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Tension, and Volume, High at Westfield Town Council Meeting Over HAWK Light on Central

Jackie Lieberman

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 • 10:32pm

WESTFIELD, NJ — Emotions ran high at the Sept. 24 Town Council Meeting when resident Maria Carluccio asked why members of the council refused to respond to her complaints about the HAWK light and crosswalk on Central Avenue.

Adina Enculescu read a letter that she had sent to Mayor Andy Skibitsky and members of the town council regarding the HAWK light, which she submitted that day to The Alternative Press. Read it here.

And resident Greg Kasko once again questioned how the town came to be in possession of two Ford vehicles, one of which pulls the mobile command center. He also questioned who, in 2012, paid for the police chief and another officer to be flown to Utah where Power Innovations International—the maker of the command center—is located.

Councilman Dave Haas answered that he was told that Power Innovations paid for them to be flown out.

Town Administrator Jim Gildea later said that the town took ownership of the Ford F4350, which pulls the command center, after the process was completed and that no one owns the other vehicle, a 2008 Ford Expedition.

Kasko also questioned why so many of the specifications in the bid for the command center were blacked out when he requested a copy.

Attorney Russell Finestein answered that the police did not want potential criminals to have that information for security reasons.

“We think it was justified,” said Finestein.

Mayor Andy Skibitsky and council members Jo Ann Neylan, Vicki Kimmins and Frank Arena were absent from the meeting.

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