Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Tempers flare over Grant's lawsuit; questions on who should and should not be present during closed discussion on indemnification.
The room heated up at Monday's Mayor and Council work session regarding who should and should not be present during the closed session discussion regarding Councilwoman Hedy Grant's lawsuit against Councilman Austin Ashley. Grant has filed a lawsuit against Ashley, Mayor Ann Subrizi and the Borough of New Milford petitioning the court to invalidate the appointment of Borough Attorney, Marc Leibman of the law firm Kaufman, Semeraro, Bern, Deutsch & Leibman. The complaint, filed in Superior Court in Hackensack, submits that as Leibman's client in the matter before the New Milford Zoning Board regarding the potential development of the United Water property by the S. Hekemian Group, Ashley was "disqualified by self-interest" from voting for …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Grant petitions the court to invalidate the appointment of Marc Leibman as Borough Attorney citing conflict of interest and 'pay to play.' Ashley responds to Grant's lawsuit naming him as one of the defendants in her claim seeking to invalidate the appointment of Leibman as Borough Attorney. Man accused of shoplifting and strong armed robbery assaults New Milford Police officer and flees scene, remaining at-large. No commitment has been made, but Mayor and Council and Chief of Police considering consolidating its dispatch services with the county's state-of-the-art communications center in Mahwah. Wagner and Eustace bill to protect public from flooding and facilitate smart development approved by Assembly panel, advances to the full …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Ashley responds to Grant's lawsuit naming him as one of the defendants in her claim seeking to invalidate the appointment of Leibman as Borough Attorney.
Thursday, February 7
Editor's note: In response to Councilwoman Hedy Grant's lawsuit naming him as a defendant in her claim petitioning the court to invalidate the appointment of Borough Attorney, Marc Leibman, of the law firm Kaufman, Semeraro, Bern, Deutsch & Leibman, Councilman Austin Ashley has issued the following statement: We are in desperate need of leadership that isn't motivated by political bossism. That is why, this January I voted with the New Milford Republicans to appoint a Borough Attorney that is qualified to represent the borough on all fronts. That has not gone over well with the current Democratic political organization and frankly, I don't care. Each council person is sworn into office on the Holy Bible and swears to uphold the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Ashley and Putrino "anxious to get to work on behalf of the residents of New Milford."
In unofficial results and with an unknown number of absentee ballots yet to be counted, Michael Putrino was the top vote getter, with 3,161. His running mate, incumbent Councilman Austin Ashley received 2,956 votes, both numbers easily enough to defeat Republican incumbent Council President Howard Berner and his running mate Peter Rebsch, who received 2,583 and 2,584 votes respectively. Putrino, who sat on the council before being unseated in 2010, said that he is "tremendously honored" to once again serve on the council and excited to be able to contribute again. "There is no better feeling than being able to serve the residents of my hometown; the town I've chosen to raise my family in," Putrino said. Echoing those sentiments, Ashley …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A letter to the editor regarding the United Water property from Council Candidate Michael Putrino and Councilman Austin Ashley.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
By Council Candidate Michael Putrino and Councilman Austin Ashley The United Water Company (UW) gave New Milford four months - from January 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011 - to buy their property. The Mayor and Council ignored this opportunity and allowed it to expire without discussing its purchase or informing the residents. We believe New Milford should purchase the property. This will insure that the people of New Milford – and not a developer – will determine the destiny of our borough. Many good reasons supporting the purchase of the property have been discussed in various forums but one that has not been addressed is that buying the property is fiscally responsible. Buying the UW property is fiscally responsible because it will allow us …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
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Joseph Picardo named in a complaint in Bergen County by former Belleville school employee Michael M. Meyers. Duffie, Grant and Ashley send letter to Freeholders urging them to extend boundaries of county-owned Water Works property to include the United Water property and preserve entire area as open space. Hekemian's traffic expert says additional traffic that may result from the proposed development of the United Water property can be accommodated because the roads are underutilized. SOD appears before River Edge Mayor and Council seeking support against Hekemian Project. SOD marching down River Road in protest of the planned development of United Water property. Brandon Spurlin, 40, of New Milford, cited for violating Leandra's Law--a …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Duffie, Grant and Ashley send letter to Freeholders urging them to extend boundaries of county-owned Water Works property to include the United Water property and preserve entire area as open space.
New Milford's Democrats are urging the Bergen County Freeholders to consider extending the boundaries of the county-owned Water Works property to include United Water's 13-acre parcel, currently under contract for private sale with Hekemian, located directly across the street and add it to the county's inventory of open space. In a letter dated Thursday, September 20, Councilwomen Randi Duffie and Hedy Grant, along with Councilman Austin Ashley, ask the Freeholders to preserve the historic nature of that area arguing that the development of this property would increase flooding; cause noise; air and light pollution; increase traffic beyond what New Milford's roads can support; increase calls for service to the police, fire department and …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Week in Review, a weekly roundup of local news stories on New Milford Patch
In case you missed any local news this week, here it is: Police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly exposed himself twice in one week to the same woman in the laundry room of the Brookchester Apartment complex. The mayor and council appointed Phillips Preiss and Grygiel on Monday as the planner to replace Burgis in Zoning Board hearings on development of the United water property. Councilman Austin Ashley requested that the council pursue a lower-cost health care plan for borough employees. The Gospel Fellowship Church, a primarily Korean congregation whose application to move into the former Riverview Racquetball Club building was denied, has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court appealing the decision of the Planning Board. After …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Council President Howard Berner breaks with party to vote no.
The council voted 4-2 to deny the appointment of Mark Hettinger, Jr. this week from seasonal to full-time employee status with the Department of Public Works. Councilwomen Randi Duffie and Hedy Grant voted against the move citing the economic difficulties facing residents evidenced, in part, by the increasing number of tax appeals that are being filed by homeowners. Prior to casting his "no" vote, Councilman Austin Ashley said that given the economic climate, the borough should "pursue a course of attrition" and not replace vacancies. Responding to this hire, in light of the recent promotions of six police officers to the rank of lieutenant, Ashley asked, "Where are we going to get the money?" In a surprise turn of events, Council …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Chairman and Board of Adjustment member recuse themselves from proceedings; Councilman Austin Ashley retains his own counsel in an effort to stop development
Representatives for New Milford Redevelopment Associates LLC appeared before the Board of Adjustment Tuesday evening seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for the 13-acre United Water property. Peter Hekemian, Principal and Vice President of Development for the S. Hekemian Group, is the managing director of New Milford Redevelopment Associates. The standing room only crowd, which trickled out of the council chambers and into the hallway, was cautioned by Board Attorney Scott Sproviero that the public would only be able to speak to the plans as presented by the applicant's architect, Christian Lessard of Lessard Architectural Group. The application includes: At the opening of the meeting, Sproviero told the crowd that a …