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Questioning Continues Over New Hirees & Old Issues Revisited

Council Meeting • 10/14/15

PERTH AMBOY – During the 10/14/15 Council Meeting arguments continued on both sides as to the Mayor’s appointments.

Resident Peter Perez said, “So much negativity occurs whenever the Mayor hires anyone. They are just against the Mayor. If you don’t like what the Mayor is doing, then don’t vote for her. The negativity has to stop.”

PerthAmboyCityCouncil600Resident Alan Silber pointed out, “Look at the Mayor’s record of appointees. She hired Former Business Administrator of Trenton Jane Feigenbaum. That didn’t work out. We were supposed to have a county park. Now it’s only going to be for the Vocational School’s use. Councilman Fernando Gonzalez said he wouldn’t vote for someone with forty plus years of experience because they didn’t live in town? Now it’s no problem. Irizarry and Nanton should be congratulated. I watched the last Council Meeting on TV. It was unbelievable.”

Resident David Caba said, “I supported Diaz in 2008. She said she would only run for two terms. Now she’s running for a third term. She has no credibility. I also supported Pabon in 2010. This is not a matter of race. It’s a matter of integrity and doing the right thing for the taxpayers who live here. We have to go to Montana to get an Interim B.A. Did anyone contact the Passaic Dominican Mayor for suggestions? You don’t need a degree to be a Business Administrator? I will check the ordinance on that. You couldn’t find someone locally that’s qualified for this position?”

Former Council Member Ken Balut was surprised that the Interim Business Administrator would threaten to sue a citizen that was reading something from a newspaper article. “Did you sue anyone who wrote this newspaper article?”  Balut also wondered how someone can get a pension after being in a position for only 31 months. “All of our business administrators that we had before never threatened the citizens. People from out of town get a huge amount of money from our taxpayers, then go back to their own towns. I will find out more. Why is the Mayor hiring people with grey areas in their backgrounds?”

Resident Sharon Hubberman to the mic to express concerns about double dipping which is an ongoing problem. “When you’re looking to fill a permanent position for the Business Administrator, there are a lot qualified people who are not already collecting a pension.”

Attorney and Perth Amboy Democratic Chair Billy Delgado came forward to praise the new Acting Business Administrator. He also had advice for some of the people who criticized the Mayor’s choice. “People just suppose all the time without sitting down to talk with the person. I’ve looked at his (Pelissier) record when he worked for other towns. I apologize for the people who come up here and have been insulting. I’ve seen what you’ve done in Rahway. Other towns joke about Perth Amboy. I hope your wife is not too upset about you taking this job. I hope people can see what you can do to help the City. We want professionals who can help the City and raise a level and the reputation of the City.”

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