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In this weeks Observer, "mcCormick said he filled out a form to be put on the agenda. Town Clerk Paul Zarbetski said that at the last town meeting, the mayor let McCormick speak for 45 minutes."

Zarbetski said, "He's not going to be on the agenda every month."

Wow! Our Town Clerk and Town Attorney not only allows the town to have no public session, he is now going to decide the frequency of times you can speak at Town Council meetings.

Are these guys serious? Are we in Nazi controlled Germany? Should we change the name plate to Raymond "Hitler" McDonough?

Hey Zarbetski, it's called the Open Public Meeting Act, look it up and read it.

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This is the way this town works, I see that many people have their homes up for sale bucause they are just as sick of this town as most of us are, but why did this mayor get in again, did he intimidate people? did he make promises of more jobs?

I just don't get it. I am seriously thinking of putting my home up for sale so that I can get away from all this bull.

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COULD BE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LIVE IN HARRISON, IF HE WANTS TO B**ch AND WHINE HE SHOULD GO TO THE ROTARY CLUB.  WE ARE ALL AWARE HE OWNS A BUSINESS IN TOWN.

Then you should be aware that anyone has the right to speak at town and council meetings, no matter where they live. If you are so smart show us readers that, write some educated posts ass hole.

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COULD BE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LIVE IN HARRISON, IF HE WANTS TO B**ch AND WHINE HE SHOULD GO TO THE ROTARY CLUB.  WE ARE ALL AWARE HE OWNS A BUSINESS IN TOWN.

I would love to meet you, do you look as dumb as you sound???????????????

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COULD BE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LIVE IN HARRISON, IF HE WANTS TO B**ch AND WHINE HE SHOULD GO TO THE ROTARY CLUB.  WE ARE ALL AWARE HE OWNS A BUSINESS IN TOWN.

Paul Zarbetski, who serves as Harrison's town clerk and town attorney, later clarified that policy, stating that residents may speak for five minutes on any "governmental issue" as allowed by the state's Open Public Meetings Act.
So why couldn't Michael Fernandez Speak?
Zarbetski, however, said the flap over Pettigrew's letter did not qualify as a governmental matter suitable for discussion at a council meeting.

"Anyone who has something to say, obviously, we're going to let them speak," he said. "But that, to me, wouldn't be a governmental issue. That would be a campaign issue."

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. YOU THINK YOUR JOB IS THREATENED AND THATS A GOOD ENOUGH REASON. THEN IT IS FOR MR. FERNANDEZ TOO. STOP SUPPORTING SOMEONE THAT THREATENS YOU. McDonough IS THE WORST THING FOR THIS TOWN. I'LL FORGIVE MILAN AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE, JUST TO GET McDonough OUT. THIS TOWN IS LIKE A DICTATORSHIP UNDER McDonough

EVEN THOUGH I just proved that the town attorney says you can speak,"five minutes on any "governmental issue" as allowed by the state's Open Public Meetings Act", if the dictator says you can't, too fu(**** bad. One day he'll turn on you and you'll have to wait 4 more years......

HOPE FOR HARRISON

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So why couldn't Michael Fernandez Speak?WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.  YOU THINK YOUR JOB IS THREATENED AND THATS A GOOD ENOUGH REASON.  THEN IT IS FOR MR. FERNANDEZ TOO.  STOP SUPPORTING SOMEONE THAT THREATENS YOU.  McDonough IS THE WORST THING FOR THIS TOWN.  I'LL FORGIVE MILAN AND GIVE HIM A CHANCE, JUST TO GET McDonough OUT. THIS TOWN IS LIKE A DICTATORSHIP UNDER McDonough

EVEN THOUGH I just proved that the town attorney says you can speak,"five minutes on any "governmental issue" as allowed by the state's Open Public Meetings Act", if the dictator says you can't, too fu(**** bad.  One day he'll turn on you and you'll have to wait 4 more years......

HOPE FOR HARRISON

There never was, and never will be Hope for Harrison! :wacko:

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COULD BE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT LIVE IN HARRISON, IF HE WANTS TO B**ch AND WHINE HE SHOULD GO TO THE ROTARY CLUB.  WE ARE ALL AWARE HE OWNS A BUSINESS IN TOWN.

Is it a legal requirement that you must be a resident of Harrison in order to speak at a town hall meeting?

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Wow! Our Town Clerk and Town Attorney not only allows the town to have no public session, he is now going to decide the frequency of times you can speak at Town Council meetings.

Are these guys serious? Are we in Nazi controlled Germany? Should we change the name plate to Raymond "Hitler" McDonough?

McDonough / Millan

His People / My People

I rather go with Millan. He came to this country looking for a better life and now wants to give back to this wonderful country. god Bless America

McDonough, You think your to powerful. Your a nice guy, but Full of yourself. Maybe you need a break like Millan took.

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McDonough / Millan

His People / My People

I rather go with Millan.  He came to this country looking for a better life and now wants to give back to this wonderful country.  god Bless America

McDonough, You think your to powerful.  Your a nice guy, but Full of yourself.  Maybe you need a break like Millan took.

If you think Ray is full of himself, what is Millan full of? I never met a more ego filled person then Ansalmo, with the possible exception of Tom Powell (the deputy mayor).

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If you think Ray is full of himself, what is Millan full of? I never met a more ego filled person then Ansalmo, with the possible exception of Tom Powell (the deputy mayor).

Under your logic, I guess one ego filled person (Millan) is better than the current two ego filled persons (McDonough and Powell). Last time I checked all politicans have an ego. If they were shy interverts they wouldn't have the ability to get elected to office. Look at Hinchy, he was young, charasmatic, intelligent, with an ego and he did not win.

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2002/04/04 Thu

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Harrison council policy under fire

Rose Duger, Journal correspondent

HARRISON - Tempers flared at Tuesday night's council meeting when a policy that forbids residents from commenting on issues that aren't on the agenda came under fire from several residents. After officials vote on agenda items, Harrison residents are permitted to speak at council meetings for 10 minutes, provided they stick to agenda items. In nearby communities, including Kearny and East Newark, residents can address topics that aren't on the agenda. One Harrison resident was ejected from Tuesday's meeting and another was nearly shown the door by Harrison police after heated exchanges with town officials on issues that weren't included on the agenda. Norman Trevena was ejected from the meeting after an argument with town officials about salaries paid to municipal employees to staff Harrison Fest, an annual outdoor street festival. Trevena maintained that the salaries were paid from town coffers, while officials said the independent committee that runs Harrison Fest funded police officer salaries, while public works employees donated their time. Officials asked Trevena to sit down, since Harrison Fest was not on the agenda. When he refused, a police officer escorted him out. As Trevena was escorted out, an angry Margaret Clark of Harrison shouted from her seat, "There is no public portion of this meeting." Mayor Raymond J. McDonough requested that Harrison police also eject Clark from the meeting. When onlookers began to boo, the officer allowed Clark to stay on the condition that she not speak out of turn. After the meeting, Clark blasted officials for the policy. "This is the only municipality where we do not have an open public portion of the meeting," she said. "They do not have the right to stymie the public from speaking." Following the meeting, Trevena also blasted officials for the policy, and for voting on agenda items before residents are permitted to voice their opinions. "By the time we get to talk, everything is passed. We're just flapping our lids," Trevena said. McDonough said officials adopted the policy to keep order at meetings that can sometimes become unruly. 

THATS THE WORST KIND OF DICTATOR THERE IS. NOT ALLOWING THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE. AND IT REALLY DON'T MATTER IF IT'S MY PEOPLE OR YOUR PEOPLE.

McDonough can't be here for another four years. One day he's gonna turn on you and you'll wish. MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND, LOOK AT THE FACTS!!!!!!!!

SOMEONE SAID FACTS PLEASE

HOW QUICK WE FORGET OR HOW WE ONLY SEE WHAT WERE TOLD TO SEE

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