HAMILTON, NJ -- Council President Jeff Martin and Hamilton resident Vinnie Capodanno differed on Monday about the discourse between the unions representing Hamilton's firefightres and the municipal administration over fire district consolidation. During the weekly "Opinions Matter" radio show hosted by Joe Fabrizi on WBCB 1490am, Martin, who is running for Hamilton Township mayor, cited movement toward fire district consolidation as a notable success in the past year.
Martin explained that consolidating the nine Hamilton fire districts into one entity in a similar structure to the Hamilton Police Department would create a "more streamlined and safer first department at a more cost-effective price."
Capodanno, a former councilman who served in office as a democrat but is now running as a republican council candidate in this fall's General Election, called in to the radio show to question Martin on his position on the fire district consolidation and the status. Capodanno asked "How can we get this moving without all of the politics?"
Martin answered that there needs to be a "good faith effort on both sides" of the discussion between municipal officials and firefighters.
In a sharp retort, Capodanno said the "firefighters need to turn down the rhetoric" and accused them of finger pointing by claiming the Mayor Yaede is stalling the fire district consolidation process.
Martin added that he didn't think that the firefighters asked for anything more as far as raises than what was similarly provided to other public employees in the township.
As previously reported by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, the labor union representing Hamilton firefighters, the FMBA local 84 and 284, have endorsed Martin's mayoral candidacy.
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