The Re-org circuit

I missed the reorganization meeting in Madison today; that may have been a mistake.

It was the first meeting held back in a refurbished Hartley Dodge Memorial, which is a museum that doubles as the borough’s town hall. The memorial was built by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge in memory of her son, who had died young and tragically in an auto accident in Europe.

Instead of history, I went to Hanover and then Randolph. A series of speakers said what everyone knows — this is going to be a tough year. In Randolph, there was pride in the ways the township has saved money through shared services, but a recognition that more of it has to be done.
John Lovell, the town manager, said after the meeting that he is hopeful a police merger can take place with Randolph and  Mendham Township. That would make sense.

In Hanover, tribute was paid to an out-of-towner, Frank Druetzler, the mayor of Morris Plains. It surfaced that with the retirement of Kinnelon Mayor Glen Sisco, Druetzler is now the longest serving mayor in the county … Cheers for him!

If you care for political gossip, and who doesn’t,  it was amusing that in Hanover John Dorsey was re-named as township attorney and that Peter King was named town prosecutor. Political insiders will recall that Dorsey and King, who were once law partners, had a falling out a few years ago that nearly resulted in a physical altercation. Wonder if they have kissed and made up.

By the way, how ever they handle the 2 pct budget cap in Randolph, it is worth noting that the cap did not effect the  nice food spread the town offers at every re-org meeting.
Some things are too important to cut.



About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

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