It could not have been stated any better, “The town of Secaucus spoke with their vote”, were the comments of Democratic Assemblyman and Chairman of the Secaucus Democratic Organization (Vincent Prieto) after the November 3rd election. (Secaucus Home News- 11/5/09)
The “sweep” of the remains of the Elwell Democratic incumbent council candidates fortifies the sentiments expressed by the attendees at the past council meetings since former Mayor Elwell’s resignation. Secaucus residents have had enough of Elwell/Hudson County politics. Unfortunately, interim Mayor Steffens refuses to recognize the residents’ wishes.
Steffens blatantly proceeded to appoint the municipal judge for an additional three year term and members to positions on various town boards extending several terms up to five years. These appointments should have been left status quo and filled by officials chosen by the voters.
Steffens points to the oath he took when accepting the mayoral appointment as his ethical right to fill the appointments. This may be true, however, morally he is wrong.
I do not question the qualifications of the people appointed and I am not speaking for the recently elected officials. Prior to accepting the interim mayor, Steffens pledged to create an atmosphere of harmony between the two council factions. In my opinion, that was not evident at the council meetings I have attended. Healing can be accomplished by Steffens removing himself as council liaison to the Town Street Department and deferring to Mayor-Elect Gonnelli.