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Reader says No Wonder People don’t Speak up Their afraid of payback

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Reader says No Wonder People don’t Speak up Their afraid of payback

That makes it right? Your answer is don’t run for office because there will political retribution not only on you which I,m sure he new would happen but it ok to extend this to your family. These are the moral people you want in office .

Sounds like a dictatorship. Let me do what I want or I will punish you and your family.

No wonder people don’t speak up. Their afraid of payback. What a country. Hear that everyone if you don’t like what the your government doing don’t try to change it because they will get you. Just keep your mouth shut and just let do what ever they want.

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Council knew of recruits legacy background before they were given the go ahead

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Council knew of  recruits legacy background before they were given the go ahead

The village nepotism policy states that when a potential hire is a legacy, the village manager must supply the council with his or her legacy background.

If you watch the public meeting, Heather clearly states that she informed the council of the recruits legacy background before they were given the go ahead.

Then the council approved these two hires to proceed with medical exams, drug tests, and psychological exams.

The nepotism policy should not even be in question at this stage. Heather also stated that when question by Albert that no non-legacy candidate was skipped over.

In fact, the only candidate that was skipped over was a legacy. In addition, the skipped candidate is the one who has the most political and municipal ties of them all.

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Council Apologist Says Stay out of Politics if you Don’t Want Retribution

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Council Apologist Says Stay out of Politics if you Don’t Want Retribution

Either the town is a civil service town (as we are, and as such we comply with civil service rules) or its not. The ‘nepotism’ policy, despite being well intended, does not have any place in a town that is governed by civil service rules. By applying this on top of civil service, someone could probably spend a few dollars on an attorney and invalidate it.
It would be an appropriate policy if we had a ‘chief’s test’ whereby ‘favorites’ or insiders (such as dispatchers) were hired, like many non-civil service towns.
Anyone who wants to rent a room or an apartment *and file federal income taxes and vote* can become a Village resident, eligible for hiring for any civil service position that requires residency. It does not require you to ‘grow up in town’.
Despite all of the above written by other posters, politics and ‘paybacks’ are the way it is in the real world.
If someone had a bitch with the former Mayor and chose to bring a legitimate question up before the council, so be it. The council must act in accordance with their ‘nepotism’ policy, or rescind it.
If one chooses to ‘throw their hat’ into the political arena, one must be ready to ‘suffer the consequences’. If the former mayor was more concerned about his son’s future employment, maybe he should have not entered politics and sat on the sidelines and enjoyed his retirement check.
That’s the way it is in the real world. And that’s why many successful businessman from the private sector wouldn’t get into politics…EVER.

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Crash – Lexus SUV vs. Lexus sedan – both towed from scene

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Crash – Lexus SUV vs. Lexus sedan – both towed from scene
February 1,2014
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Ridgewood NJ, A white Lexus SUV collided with a pale blue Lexus sedan in Ridgewood on Saturday afternoon.  The force of the collision sent the sedan careening across a sidewalk and up onto the front lawn of a home located in the 100 block of North Maple Avenue.

Both drivers escaped injury, but their respective vehicles did not fare as well; both were removed from the scene by separate flatbed tow trucks.  There was no damage to the lawn on which the sedan landed.

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Ridgewoood Police Recruit Scandal Reader says nothing but political pay back

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Ridgewoood Police Recruit Scandal Reader says nothing but political pay back

Aronsohn never forgave those three Councilpersons for not making him Deputy Mayor and now has systematically gone after everyone one of them as witnessed at the council meeting and now this.

Pucciarellli never forgave two Councilpersons for not appointing him head of the planning board and has said as much to people. (that is way he ran for office)
Hauck is the worst of them all, she does not think for herself and just does what she is told.

The retired police captain who spoke up blames the former mayor for not making him chief. I might and but not sure was Pucciarellli best man.He also hates Chief Ward and said so on public. So there you have folks It has nothing to do with nepotism, ordinance or money. Its payback time folks.

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Reader says Aronsohn and Pucciarelli threw the police chief under the bus

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Reidgewood Police Recruit Scandal : Reader says Aronsohn and Pucciarelli threw the police chief under the bus

Aronsohn and Pucciarelli threw the police chief under the bus. They made him the problem. News flash: police chiefs do not authorize hiring lines, they execute promises of employment.

The Council authorized through a budget line, the VM told the Chief to execute a promise of employment then Aronsohn and Pucciarelli saw the name Killion. Landers, a former cop who works for the village as does his son, claims nepotism from the audience.

In the end, Cheif Wards authority is undermined, the rank and file police offices lose trust in the chain of command, and a young recruit loses a job. Since when do we go after people’s kids? A new low even for Aronsohn and pucciaelli.

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Reader says a decorated family history of public service, did everything right in the hiring process but they just had the wrong last names

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Reader says a decorated family history of public service, did everything right in the hiring process but they just had the wrong last names

How to become a ridgewood police officer:
1. Resident of ridgewood
2. Score well on the civil service exam
3. Village council has to ok recruits in the budget, which are put into almost every pd budget.
4. Pass psych, medical, background

Top scores who want the job always get hired. Now with that being said, from what I’m aware, the only people to ever get passed over or skipped, (excluding deferrals) from the lists in the last 20+ years, were done so by upper management not in law enforcement, (gabbert). So where in that process can the chief pick his guy. (Insert nepotism conspiracy theory here) Test scores tell the story. The Chief has no control over that.

The fact is, when kids grow up in a family with members in police or fire, they have a passion to follow that career path. Civil service was put in place to make sure it is earned and not political, (test score). Want it bad enough, take a test prep course. It’s not a perfect system, but look at towns that give their own test. I can see it being more of problem there.

“Nepotism is rampant in police and fire” is only said to stir up the mob of uninformed police & fire haters. It sounds like these two young men, with a decorated family history of public service, did everything right to get to where they were in the hiring process, but in this case, they just had the wrong last names, weird.

FYI, nepotism in the private sector “is rampant.” No wait a minute, that’s just called networking for your son or daughter

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Ridgewood police recruits told to unpack bags for police academy

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Ridgewood police recruits told to unpack bags for police academy
Thursday January 30, 2014, 5:18 PM
BY  DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER
The Ridgewood News

The Village of Ridgewood is in violation of its own personnel regulations, a discovery that is preventing two police recruits from attending the Bergen County Police Academy. The two candidates, conditionally hired by the Ridgewood Police Department on Jan. 17, already received uniforms and were prepared for the six-month county training but were told to unpack their bags Wednesday night – just hours before the academy was slated to begin Thursday morning.

An ordinance currently included in Ridgewood’s code caps the number of police department patrol officers at 30. The department had 31 officers, though that number is permitted under the ordinance because one sergeant position remains vacant. The two Jan. 17 hires, however, pushed Ridgewood beyond the allowable limit.

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If You See Something, Say Something

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If You See Something, Say Something

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) is committed to engaging the citizenry of New Jersey as part of the State’s homeland security and counter-terrorism efforts.

The SAFE-NJ App is free and is available in iTunes and Google Play. The SAFE-NJ App enables citizens and visitors to:

Automatically dial the 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ terrorism tip line

Enter details about an incident; who, what, when, where, and why

Capture a photo from the App or use one that already exists on the device

Automatically find and use the device’s location or enter an address

Report detailed subject and vehicle descriptions

Include contact information or remain anonymous if preferred

Go to iTunes or Google Play and search for “SAFE-NJ”. You can download and install the app for free. Please remember that the SAFE-NJ App is live and any report submitted will be considered live.

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Controversial app allows residents to report crime , zoning violations, service requests and dangerous conditions — and track the progress of their complaint

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Controversial app allows residents to report crime , zoning violations, service requests and dangerous conditions — and track the progress of their complaint

Mahwah tops website’s list of 50 safest towns in N.J.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
BY  ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
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Mahwah has been named the safest community in New Jersey by a website that provides home security comparisons and reviews.

But one of the main reasons cited for the top ranking is a controversial app that is scheduled to be discussed at tonight’s Township Council meeting.

Mahwah Stay Connected is an app that Mayor Bill Laforet and Police Chief James Batelli purchased without the council’s knowledge. Typically, the council is asked to approve such expenditures. The service cost about $3,000 for 2013 and would run about $6,000 for 2014.

The contract with app provider PublicStuff Inc. began in September and was set to expire Dec. 31. Continuing the service was expected to be decided during budget discussions.

“I’m happy the app has gotten some recognition,” Laforet said. “It’s working in a very good way.”

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