PARSIPPANY, NJ - New Mayor Michael Soriano and new Council Members Janice McCarthy and Emily Peterson wasted no time making changes at today's 2018 Parsippany reorganization meeting.
There was a new Council President elected - Paul Carifi - who was voted in unanimously by the 5 member council. The Council Vice President was also elected unanimously and that vote went to new council member, Janice McCarthy.
Most of the controversy began around the resolution appointing a new township attorney.
The vote was decided 3-2 to accept the Mayor’s appointment of James L. Lott, Jr. as Township Attorney to replace the former Township Attorney John Inglesino, appointed by previous Mayor James Barberio. Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani and Councilman Michael dePierro voted against the appointment, stating that they didn't feel that it was in the best interest of taxpayers to change attorneys while in the middle of the outstanding Carifi lawsuits. They both stated that they would fully support Mayor Soriano's choice for township attorney, after the Carifi lawsuits were finalized. New council members, Emily Peterson and Janice McCarthy voted for the appointment of James Lott, as well as Council President Paul Carifi, Jr.
James L. Lott, Jr. is a partner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP. in the Firm’s Government Affairs Group.
Former Council President, Louis Valori issued a Resolution to stop Paul Carifi from voting on appointment of new Township Attorney at the council meeting of Tuesday, December 19, stating a conflict of interest since the outstanding lawsuits involved his brother. That resolution was passed 3-2, with Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., and former Council Vice President Robert Peluso abstaining.
Paul Carifi hired his own counsel and read from their statement stating that there was no conflict of interest in him voting for the new township attorney. TAPInto Parsippany will be publishing this statement as well as other legal documents related to this case as they are made available.