Thursday, December 13, 2012
Dr. Vincent Esposito, whose term is up at the end of the month, continued to serve after his arrest for allegedly writing painkiller prescriptions for people he never examined.
Madison Councilman Dr. Vincent Esposito's life "was turned upside down in one fell swoop," he has said, after he was arrested on drug distribution charges in February for allegedly writing prescriptions for painkillers for people he never examined, including undercover law enforcement informants. Esposito has denied the charges and, out on $75,000 bail, he gave a brief statement at the next Madison Council meeting saying he was falsely accused and would fight the charges. The borough attorney at the time, the late Joseph Mezzacca Jr., said because they were only charges, there was nothing to keep Esposito from serving. "He's a functioning councilperson, just like the other ones," he said. Esposito, the council's liaison to the Madison …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Don Links, recognized at Monday's Borough Council meeting, said he's had 'time to do things that are much more important.'
With Monday night's Borough Council meeting the last of his three-year term, Don Links is looking forward to spending more time with his family. Links, who is battling ALS, bowed out of his re-election bid in September and he said in an email Monday he hasn't looked back since he stepped out of the race. "There was a moment I believe in August when I realized that I couldn't campaign in the manner I wished and I decided at that time it was time to pass the campaign over to others to run," Links said. "Since that time I haven't had one regret in my decision and frankly it has given me time to do things that are much more important. "As far as my plans after the New Year, well I've learned to take everyday one at a time and to enjoy my time …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Informational meeting scheduled for Thursday on how Madison can support Union Beach that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Madison officials recently toured Union Beach, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and have scheduled a public meeting for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartley Dodge Memorial to discuss ways Madison can help with fundraising and volunteer efforts, the borough has announced. All residents are welcome to attend as well as representatives from scout troops, churches, civic organizations, and local employers, an announcement from the borough said. Approximately 200 homes in Union Beach were destroyed by the storm. At the informational meeting, Mayor Bob Conley and Councilman Bob Landrigan will outline goals they hope to accomplish with the initiative. Photos taken when Madison officials visited Union Beach on Thursday and over the weekend will …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democrats win three-year seats on the governing body.
Madison voters elected Democrats Astri Baillie and Benjamin Wolkowitz to three-year seats on the Madison Borough Council, beating Republicans John Hoover and Carmen Pico, according to unofficial results. Preliminary results, not counting provisional ballots, showed Baillie, a former councilwoman, and Wolkowitz, receiving 3,149 and 3,123 votes, respectively. Hoover and Pico received 2,854 and 2,728 votes, respectively. "I'd like to thank the people of Madison for their support, and I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in Madison," Wolkowitz said. Hoover said he and Pico set out to do the best job campaigning they could, ran an honest campaign and enjoyed a tremendous amount of support. Hoover, the Board of Health president, said …
Friday, May 4, 2012
In response to release by Democratic candidates, they say they faced other challenges.
Friday, May 4, 2012
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Borough Councilmen Don Links and Rob Catalanello in response to one submitted by Democratic candidates Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz, which questioned no votes on the budget by the two and Council President Jeannie Tsukamoto. We voted for the introduction of the budget to advance the budget process. The decision was based on the agreement from the Mayor and Borough Administration that we would find adequate savings to accomplish our goals: We voted against the final budget because these goals were not met. For details, please refer to Ms. Tsukamoto’s letter to the editor printed in the May 3, 2012, Madison Eagle. From inception, residents were cautioned that this budget process would be…
Monday, March 12, 2012
Borough clerk says mayor has option to relocate meeting after it convenes if it is too crowded.
Follow the live blog for a recap of Monday night's borough council meeting. Borough clerk Elizabeth Osborne says Mayor Robert Conley may have the meeting adjourned and then reconvened in a different location if there's not enough room for meeting attendees. The meeting is expected to draw a crowd because measures related to the controverial termination of Borough Administrator Ray Codey are on the agenda. The public portion of the meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at Hartley Dodge Memorial.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Vitale and Landrigan sworn in at annual reorganization meeting.
Madison welcomed a new mayor and two members to the Borough Council at the annual reorganization of the governing body Sunday at Hartley Dodge Memorial. In the packed second-floor council chambers, Democrat Robert Conley was sworn in as mayor, taking the gavel from Republican Mary-Anna Holden, who had served since 2007. Conley, the vice-president of operations for the Madison Area YMCA, had resigned from his expiring term as councilman to run for mayor against Holden. Conley’s term expires in 2015. Re-joining the governing body for a three-year term is realtor Carmela Vitale. The Democrat earlier served two terms on council from 2003-08. In 2009, she also served less than a year after being appointed to fill a vacancy on the governing body…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Initial spending for Community Gardens approved.
At its final scheduled meeting of 2011, the Madison Borough Council bid its good-byes to departing members, then moved on to an assortment of agenda items at Hartley Dodge Memorial Municipal Building. Mayor-elect Bob Conley thanked outgoing Councilman Sam Cerciello for his two years on Council, and Mayor Mary-Anna Holden for her 14 years of service to the borough as both a Council member and mayor, saying she would be “a tough act to follow.” Holden did not attend the meeting after her husband, Richard, was hospitalized Sunday night. Council President Vincent Esposito presided in her absence. Esposito and Councilman Don Links honored Holden, too. Links thanked her for “taking me under her wing.” Cerciello wished incoming Council members …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Project part of development of the Madison Recreation Center.
The Madison Borough Council, sitting for its last scheduled meeting of the year tonight at 8 p.m. at Hartley Dodge Memorial, has a number of agenda items up for discussion. The meeting also is the last as mayor for Mary-Anna Holden, who passes the gavel to Democrat and current council member Bob Conley in January. Scheduled agenda discussions include resolutions authorizing funding a lightning detection system, and a resolution authorizing construction and funding for a community garden. The lightning system would be deployed in the borough and at Board of Recreation fields. The community garden is part of ongoing development of the 49 Acres site annexed from Florham Park. It follows construction of the controversial synthetic turf …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Planners eye savings, revenue opportunities.
As they did a year ago, with critical economic issues still pressing, the Madison Borough Council got an early start on the 2012 municipal budget process with an initial hearing Friday night at Hartley Dodge Memorial. No formal action was taken, and the presentation by Borough Administrator Ray Codey and Assistant Borough Administrator Jim Burnet was based on what were described as “ultra conservative” estimates by borough Chief Financial Officer Robert Kalafut. (Kalafut had a family emergency and did not attend the meeting.) “I hope we would not have a tax increase [in 2012] over 2 percent,” said Council member Jeannie Tsukamoto. Members-elect Bob Landrigan and Carmela Vitale also attended the meeting. Appropriations are estimated to …