HAMILTON, NJ - Hamilton FMBA Locals 84 and 284 are expected to announce their endorsement of Jeff Martin for Mayor as well council candidates Pat Papero and Nancy Phillips.
In an “election update” sent to their members Monday, and obtained by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, the presidents of the unions said that “what we do in the coming months to put our endorsement into action will be critical in ensuring that the candidates that are willing to put public safety first win.”
While the notice doesn’t explicitly say who the endorsed candidates are going to be it does inform the recipients that Martin will be in attendance at a Friday event to be held at Rusling Hose Company “with his running-mates.”
On Wednesday, the New Jersey State FMBA, offered gave their endorsement to the trio of candidates with Eddie Donnelly, that organization's president, saying that "while Mayor Kelly Yaede has attacked collective bargaining time and time again, Jeff has stood strong and showed that working families still matter in Hamilton Township.”
The unions that represent the Township’s 130 professional firefighters also endorsed Martin in his successful bid for Township Council in 2017. They also have long been at odds with Mayor Kelly Yaede regarding a proposal to merge the existing nine fire districts into one municipal fire department.
In 2015, the unions launched an effort that resulted in the collection of several thousand signatures from local residents, forcing the governing body to act on the issue of consolidation that, in a statement at the time, FMBA Local 284 President Nick Buroczi said had been “a discussion that’s been on-going for too long, stymied over and over by governmental paralysis.”
Martin ran unopposed in the June primary while Yaede beat insurgent candidate Dave Henderson for the Republican Party’s nomination.
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