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Short Hills Association Praises Mayor After Sandy

Letter to the Editor: President Eleanor Wallen writes a letter thanking the Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff for her efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

Millburn Mayor Haimoff’s power restoration effort

We wish to thank Mayor Haimoff for the twice-daily updates on the power outages after Hurricane Sandy.  She has been working long days tracking the thousands of locations which remained without power past the initial four days.  Her numerous appeals for help resulted in the assignment of a JCP&L vice-president to oversee power restoration.  Despite her prodding JCP&L was unable to meet their promised deadlines.  The Millburn police deserve commendation for their excellent service and emergency management these past two weeks.

The Short Hills Association is sponsoring an Electric Power Forum November 29 at the Education Center, 7:30 p. m.  The public is invited to question local area managers of JCP&L as well as a representative from the NJ Board of Public Utilities.  We have scheduled this Forum as a positive opportunity for residents to ask questions and to offer suggestions that will lead to better planning for such emergencies in the future. 

Eleanor Wallen

President

The Short Hills Association

Earl November 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Are you kidding me. Did this woman spend her time in another Short Hills? I have never in my life witnessed such a poor excuse for a Mayor in my entire life. She failed on every conceivable level imaginable. Well over a week with no updates, no action on her part to this very day and finally her cockamamey code red updates when most of the residents don't even need them anymore. I don't know who is more pathetic the Mayor or her transparent, ill advised, ineffectual, obviously detached from reality friend.
KeithW November 13, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I'd love to see the evidence - phone logs and web site details - of these numerous updates. I consider myself quite connected, and I never received any update other than a few anodyne website notes, buried deep away from those of us with power-limited mobile phones - until Friday when power - and my phone - came back.. I did speak to very nice police officers at the Town Hall and suggested that any news be posted on a notice board outside the building and at recharge stations. No joy, I fear- too Luddite. I also spoke to someone at the Town Hall on Thurs 1 Nov. They told me there was no news and hence no updates. Really made me feel guilty for asking. How that squares with twice- daily updates, I'm not sure. But I'll hold judgement until I see the evidence of the Mayor's engagement which has earned this fine tribute. Oh, and I'm still waiting for a return to my many calls last week to Mr Gordon, and to my emails to him and the mayor.
J S Beckerman November 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
The Short Hills Association is irrelevant....a biased, politically impotent group of locals parading as a civic association. Spread the word....ignore all forums they sponsor.
C Z November 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Remind me to cancel my membership with the Short Hills Association. Their comments are insulting to residents of this community. The mayor and her posse have let down the residents big time!
Susan1 November 13, 2012 at 02:00 AM
The Short Hills Association sponsored a debate among the recent BOE candidates. Coincidentally, their President, Ms. Wallen, posted lawn signs at her home for the three candidates running together. Now, after the recent power disaster, she has stepped up to defend Mayor Haimoff. The Association's website claims their mission is, among other things, "to promote the interest and welfare of the Township of Millburn." I'm not sure what this means, but clearly, Ms. Wallen has no problem using her role as Association President to further her own point of view.
MSB November 13, 2012 at 02:42 AM
This past election, we had one township committee opening and only one person stepped forward to serve the town. It has been said, that get the government you deserve. Next time it sure looks like we will have no shortage of people to step up, get off the sidelines and into the arena of public service. I look forward to see the deep field of candidates during the next election cycle.
Claire1 November 13, 2012 at 02:51 AM
The only people that should be praised in town are the Police, firefighter,rescue squad and the DPW. The Mayor, Business administrator and the township committee members did a poor job thru the whole aftermath of the Hurricane.We need new leadership in town. On a side note. I am very happy our police dispatch is still in Millburn and not Livingston. Can you imagine what a nightmare it would have been after and during the Hurricane. I know I called dispatch the night of the storm and they sent someone to take care of the problem I called about. Hmmm wasn't it our business administrators suggestion to move the dispatch, the same administrator who when you called or went to town hall after the storm was never around? Just saying change is good!!!!
Nina November 13, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Are these the same a**kissers who got a private meeting with the "Mayor?" These people need to hide their heads in shame (not that they know the meaning of the word). No sooner do they have their private session with "Mayor" Haimoff than all the trucks are deployed to their own streets! I'll be voting against any of these people who run for public office (Board of Ed, or whatever). They only have their own private interests at heart!
Rochelle76 November 13, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Quite an accusation. Is there truly a pattern to restoration on these streets? Shame on them if true. Long Hill Dr Wildwood Dr Woodland Rd Nottingham Rd Millburn Ave Sparta Rd Ferncliff Ter Exeter Rd Wellington Ave Rolling Hill Rd Dominick Ct Thackeray Dr Park Cir Meadowbrook Rd
Resident Since 86 November 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
For what it's worth, Ferncliff Terrace power was restored Wednesday night, November 7. I don't know who from the Short Hills Association lives there. BTW, does the SHA represent only Short Hills? If you have a Millburn post office address, are they not interested?
Thomas Cooke November 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
To the Short Hills Association, Chinese Confusious states "for those who can not and do not remember the past, are destined to repaeat it"/ Time to impeach and/or recall Sandy Haimoff and et. al. from their position of leadership in Milburn / Short Hills. The leadership that Sandy Haimoff provided to the residents of Short Hills was deplorable and she ought to be ashamed to be Mayor of the Community. Next week;s public forum ought to address not only the inadequate job the utility company provided to its custormer base but, also its elected representatives. A recall election is in order......so moved is my motion for all recently elected position to the Council and the Board of Directors @ JCL&P. Do I hear a second?
Susan1 November 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I think that may be stretching it. I don't see a connection here. What this seems to be is a township resident using her role in a civic organization to publicly support her friend the Mayor. Unethical, but hardly a conspiracy. What's the deal with next weeks Township Committee forum? Are people going to protest the response to the storm?
elsie November 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I agree that Tim Gordon, as a paid township administrator and as our alleged director of emergency management, was shockingly uncommunicative and unhelpful during this latest storm, and must be held accountable. We can't keep going through this once or twice a year with no response or emergency plan from the town. Other local towns are not having these issues. It does seem that Mayor Haimoff at least tried to communicate with residents more than the administrator whose job it is to do so, and I give her credit for that. However, - Code Red updates were late and unhelpful (compared to, say, updates from the school district) - the announced warming/charging station at South Mountain School was locked with no updates posted - instead she directed residents to the Codey Arena shelter even after it had been closed - no plans were made to set up a new shelter even as temperatures dropped into the 20s in week 2, despite many township buildings with power by then Much praise to the hardworking police, fire, and DPW employees who put themselves on the line again and again to keep us safe. I say we offer one of them an annual stipend to serve as a real director of emergency management. I'd gladly pay a tax increase to cover costs, to know there'd be a safe shelter where I could take my kids in the next storm if my house became uninhabitable. You know, the kind of emergency shelter Summit, Maplewood, and South Orange were able to provide for their residents.
Resident Since 86 November 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Let's distinguish between the "forum" that the Short Hills Association (a private, civic group) is sponsoring about power issues and the regularly scheduled Township Committee meeting next Tuesday, November 20 at 8. I think it's important that concerned residents go through established, public channels and bodies, not through independent groups whose membership/base/constituents are far from clear. Personally, after the Short Hills Association's statement yesterday, I don't wish to support any program of theirs.
janyne di biase November 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Are you serious? It seems to me that the town's planning has no direct path (?) It was brought to my attention that near the police building a property was purchased by the town for millions. That property has what purpose now (besides an eye sore?)
CHP November 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Mayor Haimoff and the town committee are great at cutting ribbons but lack the mental horsepower and organization skills necessary to take care of our town in the time of need. Mayor Haimoff has lived in this town for decades and still has no clue how to provide for her neighbours. Why didnt we have 24 hour warming station? Why didnt we have a place to get a warm meal? Why wasn't a group set up to knock on the doors of the elderly? Why didn't township employees work overtime to clear leaves and debris from streets. Somehow it was better to use our garbage trucks to block overpasses then to use them to collect leaves and garbage. As a resident for 40 years I would be happy to get involved and make sure the next time we face a natural disaster we are an example to follow not one of total faliure.
Thomas Cooke November 13, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Have the Mayor and/or the Town Administrator explain and tell the residents, at the public forum of Milburn/Short Hills what Code Red is; No let me tell you, my Town is also a subscriber to the subscription of Code Red... Code Red is and Emergency Communications Network and a provider of an emergency call back service to municipalities, by a private entity (Emergency Communications Network, LLC). Code Red is a privately held corporation located in Ormond, Florida. All of their communication, telecommunciation network computer call backservices are located in Florida. The Town of Milburn pays a hefty fee for this service on an annual basis, and they hold in their communications servers a lot of data information given to them by the town, for each resident and commercial business in the Town they serve, icluding public and private telephone numbers. The information given is voluntary and requires to be provided by each resident by and with permission. If you received call back from the Code Red emergency call system, that call originated from Florida, not from the Mayor's office or the Town Adminsitrator. It, the emergency call out, system call usually is initiated out of your Public Safety dispatch office. Unless the messages are forwarded to Code Red system by an administrator of the town, the call message will never be delivered to you. This is where Sandy Haimoff and Town Administrator failed you. You taxpayer dollars for this service subscription was wasted.
J S Beckerman November 13, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Maybe the November 20 meeting needs to be held at MHS due to anticipated crowds?
Rick Lechtman November 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
This reminds me of a funny SNL "Point/Counterpoint" skit with Dan Aykroyd and Jan Curtin. No more need be said!!!
Leonard Rubin November 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Have any of the snipers & carpers actually read Eleanor Wallen's letter past the first two lines? You have the opportunity to vent your spleens on JCP&L & the NJ Board of Public Utilities, which may you do more good than complaining about your dissatisfaction with Mayor Haimoff, Tim Gordon, the volunteers at the SHA and the Township Committee. If you don't like what you're getting from the Town Hall, run for office. The SHA welcomes WORKERS too.
MSB November 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Well said.
M OKeef November 13, 2012 at 08:28 PM
And how can an Office of Emergency Management only be available from 9 a.m to 4 p.m on business days especially in the midst of a townwide crisis? I would advocate to a show of dissatisfaction at both the Township Committee meeting and the SHA meeting. Might as well take the opportunity to vent directly to JCP&L.
Jeff November 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I must agree with the overwhelming majority of comments: (1) My opinion of the S.H. Association is now zero! Were they pressured to write that letter by the Mayor? It is just so untrue! (2) The fact is Mayor Haimoff did an absolutely terrible job in communicating with the residents until we all started complaining and writing about her awful communications. Just look at the 180 degree difference in communications from the Superintendent of Schools. Now that was communications, Mayor Haimoff! Jeff
J S Beckerman November 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Leonard Rubin...you are way off base on this one. As suggested, I re-read the first two lines and still believe Ms. Wallen must be living in a different town...or she is a close friend of Ms. Haimoff. What did the SHA "volunteers" do except publicly endorse a town council member who did a lousy job? For a former MHS chemistry teacher, I am surprised that you cannot connect the dots on this one.
Hillman November 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
What's up with Hobart Gap Rd.? Did I miss the memo from the praise worthy 'great communicator' or has she lapsed back into her coma?
Leonard Rubin November 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Jeff, I'm your mother's first cousin. It was another more distant cousin who taught @ MHS, which in any case is a non-sequitur. I have no interest in engaging in a flame war with you. Tell your mother I said Hi.
Family Doc November 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Thanks for posting all the names of the people who bend over backwards to kiss the face of politics without any basis. The Short Hills Association has no credibility now that they threw their weight behind Mayor Haimoff, who proved her inability to fight for this town in a time of crisis. Short Hills Association, you are a joke!
Yenta November 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Just read that she is getting an award from the Clergy Association, to be presented at the Thanksgiving service on Wednesday at 5pm at Cong. B'nai Israel. This was voted upon by our local clergy in light of her aid to the community during the hurricane. Wow. Unbelievable. Would love to attend but am looking for peace, not to be aggravated. Not sure why everyone is praising her. Mayor Haimoff needs to resign. Cannot believe that local clergy is so flat-footed and tone deaf. Just like our mayor. This was a terrible decision, in my humble opinion.
Yenta November 16, 2012 at 01:31 AM
All calls are on my phone caller id and i have made a record. Will shorty reveal dates and times. Just want to be straight on tis. Miver 11 inwood rd, short hills, NJ 07078 days without power did not receive 22 calls . Will report back. It is important that i be precise on this one.
Yenta November 16, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Yes indeed. You heard correctly.

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