Thursday, May 17, 2012
Resigns from real estate committee post a month after backing lawsuit against the council.
Councilwoman Estelle Klein has put herself further at odds with the rest of Hopatcong's council. Klein resigned as chairman of the council's real estate committee, tasked with managing borough property, at Wednesday night's council meeting at the municipal building. The councilwoman said she objected to the addition of borough administrator Robert Elia to the committee. Klein, a Republican who replaced Democrat Madeline McManus on the council this year, said she took issue with committee members Richard Bunce and Marie Galate—both council members—sending letters to "various people who might want to buy some borough-owned property." Bunce, however, isn't even a member of the committee. Mayor Sylvia Petillo said Thursday the borough—not …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Lawsuit alleges mayor, council violated state laws with legislation giving administrator power to appoint health department employees.
In a 15-page lawsuit, Hopatcong's board of health alleged the borough mayor and council violated state laws by passing legislation granting their administrator power to appoint health department employees. The board of health said in the lawsuit, filed March 15 with the Sussex County Superior Court, that Mayor Sylvia Petillo and the six-member council wrongfully usurped the board's duties of appointing, supervising and compensating health department workers. The lawsuit seeks to void the law, returning powers to the board, and to recoup legal fees. Click on the right for a PDF of the lawsuit. Petillo said Wednesday she would defend her and the council's actions and that she was disappointed with the lawsuit, filed by Eric M. Bernstein & …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo says she sees a new health advisory committee would revitalize public health outreach. But Councilwoman Estelle Klein says the council just wants to run the board of health.
Monday's special council meeting turned into a shouting match as Hopatcong introduced two councilmen to its board of health as well as plans to create a health advisory committee. Estelle Klein's was the only "no" vote when the council passed the first hearing of a law that would establish a five-person committee to be charged, Mayor Sylvia Petillo said, with revitalizing community health outreach. The ordinance still must pass an April 18 vote. Michael Francis and John Young would fill spots vacated by Craig Bradley, who died in November, and Rob Bond, who declined reappointment. Councilmen Howard Baker and Richard Bunce each would be tabbed as board alternates. The appointments are also still subject to an April 18 vote. Petillo said the…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Reorganization meeting draws standing-room only crowd.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Mayor Sylvia Petillo and council members John Young and Estelle Klein were sworn into new terms at Wednesday night's Hopatcong reorganization meeting at the municipal building. Councilman Richard Bunce was named council president and Petillo, in her second straight term, announced the members of the borough's new land-use board, which will replace the zoning and planning boards. Petillo, a Republican who ran unopposed in November alongside GOP mates Young and Klein, sat before a standing-room only crowd and recounted the what she said were her first-term successes, such as amassing $4 million in federal grants, including one for $143,000 that will give four municipal buildings energy-efficient lights and other equipment. "I'm very honored …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Member: 'The town needs a change.'
Three Hopatcong residents hope their last-minute write-in campaign will bring big changes to the borough's political structure. Michele Guttenberger, Randall Paulenich and Mara Modes formed the campaign over the weekend and distributed fliers promoting their candidacies outside Hopatcong's post office Monday afternoon. Guttenberger is vying for the open mayoral spot while Paulenich and Modes are gunning for two open council seats. "The town needs a change," Paulenich said Monday, a day before the state's general elections. The three want to unseat Republican incumbents John Young, a councilman, and Sylvia Petillo, the mayor, and Estelle Klein, a Republican newcomer who served on council from 2003-2008. No Democrats or independents filed …