Mayoral candidate Robert Jackson is chiding rival candidate Harvey Susswein and his fellow For Montclair candidates for what he deems a “troubling” failure to grasp the nuances of issues regarding the Fire Department and the selection of Board of Education members.
In a statement issued today, Jackson — who heads the “Montclair 2012” slate — blasts the other slate for two recent position papers:
At the March 17, 2012 budget meeting “For Montclair” took the position that the MFD must be 20% overstaffed if it could assume the Glen Ridge contract – supposedly 20% of our total business – without increasing staff.
If elected, “ For Montclair” stated they will invoke the “exit provision” in the contract in order to negotiate a better deal. If reopening the negotiations results in Bloomfield’s likely take over of the contract, will “For Montclair” layoff the 20% of the Montclair Fire Department pursuant to its public position?
Mayoral candidate Robert Jackson says the “For Montclair” position shows a troubling lack of understanding regarding the economics of the fire contract. “I implore ‘For Montclair’ to get a handle on the real economics of the Glen Ridge contract” said Jackson. “Speak to Chief Allen and get a full understanding of the level of service and corresponding costs before you blow the deal. ‘For Montclair’ has taken a frighteningly short sighted position on this issue”
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Harvey Susswein states that he will forego his responsibility to appoint members to the BOE and instead leave appointments up to the council.
Robert Jackson says as Mayor he will embrace the responsibility of selecting BOE members. “The voters of Montclair elect a Mayor to select BOE members. That responsibility is a serious one and one that should not be cavalierly handed off. The voters place their confidence in the Mayor and the Mayor needs to stand up. Who wants a Mayor who is not willing to embrace his most important assignment: selecting the individuals who will direct the educational future of our children?”