RVSA Votes to 6-5 Reexamine Privatization After Debate

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FOR AND AGAINST...Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority Commissioner Peter Pelissier, center, the leading proponent of a measure to re-examine privatizing the RVSA, sits next to Mountainside Commissioner Clark Landale, right, the most vocal critic of Mr. Pelissier’s resolution. Joan Papen, Scotch Plains commissioner, looks on. The measure passed, 6-5.

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Government Reform Thoughts

The Cranford Township Committee told its Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority representative to change his affirmative vote to reexamine RVSA privatization. At Garwood's council meeting Garwood and Edison residents decried Garwood Council President and RVSA representative Charles Lombardo's affirmative vote.

The RVSA voted 6-5 to approve Rahway Commissioner Peter Pelissier's resolution to authorize privatization-related requests for proposals. As Mr. Pelissier's actions related to his pension-collecting scandal and un-retirement from two official Rahway position call his ethics into question, we question his motives. We question the financial implications of privatization.

We applaud Commissioners Joan Papen of Scotch Plains and Allen Chin of Westfield for their negative votes, and we implore other RVSA officials to seriously consider the potential ramifications of privatization before moving forward. - See year-to-date reform thoughts.

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