Nutley Council Addresses Car Break-ins and Appoints New Officials

In the latest meeting of the Nutley Town Council, a focus was on the increase in car break-ins and related crimes in the township. Commissioner Alphonse Petracco highlighted the issue, noting that the crime wave is not isolated to Nutley but is a statewide problem that seems to be worsening. He informed the council of a planned Neighborhood Watch meeting tentatively scheduled for January 17th and emphasized the importance of community vigilance and the need for residents to lock their doors and report suspicious activities to the police.

Petracco expressed frustration with the current bail reform laws. He stated that the majority of the apprehended individuals were juveniles and that the issue is prevalent both in local residents and those from outside the township. The commissioner urged for a strong stance to be taken by the Nutley Board of Commissioners and for a resolution to be sent to Trenton to advocate for change.

In addition to public safety concerns, the meeting included key appointments and financial approvals. Heather McNamara was appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer of the township, while Raymond B. Reddin and Joseph Donatello were appointed as the Municipal Township Prosecutor and Public Defender, respectively. The appointments are effective from January 1st, 2024, and are set to expire on December 31st, 2024. Both appointments were met with positive remarks from the commissioners, who praised the professionalism and contributions of the appointees.

The council also approved temporary budget appropriations to ensure the continuation of township operations until the final adoption of the 2024 budget. These appropriations included budget allocations for various departments, including public affairs, revenue and finance, parks and public property, and the water utility.

Commissioner Thomas J. Evans introduced resolutions related to temporary budget authorizations and debt service payments. The resolutions were passed to allow the township to manage financial obligations in the early months of the year.

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Joseph P. Scarpelli
City Council Officials:
Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli, Commissioner Thomas J. Evans, Commissioner John V. Kelly, III, Commissioner Alphonse Petracco, Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci

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