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					Page     2                     Thursday, March 22, 2001                                                                                       The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood                                                                                                                          A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jail Guards Clash With Freeholders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Over Correctional Facility Closing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By PAUL J. PEYTON                              he felt the officers’ comments were         the criticism, said Local 199 officials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times   perhaps no more than the “opening           “grossly” misrepresented the facts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SCOTCH PLAINS — Corrections                             salvo” of the freeholder election cam-         “Talk about the fiscal responsibili-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  officers last Thursday strongly pro-                       paign, given the anticipated candi-         ties here. Talk about the efforts you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tested a decision by the County of                         dacy of Roselle Park Councilman             made to find other jobs,” he re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Union to close down the old jail as of                     Ricky Badillo for one the three seats       sponded. “Let’s talk about the truth.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sunday, April 1, with union repre-                         up this year. Mr. Badillo is a correc-         “Unless we have enough bodies to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sentatives asking for an extension of                      tions officer at the jail.                  fill the old jail and have the revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that deadline.                                                Mr. Badillo charged that while the       that came with those state inmates,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The officers later staged an appar-                     “all-Democratic” Freeholder board           we are left with no other choice,” the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ent sick out Friday morning, causing                       “claims to be for the blue collar           county manager added.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the correctional facility to have a                        (workers),” they are actually looking          Freeholder Chairman Alexander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lock-down of inmates while the county                      at privatizing the county jail. He said     Mirabella promised the officers that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  went to court to seek an injunction                        the public “is being grossly misin-         “all safety concerns will be addressed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  against the collective bargaining unit,                    formed” as to the types of prisoners        by the county manager and the jail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  according to Union County Manager                          being sent to Delaney.                      director (James Coleman).”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael J. Lapolla, who said a Supe-                          One jail guard, however, told the           Mr. Mirabella said the closing of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rior Court judge in Elizabeth deter-                       board that prisoners are being trans-       the old jail “is the toughest decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mined that the action was “organized,                      ferred to Delaney with half million         I have had to make in my 10 years in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tantamount to a strike.”                                   dollar bails. The guard said danger-        public office.”
HEARTY DONATION TO DISABLED VETERANS...Donald F. Mokrauer, President of the Westfield Historical Society                                                                                                                                             Officers and their union representa-                    ous inmates are being transferred              “We had no other alternative,” he
and Major General Paul J. Glazar, Adjutant General of New Jersey present a check for $21,303.76 — the proceeds of the                                                                                                                             tives from the Policemen’s Benevolent                      from the county jail, which is a me-        added.
V2K Veterans 2000 Dinner Dance — to Charles A. Carroll, Department Adjutant and Treasurer of the Disabled                                                                                                                                         Association Local 199 attended last                        dium security facility, to the less            Freeholder Chester Holmes, a re-
American Veterans Department of New Jersey, which will be used to purchase a van to transport disabled veterans. The
event also raised an additional $1,543, half of which was donated to The National World War II Memorial in Washington,                                                                                                                            Thursday’s meeting of the Board of                         secure Delaney Hall.                        tired detective with the Rahway Police
D.C. and half to the Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City.                                                                                                                                                                                        Chosen Freeholders, which was held                            The guard said inmates charged           Department, added that, “Elected offi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  at the Union County Vocational-Tech-                       with eluding police and hindering           cials must make difficult decisions.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  nical Schools campus in Scotch Plains.                     prosecution, assault and burglary are          Freeholder Mary Ruotolo, the wife
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         Up-To-T Minute ireless echnolo                                                                                                                                                                                                              A number of guards charged that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the county was making the move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             among those being sent to the Newark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             facility. Another transferred inmate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the late Prosecutor Andrew K.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ruotolo, said the officers “misrepre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  based solely on dollars and cents,                         whom she said lacks any drug abuse          sented many of the facts here.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rather than the safety of the correc-                      problems, was being held on charges
                                                              1000 Nights & Weekend Minutes                                                                                                                                                       tional officers. Mr. Lapolla has said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the county’s decision was based on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of stalking, criminal mischief, “of-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             fensive touching” and burglary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thrift Shop Features
                                                                At No Additional Charge And                                                                                                                                                       the state’s decision to pull its prison-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ers out of the jail, resulting in a $4.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vincent DeLouisa of Springfield,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             President of PBA Local 199, said the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WESTFIELD – The Westfield Ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  million shortfall in county antici-                        closing of the old facility has caused      vice League has announced that its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pated revenue last year and $8 mil-                        some serious concerns with correc-          Thrift Shop, located at 114 Elmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lion this year.                                            tions officers regarding staffing           Street, is stocked with a large selec-
                                                                                                            Included                                                                                                                                 Other guards charged that the county                    schedules, policy and procedures.           tion of women’s, men’s and children’s
                                                                          Calling                                                                   Additional  Total Minutes                                                                     was attempting to privatize the jail by                    He accused county officials of keep-        spring apparel. Jewelry, shoes and
                                                                           Plan                             Anytime                               Night/Weekend  Per Month                                                                        contracting with a Newark drug treat-                      ing the correctional officers “in the       accessories are also available.
                                                                                                             Minutes                                 Minutes                                                                                      ment center to house some of the                           dark” on the issue.                            The shop also sells books, toys,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  prisoners held at the old county lockup.                      “I cry out in all humility to have       bric-a-brac, household and vintage
                                                                         $
                                                                          39.99 200 + 1000 = 1200                                                                                                                                                    The state made its decision after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the county balked at accepting a rate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mercy on my people, to save perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10 or 15 of their families, from los-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Business hours are Tuesday
                                                                        $
                                                                          49 .99 400 + 1000 = 1400                                                                                                                                                of $62 per prisoner. The county was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  seeking to hike the daily rate from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing their jobs by returning the re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sponsibility (of transferring prison-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Proceeds from both the Thrift and
                                                                                          ywher
                                                                                        Anywhere
                                                                                   Call Anywhere In The US!                                                                                                                                       $58.50 to $80. As of 1999, some 370                        ers) to those who the public has            Consignment shops operated by the
                                                                                .ree Nationwide Long Distance
                                                                                     Nationwide                                                                                                                                                   state inmates were housed at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Union County lockup in Elizabeth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             entrusted for the care and custody of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Union County inmates,” said Mr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Service League are donated to local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         charities. For more information,
                                                                                           Roaming Charg
                                                                                   With No Roaming Charges                                                                                                                                           The union’s response follows an                         DeLouisa.                                   please call the Thrift Shop at (908)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  announcement in January by Mr.                                Citing safety issues, he said eleva-     233-2530.
                                                                                          Additional 1000 minutes are valid for one year.                                                                                                         Lapolla that the old jail would be                         tors at the new jail, built in the 1980s,      The Service League additionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  closed. Mr. Lapolla also announced                         are malfunctioning. He asked the            provides dispatchers to the Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that the county would sign a contract                      board if there were any contingen-          Volunteer Rescue Squad and drivers
                                                                              Get up to $60 cash Back. That’s:                                                                                                                                    with Community Education Centers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  an operator of drug treatment centers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cies for the 1,280 inmates currently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             held at the two jail buildings during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for Mobile Meals of Westfield.
                                                                           - a $30 Mail-in rebate from AT&T Wireless when you                                                                                                                     including Delaney Hall in Newark.                          the shutting down of the old jail.              Deerfield School Posts
                                                                          activate service on any AT&T plan of $29.99 or higher.                                                                                                                     While the union was adamant that                           Anthony Foti of Elizabeth, Vice
   Free Case, Car                                                       + Get a $50 MTV Gear Card OR a $30 Mail-in rebate on                                                                                                                      107 officers would be laid off as a                        President of Local 199, charged that             Dates for Book Fair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  result of the closing of the old jail,                     the plan to close the jail will effec-         MOUNTAINSIDE – Deerfield
  Charger and Head                                                        Motorola V2397 when you activate any AT&T plan.                                                                                                                         county officials shot back that the                        tively “get someone killed.”                School in Mountainside will hold its
  Set with Any New                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bulk of the 144 guards cut will be                            “Your decision was based solely          annual Book Fair on Friday, March
      Activation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  offered jobs with state prisons or at                      on the dollars and cents outlook, and       30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Satur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  other county correctional facilities.                      not on the safety,” he told the board.      day, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thirty-seven of the 144 positions are                         After those comments and a number           The Book Fair will be open to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  current vacancies.                                         of others from angry guards, Mr.            public on Saturday. Deerfield School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan said                      Lapolla, who bore the brunt of much of      is located at 302 Central Avenue.

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