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Democrats Provide January Update

In message, Democrats celebrate court victory and offer updates on governmental actions.

The following information comes courtesy of the Springfield Democrats.

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Democrats Win Election Suit

The Hon. Lisa Chrystal ruled this week that the Springfield Republicans who filed suit in Union County Court to overturn November’s election results had not proven their claim and the election will stand as is. This decision settles the three month long dispute filed by the Fernandez Krauss campaign and solidifies Margaret Bandrowski’s place on the Township Committee.

“We are very pleased with the Judge’s ruling and that we can finally put this matter behind us. This is one less distraction for the members of the Township Committee. Now we can better focus our energy on the business of running the town,” said David Barnett, Chairman of the Democratic Party.

January Recap

January was a busy month as the new Township Committee took measures to improve our environment and restore the autonomous Board of Health. As discussed in our last newsletter, on January 8 the Mayor David Amlen, Deputy Mayor Richard Huber and Committee-people Margaret Bandrowski and David Barnett officially formed the Flood Mitigation Committee and introduced an Amended Recreation Board ordinance (Mr. Shehady did not attend the meeting).

Additionally, they approved the hiring of seasonal personnel in the recreation department for winter sports programs. 

On the second legislative meeting that took place on January 22, the Committee, in a 4 – 0 vote passed the Autonomous Board of Health ordinance and swore in the new volunteer members (Mr. Shehady was not present at the meeting). Additionally the members of the Flood Mitigation Committee were named and a new commissioner to represent Springfield with the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA) was appointed.

The RVSA commissioner is an important position since the township pays more than two million dollars per year for this service. Our new commissioner brings years of experience in environmental issues and will represent our interests on this important board. Finally, officers for the First Aid Squad were sworn in.

Stan B February 14, 2013 at 09:40 PM
The problem is the former mayor never understood the difference between 'King', 'Mayor' and 'Chairman of the Township Committee'.
Shane Ronan February 15, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Bob, his newsletter and his personal facebook page are two different things. His newsletter was sent out via email based on a list of addresses of people who subscribed and was available for anyone in town or not.
Sprinfield Resident tired of the bickering February 15, 2013 at 01:50 AM
You guys have got to move on from the partisanship. Unless you take off your Republican / Democratic glasses you can't see the truth. The truth is Ziad's newletter was open to anyone to sign up for and I believe available on his website. If you were that interested in it you probably could have found it. I don't agree with everything Ziad did and especially how he acted in some situation but don't make everything he did an issue. His newsletter was informative and did alert me to things happening in town. It was probably the most communication I saw from anyone on the TC in the over 15 years I've lived here. I think the TC needs to get over the partisanship and do what is best for the town. If they really wanted to do this they would have just written the article as an informative piece instead of the Democreatic slant. This is why we need people who are independent of parties running this town so this bickering can stop.
Bob Groder February 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Sorry to disagree sir but i was signed up for Ziads newsletter and facebook to stay informed. The minute he found out I wasnt on his side he stopped me from getting the newsletter and facebook. Thats censorship at its best. I was subscribed to his newsletter and I find it odd that both the FB and newsletter stopped around the same time.
Bob Groder February 20, 2013 at 03:28 PM
To tired of bickering: Now that it has come out that the turf field is now turning into one huge mess with the land swap deal going wrong forget partisan politics what do we do as citizens in springfield to fix this mess? Our taxes will go up a lot more than promised which was exactly the problem many people spoke out about it when it was brought before the residents at TC meetings last year. Its over and done with but putting it on the ballot was the best way to do something of this magnitude. Now the land is contaminated that was supposed to go to the township the BOE is on the hook for 250k in cleanup costs alone and now it cant be developed which former members of the TC promised us it would be as much as one million dollars. That money will never come in now thanks to this being rushed last year before all the proper studies were done.

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