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Committee to Make Final Vote on Reinstating Autonomous Health Board Next Week

Autonomous Health Board reinstated.

The Township Committee, in a 4 to 1 vote, approved the introduction of an ordinance to reinstate the autonomous Board of Health. In 2012, the form of the Board of Health was changed from a separate board to one composed of Township Committee members and residents.

“I feel that it’s in the best interest of the residents of Springfield for the Board of Health to be made up of public health professionals.” Deputy Mayor Rich Huber said in a statement published on the official Springfield Democrat website. “This change will ensure that politics don’t get in the way of the public’s well being.”

The final vote on the ordinance will be at the January 22 Township Committee meeting.

Following a series of protracted and contentious discussions, the Township Committee passed the ordinance overhauling Springfield’s Board of Health on June of 2012. The vote was split across party lines, with the Committees three Republicans voting in favor and the two Democrats voting against.

The matter has been fiercely debated in since the changes were first proposed in May. 

Over a dozen residents expressed displeasure with the proposed changes during the public comment period, including former officials and members of the Board of Health. In his closing remarks, Mayor Ziad Shehady acknowledged the controversy but argued that in the long run the move would benefit the township. 

 

Bob Groder January 16, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I find it ironic that this is a non issue in 2013 but in 2012 it was a major issue and the citizens of springfield were ignored when over 40 of us spoke out about reorganizing the BOH from an autonomous to a Township commitee run BOH with additional health care professionals. It was legal but also wrong because only health care prrofessionals should be on any BOH and noone who isnt a helth care pro should be on any BOH. Even Madison who we contracted with has an autonomous BOH. the reason its a non issue is because the 2012 republican led TC wanted to in essence "fire" westfield and bring in Madison. Since they are still new on the job I have no opinion on how Madison is doing but im sure the current TC is making sure they give services to the citizens in Springfield that we deserve. How come there isnt any opposition to this? answers? ferrous beueller? frye?
Michael S. Dzikowski January 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Deputy Mayor, Rich Huber said in a statement published on the official Springfield Democrat website, “This change will ensure that politics don’t get in the way of the public’s well being!” How totally hypocritical as he (and Ms. Bandrowski) does nothing to properly address Springfield's FINANCE Committeeman, David Barnett regarding recent federal SEC findings of alleged FRAUD and, Mr. Barnett's $130,000 penalty plus 10 year bar from acting as a director or officer of any public company!!! "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain http://www.businessinsider.com/sec-complaint-against-streetcom-2012-12#ixzz2GwLoYkla http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-270.htm http://www.springfieldnjdems.org/ Barnett & Bandrowski “Right for Springfield" ?!?!
Tony T January 16, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Bob do you honestly believe that all BOH members in the past, were all health care professionals? If you do, you are wrong. In all the years that they were formed there were people who were chosen politicly and had no health background. Tell me how Bruce Bergen and how Yale Greenspoon were both attorneys for previous boards? Both were Chair and Vice Chair of the Democrat Party in Springfield. Do you believe they did nothing to make that issue a political one? Did you know that Mr Greenspoon is now the Prosecutor in town? And that his lack of knowledge had police and court in session on Tuesday costing the Tax payers money in overtime because they could not handle the work on the regular court day of Monday? Amazing how he received this position, and even has his wife working there when she was not even voted on by the TC to be there. I believe many people do not the politics played by the democrats of Springfield with the BOH including the fine people who were on the board before. How much does the prosecutor get in salary? What was wrong with the past prosecutor that was there? Mr Bob you really do not know so much. I am sorry.
Keepboh Autonomous January 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Bob, It isn't so much "health professionals" as it is people that represent different aspects of "public health" to have a say in the town. For example, there were educators on the BOH who are not "health professionals" per say, but the education, and people who work with children are a big stakeholder in public health and their opinion is important. Also folks involved in animals, who are not "health professionals" per se. Regarding the comment by Tony T (whom we know is Ziad), 5 of the 7 members of the BOH had been appointed when Ziad was on the Township Committee and the Mayor. However, despite being appointed by Ziad, they still took actions that he was unhappy with, and he dissolved them, even though the majority had been appointed under his watch. I do not know if that is "political" or not. I am not even sure I understand what the word "political" means. Like Tony T, Ziad has publicly stated that Mr. Greenspoon was the BOH attorney. That statement by both of them (one and the same) is not true. It was Mrs. Greenspoon.
BART FRAENKEL January 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Tony T (a new alias for an old poster?), what does Bergen and Greenspoon have to do with the BOH? There are very few occassions when an attorney chosen for any towns' BOH has a medical background. I'm not disgreeing (or agreeing) with your statements about political affiliations being the primary reason certain people have been chosen for other positions such as prosecutor or BOH attorney, but typically the members of the BOH have had a background in some level of health care. The chairman of the BOH that was dissolved last year was appointed by Shehady,was that political? Shehady didn't like having a board that wouldn't blindly follow his views and so he used the power of his party's majority position to disbanded them. To the BOH's credit they stood their ground and maintained their belief that the town's health was their primary responsibility and concern and not the bidings of a politically minded individual.
Tony T January 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM
I guess what I am saying is that I believe that Mr Greenspoon and Mr Bergen helped fuel the political issue. It was their benefit to make it an election issue against the republicans. And my point was that not ALL members of the Board have had medical backgrounds. Rosalie Berger did not have medical background, her parents may have but that does not qualify her as medical background. Yet she was Vice president of Democrat party of Springfield
Tony T January 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Keep I can tell you I am not Ziad but thanks for the compliment, I know I saw Mr Greenspoon serving as attorney, maybe he was filling in for his wife. Just like his wife helping him as Prosecutor, I guess when they vote for one they get both
BART FRAENKEL January 17, 2013 at 01:52 AM
She's been off the BOH for many years because she wasn't qualified. Her appointment was political but addressed in 2008. Yes, there have been and will be political appointments by both parties. That's one of the things that is wrong. Only people who are qualified should be considered for any appointed position. The only time a persons political affiliation should come up is if 2 people have exactly the same qualifications. Then reality says the person who is a member of the majority party will get appointed; but it should never be part of the qualification process.
B Freeman January 17, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Bob, you are showing your ignorance again. The Democrats slipped this ordinance change in at the reorganization meeting. They could of waited until the first meeting, but didn't. And not everyone on the BOH is a medical or health professional. Dr. Shah has a PHd in Chemistry, not medicine. There were a couple of nurses on the the previous board, but I'll take a doctor over a nurse for BOH member. As far as Madison's sevices, I'm sure they are doing just fine in their first couple of months. Besides, is Westfield the only Health Department of providing services in NJ. I'm sure they're not and they were over priced for years.
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 02:30 AM
How was her appointment addressed in 2008? You really do have a selective memory. The minutes show you voted FOR her to be on the Board of Health and the only ones that voted against it were Grau and Shehady. Thanks to you she served until 2010. http://www.filedropper.com/jan2008minutes
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Until this nonsense with Barnett, I confess I wasn't paying much attention. Their arrogance has infuriated me so much that I am now taking the time to learn more. I accept nothing at face value especially when it comes from people like Bob Groder, Bart Fraenkel and the other "concerned citizens" that post on here. Shame on the Republicans for not having enough of a base to counter the Democrats and the games they play. The Dems come out in numbers to meetings while the republicans are left alone on the Township Committee to be attacked endlessly by the Dems and their puppets. I'm not going to be quiet anymore and I'm shocked at what I learn because some of these people are the people next door. Everything about this Board and what the Democrats are doing reeks of partisan politics. They can deny it all they want. It's a shame the Republicans tried to do the right thing but fell into their trap. When will they learn to let things just stay the same so they keep winning elections. Don't stir the pot - learn from the Democrats.
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Look at the names ! If the Board isn't political, how would Bergen & Greenspoon get appointed to paying jobs as lawyers for the Board. It's because they were in their back pocket. Look at the names on their list http://ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Springfield-Dem-2011.pdf Joe Forys whose wife April was on Board of Health Patricia Lynn who was on Board of Health Yale Greenspoon whose wife Elissa was appointed as the lawyer Bruce Bergen who..well not enough room here Rosalie Berger who was on Board of Health Then they appoint Denis Gozlan to the Planning Board Yale Greenspoon is now the unqualified Prosecutor for the town that has made our court a joke Mark Cunningham who was appointed to the Board of Adjustment, gets picked to be the Vice Chairman without even being at the meeting, and selected to run for the Charter Study Commission James Blondet hired by the town to be the bus driver Steve Firsichbaum rewarded by being the Judge for years The cronyism is sickening but that's who the voters picked. Respect that decision! But to say the Board of Health was not made up of a political group is a bold faced lie. 40 people showing up to a meeting would mean something if they weren't all part of the same political group looking to make it a campaign issue. There is no autonomy or independence when the people who sit on a board are picked by politicians so it's no better or worse whether they are doctors, nurses or dog catchers.
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Also, Keepboh Autonomous, Tony T may have said that but where did Ziad say that Yale Greenspoon was the attorney? Also, who did he appoint that made up a majority? Let's start using some facts on this forum folks. Everybody throws out completely unsubstantiated statements. If you're such an expert, and you obviously are since you were on the board of health and lost your position and are angling to get it back, give us the names of who was on the Board and who appointed who. If I'm not mistaken, a Township Committee, not Mayor, appoints members to the Board of Health so how did he appoint the majority of the Board of Health? And if he was so political and they were people he "appointed", how is it political to try and get rid of them. That means there must have been some other reason besides being "political" to get rid of them. The only ones making this political is you and your gang and you've got Shehady as your target. Funny how his name is the target of all these attacks. You must really feel threatened by him. About those educators also, why is it we never heard anything about the Board of Health before this? Methinks they weren't doing such a good job educating the public. Didn't he also offer to appoint two of the members from the old board to the new board but they refused? If they really cared about what was good for the town, they would have done it. Well, no sense arguing here. Let's see who is on the new board and how political those appointments are.
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 03:30 AM
forgot the disclaimer: i'm not him but i do talk to him so don't waste your time accusing me.
BART FRAENKEL January 17, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Conor, use your full name if you want to be taken seriously so you can stand behind your comments. Maybe I'm wrong about 2008 with Ms. Berger, but I'm pretty sure I'm not because she disliked me for not wanting to reappoint her to the position. As a matter of fact, she was the township appointed representative to the RVSA, which was also a joke because she did nothing in that position. She was removed from that too.
Voiceofreason January 17, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Bart, conor's real name starts with a z and has 4 letters. He's obviously mad because his brilliant plan was a huge failure and accomplished nothing except ensuring that his buddies lost the election. Just another one of his tantrums. So painful to read this stuff.
Voiceofreason January 17, 2013 at 04:06 AM
And he forgot to remove his real name from one if the files he posted- oops- now lets watch it disappear..... Poof!
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 04:24 AM
I don't need or want anything from you. I couldn't care if you don't take me seriously. You responded whether I used my full name or not.
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Voiceofreason, do you really think I have old town files lying around? Where do you think I got the link from? It's not my file or my link. It's not a secret. It's not some huge conspiracy you fool. You're obviously mad because the truth about the democrats is finally being realized by more and more people
Len January 17, 2013 at 01:55 PM
mirror, mirror, on the wall....what name should I use today?
BART FRAENKEL January 17, 2013 at 02:46 PM
The interesting part is that when one of these new posters comment on an issue, the old ones don't. Coincidence?
Conor M January 17, 2013 at 03:14 PM
"I am certain" "I'm mostly sure" It's amazing you guys don't get jobs as detectives with your talent and skills. Your anti-Shehady tantrums are exhausting. By accusing everyone of being Shehady, you just make yourselves sound more and more foolish. If you'll excuse me, I have a date with Manti Te'o and can't be bothered with you.
Michael S. Dzikowski January 17, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Deputy Mayor, Rich Huber said in a statement published on the official Springfield Democrat website, “This change (to the autonomous Health Board) will ensure that politics don’t get in the way of the public’s well being!” How totally hypocritical as he (and Ms. Bandrowski) does nothing to properly address Springfield's FINANCE Committeeman, David Barnett regarding recent federal SEC findings of alleged FRAUD and, Mr. Barnett's $130,000 penalty plus 10 year bar from acting as a director or officer of any public company!!! Any mature, thoughtfult comments?! "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain http://www.businessinsider.com/sec-complaint-against-streetcom-2012-12#ixzz2GwLoYkla http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-270.htm http://www.springfieldnjdems.org/ Barnett & Bandrowski “Right for Springfield" ?!?!
BART FRAENKEL January 17, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Conor, I'm now convinced that you're not Shehady, not that it matters. He doesn't like any sports and wouldn't know who Manti T'eo is. So is there any reason you aren't willing to identify yourself since regardless of whether people agree or disagree with you, it does give credibility to your posts.
DaJo January 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM
If that's true, it's scary how much you know about him. I wouldn't identify myself because it's a small town and everyone knows your business. I have to see and talk to people at school and around town. That doesn't mean I have to agree with their politics.
DaJo January 17, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I bet that's the same with many people like Conor M, The Voice of Reason, SeekingLogic, B Freeman, Len, anonimous and others who post anonymously on here.
BART FRAENKEL January 18, 2013 at 05:18 AM
It's one thing to give an opinion and another to resort to name calling and other poor behavior. The people who hide behind anonymous names and act poorly have zero credibility.
Voiceofreason January 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Agreed bart. It's also another thing to assume a fake identity( mom of 3)- and mislead the public especially when you are an elected official( former mayor). As Lance Armstrong just learned, you only get away with the lies for so long. It's deceptive and unethical and eventually it catches up with you.
Joe Sparkay January 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The new prosecutor seems overwhelmed. Luckily, Judge Rosenbluth is still on board. For how long?

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