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Mayoral Appointments Made

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Published: January 23, 2011 @ 8:34 AM EDT
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Mayor Accardi concluded the appointments of committees at Thursday night’s Mayor & Council meeting. At the end of the meeting there were still eight (8) vacant positions for various committees and board:

  • Morses Creek Flood Control Commission (2 positions)
  • Technology Sub-Committee (1 position)
  • Community Development Committee (2 positions)
  • Municipal Land Use Board (2 positions)
  • Union County Air Traffic Noise Advisory Board (1 position)

Mayor Accardi again asked for anyone interested in serving the community to notify him through Borough Hall.

Additionally, the mayor appointed members of council to various committees, giving each member two (2) positions and each senior council representative an additional chairmanship position.

For the second year in a row, councilman Modesto Miranda was appointed as council president. This decision by the mayor breaks with tradition where that position went to the council representative whose seat was up for election that same or the following year.

After the appointments fifth ward councilman Yakubov expressed his concerns with being appointed the Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee.

“I foresee major time constraints for myself in the evenings, potentially in the spring, ” Councilman Yakubov explained as to one of the reasons he felt he could not chair the committee; citing weekend and weeknight obligations as well.

The mayor stated that he chose the councilman, the senior Republican member on council, because he felt that Mr. Yakubov could use his leadership to direct the committee. Mayor Accardi also stated that there are options available to the councilman such as contacting other council representatives, or even the mayor himself, to step in should Mr. Yakubov be unable to attend a meeting due to a conflict in schedule, “People understand that you have a life outside of council but as a public servant we owe it to the community to do the best we can for them.”

“I appreciate you laying it on very thick, however, if I also may backtrack to the conversation we had, did you not say – you’ll probably deny it – but you also indicated that because I voted no on the budget last year, ” councilman Yakubov continued, speaking upon his reasons for not approving the 2010 budget, “If I don’t give you the budget do you guarantee me you’re going to vote yes on the budget and I was a little taken back by that.”

The mayor responded that if the councilman was not capable of chairing the committee, that he himself would do so, “I will make sure that it happens properly. We will not accept any eleventh hour e-mails from you stating that you think that things could have been done better when you missed more than half of the budget meetings as you did last year.”

Councilman Miranda interceded and stated that the meeting should move forward after which the mayor gave his final statement and ended the discussion.

“Is there anybody here that remembers being at the budget meetings, remembers me bringing up ideas and different things that I may have said?” the councilman asked the governing body. When there was no resp0nse from anyone on the dais, Mr. Yakubov answered himself, “I think there are.”

The entire seven and a half minute discussion can be heard here:

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Below is a listing of all appointments made at the January 20, 2011 mayor & council meeting.

MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL

 Marc CaswellLarry DinardoCarl HokansonModesto MirandaTanya TorresMichael Yakubov
Public Safety Chair
X
Police
X
Fire
X
1st Aid
X
Municipal Services Chair
X
DPW
X
Construction & Transportation
X
Code Enforcement
X
Finance & Administration Chair
X
Municipal Budget & Finance
X
Public Buildings & Facilities
X
Commerce
X
Public Services & Administration Chair
X
Technology
X
Human Resources
X
Legislative
X

BOARD OF HEALTH

PositionPersonTerm
CommissionerMargaret Schaffer3-year

JOINT SEWER REPRESENTATIVES

PositionPersonTerm
RepresentativeJoseph Accardi1-year
Alternate RepresentativeModesto Miranda1-year

LIBRARY BOARD

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberJune Stark5-year

MORSES CREEK FLOOD CONTROL

PositionPersonTerm
Commission AlternateVACANT1-year
Commission AlternateVACANT1-year
Commission AlternateDonald Hellhake1-year
Council RepresentativeLarry Dinardo1-year
Alternate Council RepresentativeCarl Hokanson1-year

POLICE DOCTOR / PANEL PHYSICIAN

PositionSelectionTerm
Police Doctor / Panel PhysicianMulti-Care, Inc.1-year

ANIMAL CONTROL BUREAU

PositionPersonTerm
MemberCarl Hokanson1-year

CABLE TV FRANCHISE RENEWAL COMMITTEE

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberSaul Qersdyn1-year

TECHNOLOGY SUB-COMMITTEE

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberSean Kinney1-year
Committee MemberDerek Czernikowski1-year
Committee MemberVincent Paoella1-year
Committee MemberAndrew Casais1-year
Committee MemberVACANT1-year
Council LiaisonMarc Caswell1-year

LOCAL ACCESS TELEVISION SUB-COMMITTEE

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberEllen Bachert1-year
Committee MemberNick Florio1-year
Committee MemberDonna Corrigan1-year
Committee MemberNancy Caliendo1-year
Committee MemberJesse Rineer1-year
Council LiaisonMichael Yakubov1-year

CLEAN COMMUNITIES

PositionPersonTerm
Council LiaisonCarl Hokanson1-year

COMMITTEE ON STREET LIGHTING

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberJoseph Signorello1-year
Committee MemberPatrick White1-year

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberVACANT1-year
Committee MemberKaren Intile1-year
Alternate Committee MemberAntonette Signorello1-year
Alternate Committee MemberVACANT1-year

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberAlex Huluszcak3-year

MUNICIPAL LAND USE BOARD

PositionPersonTerm
Committee Member, Class IVJohn Velasquez3-year
Committee Member, Class IVJohn Stephen3-year
Alternate Committee MemberVACANT1-year
Alternate Committee MemberVACANT1-year

SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COUNCIL OF UNION COUNTY

PositionPersonTerm
DesigneeVincent Cahill1-year

UNION COUNTY AIR TRAFFIC NOISE ADVISORY BOARD

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberJacob Magiera2-year
Committee MemberVACANT2-year

UNION COUNTY TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PositionPersonTerm
Committee MemberVincent Cahill1-year
AlternateLarry Dinardo1-year
AlternateOPEN1-year