Edison, New Jersey

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Edison is one of the five largest cities in New Jersey. It has a population of 99,967 as of 2010.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New Jersey city websites

Last rated on Jan. 31, 2012

The good

  • Meeting agendas, minutes, and notices are available.[2][3][4]
  • Contact information for elected officials is posted.[5]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is posted.[6]
  • Budget documents are posted.[7]
  • Information on building and zoning is posted.[8]
  • Tax information is posted and taxes can be paid online.[9]
  • Contract and purchasing information is available.[10]
  • There is a form for public records requests.[11]

The bad

  • Audits are not posted.
  • Lobbying information is not available.

Budget

The 2011 budget is $121,681,707.[12] The Mayor recently announced that the city would save $1.6 million on bonds over 10 years.[13] The 2011 budget will be the second straight that does not include a tax increase.[14] When the 2011 budget was amended some public works employees that had been laid off were hired back.[15]

Public Employees

Elected Officials

The Council is made up of seven members with a President and Vice-President.[16] It makes up the legislative branch. The executive is the mayor.

First Last Position Term Expiration
Robert Diehl Council President 2013
Robert Karabinchak Vice-President 2011
Wayne Mascola Member 2011
Thomas Lankey Member 2011
Melissa Perilstein Member 2011
Sudhanshu Prasad Member 2011
Alvaro Gomez Member 2011

Mayor

The Mayor is Antonia Ricigliano whose term expires at the end of 2013.[17] Ricigliano is the first woman to be mayor of Edison after defeating Mayor Jun Choi in the Democratic primary in 2009.[18] Upon entering office Ricigliano cut her own salary by $26,000 or $75,000 to $49,000. She is also refusing health benefits citing how she cannot ask for sacrifice if she is not sacrificing herself.[19]

The Edison Council has begun investigating some of the actions of Mayor Ricigliano.[20]

Administrative Officials

Mayor Ricigliano fired her business administrator, Dennis Gonzalez, in wake of several controversies. The council formed a committee of the whole in order to investigate the administration's actions including those of Gonzalez. The Mayor denies that any of the following led to the firing[21]:

  • Layoffs of 11 public works employees
  • Suspension of the police chief
  • executive order that prohibits employees from giving information to Township Council Members

The administration suspended Police Chief Thomas Bryan for five days without pay after finding him guilty of four out of six charges the administration filed against him. The charges include[22]:

  • Insubordination for failing to sufficiently discipline three captains
  • Not following instructions regarding training
  • Neglect of duty for dispatcher training instructions not given
  • Did not take action to prepare for layoff of two you counselors.

Salaries

See also: New Jersey state government salary

Fire inspections are now done by two civilians earning a combined salary of $150,000 which used to be performed by four fire fighters at a cost of $750,000. A firefighter can earn upwards of $125,000 whereas a certified EMT earns $38,000.[23] The chief finance officer is Frank DeRosa and will earn $90,000 without a benefits package.[24] The business administrator earns $125,000.[25] The police chief earns a salary of $180,000.[26]

Pensions

See also: New Jersey public pensions

The 2011 budget allocated nearly $10 million for police and firefighter pensions.[27] Reports have suggested that more public employees are retiring than usual because of perceived threats to their pension plans.[28]

Lobbying

See also: New Jersey government sector lobbying

Edison is not on record as having paid for lobbying according to Open Secrets.[29]

Transparency & public records

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was passed by the NJ State Legislature in 2001 and guarantees citizen access to a wide variety of government documents. For more information on OPRA and public records see OPRA Central.

The website has an open records request form found here.

Taxes

The site has a form available to pay property taxes online here.

The 2011 budget contains information on revenue sources.[30]

Revenue Source Amount
Local $73,197,898
Miscellaneous $38,929,306
Total $113,293,379

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