RAHWAY– The Cassio for mayor team held a meet the candidate’s luncheon on Sunday afternoon at the Casa Borinquen restaurant in Rahway. The owners and staff of the new family-owned restaurant on East Cherry Street welcomed the Republican candidates. Approximately 45 supporters attended and enjoyed homemade Puerto Rican cuisine and lively Latin music.
“Rahway’s people deserve better! The Kennedy/ Proctor machine is promising to keep things the same that is not what the residents are saying they want,” Patrick Cassio said. “The people of Rahway have had enough of career politicians spending their money and collecting big salaries.”
“Out of control spending, sewer taxes, and high debt are the result of years of poor management and party politics instead of putting the tax payers first,” Cassio continued. “Right here on Cherry Street, they (the city) are digging up the street for approximately the fifth time this decade, replacing the gas lights that are only four years old, tying up business and closing the street to traffic for three months during the summer. No wonder we have empty stores down here.
“The bureaucrats in City Hall like Rick Proctor and the city business administrator Peter Pelissier are hurting small business owners by closing streets during the summer. Mr. Pelissier had these gas lights installed and closed the streets for five months the last time,” Cassio told the crowd.
Pellisier was quoted in a News Tribune article in 2006 as saying “These gas lights are a good project and the inconvenience is worth it.”
Cassio was joined by council at large candidates Kevin Retcho and Jeff Spatola who both talked about helping small business in Rahway. Also in attendance were Republican Freeholder candidates Ellen Dickson from Summit and Elyse Medved, a former Rahway councilwoman.
Lisa Dorrado (left), Republican Mayoral Candidate Patrick Cassio and Mike Sasso (right) during a GOP fundraiser at Casa Borinquen Restaurant in downtown Rahway
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