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Sunday, November 06, 2011

It's Sunday, Are You Ready For Some Football? Mayor Attempts To Alter The Outcome Of A Game

     Mayor Skibitsky Throws Yellow Penalty Flag
     Every Sunday, at professional football games around the NFL, referees throw a yellow penalty flag in the event of an infraction. Coaches have an opportunity to throw a red challenge flag in the event they want to challenge a referee's decision.  
     Mayor Skibitsky has thrown a penalty flag, accusing town council candidates of a penalty.  TFoTM throws a red "challenge flag" onto the Mayor's field of political play.  The Mayor's claims are under review.  The readers will be the judge.
     In this weeks Election Edition of The Westfield Leader newspaper, Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky wants the reader to believe that there is "no justification for causing undue alarm to residents."  The Fact of The Matter agrees with the Mayor, however there is justification for concern in some areas that the Mayor does not want to address with facts.
     Mayor Skibitsky insists that the public is being mislead by some candidates in order to create a "crisis" where none actually exists.  Although TFoTM wouldn't go as far as calling some of the current conditions effecting town government a crisis, there are areas of concern that need to be addressed.

     The townspeople deserve facts and reassurances and not ignorance by an elected official.  Mayor Skibitsky insists that it is important to balance the needs of our residents with the duty to be responsible stewards of the Towns limited resources.  If that's the case, why did the Mayor allow a police detective seargent to remain as head of the police department's parking bureau (over 6 yrs) at a salary of $115,000 plus benefits when the bureau was established to oversee parking decks that were anticipated, and never built?  The parking dept. was previously run by a civilian employee at half the cost to the taxpayer. 
     Why does the Department of Public Works continue to maintain a Superintendents position at a pay rate of $95,000 plus benefits when the Westfield Town Engineer, by way of his education, can supervise the DPW?  The "good ole' boy network continues. 
     Westfield has its own S.W.A.T. team.  The police department's ESU (Emergency Response Unit) is a service duplicated by Union County.  UCERT (Union County Emergency Response Team) is made up of police officers from around Union County that respond to a municipality's needs.  With 21.7% of our tax dollars given to the County, why do we have a S.W.A.T. team when Union County Prosecutor Ted Romankow has told towns to disband their own teams. 
     At a crisis that unfolded on Elm St. last year, where a woman threatened to jump off the roof of her apartment building because she was allegedly being evicted, Westfield's ESU unit responded.  So did the County's UCERT team.  Who paid for the Westfield ESU's overtime?  Answer: The Westfield taxpayer.  Also, the taxpayers 21.7% of the their tax bill to the County paid for UCERT to show up.  A duplication of services, a waste of tax dollars.  No department is immune to mismanagement. 
     The Westfield Fire Department has paid out well over $200,000 in overtime this year due to the need for the department to call in personnel to cover shifts that have been depleted by the Town's reduction in staff.  When you reduce staffing levels in public safety, it creates a crisis;  a fiscal crisis and potentially a safety crisis. 
     Why hasn't Town Administrator Jim Gildea applied for a F.E.M.A. grant to obtain money to bolster the ranks within the fire department?  The SAFER grant is available to towns to supplement it's fire department.  Go to to read about SAFER grant. 
     When the Town brags about it's volunteer firemen augmenting the paid members of the department, why did Gildea and a former fire chief turn a qualified volunteer away from becoming just that, a volunteer?  Politics.
     Mayor Skibitsky states that the reduced staffing level in the fire department has not effected the departments ability to to fight fires.  This statement is certainly "egregious."  Although the fire department's response time to fires has been unchanged, the department's ability to fight the fire upon first response has been diminished due to the reduction of manpower. 
     As a fire burns out of control and multiplies itself, doubling in size each minute, Westfield firefighters have had to wait for mutual aid from other towns before going into a fire to fight the fire in a manner in which they have been trained.  Don't believe it?.....Ask a Hazel Ave. resident why firefighters had to wait to go into his home as the resident pleaded with firefighters to do their job.  They did their job, they got there, they began spraying water on the fire from outside, but unless there is someone trapped inside in need of rescue, they won't go in unless they have the proper number of men on site so as not to violate OSHA's "two in, two out" safety rule.  Go to to read rule.  Still don't believe....ask a Cumberland St. resident or Westfield firefighter how Westfield FD had to wait almost 15 minutes to go into the home and fight a fire that started in the basement.  Pumping water onto the fire from outside when the origin is in the basement, will most definitely hinder a fire department's attack.  The house continued to burn until Plainfield FD arrived and a hose was pulled through the front door. 
     One councilwoman, head of the Town Council's Public Safety Committee, has stated that the FD's ladder truck is used for "scenic aerial views."  By comparison, so are the Eiffel Tower, Washington Monument, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Mt. Everest.  Actually, Madam Councilwoman Neylan, the fact of the matter is it's used for aerial fire fighting and aerial rescue of victims trapped above heights that ladders strapped to the side of fire trucks won't reach.  Sorry, had to throw in some sarcasm.  I'm sure you get the point. 
     TFoTM won't recap the Central Ave. pedestrian light issue that Mayor Skibitsky claims has become a "game of telephone" with each telling of the story, the basic facts seem to get pushed further and further away until the original story becomes unrecognizable."  One fact that remains constant in TFoTM's "phone conversation" with the Mayor......Mayor Skibitsky has yet to provide any written proof from any of his "experts" that the light is located in what the mayor has deemed "the safest location."  At current Verizon rates, TFoTM suggests that the Mayor hang up the phone in his "game of telephone."  Unless, of course, the Mayor uses his free minutes covered under the "friends & family" option.  Now that's an example of getting "more with less" minutes.
     Westfield Taxpayers are getting tired of the "busy signal" when questions are asked.  Mayor Skibitsky, pick up the phone, please answer.

Back to football...........CONGRATS to WHS Football team on their victory yesterday over the 9th ranked team in the state!
On to the playoffs with a #2 seed and a home playoff game!


  1. Good story. I question the mayor's motive for writing such a long "book report" in the newspaper this past week. He seems to be very defensive which leads me to believe he is hiding something.

  2. Of course the Mayor is hiding something....he is scared/concerned that Mr. Kasko is going to win.... Good luck Greg ....

  3. Prayer is powerful! Please join me in a moments prayer today that God's will, will be done. It deeply troubles me to think that we the people are really just sheeple and this council seat in the third ward can be bought and paid for by the establishment. Mr. LoGrippo is merely another cherry picked political candidate who is willing to do exactly what he is told by mayor Skibitsky. We so desperately need an independent thinker on the town council and that person is Mr. Greg Kasko! I will be praying to our sovereign God that his mighty will is for Greg Kasko to be the next councilman in the third ward here in our beautiful town of Westfield.

  4. PD walls have earsMonday, November 07, 2011

    John Rowe was the Detective Sgt. mentioned in the story as the parking supervisor. A disciple of the Barney Tracy regime that was put into the parking bureau after an altercation with an African-American detective. He recently retired and he was outed as the supervisor that stole time from the town and got caught but the police chief, his friend, looked the other way. Rumor has it he is worried he could still be charged with a crime. So when the mayor says he has 100% confidence in his police chief, understand that they are all in bed together. Absolute corruption corrupts absolutely.
    Kasko, I hope you get elected and clean house!