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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Here We Go Again....Another Accident at the HAWK Pedestrian Light

At approximately 4:15pm today, another motor vehicle accident occured at the Hawk Pedestrian Light on Central Ave.
At this point TFoTM has lost count of the number of accidents that have taken place at this ill advised, and proven, unsafe location for a mid block crossing that was initially recommended to be located at the intersection of either Cedar or Clover a couple hundred feet to the north.
The driver of the Volvo station wagon, a Westfield resident, stated she had slowed down as she approached the flashing amber lights of the HAWK light that had been activated by a pedestrian when she was struck from benind by another southbound vehicle.
Both vehicles sustained extensive damage requiring a tow truck to remove them from the roadway.
The Volvo was pushed through the crosswalk and came to a stop over 50 feet away.  Fortunately, there was no pedestrian injury or fatality this time.  Is it only a matter of time?  Accidents at this location are happening at a rate not seen at any other location with a mid block crossing and statistics have proven that the location is unsafe.
With school in session less than 3 weeks, pedestrian traffic at this location has increased and so will the accidents. 
Pedestrians are being warned to seek alternatives to crossing Central Ave at this location due to the frequency of accidents that have occurred since this light was approved my Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky and the Westfield Town Council after it was recommended by a traffic safety engineer to be installed at a nearby intersection.




Politicians are MIA after Devastating Fire

     See "letter to the editor" below, that appeared in last weeks edition of The Westfield Leader.  Mayor Skibitsky is on "cruise control" during his unprecedented third consecutive stint as Mayor of Westfield.  There has always been an unwritten agreement in Westfield politics that after two terms as mayor, you step aside for someone else to lead the town.  Mayor Skibitsky thumbed his nose to this gentleman's agreement when he sought a third term last year.  
     He is only keeping the seat warm for the next Republican candidate.  Clear indication that he is keeping his name in politics for a loftier position in Trenton or just maybe the party didn't have a bonafide candidate to run against a strong and well liked Democratic challenger in former Councilman David Haas.
     Once again, Mayor Skibitsky was absent from Tuesday's (9/16/14) town council meeting.  At this rate, his absenteeism is approaching 50%.  Like the Mayor says, "We are doing more with less."


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Westfield Police Promotional Exam Results

The Westfield Police Department's promotional exam results are in and there are no surprises. TFoTM will follow up with further details

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Report Illegal Students, Receive $50 Gift Card

Bound Brook schools are offering students a $50 gift card to report students that attend Bound Brook schools but are not residents of the town.
Should the Westfield Board of Education consider the same initiative.
Click on the following link to view story.

http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2014/08/bound_brook_school_district_rewards_program.html#incart_river

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Westfield Mayor Skibitsky and Acting Mayor Neylan Continue to Mislead Taxpayers

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman
     Last month, the Westfield Town Council meeting featured Acting Mayor JoAnn Neylan claim that the Westfield Police Department was at this years NFL Super Bowl to assist other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies when asked why the emergency mobile command center is being used out of town borders.  At last weeks town council meeting, Mayor Andy Skibitsky refused to answer a simple question about the whereabouts of Westfield's taxpayer funded emergency mobile command center on Super Bowl Sunday.  It has been revealed that the WPD was in Hoboken for that city's cash grab the week leading up to the Super Bowl.  In the photo below, featured on the front page of The Westfield Leader newspaper, Westfield police vehicles were photographed in front of Super Bowl roman numerals in HOBOKEN.
     Mayor Skibitsky has been asked repeatedly, "Were Westfield police officers and the emergency mobile command center AT THE SUPER BOWL in EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY held at METLIFE STADIUM."  His answers to the questions have included, "Please continue," "We've gone over this before," "I'm not going to repeat myself," and "We've discussed this at great length."  All typical evasive answers by a politician refusing to answer truthfully.  The fact of the matter is, Mayor Skibitsky has never answered the question.
     Mayor Skibitsky has yet to prove that Westfield Police Department was anywhere on the grounds of MetLife Stadium during this years Superbowl, yet TFoTM has provided facts with proof that the WPD was invited to Hoboken to police a street fair during Super Bowl week.
     When asked if former Westfield Parking Director John Morgan, who is currently the Hoboken parking director, was responsible for bringing Westfield taxpayer funded equipment and manpower to Hoboken, Mayer Skibitsky refused to answer.  
     At this point, it is clear that Mayor Skibitsky and his Acting Mayor, JoAnn Neylan have lied repeatedly to the Westfield taxpayers about the actual whereabouts of police equipment and manpower during the Superbowl.  Those lies were started when Westfield Police Chief David Wayman approached the microphone at a council meeting in early February of this year, to read a prepared statement claiming that the Westfield Police Department had, "the ability to work with Hoboken at the Super Bowl" when in fact they were asked to take part in "Hoboken Huddle" within the city limits of Hoboken.
     Not one town official has been able to prove that the Westfield Police Department with it's equipment, vehicles, and manpower were ever at the Super Bowl, but instead, wasting Westfield tax dollars to the benefit of Hoboken.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tonight: Westfield Town Council Meeting

The Westfield Town Council will meet tonight 8/12/14 at 8pm.
Meetings are held in the municipal building's courtroom and are open to the public.
Will Mayor Skibitsky make an appearance for the first time in nearly two months?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

2014: Westfield's Racial Divide

Recent events might lead one to believe that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman continues to provoke controversy within the African American community.  TFoTM will follow up with evidence that will prove Mayor Skibitsky and his former town attorney were forewarned of an ill-fated police chief selection process.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Westfield Police Chief Wayman Continues to "Run Amuck"

     In the upcoming days and weeks, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman will be saying "Goodbye" to several police officers.  Officers Harold Caulfield, Lisa Perrotta, and Scott Rodgers, all with 25 years plus in the pension system, are hanging up the gun belt and badge.
Why now?
     Perhaps Governor Chris Christie's pension and benefits reform might have something to do with their decision or the "writing is on the wall" with regards to the current state of affairs under Wayman's tumultuous leadership.
     Regardless, TFoTM wishes the rumored retiring officers the best of luck.
     Will Chief Wayman seize the opportunity to integrate the police department with new hires?  Recent hires include numerous Linden connections and ties to the corrupt Barney Tracy regime.
Not since the hiring of Preston Freeman over ten years ago, has the Town of Westfield hired an African American officer.  With the retirements of Ron Allen, Sandy Chambers, and Greg Hobson, Westfield needs to address why Parizeau and Wayman have not hired an African American.  African American dispatchers have left Westfield for other  police departments after being declined employment in Westfield as full time sworn police officers.
Why?
Ask Police Chief  Wayman why.
TFoTM knows why, we won't be "bamboozled" "hoodwinked" or "run amuck."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Auto/Pedestrian Accident

     7/23/14
     At approximately 4:35 pm, a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle at the intersection of South Ave. & Boulevard.  The pedestrian appears to have been crossing South Ave. and was struck by the black Nissan Maxima shown in the photos which was traveling westbound on South Ave.  The Nissan's windshield was shattered and the pedestrian/victim was thrown several feet.  Out of respect for the victim TFoTM will not publish photos taken that include the pedestrian/victim.
     Westfield police were on the scene shutting down the intersection at Westfield Ave. & South Ave., Central Ave & South Ave., as well as all side streets in between.
     The annual Westfield Downtown Pizza Run is scheduled for tonight to start at 7 pm.  Area roads will be at a standstill as police investigate the accident.
     The Westfield police department's Traffic Safety Bureau as well as the Detective Bureau are on the scene leading the investigation.
Details to follow.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Town Council Meeting: Vacation is Over

The Westfield Town Council will meet tomorrow night (7/15/14) at the municipal building located at 425 E. Broad St.
The meeting is open to the public and scheduled to start at 8pm. 
Westfield Town Council meetings are held in the municipal court chambers. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WPD Chief Wayman: Counter-Terrorism Exercise or Expo Salesman



TFoTM is in the process of confirming the whereabouts of the Westfield Police Department's emergency mobile command center.  Sources have indicated that the MSOC is being showcased in Atlantic City, New Jersey, once again, at another expo.
     The Police Security Expo event is being held in the Atlantic City Convention Centre on June 24th & 25th.  "This event provides the Goods, Products and services relating to the industry associated with Law, Security, Governments, Safety and Homeland Security Professionals. The event will be celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Police Security. This event is considered as one of the nation's largest showcase of goods, products and services related to many security agencies and industries. One of the unique aspects of the Police Security Expo is that it organizes the best displays for its exhibitors to display or to introduce their new products and services related to this industry."

TFoTM asks Mayor Skibitsky and town council members the following:

1.  Who authorizes the use of the mobile command center outside of Westfield?
2.  How much Westfield taxpayer money is spent when the mobile command center leaves the borders of Westfield to attend an expo?
3.  Why is Westfield's emergency mobile command center being showcased or advertised by the police department in a city over 100 miles away?
4.  Is the emergency mobile command center ready and available should an emergency arise in Westfield?
5.  How much taxpayer money is being spent to send Westfield police officers to an expo?  Hotel accommodations, meals, fuel, salary, overtime?
6.  Is the Town of Westfield and/or police department involved in any contract to showcase the emergency mobile command center as an exhibitor on behalf of the manufacturer, specifically Robert Mount & Power Innovations of Utah?
7.  Could this be considered wasteful spending, mismanagement of town resources, and deceptive actions by police Chief David Wayman, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, and Town Administrator Jim Gildea?

TFoTM asks the Westfield Taxpayer.....How are the potholes on your street?

  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mayor Skibitsky Contradicts Police (PBA) Union Contract

     On the night of June 3rd, 2014 at a Westfield Town Council meeting, Mayor Andy Skibitsky declared that Westfield police officers are "volunteers."  Does the police department's PBA union contract allow volunteer police officers?  Mayor Skibitsky has put his foot in his mouth once again..
     The Westfield Police Department patrolled the city of Hoboken's "Hoboken Huddle" street fair the week before the NFL's Superbowl 48 and also during Hoboken Lepre-Con celebrating St. Patty's Day.
     Watch the following video to hear from the "Horse's Mouth" (Skibitsky) the answer to a question that has lingered for over 3 months.  
     The fact of the matter is, Skibitsky refuses to tell the taxpayers how much money was wasted by allowing Westfield Police Chief Dave Wayman to send equipment and manpower to street fairs in Hudson County where ex-Westfield Parking Director John Morgan is now employed.
     Once again, with his back against the wall, Skibitsky gives a response indicating he must think that the taxpayer is stupid enough to believe, apathetic enough not to care, or just has no clue of the mismanagement and misappropriation of tax dollars.
     TFoTM asks: How are the potholes on your street?
Read related story at the following internet link:
http://07090.blogspot.com/2014/04/hoboken-huddle-sacks-westfield-taxpayer.html

video



Saturday, June 07, 2014

TFoTM 400,000 Pageviews

The Fact of The Matter has hit 400,000 pageviews since December 1, 2010.
Thank you to all those that have logged on.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere

     Today is the day that Westfield restaurants holding conditional liquor licenses will now be able to serve alcohol directly to patrons across, or seated, at a bar.  
     Councilman Jim Foerst stated publicly, at a recent town council meeting, that his vote was ultimately swayed in favor of the ordinance change by the fact that his wife and her fellow McKinley mom's group had nowhere to go and meet to enjoy a casual drink without ordering food.  PRICELESS.
     Councilman Frank Arena has held his re-election campaign at another Ferraro's location (off S. Elmer St.)  No need to recap his vote.
     Councilwoman JoAnne Neylan, Chairwoman of Mayor Skibitsky's Public Safety Committee, and an employee of Councilman Foerst, once downplayed the need for Westfield's fire department ladder truck to respond to the fire that demolished Ferraro's.  The ladder truck was rendered useless because the FD was lacking the manpower to man the apparatus.  Gotta' love the town council cutbacks in FD manpower.  Fits right into Mayor Skibitsky's "Doing More With Less" budget claims.  Councilwoman Neylan had stated that the truck is primarily used for "scenic aerial views." DISINGENUOUS. (Neylen's favorite word)  Forget the fact that the ladder truck is PRIMARILY used for aerial rescue, and fighting a fire from above through a vented roof. 
     TFoTM wonders if Mayor Skibitsky's Friday night pilgrimage to La Famiglia Sorrento on Central Ave. will continue. 
     Don't worry Westfielders, Councilman Sam Della Fera is a stickler for the law because he is a lawyer, just in case you have missed the number of times he has reminded attendees at council meetings.  As the chairman of Mayor Skibitsky's Finance Committee, he will be right on top of the 50-50 stipulation in the ordinance that requires an equal distribution of alcohol and food to be served at establishments governed by the amended ordinance.  Don't hold your breath.
     In closing, Westfield has had restaurants with bars.  How many bars will Westfield now have with restaurants as an afterthought?
     TFoTM hopes Hershey's Deli doesn't try to obtain a liquor license.  Could you imagine them having to hire someone to check ID's at lunchtime?   
     TFoTM wishes the Ferraro family the best of luck, as well as all the other establishments that will reap the benefit of the revamped town ordinance regarding how liquor will now be served at establishments once restricted.  
     Long live the BYOB!!!!



Friday, May 30, 2014

Mayor Skibitsky's Newest Diversion

   
 Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky continues to divert attention from answering simple questions put forth at town council meetings.  When faced with having to answer the obvious to questions that will expose mismanagement. wasteful spending, and/or corruption within his administration, Mayor Skibitsky has remained silent, personally attacked taxpayers, or claimed to have previously answered the question being asked.
     While Skibitsky and some of his strongest supporters on the town council, including Jim Foerst and Sam Della Fera, won't hesitate to answer or address questions and comments that praise their contributions to the towns' governering body,  they all try to create a diversion when put on the spot.
     At a recent town council meeting Skibitsky responded, "I've already discussed that," when asked how much taxpayer money was wasted when Mayor Skibitsky and the town council allowed the use of  Westfield taxpayer funded resources in the cities of Hoboken, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.
     Once again, Skibitsky does his political "tap dance" around the truth. His refusal to put a dollar amount on the misappropriation of town resources contradicts his own claims of transparency in his administration.  He won't even answer a "yes" or "no" when asked, "Did it cost the Westfield taxpayer any amount of money to fund the use of town resources outside of Westfield."
     We are not talking about shared services or mutual agreements with other towns or cities.  The blatant wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars to fund Westfield resources operating in a distant city and disguised as "anti-terrorism training" is an insult to the intelligence of anyone sending a quarterly check to the Westfield Tax Assesors Office.
     Mayor Skibitsky's silence speaks volumes of his transparent hypocrisy.  His diversion from answering the obvious by allowing a department head to fabricate and embellish an excuse for the wasteful spending contributes to his lack of integrity.
     While another Tuseday town council meeting may come and go, the questions will still remain until truthfully answered with facts.
     Next up: Councilman Jim Foerst has an epithiny prior to casting his vote on a resolution to ammend the Town Code regarding the restraints of restaraunt liquor licenses.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Power Outage at Westfield High School...1:34 pm

Power restored within 10 minutes.

Accident at Boulevard & Grove St.

9:15 am.
     Westfield Police and Fire personnel are on the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Boulevard & Grove St.   One of two vehicles involved in the crash flipped over and came to stop on the front lawn of a Boulevard residence.
     Police have blocked traffic traveling west on Grove St and south on Boulevard while tow trucks remove two vehicles.
     Police are on scene investigating.
TFoTM will update story when more information becomes available.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


The Westfield Town Council will meet tonight in the courtroom of the municipal building located at 425 E. Broad St.
Council meeting will begin at 8 pm.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Westfield & Hoboken: The Common Denominator

     Wondering why Westfield Police Chief Dave Wayman accepted an invitation to experience "an opportunity of a lifetime" by taking Westfield's taxpayer funded $300,000 emergency mobile command center along with Westfield taxpayer paid police officers to Hoboken, not once (Hoboken Huddle) but twice (Hoboken Lepre-con)?
     These two events were nothing more than Hoboken street fairs no different from Westfield's own Spring Fling and Fall Fest street fairs.
     Police Chief Wayman would rather Westfielders believe his "play dates " in Hoboken were at the request of the NFL to assist in Super Bowl security and to engage in "tactical planning and terrorism training."
     How else could he justify, to Mayor Skibitsky and town administrator Jim Gildea, Westfield's equipment and manpower being misappropriated to another jurisdiction outside of Union County.
Perhaps Skibitsky and Gildea gave their blessing?

Click on the following link and find the connection.
TFoTM suggests........same clown, different circus.   If only Hoboken knew.  Seems the Hoboken politicians are circling the wagons to protect their heavy handed parking department.
More to follow.
http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/mayor/Morgan-resume.pdf. (Captain of what?)

Click on the following link to read related story on Hoboken's heavy handed parking policy.
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/05/the_war_on_drivers_hoboken_politicians_should_get_the_boot_mulshine.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Westfield Town Council Meeting

When: Tonight, May, 2014
Where:  Westfield Municipal Building, 425 E. Broad St. 
Time:  8 pm. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Hoboken Huddle" Sacks Westfield Taxpayer for Free Services

     Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky continued with his "Doing More with Less" motto at last week's town council meeting.  More silence with less transparency.
     Skibitsky refuses to answer questions surrounding the use of the Westfield Police Department's $300,000 mobile command center in Hoboken, N.J. the week leading up to that city's attempt to cash in on the 2014 NFL Super Bowl.
     An event titled the "Hoboken Huddle" was staged on a pier leading to the Hudson River where alleys of ice were set up for the sport of curling to be demonstrated.
     Last month, Mayor Skibitsky paraded his police chief Dave Wayman in front of the town council and the public, to read a prepared statement detailing the "Experience of a lifetime" for Westfield officers that accompanied the police chief and Westfield's mobile command center to Hoboken.
     Wayman attempted to bolster the need for Westfield's attendance by claiming the joint exercise between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies provided Westfield officers with hands on training assisting the cream of law enforcement with Super Bowl security.
     TFoTM is still waiting for answers from Mayor Skibitsky regarding our town's taxpayer funded mobile command center standing guard at a glorified street fair having nothing to do with the NFL or its affiliation with the Office of Homeland Security, the FBI, Secret Service, N.J. State Police, NJ/NY Port Authority, etc. etc. etc.
     When asked last month, why Westfield's mobile command center was taken to Philadelphia last Fall for the International Police Chiefs Convention, Skibitsky had responded, "Same as Hoboken."
     Are Westfielders being led to believe that a curling exposition took place in Philly?  TFoTM suggests that the Westfield Police Department, with the blessing of the town council and town administrator Jim Gildea, is serving as the East Coast  sales department for Power Innovations of Utah and its CEO, Robert Mount.  It was Power Innovations of Utah that supplied Westfield with the mobile command center last year during a questionable bidding process that was exposed by TFoTM.
     Regardless of TFoTM's conspiracy theory, the facts remain the same and the questions are still unanswered.
1.  Why won't Skibitsky answer simple questions?
2.  Why did Westfield, and not Hoboken, pay for the overtime of Westfield officers called into duty to cover the shifts of officers that worked in Hoboken?
3.  Why did Councilman Frank Arena attempt to categorize the presence of Westfield in Hoboken a "shared service agreement" when Westfield received no monetary compensation for the use of our equipment and/or manpower and no such legal agreement exists or is registered with the State of N.J.
4.  Why did police chief Dave Wayman pretend to be affiliated with the National Football League's security detail assigned to the Super Bowl when in fact, Westfield was on the outside, looking from afar, in Hoboken?
     Even some Hoboken residents questioned Westfield's involvement during the "Hoboken Huddle."
     TFoTM supposes Westfielders can expect the Hoboken Police to return Frank Arena's "Shared Service Agreement' claim this weekend during Westfield's annual "Spring Fling."
     Maybe Hoboken Parking Director John Morgan (ex-Westfield parking department employee) will make an appearance wearing his Westfield auxiliary police uniform and looking for free handouts.


 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Tonight: Tuesday April 22, 2014

Westfield Municipal Building (Court Room)

8:00 pm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shades of Westfield

Hackensack PD & Westfield PD.......synonymous.
What happened there has happened here.  Harassment, retaliation, and retribution......and not to mention lawsuit payouts for an alleged corrupt police chief running amuck. 
While the circus might be in a different town, the clowns are all the same.........a rogue police chief going above and beyond that which the law empowers him to do. 
Who ends up paying in the end......the taxpayer. 
Click on the following link to read story:  can't help but substitute the names of disgraced Westfield police chiefs Barney Tracy and John Parizeau into the mix.   It's only a matter of time before current Westfield police chief Dave Wayman's back room, back door, and under handed tactics cost the town. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Two Words Mayor Skibitsky: Wasteful Spending

     On March 18th, Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky, once again, refused to answer simple questions regarding the use of the police department's mobile command center outside the town's borders.            Specifically, Skibitsky was asked why the mobile command center was being transported and operated, at taxpayer expense, in the cities of Hoboken and Philadelphia.
     Skibitsky also refused to answer a question regarding the connection between Westfield and Hoboken where disgraced Westfield parking director John Morgan served/serves as the supervisor of the parking authority.
     Morgan, an auxiliary police officer, aka "police special," has ties to Skibitsky's administration and is one of Skibitsky's political appointees to a mayoral committee.
     Mayor Skibitsky diverted from answering the public by recommending that an OPRA request be filed with the Westfield Town Clerk seeking the answers.  All this, from a Mayor that preaches transparency in his administration.
     Mayor Skibitsky has become known to "clam up" when the answer might reveal mismanagement and wasteful spending.  He never hesitates to address issues and answer the questions that make him look good in the eyes of the taxpayer.  He often touts his fiscal responsibility by claiming to do "more with less."  Example:  he continues to brag about reducing the municipal payroll to levels seen in 2006 while forgetting to remind the residents that he has cut public service employees by more than 20%.  Today, Westfield employs 20% less police officers and firemen than in 2006.   These are cuts to public safety that Westfield can't afford.  Hours of operation of departments within the police department have been cut making it more difficult to obtain reports, permits, and other law enforcement related information.  Overtime is necessary to cover police shifts once manned by full time officers.
     Not to be left alone to answer the questions, councilman Frank Arena offered his 2 cents. This is the same guy who proclaims during election years that the town needs to get more "bang for its buck" when it comes to county services but then justifies the spending of nearly $300,000 of Westfield tax dollars on a mobile command center that has been used out of town more than within the borders of Westfield.
While Skibitsky remained silent, Arena chimed in with two words.  In fact, he said, "two words, shared services."  This was his reasoning behind allowing the use of Westfield's mobile command center in Hoboken and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?
TFoTM has two words for Councilman Arena, "Nice try."
     An OPRA request was filed seeking the Shared Services Agreement between Hoboken and Westfield as well as the agreement between Philadelphia and Westfield.  TFoTM received an answer from the Westfield Town Clerk yesterday.........there are no Shared Service Agreements between Westfield and any other town regarding the usage of the police department's mobile command center.    
      Shared Service Agreements are official documents signed by each town's Mayor and other officials and then logged with the State of NJ.
REPEAT:  Westfield has no such documents detailing the use of Westfield's mobile command center outside of Westfield.
     When presented with these facts at the last town council meeting on Tuesday night (two days ago) Skibitsky deflected from the facts by claiming some conspiracy theory was being presented to him.
     TFoTM suggests that Mayor Skibitsky stick to the facts presented and answer fact based questions instead of diverting to his age old game of "Shoot the Messenger."
     The mobile command center world tour continued last week with the disappearance of Captain Battiloro and Chief Wayman to parts unknown to the Westfield taxpayer but not to TFoTM.
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

No April Fools Joke, Cops Suspended

With a hearing date scheduled for a Westfield police department officer seeking justice regarding alleged retaliatory actions taken against him by superior officers within the Westfield PD, the following news article hits home.
Westfield town officials have allowed the wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars to defend the towns unenviable position hoping to hide the truth from the public.
Go to the following internet link to read a story of the steps officers will take to seek retribution against one of their own.
It happened there, and its happening here.  Perhaps maybe something the Union County Prosecutor should be looking into.

http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/03/3_edison_cops_charged_with_planning_to_punish_north_brunswick_cop_for_arresting_an_associate.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mayor Skibitsky Receives Political "Pat on the Back" by County Republicans

     Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky received an "atta' boy" from the Union County Republican Committee on Monday night at L'Affaire in Mountainside.  The award Skibitsky received is named after former Congressman Bob Franks and handed out by Skibitsky's ruling party.
     A Westfield Leader news account of the award reported that Skibitsky "was elected to a third term as mayor, a feat unprecedented in recent town history."  What the news article omits is the fact that no other Mayor, "in recent town history" has ever sought a third consecutive term as Mayor.  There has always been an unwritten rule in Westfield politics that you serve two terms and step aside....not so with the Skibitsky regime at the helm.
     The news article praises Skibitsky for his handling of communications during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy among other perceived exploits.
     Skibitsky continues to flaunt his fiscal responsibility by citing the reduction of salaries/wages in the municipal budget to a level seen in 2005 but forgets to mention that the reduction is primarily due to Mayor Skibitsky's slashing of public safety employees in the police and fire departments by over 20%.  Skibitsky's "shell game" is in keeping with his rally cry of "We are doing more with less" in town government.
     NOTE:  For further coverage of Skibitsky's award, you can read about it in
the town's official newspaper The Westfield Leader, a "Republican approved publication."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Police Chief Wayman Introduces Newest "Elite" Police Officer



     The Westfield Police Department has seen a sudden exodus of officers recently hired under the leadership of former disgraced police chief John Parizeau and current police chief David Wayman.
     At last night's Westfield Town Council meeting, Police Chief David Wayman introduced one of the police department's newest "Elite" to fill one of the voids.
     No longer considered the "finest" by Wayman, the police chief has set his sight on making Westfield Police Department an "Elite" department....in his own words spoken at a recent closed door department meeting involving police personnel.
     TFoTM congratulates police officer Gregory Penn and wishes him the best of luck in his law enforcement career.
     TFoTM will post coverage of last night's town council meeting later tonight.  Mayor Skibitsky remains silent while Councilman Arena pontificates.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Where: Westfield Municipal Building 425 E. Broad St. 
When:  Tonight, Tuesday March 18, 2014
Time:    7:45 pm

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Theft in Elizabeth is a Free Pass in Westfield

Picture from NJ.com
     Two Elizabeth police officers plead guilty to third-degree theft charges following an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into no-show jobs at the city’s Housing Authority.  The two officers were charged with theft by deception.  The officers had clocked hours with the Elizabeth Housing Authority, and were paid for hours that they had never showed up to work.
     Too bad they didn't work for Westfield Police Chief John Parizeau and Captain Dave Wayman.
Parizeau
     Westfield Police Chief John Parizeau had issued an internal memo to all supervisors stating he had evidence of officers "stealing" time from the town by signing into work and leaving early and that "not one was a patrolman."  Parizeau had indicated he had evidence that those holding the rank of detective or higher were involved in the thefts.  The officers collected paychecks that included money for hours when they were not at work.  See TFoTM story to the right titled "Westfield Police Chief Covers Up Theft by Supervisor."
     A source has alleged that Detective Sgt. John Rowe was one of the officers "stealing" time, yet Parizeau elected not to charge Rowe or contact the Union County Prosecutor's Office to report the crime.
     In the memo issued by Parizeau, he stated, "Since I had just started as Chief, I opted not to charge those personnel even though I had been provided with more than sufficient evidence to do so."
     The question still remains the same......why didn't the chief law enforcement officer of the Town of Westfield report the crime to the Union County Prosecutor?  Answer: Probably because Parizeau and Rowe were good friends.  
     Parizeau compromised his integrity and subsequently went on to receive a vote of no confidence from Westfield's rank and file and the thieves were allowed to go unscathed without any disciplinary action or criminal charges filed.
     While Parizeau was police chief, Captain David Wayman was his "Right-Hand Man" often working behind the scenes as Parizeau's "hatchet man" often handling disciplinary issues for the department.  No surprise that Wayman refused to step in and seek disciplinary or criminal charges against John Rowe.....they were good friends.  
     Today, Wayman runs the Westfield Police Department and the vicious cycle continues in Wayman's "Elite" department.  "Elite" is the word Wayman used to describe his department at a recent mandatory meeting of all Westfield police officers.  Perhaps Chief Wayman should be asking himself why officers are leaving his "Elite" department for greener pastures and other police departments.  Not since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's police pension and benefits reform which had many veteran Westfield officers retiring, has Westfield seen manpower reach an all-time low.  
     From a high of 59 sworn police officers, Westfield now has 45 with the latest exodus from Wayman's "Elite" department.  Westfield has paid for the training of officers now leaving for other departments.  Perhaps Mayor Skibitsky will label the exiting officers as "disgruntled" or "bad apples."  
     Skibitsky needs to look at the rotted roots sprouting from the apple seeds he and his town administrator planted years ago starting with the "Tracy Tree."   
     Don't forget Mayor Skibitsky's rally cry, his claim to fame......"Westfield is doing more with less!"  

Have property taxes gone down?    
    

A Tale of Two Cities

How does employee theft  go unpunished in one municipality while another spins the wheels of justice and prosecutes?
Story tonight.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Mayor Skibitsky Approves Wasteful Spending

Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky and town officials approved the use of police department vehicles in Hoboken last weekend.  Hoboken's 3rd annual Lepre-con Day which featured drinking and dancing, replaced the annual parade which was canceled after hundreds of drunk and disorderly complaints resulted in police arrests.
Back in February, the taxpayers of Westfield funded the mobile command centers appearance in Hoboken during the cities NFL Super Bowl festivities leading up to the big game at Met Life Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ.
Mayor Skibitsky has described Westfielders as "altruistic."  When helping fellow Westfield residents, altruism should shine.  However, when it comes to sending equipment and manpower to Hoboken at a cost to the Westfield taxpayer, Mayor Skibitsky should be preaching fiscal responsibility.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Westfield Police Chief David Wayman: Racist or Ignorant Fool?

Photo: Westfield Leader Newspaper
     Westfield Police Chief David Wayman was interviewed by Westfield Leader Newspaper reporter Paul Peyton for a story that appeared in the February 6th, 2014 edition of that newspaper.
     Peyton's "Puff Piece" detailed the use of Westfield's taxpayer funded emergency mobile command center for festivities in the city of Hoboken the week leading up to this year's Super Bowl.
     While Chief Wayman misleads the public with regards to the costs associated with having Westfield provide Hoboken with emergency response vehicles and manpower, Peyton falls short of asking investigative questions that would reveal a waste of taxpayer money and the overall mismanagement by Westfield's administration.  At no time does Wayman or Peyton address the issue sought at a previous town council meeting.
     There have been numerous uses of the purchased emergency equipment and the police of Westfield, distant from Westfield, that have gone unexplained by Mayor Skibitsky.  While it may be useful for Westfield policemen to learn how to control crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people as Wayman described in his presentation to the town council, it would be interesting to determine when Westfield has such crowds.
     As the Mayor keeps pointing out, we must do "more with less."  How does the Mayor justify the priority given to displaying the Westfield police "toys" in foreign jurisdictions at occasions that can only be considered "equipment fairs."
     These various displays cost Westfield the money to own the vehicles, transport the vehicles. and the manpower needed to do so.  It also includes the overtime for those men and also for the men used to fill the void of the absent officers.
     On the topic of local crime, Wayman describes Westfield as an "attractive" target of criminals because of the "profits they can gain here."  Wayman states that Westfield's location between two of Union County's largest cities appears to be the culprit.  Here is an excerpt from the Westfield Leader of what Wayman suggested:
   
     "He said North and South Avenues both link Westfield to Plainfield to the west and Elizabeth to the east, enabling criminals to access the town via Route 22.  He said these roadways offer criminals an "easy escape" out of Westfield.  NJ Transit trains as well as the NJ Transit 59 bus, which runs from Plainfield to Elizabeth, stops in Westfield.  In conclusion, Wayman states, "Westfield police make motor vehicle stops and are out looking to prevent crimes, which creates an omnipresence."
   
     While assigned to patrol duties earlier in his law enforcement career, Wayman was not discreet in his description of minorities while creating his own "omnipresence."  Long before Westfield began tracking the race of the driver of a motor vehicle stopped by police, Wayman was accused of racial profiling, by an off-duty African American N.J. State Trooper believed to be Erskin Marks.
     Wayman has described the African American occupants of a motor vehicle as "a car load of coal."  He was also accused by another Westfield police officer as referring to that Hispanic officer as a "Spic."
     Wayman's actions as a Westfield police officer throughout his career speak louder than the ignorant words spoken from his own mouth.  However, those words bring to life the actions that other police officers have long suspected were racially motivated.
     Residents of Plainfield to the west, and residents of Elizabeth to the east, what say you?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

As Usual, Mayor Skibitsky Remains Silent. Reneges on Answering Questions

     Mayor Skibitsky refused to answer questions tonight, questions posed to him in December 2013, that he said he would have answers to regarding the operational costs associated with sending the police department's mobile command center "out of town" for non-emergencies.
     In addition to those questions, Mayor Skibitsky remained silent when asked if the presence of the mobile command center in Philadelphia, at an international police chief's convention, or in Hoboken during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, was a deal brokered during negotiations between Chief Wayman and the mobile command centers manufacturer Robert Mount of Utah.
Westfield Police Chief Wayman
in Hoboken on Saturday evening.
     Skibitsky remained silent when asked if the "showcasing" of the mobile command center at these various out of town events was listed in the bid specs during the contract bidding process.
     Previously, Councilman Sam Della Fera had praised Chief Wayman for his negotiating skills with the manufacturer of the mobile command center, so that Westfield could obtain a cheaper purchase price.     Perhaps Mr. Della Fera should educate himself in the area of municipal contract bidding.
     It should also be noted that Chief Dave Wayman and Captain Chris Battiloro received a free trip to Utah in 2012, by the manufacturer of the mobile command center, months before the Town Council ever passed a resolution appropriating municipal tax dollars towards the purchase.  
     TFoTM asks Mayor Skibitsky....Is negotiating between Police Chief Wayman and any manufacturer legal during the bidding process?  Never mind Mayor, we know the answer to that question.  Your silence is noted.

Once again, Skibitsky diverted from answering the following questions.

1.  Who, in government, agreed to supply the vehicles and manpower? (To Hoboken)
2.  What price was sought?
3.  What price was paid?
4.  What was the cost to maintain the men (police) in Hoboken?
5.  How many men were assigned to protect a very costly machine while it sat in a distant city?
6.  What arrangement was made to insure that Westfield was able to receive the instantaneous protection it paid $300,00 for? (Cost of the mobile command center and accessories)
7.  Why was Westfield PD left "light handed" during the absence of its chief and up to eight other men?

Skibitsky's answers.............silence.

     The following text was transcribed from video taken at last night's Westfield Town Council meeting.  Mayor Skibitsky requested his police chief, Dave Wayman, to approach the microphone and address the town council regarding the mobile command centers use.  Wayman read from a prepared statement.
     The video begins shortly after Wayman began to speak.  TFoTM will post the video when it is available on TV 36.

Wayman addresses Town Council
".....um so when when we do need it we know that it works.  Additionally you have our officers that continually train and learn the capabilities of our equipment.  We have assisted Hoboken in the past, by assisting Hoboken that allows our our administrators such as myself my captains to take part in the creation of operational tactical planning before planning large scale events attended by people by by attendance of 50,000 to 100,000 people or emergencies.  It allows us to see the implementation of these plans and their effectiveness.  It allows us to gain experience in emergency planning so we can bring this experience back to Westfield and have the ability to modify these plans to meet the needs of Westfield when the need arises.  Participating in Hoboken for the Super Bowl event was a unique oportunity and maybe the oportunity of a lifetime to take part in from a law enforcement or safe or public safety perspective.  It encompassed an unlimited number of concerns that had to be addressed in the implementation of preventative measures.  We developed working relationship of the municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Ah just just to name a few we ah homeland security, federal bureau of investigation, department of defense, the state police, New Jersey Transit.  In short, opportunities such as this provide the Westfield Police Department with the invaluable training and practical real life experience that can not be achieved in any other way and this training and experience is achieved while no additional expenses are incurred by the Town of Westfield.  What Westfield does get are more highly trained experienced officers".......(a pause by Wayman and Skibitsky thanks the police chief)  Wayman returns to his seat on cue.  

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Westfield Patrols Hoboken Super Bowl Festivities: Mutual Aid In Hudson County or Waste of Westfield Tax Dollars?

Westfield Police Chief Dave Wayman in Hoboken








Confirmed: Mobile Command Center in Hoboken

     TFoTM has obtained a photograph of Westfield's $250,000 mobile command center in Hoboken this week for that city's festivities leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
     What if there was an emergency in Westfield and "should the need arise" to have it local at moments notice.....for say.....a bomb threat, is it readily available?  
     What say you Councilman Jim Foerst? 
     At a Westfield Town Council meeting, 4th Ward Councilman Foerst justified the purchase of the command center for emergency use in the event of  "like a bomb threat." 
     One Hoboken police officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, remarked, "We don't even know why Westfield is here with all their vehicles."
Jim Foerst


Score: Hoboken 911     Westfield Taxpayer 0


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Major Accident at Controversial School Crossing

  NOTE: Video at the bottom of this story is not viewable on an iPad.
   This morning, shortly after 7 am., what appears to be a three car motor vehicle accident took place at the intersection of Westfield Ave. and Park St./Dorian Rd.
     A source close to the investigation, but not authorized to speak on behalf of the Westfield Police Department, told TFoTM that a vehicle travelling south on Westfield Ave. struck another vehicle attempting to make a left turn from Westfield Ave. on to Dorian Rd.  The collision caused a third vehicle, stopped at the STOP sign on Dorian Rd., to be struck in the aftermath of the initial collision.
     This intersection is manned by a civilian crossing guard assigned to the duties of crossing students on their way to and from Westfield High School.
     TFoTM has alerted Westfield Town Council members and the Westfield Police Department of the ongoing issue of the civilian crossing guard standing in the roadway and directing traffic at this very busy and heavily traversed intersection, long after students have crossed.  On numerous occasions the crossing guard will turn his back, walk to the corner while still illegally waving vehicles through the STOP signs. That maneuver is an accident waiting to happen. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)
     TFoTM has chronicled, in the past, here at The Fact of The Matter, how the crossing guard will illegally wave motor vehicles through the STOP signs that control traffic heading west on Park St., and also in the opposite direction, east from Dorian Rd., across Westfield Ave. Read related story at the following internet link:
 http://www.07090.blogspot.com/2013/03/no-parking-here-to-cornercrossing-guard.html
     On numerous occasions, the crossing guard can be seen directing this illegal maneuver long after he has crossed pedestrians in an attempt to facilitate traffic that backs up in and around the intersection.

     Numerous phone calls to Westfield Police Department Traffic Safety Officer Sgt. Jason McErlean, regarding this issue, have gone unanswered.
     The Westfield Town Council, including Mayor Skibitsky, has been forewarned of an impending disaster at this location.  Obviously nothings been done to thwart the problem.
     Today the "chickens came home to roost.
............and where is the Mobile Command Center...........still in HOBOKEN tending to the needs of that city's Super Bowl festivities.
Hmm, should the need arise in Westfield for the Mobile Command Center to respond, is it ready and available?  Don't call WPD......call Hoboken.

**The following video was obtained by TFoTM.  In this video the crossing guard at Westfield Ave & Dorian Rd/Park St. can be seen illegally waving motor vehicles through the STOP signs controlling Dorian Rd. and Park St.
Take notice that there are no students in the area/crossing.  Westfield Town Administrator Jim Gildea and Mayor Skibitsky attempted to deflect from the issue by accusing the person shooting the video of filming children and interfering with the duties of a crossing guard.  Deflection at its best.
video

Saturday, January 25, 2014

(TFoTM Archive) Years Later, The Story Begins To Unfold: Corruption, Cover-Up, and Condemnation

     Town officials are bracing themselves for the fallout looming from another claim of an unfair labor practice filed by by a current police department employee.  Once again, taxpayer dollars are being used to defend the alleged corrupt and retaliatory actions of town officials towards employee(s) attempting to root out the corruption.
     The following story was posted on November 22, 2011.  History has a bad habit of repeating itself within the Westfield Police Department.
     The common denominators of the alleged corruption equation?  Westfield Police Chief Wayman, former Police Chief John Parizeau, Town Administrator Jim Gildea, Mayor Andy Skibitsky.



NOTE: The following newspaper article contains photos not affiliated with the story originally appearing in the September 22, 2011  Westfield Leader newspaper.  The photos were added by TFoTM to identify town officials referenced in the story.  The above title of this blog was also added by TFoTM.

Personnel Files Detail Disciplinary Action on Kasko, WPD Allegations
By LAUREN S. BARR
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
WESTFIELD — At the August meeting of the Westfield Town Council, Mayor Andy Skibitsky called on
Independent Third Ward Town Council candidate Greg Kasko to publicly release a report by now-retired Summit Police Chief Robert Lucid regarding a disciplinary matter that preceded Mr. Kasko’s retirement from the Westfield Police Department (WPD). 
     The Westfield Leader/Times obtained this report through the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), along with two other disciplinary hearing reports during Mr. Kasko’s employ, Mr. Kasko’s settlement agreement with the town following a lawsuit and, with Mr. Kasko’s written permission, his entire personnel file. A request for Mr. Kasko’s Internal Affairs file was denied by the town, as it is exempt from OPRA under state statute.
     Mayor Skibitsky told The Leader/Times that he called for Mr. Kasko to release the report because he is running for office and “the public should know.” The mayor said Mr. Kasko stands up at meetings and speaks “lies and (makes) innuendos, especially about our employees,” adding that he does not “know how (Kasko) can talk about honesty and not release the report.” He also said that he previously advised Mr. Kasko to go to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office if he believes there is any wrongdoing in the police department.
Town Administrator Jim Gildea
     Mr. Kasko’s first disciplinary hearing was held in 2006, stemming from a November 3, 2004 incident where Mr. Kasko went to Town Administrator Jim Gildea to file a complaint against then-police chief Barney Tracy.  According to the report, which includes testimony given at the hearing, Mr. Kasko was wearing a heart monitor when he went to see Mr. Gildea and told him, “the man downstairs is responsible – he harassed me and retaliated against me.” Mr. Kasko was found guilty of being discourteous to
Mr. Gildea, as his superior, and publicly criticizing the chief, and received a four-day suspension. The hearing
Police Chief John M. Parizeau
was conducted by attorney James Damato and Mr. Kasko was represented by attorney Julien Neals.
     In May 2006 another hearing was held in which Mr. Kasko was charged with and found guilty of sleeping while on duty and failure to back up another officer. He received a six-day unpaid suspension. Mr. Kasko was again represented by Mr. Neals, and Westfield Chief of Police John Parizeau served as the hearing officer.
     In October of 2006 another disciplinary hearing was held where Mr. Kasko was charged with lying under oath during his May departmental hearing and filing untrue written reports during the investigation.
According to the Lucid report, after Mr. Kasko was found sleeping on duty, Westfield Police Department Captain David Wayman met with Mr. Kasko, and unbeknownst to Mr. Kasko, taperecorded the conversation. Mr. Kasko said while under oath and in written letters to Chief Parizeau that his request for a representative from the Policeman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) was denied to him by Captain Wayman. However, according to Chief Lucid, at no time in the tape recording did Mr. Kasko request a PBA representative.
     Additionally, Mr. Kasko was charged with lying at his October hearing when he stated that he moved his patrol car to aid another officer, and returned to his post at Fairview Cemetery after he heard a different officer respond. According to testimony and GPS documentation provided by Chief Parizeau, Mr. Kasko’s car was never moved.
     Mr. Kasko told The Leader/Times, “I was not sleeping” while on duty.  He provided The Leader/Times with a copy of his Verizon wireless bill from the date in question, which shows outgoing calls at 1:15 a.m. and
1:27 a.m. to a phone number, which Mr. Kasko identifies as Officer Robert Riley. According to the Lucid report, it was around 1:15 a.m. that the other officer requested backup, which Mr. Kasko was found guilty of failing to provide, and Mr. Kasko was found sleeping by Sergeant Todd Earl at approximately 1:25 a.m. According to the police car’s GPS system, his patrol car did not move between 12:42 a.m. and 1:26 a.m.
     Chief Lucid found Mr. Kasko guilty and termination was recommended. According to Chief Lucid, “The issue of credibility, of lying during a hearing or trial, has long been seen as a serious, even fatal, violation of the standards of government employees and law enforcement officers in particular.” 
     Mr. Kasko’s personnel file contained all of his performance evaluations during his tenure at WPD, in which he received “good” and “very good” evaluations based on a point system, which varied from year to year. He received several Certificates of Merit for his police work in 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1999. In 2002, there is a note that an incident occurred where Mr. Kasko failed to back up another officer on a motor vehicle stop, but the review states that it was a case of confusion. In 2003, his review states that Mr. Kasko, “needs little direct supervision.”
According to Mr. Kasko, in the fall of 2005, he filed a lawsuit against the Town of Westfield, which he said alleged that the town violated “my freedom of speech right” and that Mr. Gildea “violated my protection under the whistle blower” regulations. According to Mr. Kasko, when he went to see Mr. Gildea in 2004, he went to report his knowledge of “illegal” criminal-history checks being run on residents who were speaking out against the proposed parking decks. Mr. Kasko said during his hearings that the disciplinary charges that were brought against him were retaliation for his lawsuit, statements he still continues to stand by. He told The Leader/Times that, “nobody’s right to report corruption should be silenced.”
     Under his settlement agreement with the town, dated February 6, 2007, Mr. Kasko resigned from his employment, and agreed that “he will not, thereafter, seek employment with the town in any capacity.” The town agreed to withdraw the disciplinary action as laid out in Chief Lucid’s report, without prejudice, and allow Mr. Kasko to remain on the town payroll until November 30, 2007, which permitted him to retire with 20 years in the state pension system. Retirement at 20 years does not entitle an officer to retain his or her health benefits.
     According to Mr. Gildea, the town chose to offer Mr. Kasko a settlement following Chief Lucid’s recommendations as the town wanted to ensure that Mr. Kasko would never again be employed by the town.
     Mr. Kasko told The Leader/Times that, “After consultation with my attorney and my immediate family, I
decided to accept the agreement...I did not feel that I could continue to work under the current conditions at
the WPD.” He said his settlement had “nothing to do with guilt or innocence,” but rather protection of his
family’s financial well-being. Mr. Kasko said he believes, on advice from his attorney, that he would have prevailed in his lawsuit against the town, and could have saved his job.
     Mr. Kasko also told  The Leader/Times that he witnessed Chief Tracy ask a dispatcher to run a DMV check on Sara Strohecker Clarkson following a letter to the editor by her in The Leader/Times. He also said resident John Blake approached him at his home to inquire as to whether he knew anything about criminal - history checks being run. Mr. Kasko went on to say that when he read in the June 10, 2004 Leader/Times Chief Tracy’s explanation of seeing James Abate’s (http://07090.blogspot.com/2010/12/arrest-of-out-spoken-citizen_20.html) name on the warrant list and arresting him during a town council meeting, “it was a lie.” According to Mr. Kasko, the “chief just doesn’t engage himself in looking at the warrant list.” He cited other incidents of people with outstanding warrants meeting with the chief and not being arrested.
     Mr. Kasko also provided, through his attorney, an audit report from the New Jersey State Police of the WPD computer system. In the report, it states that “a total number of 349 inquiries were checked in Computerized Criminal History (CCH) with nine minor discrepancies (eight without a case number; one operator ID didn’t match receiving agent).” The document was provided to Mr. Kasko’s attorney during his lawsuit as part of the discovery process given Mr. Kasko’s allegations of improper use of the CCH system by Chief Tracy.
     During an interview with  The Leader/Times in August 2004 and phone call to publisher Horace Corbin,
Chief Tracy made reference to having “files” on  Leader/Times  staff members and members of the group
WECARE who were opposing the development of the proposed parking decks. OPRA requests to the State Police by  The Leader/Times, and a subsequent appeal to the Government Records Council, seeking information as to whether or not criminalhistory checks had been run on residents, were denied as the records are exempt from disclosure under OPRA.
     Current WPD Chief Parizeau told The Leader/Times that it is his understanding that Mr. Kasko made allegations that someone was running illegal checks, and that while Chief Tracy asked for proof, Mr. Kasko never supplied any.  Chief Parizeau said the State Police audits every municipality computer system every two years. He said if there had been any improper or illegal checks, “it would have been discovered by the State Police and they would have made an issue out of it.” He said that over the years, police officers in New Jersey have been arrested for running inappropriate criminal-history checks.
     Chief Parizeau said when the state comes in to audit the system and finds a discrepancy, which is typically a user error, they then manually review the case file; “they do not let anything go by.” He added that it is common for there to be a handful of errors during usage of the system and thought that nine errors found, and another error regarding a missing person file, was actually a low error ratio for the twoyear period. Chief Parizeau also said that over the years, the state police have continued to make the system more exact to prevent errors and are quite strict about how they expect the files to be maintained and entered.
     Chief Parizeau added that police are permitted to run license-plate checks on a random basis and that if there are no outstanding issues, the computer system only says such and does not provide a detailed driving history.