NUTLEY, NJ - As the Township continues its attempt to disband the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad, President Jonathan Arredondo issued a public statement on Friday Aug. 7. It reads:
“Last week, the NVERS Board of Trustees reached out to Commissioner Petracco in a good faith attempt to resolve the current situation.
Specifically, NVERS offered to share 2020 bank statements, 2020 payroll records and information he had requested regarding the employment status of our members – all information that the Township is NOT otherwise legally entitled to. These records, in combination with the documents previously provided to the Township, would provide the Commissioner with a clear, complete understanding of NVERS’ finances.
If Commissioner Petracco desires oversight over NVERS to ensure that the squad is operated responsibly and is reliable as a public safety entity, this offer would provide all of the information needed to accomplish that goal.
In exchange for these financial and personnel records, NVERS simply asked for Commissioner Petracco’s commitment that he will negotiate in good faith for a future agreement with NVERS consisting of a revised set of bylaws, revised ordinance, and a memorandum of understanding that provides the Township with oversight of NVERS as a public safety entity.
Unfortunately, Commissioner Petracco has rejected our attempt to compromise and has indicated that he will continue his misguided attempt to dismantle our agency and assume control of our bank accounts and material assets, including, but not limited to having the Nutley Fire Department assume the responsibilities of our Squad.
Commissioner Petracco’s demands for financial and personnel records of our Squad is not about providing oversight or increasing transparency – it’s a deliberate, blatant attempt to shut down NVERS because he could not otherwise gain control and over its finances, purchasing decisions, vendor relationships (in order to reward his political cronies) and personnel decisions.
It is our intention to defend the existence of NVERS through all legal means necessary, to resist Commissioner Petracco’s bullying tactics, and to continue to proudly serve the Nutley community for many years to come.”
TAPinto Nutlley will have continuous coverage on this matter.