts Probe of Parsippany Twp. Attorney

James Barberio, who appointed attorney John Inglesino, consulted with another municipal attorney to have investigation analyzed.

John Inglesino
John Inglesino

Just a week after three Parsippany councilmen passed a resolution to investigate their own township attorney, Mayor James Barberio has put the brakes on the issue.

According to dailyrecord.com, Barberio produced letters from township counsel Michael Lavery, who said the three councilmen – Robert Peluso, Paul Carifi Jr., and Louis Valori – exceeded its authority in passing the resolutions, and were “void as a matter of law.”

The council members voted to launch an investigation into township attorney John Inglesino regarding how much in legal fees the counselor has charged the township in recent years. Inglesino is currently filling in as the township attorney, as no full appointment has been made by the council.

Barberio told the newspaper “It is time Carifi, Valori and Peluso stop their childish games, behave like adults and conduct themselves in a lawful matter.”

Pearl200 April 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Seriously? Three elected officials investigating the possibility of being over-billed by the township attorney is a witch hunt? The taxpayers deserve to know if it is true or not. What are you hiding Mr. Barberio?
Sick of the Bull April 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM
I think if all of you gents don't stop acting like a bunch of spoiled 5 year olds, there is going to be a lot of republicans voting for democrats next election. Time to grow up fellas and play nice together for the good of the town you were elected to serve.
Bob Crawford April 16, 2014 at 04:27 PM
As the Parsippany Republican Party Committeeman representing the 23rd District, I am writing to call upon Ms. Nicole C. Green, Chair of the Republican Municipal Committee, to step up and use her leadership position to bring Mayor Barberio together to meet with Councilmen Carifi, Valori and Peluso to resolve the Township Attorney/John Inglsino issue). Given their deeply held enmity, these four elected officials appear unable and/or unwilling to resolve their personal and political differences leaving Parsippany without the leadership it needs and deserves. As the Parsippany Republican Party Chair, Ms. Green has a responsibility to use her good office to work to restore the rapidly diminishing faith of voters who believed in November that by casting a vote for the Republican ticket they were casting a vote for Parsippany's future good. Bringing these four politicians and the feuding Republican factions (they represent) together will be hard work However, it is work that must done. Hopefully, Ms. Green is up to the task.
LuisL April 17, 2014 at 01:41 PM
The Council under the Faulkner Act gives a list of council actions, which may be exercised by resolution. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. the override of a veto of the mayor; 2. the exercise of advice and consent to actions of the mayor; 3. the conduct of a legislative inquiry or investigation; 4. the expression of disapproval of the removal by the mayor of officers or employees; 5. the removal of any municipal officer for cause; 6. the adoption of rules for the council.” The Council has every right to conduct an investigation and can remove a municipal officer for cause, including the Township’s conflict attorney for giving baseless and unfounded legal advice to the Mayor. What doesn't Barberio understand?
Harland April 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Bob Crawford - I'm confused. Are you a Republican or an Independent? Didn't you run for Town Council as an independent candidate in 2013? Wait a minute - didn't you try to run for town council as a Democrat in 2011? Seriously Bob, the one way to ensure that Nicole Green DOESN'T do want you suggest is to call her out publicly. If you truly wanted a reconciliation between the mayor and the current Town Council (which will never happen), you could have contacted her privately. Stop the posturing.

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