Point Beach Organization Meeting on Jan. 5

Andy Cortes will be sworn in as new council member


The Point Beach Council Organization meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 5.

The Point Beach Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night for the scheduling of the organization meeting, as part of a vote for a "consent agenda" that contained numerous agenda items.

However, at least a few council members were not delighted about the date.

Council members Stephen Reid and William Mayer asked Mayor Vincent Barrella why the meeting was not Jan. 1, which has often been the date for the council's organization meeting every year.

Mayer said, "I was disappointed my schedule wasn't consulted."

Barrella said Council member Michael Corbally, who was absent Tuesday night, will not be back from a vacation by Jan. 1, so he postponed the meeting until Jan. 5.

Reid said that was a shame because the family of Andy Cortes would all be in town on Jan. 1, but not on Jan. 5.

Reid and Cortes were elected to two, three-year council seats in the November general election and will be sworn in at the organization meeting. A municipal organization meeting is when newly elected members of the local governing body are sworn in and other officials, including professionals such as the attorneys and engineer, are appointed.

Republicans Reid and Cortes defeated independent Tom Davis and Democrats Sharon Cadalzo and Barry Moffett.

Barrella said he knew about the scheduling situation for Cortes' family and had talked to Cortes, but he felt the most important consideration needed to be scheduling a date when all council members could be present.

Barrella said that the postponement is not unheard of. For example, he noted, in 2008, a member of council was out of town, so the meeting was postponed until Jan. 5.

Later in the meeting, during the public comment portion, Cortes said, "It's OK, I'll just have to make sure that all of my daughters can be in town in three years."

Clayton December 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Really? I would hope he would not consider this a very big day in his life. To make this a big deal in this dinky little town. I would hope his graduation, a day of Marriage or the birth of his child or children is what he would consider a very big day in his life. Hmmmmm, maybe it is? He might get a county position or boardwalk position out of this down the road. @ Dan, What you and your son has done& able to get away with? Short term memory, Ahhhh! Typical of you and your family who always like to set fuel to the fire. How many have fallen victim to your political power struggle in Pt. Beach....Plenty for sure.
Clayton December 23, 2012 at 06:35 PM
outofthebeach4now, If you agree with Dan H. on this then you must have been big part of the political nonsense and disgrace that has been going on in this town for years. You all need to look in the mirror and the damage you all caused. The town people know its the same. It never changes, just different disgrace politicians that we the people fall victim to over and over again.
Clayton December 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Andy, Have someone tape it for the family members that can't attend. What ever decisions you make on council make them your own. Please don't be a puppet to anyone or in exchange for your own personal gains or interests. I can tell you the towns people will surely know. They are far from stupid as some apparently think. Don't fall into that trap. So which is it? Did you know and made aware of the reason for scheduling or not?
Clayton December 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Correct. It is a crying shame what has been able to go on in this town. The interest of the towns people and community children is always secondary. Why should we continue to fall victims to the unethical political choices that are being made in both the town and schools. The towns people know it. There is so much wrong going on in todays world and we still have those who questions, Why? Really?
Character101 December 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Until the Spring Lake wannabees or "think they are" residents of The Point get their heads out of the beach sand, it will continue. All of the elected choices are poor. When it comes to the town election it's like picking execution by firing squad or hanging. You are getting a choice but you're gonna die just the same. The first step is removing the bad seeds. The sooner the Hennessy's move the better we will all be. They're like bad viruses that keep on resurfacing.


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