Mayor Calls on Council to Make Final Decision on
Senior Citizen Advisory Commission
Following the Township Council’s announcement,
early this summer, regarding their plans to override Mayor Yaede’s veto of what
would be a second, senior advisory commission for Hamilton Township, Hamilton’s
Mayor is calling for the Council to make a final decision on the issue.
On July 2, 2019, four of the five members of
the Township Council issued a joint press release to announce their plans to
override the veto, which included overly-harsh language and innuendo of the
Mayor’s decision. A copy of the text of
this release can be viewed via the following link CLICK HERE
Although the Council President stated that the
Council would hold an immediate vote at its next meeting, on July 16, 2019, the
Township Council tabled the measure after seniors in attendance rose to voice their
opposition to the Council’s plans. Similarly, the Township Council did not take
action at the August 20, 2019 Council Meeting.
And during the most recent Senior Advisory Commission Meeting, members
asked for a status update on Council’s intentions on this issue.
This week, Mayor Yaede wrote to the Council
President and requested that the Township Council make a final decision on this
issue. A copy of the letter is below.
Martin, Council President
c/o Municipal Clerk
2090 Greenwood Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08609
Council President Martin:
On July 2, 2019, you issued a press release along with
three of your Council colleagues announcing your intention to override my veto
of a duplicative Senior Advisory Commission, which I have publically explained
is unnecessary and inefficient due to our existing Senior Advisory Commission.
In your press release, you personally called my veto “appalling”,
“short-sighted”, “mean” and “vindictive.”
Yet, at the July 16, 2019 Township Council Meeting, after the overwhelming opposition from our
senior community, you did not override the veto, despite your
announcement and your overly exaggerated language.
In addition, Councilman Tighe had the audacity to say
“Shame on Kelly Yeade”, while Councilwoman Schirmer actually said “Maybe if we
put [my] name as part of the Commission [I] would have approved it.”
Subsequently, at the August 20, 2019 Township Council
Meeting, despite having another opportunity to override veto, once again, no
action was taken on this issue.
stalling, I am calling upon you and your Council colleagues to make a decision
one way or the other. Despite my disagreement with your decision to
seek an override, I am calling upon you to either
override my veto or publicly announce that you are reversing your original
decision. Do not continue to play politics with our senior community.