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Letter: 'Continued Good Government' Team Not a Partisan Group

Letter submitted by Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola

The following letter was authored by Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola, who shares his view on the recent Township Council vote.

Manchester Patch:

Your article posted on Nov. 7, 2012, entitled "Victorious Township Council Team Faced a Close Race" contains quotes by a defeated candidate which I must take exception to and comment about.

First of all I am happy that Mr. Peck ("feels good") about losing the election. He states, in reference to the Continued Good Government team, "It's basically a one party town." The Continued Good Government organization is made up or Republicans, of which I am one, and many Democrats and independents and never once has any individual asked to run with the Continued Good Government team been asked about their party affiliation. This also holds true to everyone who has been appointed to any of our Boards.

Mr. Peck ran as the pick of a partisan political party in a non-political party/nonpartisan town, in a distinct moral violation of nonpartisan municipal elections. 

He also displayed his total lack of knowledge of the duties of a councilman under Manchester's form of government, making promises to the public he would have no power to deliver. This individual displayed his total lack of preparedness to serve on our Council. 

I could count on one hand the number of Council meetings he has attended in recent years.

Michael Fressola

pam November 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
i would like to know where the mayor and his staff were during the storm.. no information was on city web-site until days after the store. and it was only information that was already published on the patch.. no excuse.
WhitingBoy November 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
“A rose by any other name…” I do wish the winners the best; and also wish that Mr. Peck had run a better, more informed, more active campaign. I also think that simply because the party is called a team does not mean that hey aren’t of a similar mindset. The fact that all decisions are made in lockstep (never a dissenting vote, or even comment) more makes folks think that maybe there is a one party feel to what we have. Regardless, that party/team ran a better campaign and won, so I wish all good luck.
Manchester Man November 14, 2012 at 01:25 AM
A rose by any other name still smells, but does this "rose" smell sweet? Does it really matter who won the election? Why did Mayor Fressola mention that he was a republican (see letter above)? Is not the Manchester government supposed to be non-partisan? Non-partisan or partisan, where was the mayor and the town council when Hurricane Sandy and the immediately following Nor'easter were raining damage and destruction on Manchester? It seems they were not busy keeping Manchester's citizens informed. It makes one wonder what the Manchester government is actually doing. I read somewhere that the intersection of Routes 70 and 571 has been tagged as the most dangerous intersection in Ocean County with the highest number of fatal accidents. What is the Manchester Township governing body doing about making that intersection more safe for drivers and pedestrians? Despite the recent reduction is assessed values of dwellings (residential and commercial), why did taxes go up on most dwellings? A quote from the above letter (stated by Mayor Fressola in reference to Mr. Peck): "I could count on one hand the number of Council meetings he has attended in recent years." I have been steadily attending town council meetings for the past three years, and I could count one hand (with all the fingers missing) the number of town council meetings I have noticed Mayor Fressola's presence. It seems that the governing powers are pitting groups of citizens against each other.
Michele Dimeo November 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
@ Pam- Most of the township was with out power. How do you expect someone to update the computer systems with out power. The mayor was working with the emergency teams the best he could. I was volunteering after the storm and he was right there helping as well. So there are your answers, not excuses.
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
STATE OF NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION In Re: [Michael Fressola, Mayor, Township of Manchester, Complaint This matter having come before the Local Finance Board (Board) pursuant to the Local Government Ethics Law, N.J.S.A. et seq., upon complaint that Mayor Michael Fressola used the address and telephone number of the Township of Manchester City Hall in a political mail piece, using the resources of the Township for his personal gain and securing unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself and his campaign in violation of N.J.S.A. and, WHEREAS, the Board determined that the allegations were within its jurisdiction, were not frivolous and were based upon a reasonable factual basis, authorized an investigation of this complaint; and
Dan January 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
WHEREAS, the Board, having considered the matter and the relevant statements and presented and all documentation with the written response to the allegations submitted by Mayor Fressola, concluded that the use of the Municipal Building address and telephone number in the letterhead of a political mailer distributed in connection with the May 11, 2010 election constitutes the use or attempted use of Mayor Fressola's official position to secure an unwarranted privilege or advantage for himself or others in violation of N.J.S.A. It is therefore, DETERMINED that Mayor Michael Fressola shall be assessed a fine in the amount of $100.00 for the violation as related to his engaging in activities prohibited by the statute. Said fine shall be payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey, and be submitted to: Thomas H. Neff, Chair, Local Finance Board, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 immediately. If payment of said fine is not received within 10 days receipt of this NOTICE, Mayor Fressola is subject to additional fines as determined by the Board in accordance with its powers in N.J.S.A.40A:9- 22.10, Violations and Penalties.

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