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Westfield's Daddy-Daughter Dance and Mobile Command Center Discussed at Town Council Meeting

From left to right: Moark LoGrippo, Jo Ann Neylan, Frank Arena and Mayor Andy Skibitsky Credits: Alexandria Addesso
Credits: Alexandria Addesso
Greg Kasko Credits: Alexandria Addesso

WESTFIELD, NJ - Resolutions concerning the upcoming father-daughter dance were passed and the use of the mobile police command center was questioned at Tuesday's town council meeting.

During the public comment section of the meeting resident and former police officer Greg Kasko spoke. Kasko reported seeing the town's Mobile Command Center in Hoboken during the Super Bowl as well as a few weeks ago during Lepre-Con. Upon questioning Police Chief David Wayman about it, Kasko said that he was told that the center was purchased for bomb threats and that the center could be back in Westfield from Hoboken in 20 to 25 minutes.

“I don’t think a bomb is going to wait 25 minutes,” said Kasko.

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Instead of answering Kasko's questions, at one point Mayor Andy Skibitsky told him, “Continue with your conspiracy theories."

The Mobile Command Center, which sat just outside the municipal building during the town council meeting, cost the town $249,000.

“What’s wrong with shared services?” asked councilman Frank Arena.

Kasko answered that he saw no problem with Westfield officers helping local Union County municipalities, but that they have no place in Hudson county.

The next town council meeting will be held on April 1, when the budget will be discussed.

Three resolutions were passed authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to draw warrants for the cost of participant payment, maitre d’ fees and disk jockey services for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance on March 30 at L’Affaire in Mountainside. The Westfield Recreation Department is sponsoring the dance and all girls in grades 1-6 and their fathers are invited.

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