Elections

Letters to the Editor

It is Time for the Incumbent Mayor to Pass the Torch

dcdad1713bb73d9a9bcd_editor.jpg
dcdad1713bb73d9a9bcd_editor.jpg

Dear Editor:

There is a reason why the Westfield primary turn-out was historically high this year. Westfield residents are hungry for change. I, for one, give credit to the incumbent mayor for his accomplishments. After 12 years in office, some are to be expected. Length of service in politics is a double-edged sword; it can lead to complacency. The best thing about this election year is that it has caused some attention to town issues and maintenance items. 

Take, for example, downtown development. There has been a problem with downtown development for years; our town has an 11 percent vacancy rate next to Cranford’s 3.5 percent. Yet the incumbent mayor’s report of findings and initiatives regarding this issue was unveiled only a few months before the election, simultaneous with the announcement that the incumbent slate was running for re-election. Just in time for the previously un-attuned voter to take notice.  Sound familiar? We’ve been down this road before with this administration. Some streets are now being paved for the first time in 29 years.   

Sign Up for E-News

We shouldn’t have to wait for election years to get some modest initiatives and long-overdue maintenance underway. While we should all thank the incumbent mayor for his service, he has to know that he is not entitled to an endless reign in office — neither because of how he originally attained the position (appointed by the town council to fill a mid-term vacancy), nor due to anything that has happened since. 

It is understandable that it is difficult to have a full-time job and be mayor of Westfield. Being mayor of this town really does require a full-time commitment. Through December 2016, the incumbent mayor has missed nearly 25 percent of council meetings due to his trying to manage his career and this office at the same time. His absence rate has risen in 2017 to 29 percent. 

Shelley Brindle will not have that problem. She has retired from her career as a management executive of a 4.5 billion-dollar company, and has pledged to work without pay for this town on a full-time basis, and to observe Westfield’s traditional two-term limit for mayor.  

After three terms in office, it is time for the incumbent mayor to pass the torch. The Westfield Municipal Candidates will debate the issues in the public forum sponsored by The Westfield Leader newspaper on Wednesday, Oct. 25 (7 p.m.) at the Municipal Building Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend and to send questions desired for discussion in advance to editor@goleader.com.  I look forward to hearing more from Shelley on this date.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa O’Dwyer

Westfield Resident

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

2018 Municipal Budget is on Collision Course with Principles of Financial Soundness & Stability

April 18, 2018

Having chaired the town council’s finance committee in the recent past, I appreciate the hard work that goes into developing a municipal budget for a town as large and dynamic as Westfield. But as I have expressed publicly and also to the mayor and my council colleagues, I do not support the adoption of Westfield’s 2018 municipal budget. Although the budget contains much that I ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, April 24, 4:00 PM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_5307a8f625870288b3e9_best_79fa8c672d731919f994_tap_building

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Westfield Municipal Building, Westfield

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Government

Tue, April 24, 7:30 PM

Westfield

Westfield Board of Education Meeting

Education

Westfield Police Blotter: Residence Burglarized & More

April 18, 2018

April 11, 2018 10:23 a.m.

Raymond Rodgers, 56, of Westfield, NJ was arrested in the area of E. Broad Street. Rodgers was arrested pursuant to an unrelated traffic investigation. Rogers was transported to Westfield Police HQ without incident. At WPD HQ, Rodgers was processed and released after posting the full bail amount ($250). Rodgers was arrested on the strength of an outstanding Westfield ...

NJ07 Student Activists to Hold Town Hall on Gun Control

April 24, 2018

In less than a week, student activists from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District will be holding their Town Hall for Our Lives.

The town hall will take place in the meeting room of the Union Municipal Building from 7 to 9 p.m. Both Democratic and Republican candidates running for NJ07’s seat in the House of Representatives will be in attendance. At the event, they will ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Community Thanks Crossing Guards for Valuable Service

Bob Lewis has been helping students safely cross the street at the corner of St. Mark’s Avenue and Sherman Street in Westfield for the past 22 years.

“I’m a fixture,” said Lewis, a crossing guard at Washington School who turns 90 years old in August.

“Whenever he is absent, students, parents and staff want to know ‘Where is Bob?’” ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

‘A Sad Day for Paterson’ as Police Officer Loses Life in Car Crash

April 23, 2018

PATERSON, NJ — On what Paterson Superior Officers Association President Mason Maher called “a sad day for Paterson,” a city police officer lost his life on Sunday after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision while on duty.

Several sources familiar with Sunday’s tragic accident have identified the fallen officer as Tamby Yagan, a 13-year veteran of the ...