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Not Reappointed

Written by The Two River Times. Posted in Letters & Commentary

Not Reappointed

Published on January 13, 2012 with No Comments

To The Editor:

 

At the last Middletown Township committee meeting, a frequently outspoken resident commented that she had applied to be on the Library Board.. The mayor told her that she had as  much chance of  being appointed as he had in getting her vote in the last election. His comment sounds like a quid pro quo to me, and reflects  the political connection requirement   for appointments to Middletown’s boards and commissions. A Library Board member has just been removed for presenting a minority view.

The Middletown Human Rights Commission (MHRC) had only six members of the required eleven seats. and unanimously asked the Township Committee to appoint new members in January 2012.  No answer was received.  Another member and I, whose terms ended in 2011, received no “thank you letter,” although the other members did, and no mention of being reappointed.

The resolutions for Middletown’s January 1, 2012   reorganization meeting show appointments to all boards and commissions except the Bayshore Village Senior Citizen Housing Corporation , which has no vacancies, and the Middletown Human Rights Commission. Neither I nor the other commissioner has been reappointed, although I have been the chair, with perfect attendance for many years.

It is of note that both MHRC members who were not reappointed  have spoken out to advise  the Township Committee. Both also  have disabilities and use wheelchairs. Less than three years ago, Middletown settled a civil rights case of disability discrimination. An Americans with Disabilities Act  accessibility suit has existed since 2004, with  consent orders  in 2006 and 2007 being unfulfilled  by Middletown.

A Chinese aphorism recently in the New York Times stated that “You cannot wrap a fire with paper the truth will come out.”

 

Carolyn Schwebel

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