ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park Mayor and Council voted on a few ordinances at the Thursday night council meeting, but the biggest interest on the agenda Ordinance No. 2563, which would repeal Ordinance No. 2395, that was introduced at the Jan. 17 council meeting better know to most as “Pay to Play”.
Under the rules governing pay-to-play, or the practice of for-profit businesses contributing to political campaigns of individuals or groups from which they have sought, or are seeking, for government contracts, a maximum of $200 can be contributed to a political campaign during an election cycle in the borough.
Mayor Signorello and council members passed the ordinance allowing $2,600 to be contributed to a candidate’s committee, $7,200 to a political committee and $37,000 to a county-level political committee.
Mayor Signorello explained that as a borough, we are looking to attract the best professionals and to get better companies, and more companies, to show interest in the Borough and to make it be easier to do business in Roselle Park.
Councilman-at-Large Joseph DeIorio, Councilwoman Jayme Lynn Negron, and Councilman William Fahoury voted against the ordinance.
Councilwoman Negron commented that she had received nine e-mails against the ordinance from residents and not one approving of it, “so I will not support it”, she said.
Councilman DeIorio posed a question to the other council members asking, if we are looking to attract the best contractors, the best lawyers, then which ones that we approved this year are not the best?
While the public portion was opened for this ordinance, only one person went up to speak out against it.
Another item of interest was the changing of the bylaws to reflect the time limit of the public portion to be lowered to a 3-minute time limit. Only one resident went up to speak on the issue.
Mayor Signorello again repeated what he said at the last council meeting that he is working to streamline the meetings and to make them more efficient. The Mayor also noted that residents can speak to him or their Council person directly by contacting them by phone, in person or by email.
To view the meeting in its entirety click on the link below to Roselle Park TV.
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