WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Board of Education President Richard Mattessich submitted the following statement to TAP into Westfield regarding Thursday’s dismissal of complaints against the Westfield Board of Education by a Mountainside judge. (To read our earlier story about that ruling, which affects the Westfield Soccer Association’s pilot lighting program at Kehler Field, click here.)

“The Board of Education is obviously very satisfied that the judge applied the law fairly, after considering all arguments,” Mattessich wrote. “The fact that all three complaints were summarily dismissed without the need for a trial is indicative of the fact that the Board of Education acted in good faith compliance with all applicable rules and regulations, as we said we would from the start.”

In his statement, Mattessich also responded to a statement submitted to TAP into Westfield by Greg Kasko, the resident who brought the complaints to court.

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“Any insinuation that as a landowner, the Board of Education somehow quietly sought ‘immunity from town officials thus eliminating government oversight’ is misguided,” Mattessich wrote. “Baseless accusations simply detract from those who seek to foster meaningful conversation on the impact of lighting at Kehler Field.”

Kasko has said that he will not file an appeal.