Polidoro to Council: 'Put It on Paper'

The Council president and vice president again stated support for maintaining a local police department Wednesday night.

The chairman of the local Republican committee on Wednesday challenged the all-Democrat Township Council to move and adopt a resolution stating it will not move the township into a proposed Camden County police force.

"Would you consider a resolution to protect and preserve the Gloucester Township Police Department from countywide participation—to exclude Gloucester Township from any countywide police participation—to put on the books?" Ray Polidoro asked.

Council President Glen Bianchini indicated he was not inclined to move such a resolution. He opened Polidoro's proposal up to his colleagues, but no one bit.

Council Vice President Orlando Mercado responded by telling Polidoro the resolution would not carry any weight.

"It's a non-binding resolution, if you want to put a resolution on," he said. "It's like, 'OK, we support our police department. We want to keep it here.' But what does that do? When I've publicly stated, we've publicly stated ... we want it to stay here. Can I be clearer?"

Bianchini joined Mercado during the eight-minute exchange with Polidoro in stating he has previously expressed his support for maintaining the township police department.

"I've clearly stated here that I support our police department, that I want our police department to serve Gloucester Township," Bianchini said.

Polidoro dismissed those statements as "feelings."

"Your feelings are great. Put it on paper," Polidoro told Council.

Bianchini and Mercardo, both of whom are seeking re-election on Nov. 8—Biachini is aiming for a fourth term, Mercado a third—told Polidoro no one from the county has approached local officials to indicate Gloucester Township must join the proposed countywide police force.

"I do feel they're coming and a lot of other people feel they're coming," Polidoro said.

Councilman Dan Hutchison described Polidoro's request as a "political maneuver designed to get (Council) to alter the way we do walk-ons," referring to the practice of adding measures to Council's agenda after the agenda has been published by the Clerk's Office.

When asked following Wednesday's meeting why he called for Council to adopt the resolution, Polidoro suggested he knew they would not—the Democratic councilmen won't put their opinion on the matter in writing so as to not upset the apple cart, he said.

"They don't want to tell the county freeholders—their friends—hands off, when they could," the Erial resident said.

Only Camden has signed on to join a county-run police force to this point. The county forwarded that proposal to the state on Sept. 30.

Silence Dogood October 20, 2011 at 12:38 AM
This N/A fellow continues to make the oddest of statements. While it is true that the Governor was in town to support this idea it was brokered and planned by Senate President Steve Sweeney, a democrat. The discussion was behind CLOSED DOORS at Camden County College in Blackwood. No press and no redidents were invited to attend. Now let's further point out that the ALL Democrat Camden Freeholder Board is pushing for this and most of the towns in Camden County including GT are under full democrat controll.So as I see it this is a Camden County Democrtat Machine proposal that will steal our fine police force and send them to Camden City. If you think petty crime is an issue in GT now (just read the daily releases from GTPD) wait until 50% of them are fired and the others deployed to Camden City. All thanks to the Camden County Democrat Machine. Oh yeah, the Mayor Mayer Council Team are all part of the Camden County Democrat Machine that has bankrupted the county with nepotism, corruption and failure for decades.
Michelle Wolfson October 20, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I am inclined to agree that at this point in time, I can't tell you what those on the Republican ticket are planning to do if elected, or what they are for, other than ousting the Democrats from council, and keeping the county out of our town. I am totally up for finding out though. And after reading this, I actually asked a few others and they too are not really sure what the Republicans are running on- and that was from both Dems and Repubs alike. I just don't see a whole lot of clarity on either side at this point. I would love more clarity on the issues. It would certainly help people who are undecided on how to vote as the clock winds down. As for the "democrat machine", I still don't buy into the whole claim that they are secretly working behind the scenes to ensure that Glo Twp goes along with Camden to the county wide force. They've stated that they are against it and have no plans to go along for the ride, if it turns out that they do, well, won't I be a fool. But right now the notion just reeks of conspiracy theory to me.
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Ok, I have had enough of the miss-information being put on this site by certain posters. Let’s get the truth out there in regards to NA’s comments which are starting to live up to the screen name. This decision to regionalize the police force in this county was NOT made at the state level. The only thing OUR Governor (he is your Governor too) wanted was regionalization. He did not create the plan, as you state, he did not force Camden County Freeholders to enact the plan, or attempt to enact the plan. He endorsed the plan of regionalization. Please stop spreading lies that this plan came from the Governor’s office, it did not. A plan of this “magnitude” as you state does not have to come from the state, just look to our south at Gloucester County. The regionalized EMS system came from the COUNTY. Same “magnitude” of a plan. To say if you’re opposed to this plan you should elect democrats is the biggest spin out there. The democratic Freeholders are the ones pushing the plan. If you think there is no influence from the county democrats over the locals look no further then Cherry Hill. Mayor Platt was running for re-election, spoke out against this plan, then poof, “change of mind,” he mysteriously is not running just weeks after speaking out against this. You do the math. Then you drag Shelly Lovett into this, who if elected does not vote on the matter contrary to your statements. Enough said about that. Again the facts do not lie.
Pete Heinbaugh October 20, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Sometimes we Jerseyans are our own worst enemies. We (rightfully) complain about our obscenely high taxes. We acknowledge that because our state has so many inefficient local governments is a contributor to our high taxes. But we resist attempts to consolidate government services. It time to open our minds and think smarter.
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Then you go on about Republican power? This town is represented by Democrats only, just another factual statement. And again you state Christie wants to take the police force away? This, again, is being pushed by the DEMOCRATIC FREEHOLDERS AND PARTY at a local level, again, just the facts. To degrade Councilwoman Evans service to this town is downright disrespectful. This argument I will never see eye to eye with you on but believe me when I say that the residents are fed up with the lack of respect to them and fellow politicians. Just a word of advice. If you wish to know what the Republicans will do feel free to go to their site. www.gtgopforcouncil2011.com You can see for yourself, or just ask any one of the candidates after a meeting. They will be happy to answer your questions. Or, you can read the articles posted on this site about all of the candidates, they have answered the questions about what they wish to do. Keep trying to spread your miss-truths, I will be here to call out every one and set the record straight.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 02:30 AM
little hot under the collar there Mr. Martin but one that has LIVED in the area since I was born it's hard to support your team when half the team has not lived in town more then 3 years .........I'm Not trying to start any trouble but when people ask me about the Republican candidate in this race the top question they ask and complain about is"Who are they and what are they about" . So since you have some money backing you peeps and you went to school to learn to campaign your message is not getting out . Now to make people understand the Republican candidate maybe you can set up a DEBATE with ME ;-) ..................Just care Mr. Martin I do http://youtu.be/p8_FOQ7-P30
Michelle Wolfson October 20, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Appreciate the website. I'll certainly check it out to help me understand what the Republican candidates are running on.
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 02:39 AM
As have I Darren, lived in the "area" since I was born. Are fresh faces and new ideas that wrong that you would hold that against them? They are more then capable of representing the township and making the tough choices that are needed. Feel free to attack all you wish. I came here to speak the truth about the comments, you had your chance but I guess chose not to.
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 02:42 AM
No problem Michelle, there is contact information on there and the candidates are more than happy to meet with residents as requested.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Damn let's just state this again ......."Listen this is not even a ISSUE we have two County police departments already plus STATE ,Feds and the Guard. There is NO need to add a Third"... Now for you SIR get your Republican candidates and pick a place to Debate me what do you got to lose ..........Everybody would love to hear what YOUR candidates have to say or did the Campaign school your candidates went to taught them that would be wrong to do ......Let's set a debate time is running OUT .......Good night and Good Luck .
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Well Darren, just because you state this is not an issue does not mean it isn't. We feel that public safety is a HUGE issue and we do not want to take a chance that this may happen here. This is not about creating a third service, but a county service taking over OUR town. That IS an issue that the Republican Candidates do not want. If you don't want to make an issue out of it then don't, we will, we will stand up for the residents and OUR police force. You have a good night as well!!
Pete Heinbaugh October 20, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Brainstorm idea.........GT Patch should sponsor a GT Council candidates debate. I'd attend for sure. I'd step up and pose some questions. Hell. I'd even show up early and help prepare the hall. If some volunteer man-hours are needed to help organize the event, I'd do that, too.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Thanks Pete for 3 months I have and will state again I would love to Debate but the red and blue teams have all the money see so they get there picture taken and send out Flyers must be nice not to face the issue head on and let people ask us questions .Now Mr.Martin don't make this an issue remember when the Freeloaders try to make the Jail Private what happen there SIR or all the other moves they plain and never did nothing all SMOKE and mirrors .Now Ill state this again let's debate about REAL issues like ......Why our taxes are so high and our services are poor.Why I see a ton of For Sale signs on people yards.How come we have a lot of boarded up bussiness .........I promise all the people in this Township our Police are here to stay and if they do force this county wide plan do our throats I be the 1st one bitching on the MIC .......Just care and go to bed Mike I am
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Darren, really, it's an issue. If you don't want it to be then don't worry about the public safety or police force, that's fine, we will. You are free to make things an issue as are we. You can call it smoke and mirrors all you want but if you think complaining into a microphone around here will help just ask those involved in pay to play and see how far it got them. How far has it gotten you? If you wish to be reactive rather then proactive that's fine. We don't. It an issue for us. Like I said, if it's not for you then great.
Silence Dogood October 20, 2011 at 11:28 AM
This fellow Pete presents a wonderful idea. All 9 candidates for GT council should be together in one place and answer the questions of the people. It is very simple to set up. How about it Patch? I message to all 9 candidates, you are seeking not only the vote of the citizens but their trust; you MUST make yourselves available to their questions. Those who refuse may be hiding something.
Silence Dogood October 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM
This Wolfson person needs to do a small amount of research on who controls Camden County and a vast majority of towns. It is not a conspiracy theory but a fact that the CC Freeholders are ALL democrats, the mayor and councils of the 2 largest towns (Cherry Hill and GT) are all democrats. It is a fact that all of our state legistarors are all democrats. It is a fact that the Camden County Democrats have control over jobs and appointments making them very powerful. That is all fact and can not be debunked. Single party rule is very dangerous and has destroyed Camden City, who has a democrat mayor and all democrat council. See a pattern here?
Sue October 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM
Darren, I am having flashbacks of last years election. The Runyan race is coming to mind. A spoiler was placed on the ticket, by the Dems. So Darren, who put you up to running? Why are you on this ticket? You can continue to say that you are not a spoiler, that no one put you up to this, but we don't believe you. I am calling today and demanding an official investigation! Who runs for office in a township of this size and doesn't campaign, just expects people to vote for him. Who disrespects the candidates of both parties and then demands they debate him? If you are not campaigning why would anyone debate you? Please remove your name from the ballot and stop embarrassing us!
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 01:38 PM
No Sue I will not take my name off the ballot and embarrassing you is not hard to do . You do it really well on your own . Now for calling for a official investigation feel free to do so my life an open BOOK . I have nothing to hide that why I use my first and last name not just my first. Now what are you HIDDING maybe after they investigate me I can send them to investigate you .Now I am campaigning but not asking for donates YET Because I feel running for a council seat that pays less then 10,000 is not worth spending money on like the DEMS and GTGOP do. Plus I don't want anyone controling me SUE . Now you might be Sue happy and why you ask would anyone DEBATE me because PEOPLE want to see who we are . The GTGOP has put two people on the ticket that has not lived in town more then 3 years what do they really know what's going on around here . Attack and call me what you like SUE but I'm an average JOE that CARE'S and I'm tried as hell at both parties DRAMA ..... ......Just care Sue I do .......Vote column 5 you will be Glad you did .
John Reynolds October 20, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Speaking of Camden, I was helping the people at New Visions homeless shelter last weekend. It's located 2 blocks west of Cooper Hospital and about 5 blocks south of City Hall. As I was standing out on Stevens St, I'm thinking to myself, there are people 'working' in those places pulling down 6 figure salaries because of their connections, and here on the street people are walking around carrying everything they own on their backs. I've been in and out of Camden the last 40 years and it's not getting any better. The Camden schools, police, and social services etc have been subsidized by Trenton over the years, but now that Trenton is broke, the county will have to take over. The Police are just the start. The county will have to magically come up with more efficient ways on how they operate or the towns will have to start kicking in more money to the county to cover the costs of Camden. Anyone think the current people running the county and towns can pull this off without jacking up taxes ?
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 02:38 PM
They know plenty. One was in college and grew up in the area and the other was serving our country. So, are you saying only those entrenched and connected can serve? Can you explain yourself? I'm trying to figure out why you think it's bad to have fresh ideas in government and a good mix of residents to represent us.
Michelle Wolfson October 20, 2011 at 03:14 PM
Having an independent candidate on the ballot, ANY ballot, does not have to be a spoiler. Hasn't it been proven enough that the two party system is flawed? Independents, whether you agree with them or not, have as much right to run as any Democrat or Republican does.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 03:21 PM
First off Mike, I come from nothing, I've been told I am nothing. Now, to state that people know more because they went to college is idiotic. Why don't you tell the canidates that you seem to speak for, to come down into the trenches with me and debate as well as define the true issues of our township.......Just care Michael, I DO!
Michael Martin October 20, 2011 at 03:32 PM
When did I say they know more? You asked the question what do they know. I answered. The only thing idiotic is trying to put words in my mouth when what I said is clearly typed above. I am not going to participate in a back and forth that has gotten way off topic and now your twisting my words. As I said in my first post. I am here to speak the truth. Have a good day.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Michael lets speak the truth I came to you FIRST SIR and ask for a DEBATE and you stated " you will not debate me unless the MAYORS team was there " Now I'll ask again cause you know I love the truth and the truth my brother will always set us FREE will your candidates that you speak for debate ME ....Yes or No ...SIR .........That a simple question and I think that all the voters in Gloucester Township will like answer SIR ,,,,........I care does your canidates
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Thank you ...........
Joshua Berry October 20, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Ok everyone deep breath. If the issue in getting a debate together is the lack of the Democrats, then push them again for a debate. Call the Mayors office, call the party chairman, call the candidates themselves. Make it happen. who cares who asked who first to debate. The people of GT deserve for all 9 candidates to be asked the tough questions and be given an opportunity to see how all of them stack up against each other. If they refuse, then you have another item to hammer them with. But until someone asks you won't know.
Darren Gladden October 20, 2011 at 04:16 PM
I have ask the mayor the same guy that call me a LAIR way back in JANUARY and he feels like on all his issue is he don't have to answer to me .Don't you get the same feeling when you deal with him Mr. Berry . Now I did take the deep breath and played this Video to calm down but if I lose on November 8 I'll still be Darren Gladden on November 9 but I really do want to win this election so I can start trying to make this Township better ,......Just care I do .....Now enjoy the Video N.A. http://youtu.be/e9mf3Bypyk8 Add Dems in replace of Mohawks ....;-)
Michelle Wolfson October 20, 2011 at 06:32 PM
For the record sir, my name is Michelle Wolfson, not "this Wolfson person". I am an 11 year resident of Gloucester Township, and a columnist on this publication. If I knew your real name, I would certainly address you as such. I am fully aware of who wields the power in this area. My opinion (that I am fully entitled to) merely stated that I do not believe that this council is lying about it's intent to oppose a county wide police force as has been suggested by commenters on this site multiple times. As I stated, if it turns out that they do go back on what they say, won't I have egg on my face. But I stand by what I say. There's so much political back and forth, people seem to fail to ask the obvious question- how will having to rely on a force that serves the entire county instead of just Glo Twp, limit and impede services for the residents? That is my biggest fear and concern- politics be damned!
Silence Dogood October 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Madame Wolfson, please accept contrition for my parlance, you took grievence from that which was not intended. Length of residence is not at issue here but a fierce understanding of the Art of the Political Deal in the great state of NJ. While I would not hope that you end up with egg on your face it is going to happen sorry to say. You must formulate your own opinions and never accept on face what others say. Do your due dilligence on the issues. You are smart and engaged, I am sure you will. In the mean time cheers to you.
Darren Gladden October 24, 2011 at 02:58 PM
One last comment then I have to go out campaigning , IF you vote column 5 on November 8 the MAYOR will have to START answering my QUESTION and all the people's questions cause I don't turn my back on people like Shelly Lovett and the GTGOP did to ME ............Just care I do


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