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Police Promotion: Did Mayor Make the Right Move?

Everyone's got an opinion. Patch wants to know yours.

over the way in which the was handled. Wandering around the town yesterday, the one thing most said is that Capt. Storms is a capable, hard-working and deserving officer and that it's a shame his achievement may be obscured by the antipathy swirling around Town Hall.

The vast majority of people agreed with that sentiment. The agreement stopped there.

Some people stood behind Mayor James Barberio's preemptive strike, putting together a quick promotion ceremony before the Township Council could talk further about a proposal to change town law to limit the police force to three captains, was a bold move.

Others said the mayor lied and did not live up to a July 10 statement to the council that he would meet with its members prior to moving ahead with the promotion. (He did meet with Councilmen Michael dePierro and Vincent Ferrara, not with the entire council, but in fact, .)

Others had thoughts that fell between the two poles described above.

Patch wants to know what you think. Take the poll, and then in comments, please elaborate on your view and tell us what effect this controversy and debate

patchitup1 July 19, 2012 at 03:04 PM
If u look at the meeting b4 this he said he would wait till they met meaning with Mike D & Vinny F. That did happen and the when Mike changed his mind all hell broke loose. Sorry the see Jeff in this mess! I don't see the problem if they were goin to get rid of a LT that makes $120,000 and make a Captain that gets a $10,000 raise. Looks to me like the town saved $110,000?
clyde donovan July 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
A culture of corruption has replaced honest government
Mark July 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
On almost every issue I read about here, the mayor comes off as dishonest and underhanded. I don't even care who is up against him at this point in the next election, they have my vote. When will the people in this town stop blindly voting for the Republican in every election and actually examine the candidates?
patchitup1 July 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Mark the same people keep posting on here! Don't believe what u read on the patch it's just a place for locals to slam each other! The articles are good and the reports are too but the blogs are stacked by a few... Let's take a pole..how many people do think that 80% of blogs come from the same 5 people? I vote yes
Natalie Davis (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
An editorial clarification is needed here: The comments are what patchitup1 is referring to. Blogs, which are user-generated articles, appear under Local Voices. They are a completely different thing, and these good people should not be slammed. The comments, which indeed can get heated, are the resident-penned remarks that appear beneath the articles and blogs, but the comments are the property of and should reflect upon those who wrote them. They certainly do not reflect the opinions of Patch or our blog authors.
Sabot July 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Usually a certain batch of Patch readers complain that the mayor and council get along too much, with the latter giving a blank check to the former. Now, we have the legislative branch of our town government disagreeing with the executive branch and those same readers are mortified by democracy in action. I for one am happy that the mayor and council disagreed on an issue, and in this case side with the Mayor's discretion in promoting Storms.
mike July 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
this mayor is sneaky. I am not a fan
patchitup1 July 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I agree with you. Sorry to use the wrong term. The Comments are those of few. The reporters and articles are not what I meant to discredit! Keep up the good work patch! An informed voter IS the best voter. Just want ALL who read to be aware of the small amount of people who Do Comment....it's good for democracy to report fair and you .
Mark July 19, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Patchitup, I am referring to what I read about Mayor Barberio in the actual reports, not what is said in the comments.
Bill Holder July 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
No where else in the country would this be an issue. Storms isn't the mayors personal friend, he's not undeserving, he didn't donate to anyone's campaign, but this is an issue - why? Bc Paul Carifi and James Carifi want to run this town not because they love parsippany but bc of greed and corruption. Now, I don't agree with everything the mayor has done .. I thought the website cost too much and I'm still on the fence about the field of dreams .. I also would have thought he research valoris eligibility. But, what is clear is that he loves parsippany and he is an honest leader. Paul Carifi is trying to block a 4th captain, so his brother James will have an easier way to chief. This isn't speculation it is fact. If there are only 3 captains then they don't need to take the test - google rule of three civil service nj laws. The carifis are corrupt. Paul event supported a primary campaign attack against our good sheriff rochford because he was promised a position - good thing the voters at the county leve votes against carifi, now its time parsippany votes them out.The carifis even purchased 3 homes at significant discounts from Ed Mosberg, the indicted real estate developer. I wonder what Mosberg got in return? I hope the republican party in Morris county stops working with these corrupt brothers. But, corrupt Priore is still around so I won't hold my breathe.
Luis Matos July 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
The mayor was 100% wrong.. He said he would discuss it in the next council meeting, but he promoted him without the full vote of the council. Jeff Storms is a great guy and well deserves the promotion, but that isn't the issue here. It's Barberio!
Ed Dantes July 20, 2012 at 02:42 AM
So many comments to add and the reply button doesn't seem to be working. Mark, I agree with you 100%. The people of Parsippany need to realize that they need to examine the candidates, not just throw the same old Republican switch. A News flash to the people of Parsippany, the (R) stands for Republican, not righteous. There is corruption on both the sides of the isle. I certainly felt better with Mimi Letts in office then our current Dictator want to be. Sabot, Although I agree that the Mayor has discretion to make this promotion, that doesn't mean he should have. He publicly stated there would be an open discussion at the next council meeting then reneged. Not a quality I look for in leader. If this weren't a one horse (I mean party) town there would have been more disagreement and open discussion over the years. Certainly this would be best for the people of Parsippany.
Ed Dantes July 20, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Bill Holder, You are clearly a fan of the mayor, I am not. The mayor has made poor choices and cost the people of Parsippany a great deal of money. This includes the website, commercial, Field of Dreams, the numerous lawsuits, inactions towards assisting the people of lower Lk Hiawatha, etc. As for Carifi's I don't claim to know their thoughts, you don’t either. You say they want to run the town? Isn't that the same reason Mayor Barberio or anyone else runs for the office? Is it not a possibility that someone else thinks or could do a better job then our mayor? Why shouldn't Paul Carifi have supported a candidate he saw as a better Sheriff? This is why we have free elections. Did Mr. Rochford not run against incumbent Sheriff Fox (a Parsippany resident) years ago? As for implying that the Carifi's are in the wrong with regards to Mr. Mosberg, I think that's just funny, as almost all our elected officials have been. Mr. Mosberg has run all over Parsippany since the Priore days. Mr. dePierro was one of Priore’s rubber stamps back then as was the rest of the all-Republican council. Mrs. Letts standing up to Mr. Mosberg is the only person I can recall. I find it odd that you throw in former Mayor Priore while attacking the Carifi's. They were both in college or just out when he was jailed. However, Mayor Barberio wa photographed celebrating with Priore after his election. I believe there was even a quote along the lines of WE’VE TAKEN PARSIPPANY BACK.
parpardon July 20, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Ed Dante, you surely are fans of the Carifi's. You know what the Carifi's are thinking. The Mayor made the right choice by promoting Storms to Captain. Ed do you klnow why Carifi supported Olympio over Rochford for sheriff? Because Olympio offered Carifi under-sheriff. That is a favor for his support. That is what lands people in jail. Paul Carifi admitted himself. So stop coming on here as if you don't know the Carifi's.
parpardon July 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Luis, the Mayor wasn't 100% wrong. Luis, Storms was the issue. The Carifi's did not want Storms to be promoted. He said he would discuss it with dePierro. The Mayor did that then dePierro changed his mind. If you believe that Jeff Storms is a great guy and deserves to be promoted then you should thank Mayor Barberio. The three council member Vigilante, Carifi and dePierro were trying to block the promotion. They knew well in advance the Mayor was going to make this promotion.
Bill Holder July 20, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Hi Ed - In comparing our current Mayor to Mayor Luther and Letts - yes, I certainly am a fan. Luther and Letts would never make time for residents. Letts also put Parsippany into a severe debt by making awful financial decisions on behalf of the town. I remember my sewer/water rates and property taxes rising every year under the Letts administration. Regarding the Carifi's - running the town and leading the town are two very different things. Mayor Barberio is a leader, where the Carifi's have selfish interests. Paul Carifi didn't support Olympio because he would have been a better Sheriff, he supported Olympio because he was promised a high ranking promotion. I would personally never support anyone like that. Leaders with corrupt motivations = carifi brothers.
Ed Dantes July 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM
ParParDon, I actually don't care for the Carifi's, however Paul has certainly been refreshing on the council. Imagine Parsippany's council not just rubber stamping what the Mayor wants? Open and public discussions, the horror. I don't know what Paul's motives were in backing Mr. Olympio, you don't either. I do however know that he has the right to back or support whomever he wishes. As I said Mr. Rocford ran against a same party incumbent (then longtime Sheriff Fox) a Parsippany resident yet.
Ed Dantes July 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Mr. Holder, I'd take Mayor Letts over Mayor Barberio anytime. She was always readily available; in fact she answered the Mayor's Hotline personally both times I called it. It's funny you hardcore republicans blame her for anything that went wrong during her time in office, but praise the council for all that went well. Her time in office was the only time in memory when the Dems and Reps had to compromise and work together. Do you really believe she caused your tax and sewers bill to rise? You don't think that was due to all the businesses that Priore had given huge tax breaks leaving? You don't think the added needs due to Mr. Mosbergs over developing (also Priore) caused this? Lets be realistic here. Barberio doesn't lead in my opinion, he dictates. He doesn't seem to care for the citizens in need (see displaced Lk Hiawatha residents or his unpopular FOD push). He is self centered and doesn't care what the residents think. He has also shown himself to lack integrity (see Valori incident, This Promotion and the other lies he's been caught in). What's that line of his: "That's the first I've heard of this". As for leaders with corrupt motives, look up Parsippany Politicians in general. Certainly the man pictured celebrating with former Mayor Priore is a man of honor and integrity.

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