When the video of Wayne Councilman Richard Jasterzbski verbally attacking and abusing Susan Enderly-Peracchio was first made public in 2017, the attack made in front of her daughter who took and made public the video, I was appalled. So apparently was the majority of the Wayne Town Council, Republicans all. They voted to ask him to resign; an opinion shared by virtually the entire state Republican organization. Not only did he refuse to resign, he refused to apologize.
A recall petition was attempted and went absolutely nowhere. Why? Did they really want to unseat him or was this just damage control, hoping as Robert Ceberio stated, “In politics people have short memories.”? Despite their public posturing that they wanted him off the council, they nominated him to run again! We’re talking about the entire Republican organization from State Senator and Assembly representatives to every Republican on the upcoming ballot for this November. Not a single complaint. Total unity behind him. When are we going to make it clear to our elected officials that verbal abuse and violence against women is totally unacceptable?
The Democrat alternative running is Arlene Sullivan, a longtime resident, who cares deeply about Wayne and Ward 1. She is not running because of Richard Jasterzbski and his lack of respect for women, although she naturally finds it abhorrent. She is running because she wants to see that her Ward receives the attention it deserves from the Republican administration. There are traffic issues, lighting issues and safety issues that need addressing and when elected, she will address them while respecting and caring about all of her constituents. The question now is, will Ward 1 residents reject a man with this inexcusable temperament or be satisfied once again with the do nothing to change the status quo offered by the Republican party.
Clark Okun, Wayne Democratic Party Chairman
Published in Wayne Today July 25, 2019