SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — As a candidate last November, Mayor Al Smith made prohibiting part-time employees of Scotch Plains Township from accepting health benefits provided by the township as part of his Five-Point Plan. On Tuesday, the Scotch Plains Council introduced an ordinance barring part-time from taking such benefits.

Republican candidates Smith and Councilman Ted Spera targeted former Mayor Kevin Glover, who had accepted health benefits paid for by the township. Glover maintained he was grandfathered into benefit eligibility due to his longevity of service. However, part-time employees, such as council members, are excluded from the state-sponsored health benefits plan that Scotch Plains switched to in 2015.

The council will vote on the ordinance on Tuesday, Feb. 21.