ROSELLE — Boro Council President Jamel Holley’s action to give himself $5,000 a year in addition to his current salary has incensed a political detractor.
“Jamel Holley proposed legislation and it was approved by council at the council meeting to give himself a $5,000 bonus check for back pay and extra $5,000 a year in salary,” said Fred Anderson, a local businessman. “He is double dipping with two health care plans, taking taxpayer cash and not using the second plan.”
“He pretended like this was a savings during a time when he is proposing raising fees on summer camp for kids, furloughing employees and limiting services for Roselle seniors,” said Anderson. “Jamel Holley has betrayed the people again.”
“Jamel Holley shattered the public’s faith by engaging in criminal acts, stealing elections, associating with pedophiles and thieves, and serving a corrupt political machine,” said Anderson.
Anderson acknowledged that he was referring to former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who pled guilty to child pornography charges, and Holley’s former campaign treasurer, Rosemary McClave, who cut a deal to avoid trial after she was indicted for stealing more than $5,000 from Cohen’s election fund.
“Holley has already cost taxpayers close to a million dollars since he’s been in office,” said Anderson. “Over a six year period, he’s had three government tax-funded jobs with an average salary of $80,000.”
“Holley spearheaded a failed attempt to build a community center through a farce committee called the ‘Roselle Youth Recreational Task Force’ that advised the borough to purchase an abandoned building for $500,000, which they did buy with no plans, drawings or concepts on what the center would look like,” said Anderson. “That was six years ago.”
“Taxpayers still own this abandoned, dilapidated eye sore for their half-million dollar investment,” said Anderson, who called Holley, “the first criminally indicted councilman to sit on our council in 197 year history of Roselle.”
Holley has not responded to repeated News Record inquiries.
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