Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
February 12, 2008
To the Editor
Re: West Windsor attorney conflict is a rerun
Concerning the article entitled West Windsor attorney conflict is a rerun which appeared in the, Friday, February 1st, Packet, I must respond to Councilman Morgan’s recollection of the compromise made by Council. If he rereads the resolution that Council adopted on July 23, 2007, it clearly states in the third WHEREAS that “West Windsor Township will retain another law firm for redevelopment legal services upon a public interview process and recommendation by the Mayor to Council … (emphasis added).” I would never have agreed to have the powers, rights, and responsibilities of the office of the Mayor usurped by Council which is what the compromise was all about. I also agreed to a redevelopment attorney review committee which included the Township Council President, Planning Board Attorney, and Township Business Administrator. My number one recommendation was apparently a consensus of the committee for the most qualified firm. In the spirit of cooperation, I offered two candidates not just one. The two candidates are leading legal firms representing municipalities in redevelopment throughout the state and have the highest peer review ranking available. Both are totally professional and neither is political. The qualifications of each firm are open to public review through the Clerk’s office. I cannot understand how Mr. Morgan can reject these two firms that clearly will provide taxpayers with the very best advice on a very complicated area of land use law.
Mayor, West Windsor Township