New Year, New Mayor for Maplewood

nohero

"Frank McGehee will serve as Mayor of Maplewood for 2020; Dean Dafis will serve as Deputy Mayor."

https://villagegreennj.com/towns/maplewood/mcgehee-is-next-mayor-of-maplewood-dafis-to-be-deputy-mayor/


Scully

Congratulations to both AND to Maplewood!!!


yahooyahoo

I wonder what the inner politics were this year?  Lembrich made a push to be Mayor two years ago but Dafis changed his vote at the last minute.  Then last year, DeLuca was chosen and said it would be his last year.

Now Lembrich seems to be out of the picture.

From December 2017:

https://www.tapinto.net/sections/elections/articles/deluca-edges-lembrich-for-maplewood-mayor-in-last

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - In a shocking move Tuesday, Mayor Vic DeLuca has been chosen by the incoming Township Committee (TC) to serve another year as mayor, thwarting initial plans that had TC member Greg Lembrich expected to take the top spot.


author

Why are the citizens of Maplewood not allowed to directly elect their own Mayor?  Have they ever been?


max_weisenfeld

author said:

Why are the citizens of Maplewood not allowed to directly elect their own Mayor?  Have they ever been?

 State law and the configuration of the township government.  The Mayor is not an executive position, it is more of a 'first among equals' role.


nohero

author said:

Why are the citizens of Maplewood not allowed to directly elect their own Mayor?  Have they ever been?

 Township Committee form of government is a venerable form of government for NJ, and this Township has operated under it consistently, so far as I know.  As Mr. Weisenfeld pointed out, it's not an executive/legislative form.  

Think of it as like a "parliamentary" system, if that helps. grin


STANV

The "Mayor" is simply the Chair of the Township Committee.

Years ago Fred Profeta proposed changing the form of government so that we would have a directly elected Executive. The idea was generally rejected.

South Orange directly elects a President. Maplewood's government has always functioned better than that of SO.


yahooyahoo

STANV said:

The "Mayor" is simply the Chair of the Township Committee.

Years ago Fred Profeta proposed changing the form of government so that we would have a directly elected Executive. The idea was generally rejected.

South Orange directly elects a President. Maplewood's government has always functioned better than that of SO.

I don't remember Fred's proposal but I do remember when he and Vic had an agreement to alternate who was mayor.  The idea was that a TC member would not be mayor longer than one year at a time.   


author

max_weisenfeld said:

author said:

Why are the citizens of Maplewood not allowed to directly elect their own Mayor?  Have they ever been?

 State law and the configuration of the township government.  The Mayor is not an executive position, it is more of a 'first among equals' role.

 " All animals are equal.  But some are more equal than others"

   George Orwell       Animal Farm


max_weisenfeld

author said:

max_weisenfeld said:

author said:

Why are the citizens of Maplewood not allowed to directly elect their own Mayor?  Have they ever been?

 State law and the configuration of the township government.  The Mayor is not an executive position, it is more of a 'first among equals' role.

 " All animals are equal.  But some are more equal than others"

   George Orwell       Animal Farm

 Do you just search and post the quote with the most matching words regardless of whether it actually makes sense in the conversation?


ml1

max_weisenfeld said:

 Do you just search and post the quote with the most matching words regardless of whether it actually makes sense in the conversation?

 it's free association


author

ml1 said:

max_weisenfeld said:

 Do you just search and post the quote with the most matching words regardless of whether it actually makes sense in the conversation?

 it's free association

 No actually if you study your history it has had a profound effect in the development of was to become our

society.

The great Schism of 1054 resulted in the first great splitting apart of the Catholic Church.  There were some differences in the beliefs and practices of the Western Church........based in Rome.  And the Greek speaking Eastern Church based in Bzyantium. Some of them seem pretty silly now.  Till then all Bishops representing their areas were thought of as equals.  At that point the Bishop of Rome proclaimed that he was the single superior Bishop and hence forth the ruler of the Church.

The Eastern Church could not accept that and split from the Romans..............forming the Greek Orthodox

Church

As we were growing up.........my Greek Orthodox cousins and I spent hours arguing whose church split from whose.  I was raised as a Roman Catholic.....Polish Catholic father


ml1

author said:

 No actually if you study your history it has had a profound effect in the development of was to become our

society.

The great Schism of 1054 resulted in the first great splitting apart of the Catholic Church.  There were some differences in the beliefs and practices of the Western Church........based in Rome.  And the Greek speaking Eastern Church based in Bzyantium. Some of them seem pretty silly now.  Till then all Bishops representing their areas were thought of as equals.  At that point the Bishop of Rome proclaimed that he was the single superior Bishop and hence forth the ruler of the Church.

The Eastern Church could not accept that and split from the Romans..............forming the Greek Orthodox

Church

As we were growing up.........my Greek Orthodox cousins and I spent hours arguing whose church split from whose.  I was raised as a Roman Catholic.....Polish Catholic father

 


author

ml1 said:

author said:

 No actually if you study your history it has had a profound effect in the development of was to become our

society.

The great Schism of 1054 resulted in the first great splitting apart of the Catholic Church.  There were some differences in the beliefs and practices of the Western Church........based in Rome.  And the Greek speaking Eastern Church based in Bzyantium. Some of them seem pretty silly now.  Till then all Bishops representing their areas were thought of as equals.  At that point the Bishop of Rome proclaimed that he was the single superior Bishop and hence forth the ruler of the Church.

The Eastern Church could not accept that and split from the Romans..............forming the Greek Orthodox

Church

As we were growing up.........my Greek Orthodox cousins and I spent hours arguing whose church split from whose.  I was raised as a Roman Catholic.....Polish Catholic father

 

 You asked................quoting the past is naturally easier than predicting the future.............however just look for patterns.  I don't do windows


ml1

I wasn't the one who asked. I answered. And I think you validated my answer. 


nohero

max_weisenfeld said:

 The Mayor is not an executive position, it is more of a 'first among equals' role.

  Capo di tutti capi .




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