Archive for July, 2010

Chief of Staff or?

Friday, July 30th, 2010

By Victor Stiefel

Staff Reporter

 

  Sources within mayor Kris Wasowicz’s organization report that a political battle is being fought over the appointment of Village of Justice Chief of Staff, Jerry Carter.  According to some insiders, Carter is seeking to fill the vacancy left by former trustee John Fairman.  Mr. Fairman vacated his post when he moved out of the Village last March.

  Long considered the “seventh trustee,” many residents have complained that Carter is too close to the board and holds too much sway over policy and direction of town government for a person who has never been elected to public office.  Mr. Carter managed the campaign of the mayor’s Peoples Voice Party.  Currently appointed as Chief of Staff, Carter has the duty to propose, develop, implement and enforce the policies, rules, regulations and procedures of the Village President and Board of Trustees with respect to all municipal departments.  He now has the trust to sit in on executive session.

  However as politics often goes, sometimes that is not enough.  So for the time being, people in the administration are reporting that a type of tug-of-war is being waged over the Fairman seat.  The reasons why are not clear.  We do know the subject of filling an elected vacancy has been brought into executive session many times over the past several months.  However with no conclusion in sight,  this drama is still being played out. Further, the village attorney Michael Castellino has held to the position that this seat need not be filled.  Will Carter serve on this board?  Whatever the outcome it does appear that for now, politics and not the public good is what we are being served. 

  

 

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Village Trustees In Short Supply

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

By Bill Gantz

Staff Reporter

  The Justice Village Board has lost another trustee.  With 9 months remaining in the term, Michael Murray resigned his seat with a letter accepted by mayor Kris Wasowicz at the Justice Village Board meeting, Monday night.  Murray is the third Justice trustee to vacate his post under the Wasowicz administration.  First was trustee Jeff Kranig who’s spot was filled by George Pastorino and second was trustee John Fairman who’s seat is still vacant.  Murray had been seeking to stay in the village after being faced with a home loss. The letter explained his decision to quit due to his moving out of the village.   

  Additional reports have been made that current trustee George Pastorino prodded the vacancy by calling for public hearings to determine Murray’s residency.  It was Pastorino who evoked the subject by bringing forth the resignation letter unexpectedly to Wasowicz, Monday evening.  A hesitant Wasowicz took the correspondence from Pastorino and read it without emotion.

   In the letter that Wasowicz publicly read into the record, Murray explained his situation as well as his intent to avoid any legal costs to the village resulting from Pastorino’s legal actions.  Further included in the letter was the familiar recognition of service to the community and looking back at the years served, finishing with an article of gratitude to past trustees Murray had served with.  Of interest was Murray’s omission to mention seated trustees Pastorino, Kinga Bartoszek, Phil DePaola and Mary McGee.  All four are  members of Mr. Murray’s political party.  The recent departure now leaves two open seats on the Justice Village Board.

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Student Scholarship Applications Ignored

Monday, July 26th, 2010

How the Village of Justice spends our money.

 

Two months ago the village board hired an official media consultant. Yes, you read the first sentence correctly, an official media consultant. Numerous residents are concerned, if not out right puzzled, as to why the village would hire a media consultant, when the village now provides information to all residents through either the village web site, town hall meetings, news stories or the village newsletter that comes with sewer bills. The concern quickly turns to laughter as village citizens begin to realize, although we are facing very serious financial problems, we will now be paying a $12,000.00 salary to provide information we currently already receive!

Where else could the village have better used our $12,000.00 tax money? Lets us show you where!

The Justice Village Board accepted applications for $500.00 college scholarships to be granted to Justice college students. This program has been in place for many years and overseen by countless administrations. Surprisingly, the village received nineteen applications for the $500.00 scholarship grants. Remarkable, the village could have honored all nineteen scholarship applications to deserving Justice graduating seniors if they had channeled the $12,000.00 salary, paid to a media consultant, toward the scholarship program.  In the end only 8 local scholarships were awarded!

Through their actions the village board seems to indicate that $12,000.00 of village taxes are better spent on an official media consultant rather than supporting Justice graduating seniors looking for financial assistance to attend college. Once again the village board has shown their poor judgment in spending our taxes dollars wisely.

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