On Monday morning, mayoral candidate Robert Jackson, leading the Montclair 2012 slate, sent out a note to say he was deeply gratified that Ralph Amadeo, a prominent long-time volunteer and community leader in Montclair, and a man he has known for many years, has endorsed him for mayor. Here is Amadeo's letter below. If anyone else in the community would like to make an endorsement, please email Shelley@patch.com. Councilor Cary Africk reaffirmed his support for mayoral candidate Harvey Susswein, leading the For Montclair slate, and his letter is below.
Robert Jackson is a man I have known for many years. He has the character, and educational and work backgrounds to make as outstanding a Mayor of Montclair as we have known. Besides his Princeton undergraduate and Harvard graduate degrees, Robert has demonstrated his abilities as a leader in business, community, management, team-building, development and government circles. That is why I am endorsing him wholeheartedly to be the next Mayor of our great town.
Before I go on, I need to say this: Vote on Tuesday for Robert. Without that, this is a wasted endorsement.
In three particular areas, Robert is head and shoulders above his opponents.
· He will fight hardest for property tax relief and has the know-how to manage and reduce Montclair’s debt-burden.
· Like Robert, I am convinced we have tremendous opportunities to cooperate on shared services with our friends in neighboring municipalities. He already has the relationships to make that happen. I know he is committed to more efficient municipal services in Montclair and that he will make that happen. And there is no doubt we have many smart and hard working people in this town who could even turn our municipal services into profit centers.
· I know Robert unequivocally supports educational excellence for our town, and as a member of the Montclair Public Library’s board and former board member of a Montclair hospital, he is attuned to the needs of everyday people.
Please join with me in voting for Robert Jackson for Mayor on Tuesday, May 8.
Thank you for your consideration.
With best regards,
Councilor Africk released the following statement on Monday:
Several weeks ago I announced my support and endorsement of Harvey Susswein for Mayor.
Since that time people have been asking me "Are you still supporting Harvey?" The answer is absolute: YES.
During the last few weeks we have seen attack ads and attack mailings. That's what you get when you hire highly paid political consultants.
These attacks are giving us no help in making our choice. They tell us why we shouldn't vote for this or that person but are short on reasons why we should vote for the person doing the attacking.
Montclair certainly needs better ways to operate financially. We need systems, tracking, and reporting.
But moreover Montclair needs operational excellence.
This past Saturday I was walking on Bloomfield Ave and there was trash everywhere, including the overflowing cans. That's not a financial problem. It's operational.
Also on Saturday, while at the plant sale at Edgemont I found frustrated people trying to get the water turned on in the boathouse. They had been trying to do that for a week, while one Montclair department blamed another who blamed another with the result of no water for the plants. Calling was for a WEEK prior. That's operational.
Engineering is split up between a half dozen parties none of whom are responsible for projects which are delayed and are done poorly. That's operational.
Street re-paving is put off again and again because "condition of the street" is only 20% of the formula for paving. That's operational.
And yes, we do accumulate debt but we fail to refinance, and have left over money here and there, but, you guessed it, that's operational.
So I support the guy who has far and away the best operational experience: Harvey Susswein.
And who also has the best IT and Systems experience: Harvey Susswein.
Who has implemented solutions for governments: Harvey Susswein.
And who, by the way, knows more than just a bit about finance.
Go out and vote!