To The Editor:

We were disappointed in Councilwoman Pater’s response to TAPInto’s question about bringing transparency to Borough government. Instead of addressing the problem of transparency and openness in Borough Hall, she filled her response with lies and personal attacks.

There is no place in public discourse for lies and personal attacks. This isn’t Washington. We have throughout this campaign openly discussed the issues our town is facing and offered practical solutions that we can accomplish together.

Sign Up for E-News

Though her lies and attacks are uncalled for and not reflective of Mountainside values, we were most disappointed by her scripted support for NO change in the conduct of the Council. In light of the lack of support (as reflected in the lawsuit) from the Council for the safety of the majority of officers of our police department, the deals to keep taxpayer funded healthcare for themselves, and the secrecy around settlement offers for their friends, her call that there is no need for change and that she in fact wrote, that “no one will change or adapt” the workings of Council, is completely out of touch.

We believe this is exactly what this campaign is all about, leadership. We are guilty of Councilwoman Pater’s accusations that we will not remain silent. We will not accept the Mayor’s and Council’s refusal to answer questions; shielding themselves on the excuse that on the advice of counsel they must remain silent. We will not accept their continued response that residents who ask questions at the meetings are confused and do not understand the facts. We will stand up to the wasteful spending and cronyism that has permeated Borough government. We will bring new ideas and solutions. And we will work with anyone who wants to put the residents of Mountainside ahead of their personal gain. Councilwoman Pater, you are right about one thing, we will not rubber stamp this or any other administration.

Anjali Mehrotra

Ileana Montes