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2015 Financial Disclosure Statements Review Reveals Compliance Discrepancies

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Published: December 31, 2015 @ 3:00 PM EDT
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Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS) are a requirement from the state that are to be filed every year. They provide information to the public regarding certain designated municipal employees and volunteers along with any financial dealings they or their family members might have. The purpose is to list connections to organizations, businesses, or dealings to prevent any appearance of unethical behavior should a certain contractor or vendor that an LGO (Legal Government Official) is associated with bids to work with the municipality. An FDS will enhance transparency by giving forehand knowledge of such associations.

Under NJSA 40A:9-22.1 et seq., known as the Local Government Ethics Law, and FDS must be filed by April 30th each year or within 30 days of taking office. Failure to do so can result in a fine that an individual, not the municipality, will be responsible to pay.

In 2015 in Roselle Park, little by little, LGOs submitted their Financial Disclosure Statements even though some filed after the April 30th deadline. In the end only one position appointed at the beginning of the year out of the 64 listed did not file an FDS. Additionally, one position was removed from being required to fill out an FDS, the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works (DPW).

The only paid position not filled out was for the zoning official, Richard Belluscio.  Mr. Belluscio could not be reached for comment for this article.

There have been four (4) other appointments made throughout the year that have also not have the required FDS filled out. Those appointments were:

  • Kimberly Powers who was appointed Library Board of Trustees on July 30th. She was sworn in on October 21st and, in accordance with the Local Government Ethics Law, had until November 20th to file.
  • Greg Delano was appointed to the Municipal Land Use Board (MLUB) on August 20th. He was sworn in on September 21st and was supposed to file by October 21st.
  • Barbara Goss was appointed to the Board Of Health on September 17th.
  • Jennifer Miller was appointed to the Recreation Committee on October 15th.

The governing body has stated that it will notify those individuals and let them know of the required filing as soon as possible. Certain individuals who were contacted stated that they did not know nor were notified that they needed to fill out such statements but would do so immediately. The responsible party for notifying LGOs is the Borough Clerk’s office.

In addition to those who had not yet filed is the DPW Superintendent who, according to the Borough Clerk’s office, does not need to file. Even though in previous years the Assistant DPW Superintendent had filed and was listed required to file an FDS. This occurred because for a couple of years the borough did not have a DPW Superintendent on the books and the Assistant Superintendent was the de facto head of the department since all decisions were made by him. Other municipalities throughout the county and state have a public work superintendent listed as being required to file. An FDS should be filed by a position that either directly handles taxpayer dollars or is able to make financial decisions – such as purchases and hiring.

There is also a borough code, 2-29.2.e, that states that the DPW Superintendent shall devote his full time to the active service of the Borough in the performance of his duties and shall occupy no other office and have no other employment. Right now, the only way to legally verify the last section of that law is by having a Financial Disclosure Statement that shows another other employment.

Hopefully, in 2016, the DPW Superintendent can be put on the list as a required position for file an FDS. Also, perhaps a better form of communication can be established to make certain that people who are appointed or hired to positions that are required to file an FDS are notified in a timely manner to avoid possible fines.

Name
Position
Submitted On
Gene Antonucci
Recreation Committee Member
July 28, 2015
Jesse Atwell
Construction Official
July 27, 2015
Paul Baiamonte
Municipal Land Use Board Alternate I
May 6, 2015
Alex Balaban
Library Board Member
May 6, 2015
Richard Belluscio
Zoning Officer
No
Ken Blum
Chief Financial Officer
April 27, 2015
Gary Bundy
Recreation Committee Member
May 13, 2015
Pat Butler
Library Board Member
May 5, 2015
Susan Calantone
Library Director
May 5, 2015
Doreen Cali
Municipal Clerk
April 16, 2015
Richard Cocca
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
May 6, 2015
Donna Corrigan
Board of Health
April 24, 2015
Donna Corrigan
Deputy Borough Clerk
April 24, 2015
Glen Costello
Class IV Member Municipal Land Use Board
October 30, 2015
Joseph DeIorio
Library Board Member
April 17, 2015
Dexter DeLaCruz
Library Board Member
May 5, 2015
Gino Elmarassy
Councilmember
April 27, 2015
Pedro Garrido
Library Board Member
May 6, 2015
Richard Graves
Assistant Superintendent Public Works
May 14, 2015
Linda Greer
Board of Health
May 5, 2015
Leslie Gutierrez
Board of Health
May 5, 2015
Loren Harms
Class IV Member Municipal Land Use Board
April 27, 2015
Carl Hokanson
Mayor
April 16, 2015
Carl Hokanson
Library Board Member
July 21, 2015
Carl Hokanson
Class I Municipal Land Use Board Member
July 21, 2015
Richard Huxford
Borough Attorney
April 22, 2015
Owen Iungerman
Municipal Land Use Board Alternate III
April 27, 2015
Mohamed Jalloh
Municipal Land Use Board Attorney
July 22, 2015
Mark Jaskula
Deputy Fire Chief Central
May 12, 2015
Ryan Kelly
Councilmember
April 24, 2015
John Kennedy
Class IV Municipal Land Use Board
April 22, 2015
Charlene Komar Storey
Councilmember
April 24, 2015
Janet Landis
Board of Health
October 14, 2015
Carole Langzemis
Board of Health
July 23, 2015
Pat McGee
Recreation Committee Member
May 10, 2015
Eugene Meola
Councilmember
April 24, 2015
Paul Morrison
Emergency Management Coordinator
April 27, 2015
Paul Morrison
Police Chief
April 27, 2015
Michael Neglia
Engineer
April 17, 2015
J. Albert Nitche
Class IV Member Municipal Land Use Board
July 24, 2015
Ray Parenteau
Deputy Fire Chief Faitoute
July 22, 2015
Mark Pasquali
Superintendent Public Works
-
Joseph Petrosky
Councilmember
April 30, 2015
Joseph Petrosky
Class III Municipal Land Use Board
April 30, 2015
Rachel Pompei
Tax Collector
April 27, 2015
Jeff Regan
Library Board Member
May 6, 2015
Jay Robaina
Class IV Municipal Land Use Board
May 5, 2015
Gail Scaglione
Tax Assessor
May 13, 2015
John Schwarz
Recreation Committee Alternate 1 Member
May 7, 2015
Tina Schwarz
Recreation Committee Alternate 2 Member
May 7, 2015
Sundjata Sekou
Library Board Member
April 28, 2015
Rupen Shah
Municipal Land Use Board Alternate IV
April 30, 2015
Rupen Shah
Administrative Assistant
April 30, 2015
Rashmi Sheth
Library Board Member
April 30, 2015
Joseph Signorello
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
July 27, 2015
Joseph Signorello
Fire Chief
July 27, 2015
James Smith
Deputy Fire Chief Lorraine
October 9, 2015
John Stephen
Class IV Member Municipal Land Use Board
May 5, 2015
Jeffrey Surenian
COAH Attorney
April 16, 2015
Jackie Taluba
Recreation Committee Member
May 5, 2015
Richard Templeton
Councilmember
April 24, 2015
Jerry Vitale
Municipal Land Use Board Alternate II
April 23, 2015
Elaine Weaver
Recreation Committee Member
May 6, 2015
Carol Williams
Municipal Land Use Board Clerk
April 28, 2015