Closed Executive Session of the Nutley Board of Commissioners and Opioid Abuse


NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners continued their August 15 tmeeting on August 22. The meeting was advertised to begin at 10:00 a.m.. Eleni Pettas, Township Clerk called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m.

In addition to the Commissioners and Township employees Rosemary Costa, Sal Scarpelli, Sandra Carella, Kathy Rempusheski, and Jennifer Garner; Ray Sarinelli of Nisivoccia LLP and David Paris of Piro, Zinna, Paris and Genitempo law firm were present

[Note: Raymond Sarinelli of Nisivoccia LLP is the registered accountant for the Township of Nutley and Dave Paris was ‘sitting in’ for Township attorney Alan Genitempo.]

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While the attendees awaited the arrival of Commissioner Tucci, it was noted by Ray Sarinelli that Rosemary Costa, Nutley Township Tax Collector, CFO and Purchasing Agent, was ‘running into problems with final calculation of the tax rate.’

The Town Clerk distributed meeting agendas and advised that the agenda was the same as the August 15 meeting. There were no agenda items related to the budget.

CFO Costa advised the attendees of the following dates related to the budget:

  • September 5 – Resolution outlining amendments to the Municipal budget. The resolution will be voted on by BOC at regular scheduled Sept. 5th meeting
  • September 7 - Notice of Public Hearing on the budget on Sept. 11th will be published in the ‘official’ news sources. 
  • September 11 - Public Hearing on the Municipal budget. At conclusion of public hearing, the Commissioners will vote to adopt the amended budget.

There was a motion calling for continuation of the August 15 closed Executive Session for:

  1. Contract Negotiations
  2. Personnel

Mayor Scarpelli then announced that the Board would return to public session at the completion of the closed session, however, no action would be taken.

At this point, Nutley homeowner Michael Odria asked Mayor Scarpelli if there would be public comment. Odria explained it was his understanding that under OPMA law, this meeting was considered a public meeting, requiring public comment.

The Mayor turned to attorney Paris who responded: “This meeting is a continuation of the August 15meeting.  Therefore, what has taken place at the August 15th meeting is already on record. There was public comment; it is my understanding at the August 15 meeting. I’m not sure if there was Executive Session already on the 15. This is essentially is picking up where they left off August 15.   

Odria asked: “So what you are saying is that supersedes state law?”

Paris: “Well, your interpretation of state law versus my interpretation of state law may differ and my interpretation is that, in lieu of the fact this is nothing more than a continuation of the executive session that was adjourned on August 15 as compared to a new meeting. Public comment that took place on August 15 satisfies the requirement for public comment at meetings.”

The meeting proceeded to closed Executive Session.

While the commissioners, CFO Costa and Accountant Sarinelli were in Executive Session, TAPinto Nutley owner and editor John Lee, chatted with Nutley Municipal Alliance Coordinator ‘Sam’ Carella about 'Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day.'

Last year, legislation signed by Governor Christie declared every Oct 6 as Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day (KOOAD) in NJ.

The Nutley Municipal Alliance is sponsoring KOOAD in partnership with Nutley Neighborhood Watch, L.E.A.D and numerous civic organizations and churches to be announced in an upcoming press release.  

On October 6, hundreds of medical, dental, chiropractic and physical therapy professionals; church and school leaders, local club officers and elected and appointed officials will serve as ‘Walk Leaders’ on a mission to educate the Nutley community on the deadly facts of opioid abuse and available alternatives to opioid use.

Walk Leaders and their teams will go door to door and business to business placing door hangers throughout Nutley to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates.

  1. All volunteers will meet at 1:30 .p.m. in the Nutley High School parking lot adjacent to the library.
  2. Walk Leaders will break out with their teams to share their teams ‘walk map’ and distribute door knockers
  3. Walk teams will proceed to their designated neighborhoods and place information doorknockers on every door in their assigned area.

Carella also said that those interested in being a Walk Leader or a Walker in your neighborhood on October 6th, email

Look for updates and town wide coverage of the event from TAPinto Nutley.







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