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Some Valori Job Offer Claims Confirmed at Town Council

Council president: 'The allegations of bribery are not true.'

A closed-doors meeting was held at Town Hall on Sunday, Jan. 13, to discuss the possibility of creating a job within the Parsippany Police Department, according to Township Council President Brian Stanton. The statement, which came during the public comment question of Tuesday's Town Council meeting, backs up one allegation made by council candidate Dr. Louis Valori. 

The town has swirled with unanswered questions and controversy over Valori's charges that Mayor James Barberio and his administration offered to create a public relations job within the police department and took resumes from Valori and Councilman Paul Carifi, who are running on a joint ticket with Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and council candidate Robert J. Peluso for the primary election.

Valori alleges that the mayor's idea was to find the two retired law enforcement professionals alternate employment so that they would not offer a challenge to Barberio's re-election hopes.

According to Valori, the mayor, Township Attorney John Inglesino and Stanton were in attendance at a nighttime meeting at Town Hall on Jan. 13 to discuss the potential job. Valori contended that Stanton was tasked with surveying his council colleagues to see if they had an interest in supporting the creation of a new police position.

Councilmen Carifi and Jonathan Nelson confirmed to Patch last week that Stanton indeed asked about the possible job and found the idea had little council support. But no Parsippany official alleged to have been in attendance Jan. 13 would answer Patch's questions regarding Valori's contentions, including the matter of whether a secret Sunday meeting indeed took place.

Until Tuesday.

Parsippany resident Pat Petaccia questioned Stanton on whether the meeting occurred.

Stanton answered yes.

"Was Mr. Inglesino there?" she asked.

Stanton replied that the lawyer was there, but in answer to a followup question said he did not know whether or how much Inglesino was paid for working that night.

Petaccia then asked Stanton whether the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the creation of a new position within the police force and whether he, Stanton, was asked to poll the other council members about this new job.

The council president answered in the affirmative.

Petaccia asked if Stanton had asked for Valori's and Carifi's resumes at the meeting. He said no.

"Did you ask them for their resumes as a result of this meeting?"

"Absolutely not," stated Stanton.

Petaccia tried again.

"Did you ask them for their resumes at any time?"

Stanton answered that yes, he did ask the men for their resumes.

The council president later told Patch that he simply was telling the truth. At the same time, he was insistent about one point.

"The allegations of bribery are not true," Stanton said. "There was no bribe."

For his part, Valori asserted that his story is accurate and that time will show that he is telling the truth. He also insisted that he was formally offered a job by the Barberio administration.

Barberio was not in attendance for the meeting, and his absence was noted by many residents. Though the town's chief executive is not required to attend the monthly council gatherings, he usually is present.

Residents also noticed that among the agenda items for the March 19 meeting is a resolution asking the council to consent to the mayor's newest appointment to the town's Municipal Alliance Committee. The proposed new member is Brenda Barberio, who is married to the mayor.

Earlier this year, the mayor sent letters to Louis Valori and Robert Peluso, longtime MAC members, informing them that he was not reappointing them to the committee.

Bob Crawford March 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Day 12 has come and it's time to attempt one last verse As it is clear that the Mayor has taken a path he won't reverse To Barberio truth and honesty will have to surrender As surely he will come next November
VietNam Vet March 17, 2013 at 05:18 AM
The salary will depand on what you have on him.
Webmaster March 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Day 12 has come and gone – and not a sight of little bobby in town. The Grecian formula is go’ in round, but the white haired boy can’t be found. Anger is a form of fear - the evil and corroding thread you wear. Anger management is what’s n store, for the little bobby who’s always at war. Maybe your anger has got you down, but have no fear the feds are in town. Hope these articles don’t refer to you, cause everyone will think you’re a nicampoo. http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/03/parsippany-troy_hills_school_b.html cut and paste into browser: http://www.state.nj.us/education/legal/commissioner/2006/jan/36-06SEC.pdf
St Patrick March 17, 2013 at 01:50 PM
My friends - I certainly am busy this time of year but it has come to my attention that my friends in Parsippany seem to be having a wee bit o'trouble. Allegations of bribery, putting developer's ahead of citizens? Sounds like there are some SNAKES in Parsippany? Maybe it's time for some RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION! Council Meeting Tuesday the 19th at 7:30pm at the Parsippany Hills High School. Contact me at: snakesinparsippany@gmail.com. Quite Sincerely, St Patrick
Ed Dantes March 18, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Mr. Stanton, I wish the Mayor and yourself would give credit to the always enjoyable Charles Durning when using one of his film quotes to explain your actions. Fellow Parsippanyians, I am proudly standing here to humbly see. I assure you, and I mean it- Now, who says I don't speak out as plain as day? And, fellow Parsippanyians, I'm for progress and the flag- long may it fly. I'm a poor boy, come to greatness. So, it follows that I cannot tell a lie. Ooh I love to dance a little sidestep, now they see me now they don't- I've come and gone and, ooh I love to sweep around the wide step, cut a little swathe and lead the people on.

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