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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Why didn't Sharon sign off on the UCIA deal?

The f***ing negotiator-in-chief, too?

When Plainfield Council President Bridget Rivers inquired of Corporation Counsel Dave Minchello at last Monday's business meeting whether Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs had executed the agreement between the Union County Improvement Authority and the City to resolve outstanding issues, his answer was 'no'.

Rivers made it clear that the Council wanted the agreement executed and demanded that Minchello sign off if Mayor Robinson-Briggs was unwilling to do so.

At stake is $1.09 million that will come to the city within thirty days of execution of the agreement, which was passed by the UCIA in August and by the Council at its August 19 meeting.

I am told that Minchello has since executed the agreement, but the question still lingers why Robinson-Briggs failed to sign off on it.

One rumor making the rounds is that she was holding out in hopes of getting a job out of the deal (she will be unemployed as of January 1, 2014).

This strikes me as both funny and appalling at the same time.

Considering that Sharon has practically made an art form of burning bridges with Union County's political establishment -- first with former UCDC chair Charlotte DeFilippo (whose phone calls she would not take or return), and then with her former mentor Assemblyman Jerry Green (who she defied on more than one occasion) -- it is amusing that she could think to look for a job from these folks.

But it would be appalling if she thought that signing (or failing to sign) the UCIA agreement put her in a strong negotiating position vis-a-vis a job.

After all, the UCIA would have to benefit from your signing off in order to feel any pressure if you DON'T sign off, right? Which is exactly the opposite of the way Sharon seems to have viewed things.

That means you would never want to have Sharon on your negotiating team.

Thankfully, that won't be a problem for Plainfield in 105 days.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

I can't wait until she's gone!

Anonymous said...

Because she's busy trying to figure out how to get Kenny promoted