SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Following November's election results, which will give Democrats a majority on the Scotch Plains Council, Mickey Marcus and Bo Vastine thanked the Township for the opportunity to serve at the final Scotch Plains Council meeting of the year.
Deputy Mayor Mickey Marcus, who switched from Democrat to Republican while in office and has been a proponent of non-partisan local elections, said he was proud of what I was able to accomplish while on the Council during the past four years.
"I tried to vote what I thought was best for the town. Sometimes I voted with Kevin Glover, other times with Bo, but also sometimes against him," Marcus said after the meeting. "I did what I thought was right and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to serve."
“Sometimes the public doesn’t understand what goes into the decisions,” said Bo Vastine. “I want to thank my wife and family for their support and look forward to being able to spend more time with them."
Councilman Llewellyn Jones, who remains as the only Republican when the new terms begin next year, thanked Marcus and Vastine for their guidance and wished them both the best going forward. Meanwhile, Colleen Gialanella made gracious comments about the sacrifices of their time in serving the residents of Scotch Plains and acknowledged that Council members have to find better ways to work together.
Mayor Kevin Glover made it clear that he is greatly anticipating working next year with the new Democratic majority.
“I’m looking forward to working with Checchio and Del Sordi,” Mayor Glover said. “Next year will be filled with new ideas.”
The meeting ended with controversy as Glover announced that he was signing the Township's separation agreement with town manager Jerry Giaimis as his last order of business for the year. Township attorney Jeffrey Lehrer objected to the Mayor's making the signing a public spectacle and said he had advised him not to do it (prior to the meeting). Glover countered that it was an important matter of business to close out the year. Glover and Giaimis had clashed over numorous issues during the past 18 months.