HAMILTON, NJ -- Following a move by the state Department of Health to revoke the license of Hamilton Township's Health Officer, Mayor Kelly Yaede and Council President Jeff Martin clashed Tuesday over the agency's allegations that the public's health, safety, and welfare were put at risk.
As previously reported by TAPinto Hamilton Robbinsville , Health Officer Jeff Plunkett is set to have his inspection license revoked as a result of two investigations that allege his "gross failure" to carry out his duties in inspecting retail food establishments and the Hamilton Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.
Yaede refuted the allegations made against Plunkett. In a statement posted to the Township's Facebook page she said that "these are some of the most egregious, false statements being made by Governor Murphy’s State Department of Health. These false statements will only undermine public confidence, are detrimental to all public employees, and will undoubtedly impact our local Hamilton business community."
Council President Jeff Martin questioned Yaede's committment to the public health and safety in the wake of these allegations.
“Hamiltonians should have confidence in having a Mayor who prioritizes public health and safety, who does not lie, and who puts the public first; unfortunately, Hamilton has a Mayor with none of the qualities," said Martin. "If Mayor Yaede’s administration lied about the problems at the animal shelter and lied about conducting basic health inspections, what else is she and her administration lying about?”
Yaede further stated that it "is deeply troubling by its inaccuracies and misleading statements." She further accused the Department of Health with playing politics with complaints filed against the Township.
"Governor Murphy’s administration’s failure to release the complaint records associated with cases in Hamilton and Trenton illustrates that politics remains their primary motive after numerous requests," Yaede added.
Martin turned his focus to pledging his support for the restaurants and business community that may be impacted by questions that they have not been routinely inspected under Plunkett's tenure as health officer.
“Hamilton’s many restaurants are fantastic and their owners, many of them Hamilton residents themselves, are fully committed to providing great food and a safe and clean environment for their customers. I think it speaks to their commitment to excellence that we have not had more health issues in town. I have no hesitation whatsoever in continuing to eat at Hamilton’s restaurants," Martin added.
Yaede and Martin will face off in the November mayoral election.
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