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Democratic Committee Candidates Spotlight Changes to Board of Health

Candidates urge residents to attend Wednesday's Board of Health meeting.

The following is a message from Democratic Candidates Margaret Bandrowski and David Barnett.

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The second meeting of the newly-constituted Board of Health, comprised of the members of the Township Committee and appointees, will meet this coming Wednesday, Oct. 10  at 7 p.m. in the Ken Faigenbaum Meeting room at Town Hall. Please attend!

At the first meeting of the new board, Marc Krauss was appointed Chairperson. By contrast, the Chair of the previous Board of Health is a doctor with years of public health experience. Unsurprisingly, the meeting was dominated by Mr. Shehady who ran most of the discussion. Reports were given by Megan Avallone, Health Officer of the Westfield Department of Health. Springfield has been utilizing the Westfield Department of Health for 12 years to provide all of our inspections, flu shots and other related needs. Much of the meeting was consumed by a presentation on behalf of the Madison Department of Health seeking to replace Westfield. Madison seemed to offer services at a reduced cost although specifics were not provided. 

Committeeman Rich Huber requested a side-by-side comparison of the costs and services offered by both providers that we hope will be forthcoming at Wednesday’s meeting. However, initial information suggests that the reduced costs will come with reduced services like fewer restaurant and supermarket inspections. In addition, costs of flu shots for residents will likely increase.

The rift between the Republicans and the previous autonomous Board centered on the Board’s recommendation to stay with Westfield.  Our expectation therefore is that the new Board will vote against retaining Westfield and instead will bring in Madison, which has not yet been shown to offer comparable services.

Here’s something to think about . . . if the new Board votes to retain Westfield’s services, then the entire upheaval and disbanding of our previous Board, despite loud public outcry and protest, will have all been for naught.  It will highlight even further that the move was a political grab for power.

Please email your thoughts about the new Board of Health to us at: democrats@springfieldnjdems.org.

Shane Ronan October 08, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Way to try and spin things Bart, but you may want to try telling the truth next time. What actually happened was Mr. Krauss was unsure what the procedure was for an Alternate speaking outside of "Public Comments". So rather then breaking the rules, he approached the issue with caution. In fact, the situation has since been cleared up by the BOH attorney, that all members including alternates can speak and ask questions, but alternates cannot vote unless one of the "regular" members is not present.
BART FRAENKEL October 08, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Anthony Z, I only post here under my own name and always have. Despite your many attempts accusing me otherwise, the best I can do is respond with a recent quote by Governor Christie when he was in North Dakota. "I don't give a damn what you think". As for Shane, I did not attend the BOH meeting and I stated what was written in The Local Source's article. It specifically stated that Mr. Krauss refused to allow the alternate member to ask questions. I also spoke with people who did attend the meeting and they confirmed that is what occurred. No spin there, just the facts. If they were reported wrong, then how about correcting them for us, since you are on the BOH and were appointed by Shehady, Krauss, et al. However, you're statement that Krauss was being cautious is pure spin mode. Come on, do you really believe this stuff or have you drank so much Kool Aid that you aren't thinking straight anymore?
voiceofreason October 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Shane, was the attorney not present at the meeting? Why wouldn't Mr Krauss just ask the attorney the procedure if there was a question rather than humiliating the doctor by not letting him speak. It seems quite peculiar. What did that doctor have to say anyway? Was it something Mr. Fernandez did not want to hear? Is there in fact a recording of this meeting because I'm interested in making my own judgement without the spinning from both sides. Shane, since you are a member of the Board perhaps you can let the public know how they can view this meeting. I know this administration strives to be"transparent". Sounds like someone is trying to hide something. I don't have a good understanding of the details, but I know when something smells fishy.
voiceofreason October 09, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Interesting.... Anthony D still does not deny he is the mayor. Does anyone know what other names Mayor Shady posts under? I was just reading about the basketball hoops. Some of those posts sound suspicious too. Especially some of those foul mouth moms. I just don't buy it. This guy is too much.
BART FRAENKEL October 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
It really doesn't matter if he is or isn't Shehady. What has always mattered was having people sitting on the TC who were willing to listen respectfully to residents without speaking down to them or speaking poorly of people during meetings. We have an immature young man who clearly doesn't know how to speak with people unless he's campaiging and telling them what they want to hear. The November election will say as much about how the residents feel about Shehady as it does about Krauss and Fernandez. I hope that sanity prevails and as a town we move on from his poor behavior.
voiceofreason October 09, 2012 at 12:13 PM
As an elected official, it is our right to hold the Mayor to high standards both legally, ethically, and morally. By assuming false identities and participating in this game with Bart Fraenkel, he is deceiving the public. He pretends he is a mom of 3(a republican, stay at home mom, woman of color who lives on Laurel Ave) in one post and later he refers to his 2 young children in another. Did you forget you had 3 children Mayor? Its hard to keep all these personalities straight- B freeman, Anthony D-the bottom line is he is a liar. You cannot believe anything he or his followers say. Shane, I'm still hoping for a response from you. I want to see for myself what Mr Krauss said to that doctor and why would he try to stop him from speaking? What did that doctor want to say?
Keepboh Autonomous October 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Madison Health Dept is known for massive price increases too: http://www.nj.com/independentpress/index.ssf/2008/12/health_contract_cost_shocks_th.html
Shane Ronan October 09, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The contract and pricing proposed to Springfield by Madison locks in the pricing for up to three years, thus price increases such as the one cited in the article above are not an issue. Further, Chatham should be inquiring regarding the pricing for their new contract much sooner, to avoid the "surprise" they say they received.
Annnonymous October 11, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The meeting was a disgrace as always. The mayor is a disgrace.
Annnonymousp October 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
The meeting i'm referring to was certainly online because I watched it from my house. I particularly enjoyed the part where the mayor screamed " from the chair" at another member repeatedly. The mayor reminds me more and more of a kid on the playground. His temper tantrums and outbursts are so childish and immature. Who is advising this guy?Anthony D - the others are right you are the mayor. How are you so sure the meeting is not online? Are you the one who operates the cameras? Stop deceiving the public and just post under your own name mr. Shehady - you have embarrassed yourself and this town enough. You are a disgrace.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
well said anonymous59. politics has no place when it comes to health.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
go take an oath and swear u arent the mayor. everyone knows u r anthony d. what other cronies will u get to post on your behalf if you & your friends lose the election next month? i hope you take the loss like a man should you loss and grow up win or lose. to be honest u r a highly intelligent man but turning into too much of a politician. put some of that knowledge to some good use instead of worrying abot bart. hes not on the board right now so work with both parties for the good of springfield.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
by january we will have a new mayor so id not worry about it. anthony d can post all he wants the public is sick of the way the current tc meetings are run by the mayor so even if anthony d isnt the mayor ( we know he is) you cant win an election by yelling at people. say what u want about former mayor keffer at least he didnt yell at people or mistreat them nearly as often.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
logic i sure hope so. i cant take another yr of mayor shehady and his antics. hes too young for the position only because of his immaturity. if could grow up he would make a good public servant but like in dc he seems to be acting like the public works for him and not vice versa.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
bart his name is anthony d not anthony z correct your grammer mister lol. im just playing with you.
a October 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
the attorney admitted he made a mistake. stuff happens. LETS MOVE ON AND GET OVER THIS ISSUE. lets worry about the real issue which is the BOH is about to vote for a new contract with madison next month. hopefully it has an out clause like this yrs contract just did. this way in case its not working out we can use the out clause in the next administration and bring back westfield in 2014. its a forgone conclusion that the boh is getting rid of westfield for political reasons to look good by saving 40,000 give or take.
a October 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
mayor shehady is a rude and crude politician. the video is proof in the pudding. he acts like this to just about everyone from sandy to women but allowed the rude kids to take over the room when the turf field was being voted on so much so that people were afraid to speak out against the turf field. anthony d just admit u r the mayor and people will give u credit instead of allgedly being a phony.
a October 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM
king z should simply be called "mini mi" in reference to the austin powers movies as comparing him to another famous bully in nj. names not needed lol
a October 11, 2012 at 03:09 PM
mini mi strikes again lol.
a October 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
bart bart the water fart lol. lets talk like kids since anthony d does so when he runs the tc meetings as his alter ego. "the mayor"
a October 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
do we need to wear a cheerleading outfit to attend meetings moving forward since u "claim" anyone who goes to the meetings is there for margaret & david? by the way learn how to spell DUMOCRATIC PARTY geez a 6th gradar speak batter than u. im talking like jed clampet by design lol
BART FRAENKEL October 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Many people are beginning to see Shehady's bad behavior, from the televising or video streaming of TC meetings or from being there in person. During his first 2 years on the TC I fully supported him at first but when these weaknesses of his arose I could no longer do so. I was able to recognize them sooner simply because I was with him on the TC. Now his bad behavior and need for control are out in the open and regardless of what political affiliation anyone has, his behavior toward the public is unacceptable. But he can't be held solely responsible, because without the tacit approval of Krauss and Fernandez, it wouldn't go on. The question is when will they finally accept their responsibility to all the residents of the town instead of maintaining their support of his poor behavior.
Youngatheart October 11, 2012 at 05:01 PM
What's wrong with all these politicians today? Mr. frenandez thinks he has the seniors vote because of the free food ,but the seniors made up their minds long ago when he voted to move to Chisholm. Not gonna be forgotten even with somevtasty food. The seniors dont trust the juvenile mayor who needs a good talkin to. Hes a lier. seniors love free food, but the votes are not for sale. Taste good though so who gets the last laugh? Stop trying to buy votes and earn them by gettin rid of that guy. Enough
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You go annonymous! You have to rememember Ziad Shehady is a "legend in his own mind! I agree with you that the spending of taxpayers money on projects that can't be afforded isn't the right time. My hat is off to all the children, parents and coaches who fought hard to get a Turf Field. I read somewhere it's costing 3.3 million to build from the ground up. Shehady will if he has not done so already, take the accolades for this being done. If had the smarts like he puts the facade on to play Super Mayor, he would have gotten together with school & County officials to have this project done @ Meisel Field at less then half then what the cost is now. I just don't blame him there. I blame the entire Township Committe for not looking into this further! Once the taxpayers get their increases to pay for the Turf Fieldthat the kids of Springfield "deserve", they will probably lynch Shehady @ Meisel Field!
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM
You ae 100% correct Bart. The current majority needs to be removed. They are disrespectful & rude to the residents of Springfield. the ring leader is Super Mayor Ziad Shehady! Once his powers(or so he thinks) are removed, all he'll do is suck his thumb during TC meetings unless he gets a call from Mitt(God forbid he's elected) to work @ The White House. Don't forget, Shehady single handedly cleaned up the whole town after the floods, made "his dream come true" by having the Turf Field Built, oh but I remember all the blunders he did as Mayor the 1st time that cost the town $ as he's doing again!!
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Probably is him!! Knew a lot about me when I was writing letters about Shehady's drunk driving/failure to appear arrests when he was running for office the 2nd time. Wouldn't put it past him. Remember, there is a syndrome he as called King Baby: "I want what I want, when I want it"! Tell him Bart! Whoever Anthony D is, whatever he spews out of his mouth is nonsense & makes no sense. I have worked with children who could complete sentences that made more sense then a complete comment from Anthony D! 1 other thing I liked Bart is I use my full name. I'm not afraid to hide I speak my peace. Shehady tried threating me when I was writing something that was pblic record. Guess he never learned about the 1st Amendment. Has anyone ever challenged Shehady to where he actually resides. I heard it was Hillside, but uses his parents address so he can be on the TC??
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
What sad about the whole thing is "King Baby only one by 56 votes! If the Democrats pushed the legal troubles Shehady had while serving as Mayor the 1st time, he would have lost. I thought Rich Huber would've had the stones to use that against him & Shehady would not be on th TC today!
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
His new nam has gone from Super Mayor to King Baby! "I want what I want, when I want it"
Louis Herkalo October 19, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I hit flag as inapprop. by mistake for your comment on 10/11. My apology! Keep going after that little weasle!!
BART FRAENKEL October 19, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Lou, just a slight correction for you. The legal troubles you referred to didn't occur the year he served as mayor, it was his first year on the TC.

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