Update on Recall

On May 26, the Recall Committee submitted the 1264 signatures it was able to collect over the past 6 months.  We were notified today that the Recall Committee was unable to secure enough signatures for the recall question to make the ballot.  We regret that we failed all of you who supported the effort, but thank you for your support.

Regarding the last 160 days, it is important to note that a candidate for Lopatcong Mayor needs only 50 petition signatures to run for office. What that demonstrates is that almost anyone can run for Mayor. What Tom McKay’s election demonstrated is that you don’t have to be competent, ethical or of good morale character to get elected. But what the Recall demonstrated is that more than half of the roughly 2000 people who voted in the 2014 mayoral election, don’t want him in office.  In less than 18 months, Tom McKay has rendered himself unelectable.

Regardless of the outcome, let’s be clear, there were no winners in this process. That Tom McKay’s behavior led even one Lopatcong voter to believe that a recall was necessary or appropriate is ultimately a reflection on his failed leadership and the negative impact his tenure has had on our Community.  That former Council members like Donna Schneider would likewise use the recall platform to resort to the the petty name-calling and flagrant misrepresentations that characterized her brief tenure on Council demonstrates ultimately that until people like  McKay, Schneider, Leifer, Johnson and the entire RLL team are ousted or outed, Lopatcong will remain dysfunctional.

Clarification

We have been informed that a former councilwoman is making speculations about the recall on Facebook.  Contrary to her speculative post, there has been no determination yet by the County Clerk. Accordingly to a Jan 13, 2016 email from William Duffy, Executive Director of the Warren County Board of Elections, the Recall Committee needed 1255 signature for the recall question to appear on the ballot; it turned in 1264, which, undoubtedly, included duplicates. However, as above-reflected, there has been no determination yet as to the final tally. Shortly after the recall we posted the following statement. In light of her recent post, we are including it again:

https://recallmckay.com/2016/06/01/sincere-thanks-for-your-support/

Upcoming Primary Election

Many people who have supported the recall have been asking us whom they should support in the upcoming election.  Many residents are concerned about electing people who will ‘enable’ the mayor to continue to waste our tax dollars on frivolous, meaningless lawsuits, harass the employees to the point of unlawfulness, and wreck havoc on our financial office, to name just a few issues.

We, the recall committee, support the Republican ticket of Caughy and Wright, and the Democratic ticket of McCabe and Murphy.  They are knowledgeable, experienced, and think for themselves.  They will do what is right for us and our township.  

We agree with you – enabling the mayor is NOT the way to go.  We must elect people who will uphold our laws and stay faithful to their oath.  The mayor must do the same, and it is time he realizes that. We cannot elect people who will enable him to do the financially devastating actions he wishes to continue to do.  Doing so will only hurt us all – in our wallets.

Vote Caughy and Wright if Republican – Vote McCabe and Murphy if Democrat

 

Sincere Thanks for Your Support

On May 26, the Recall Committee submitted the 1264 signatures it was able to collect over the past 6 months.  Thanks to all who assisted, supported and participated in the process.

The Committee worked off of the January 13, 2016 excel spread sheet of Lopatcong Township voters provided to it by Mr Bill Duffy, executive director of the Warren County Board of Elections, which list reflected that there were 5017 registered voters in November 2015. Accordingly, the Committee needed 1255 signatures to meet the 25% required by statute. As of this post, we are still awaiting a determination from the County Clerk as to an official tally, after any duplicates or other disqualifications.

Regarding the last 160 days, it is important to note that a candidate for Lopatcong Mayor needs only 50 petition signatures to run for office. What that demonstrates is that almost anyone can run for Mayor. What Tom McKay’s election demonstrated is that you don’t have to be competent, ethical or of good morale character to get elected. But what the Recall demonstrated is that some 25% percent of the registered voters in Town – more than half of the people  who voted in the 2014 election – don’t want him in office. While we do not yet know whether the signatures collected are sufficient to get the recall question on the ballot, we do know that that in less than 18 months, Tom McKay has rendered himself unelectable.

Regardless of the outcome, there were no winners in this process. That Tom McKay’s behavior lead even one Lopatcong voter to believe that a recall was necessary or appropriate is ultimately a reflection on his failed leadership and indicative of the negative impact his tenure has had on our Community.