Sunday, February 17, 2013
Catch up on last week's local news here.
Tempers flare over Grant's lawsuit; questions on who should and should not be present during closed discussion on indemnification. Plans filed for property on 391 Madison Avenue call for the construction of a three-story, 14 unit multiple dwelling with parking under the building. Zoning Board hears application for Milford Gardens--a 14-unit multiple dwelling on Madison Avenue. Zoning Board Attorney urges board to use the applications that came before the board in 2012 to look at the future of zoning in New Milford. Hekemian's revised traffic impact study calls for a delayed green light on River Road and Madison during the 3pm-4pm peak hour. The ACLU says that many local police don't know the rules for residents to file complaints against …
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
Catch up on all of New Milford's top news stories here.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
See how the candidates did in each district
Incumbent Councilwoman Randi Duffie (D) received the most votes in Tuesday's election, coming in with an unofficial total of 1559 votes, including 78 absentee ballots. Although her numbers were consistently strong across all districts, District 1 gave Duffie the most votes (201), while District 7 gave her the least (106). Councilwoman-elect Hedy Grant (D) came in with an unofficial count of 1490, including 71 absentee ballots, beating incumbent Councilwoman Celeste Scavetta (R) by only 10 votes in the nailbiting upset of the evening. District 1 gave Grant the most votes (191) while District 7 gave her the least (106). Republican incumbent Peter Rebsch also lost his seat with an unofficial total of 1455 votes, including 49 absentee ballots…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The second in a series of Patch profiles on the six council candidates. Because there is no scheduled public debate, we've asked the candidates to identify what they see as the issues in this election and how they will rectify them.
No stranger to the workings of New Milford government, Hedy Grant was a council candidate in 2009 and is currently President of the Democratic Club, the Vice Chair of the Planning Board, and a Library Board Trustee. Grant has also served as a member of the Historic Preservation Committee, the Environmental and Energy Commission from 2008-2009, and in addition to being a member of Women Lawyers in Bergen, she also served as President from 1990-1992. Grant's introduction to politics began when she organized a group of her New Milford neighbors and co-founded RAID (Residents Against Indiscriminate Development), which successfully fought the construction of a 28-unit apartment building on a 1.2-acre tract of land, part of which was located …