Within Westfield political circles, it has always been a tradition that a mayor not run for a third consecutive term allowing new candidates with new ideas to take over. Andy Skibitsky is flushing that tradition down the toilet believing he has some unfinished business to take care of. TFoTM suggests otherwise.
With Republican Governor Chris Christie positioning himself for a run for the White House in 2016, the N.J. Governor's office will be up for grabs. One of many leading candidates is Westfield's own Jon Bramnick, currently a N.J. Assemblyman. Should Bramnick vacate his assembly seat in Trenton, expect Skibitsky to throw his name into the mix. The old adage of "outta sight, outta mind" weighs heavily in political elections. Skibitsky needs his name to remain in politics up until, at least, 2016. Those that believe Skibitsky's run for a third consecutive term is based in arrogance. Skibitsky believes he has some unfinished business. TFoTM believes that unfinished business is attaining a higher office. The bottom line is that Westfield residents deserve better than a mayor looking to use his office as a "stepping stone."
When Westfield resident Karen Egert spoke at the microphone during the open public comment portion of the town council meeting, she once again asked Mayor Skibitsky to sign onto supporting Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Skibitsky had passed a resolution months ago citing he is against illegal guns and legal guns that
are used illegally, but he stopped short of aligning himself with other Union County mayors and pledging his support by joining the coalition. After Egert returned to her seat with no chance of returning to the microphone during Tuesday evening's council meeting, Mayor Skibitsky went on the defensive and read a letter Egert had sent to a local news source that praised Skibitsky on the position he took on gun violence.
Egert attempted to rebut Skibitsky by speaking from the audience asking if she could respond. When told her time was up at the microphone and she would have to wait until the next meeting, Egert asked, "How is that fair" and demanded that she be able to respond if Skibitsky was going to use her own letter against her.
Resident Tony DelDuca, a staunch supporter of Mayor Skibitsky's political agenda began shouting to Egert, "It's the rules, it's the rules!"
Perhaps Tony DelDuca can remember the time he antagonized a group, including the same woman he allegedly accused he was accosted by, as he sat in the sanctuary of his motor vehicle after a previous town council meeting.
On that particular night, DelDuca shouted from his vehicle, ultimately having to be told by passengers in his vehicle, "Tony, shut up." The police were called to the scene of that melee after it was suspected that DelDuca had been under the influence of alcohol. The Westfield Police responded to the scene behind the Westfield Municipal Building and detained and interviewed DelDuca. he was subsequently released and sent home.
Councilman David Haas, once again refuted with facts, DelDuca's opinions concerning the HAWK Pedestrian Light on Central Ave. and the purchase of the police department's emergency mobile command center.
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Mr. DelDuca, with all due respect, listen to your friends.........they have said it before, "Tony, shut up!"
There may be a need for a Part III.
UPDATE: A police source has revealed that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman was not a "Happy Camper" upon his return to town with the emergency mobile command center after it was MIA earlier this week. It's whereabouts were unknown by Westfield Fire Chief/OEM Coordinator Dan Kelly and Mayor Skibitsky.