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Mayor Breaks Tie on Vote to Pay Former Bloomingdale CFO

Council members requested more information, but mayor said former employee has been waiting for payment.

Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy broke the council's tied vote Monday to pay a bill for services rendered by the borough's former Chief Financial Officer Donna Mollineaux.

Council Members Jo-Ann Pituch, Mark Conklin and Linda Shortman abstained from the vote while Ray Yazdi, John D'Amato and Glenn Schiffman voted in favor of paying the bill. The mayor's vote was needed to determine action and he voted in favor of paying the bill.

The $5,000 bill, the mayor said, was for accumulated work that Mollineaux had agreed to do upon the borough's request after submitting her resignation in July. Shortly after resigning from her Bloomingdale position, Mollineaux became the CFO for the Borough of Kinnelon.

Discussion on Mollineaux's bill had been tabled from previous meetings. During Monday's meeting, Shortman said she would still like more detailed information on the work Mollineaux completed for the borough. Pituch agreed.

"I think we should have the hours and what days she has worked," Pituch said.

Dunleavy said Mollineaux agreed to complete work until the borough hired a new CFO. The borough , of River Vale, in August, but he submitted a resignation letter on Sept. 17 without noting reasons for his departure, according to the Suburban Trends.

While the borough is in the process of hiring a new CFO to complete regularly needed borough business, Dunleavy said it is the council's responsibility to pay Mollineaux for the work they authorized her to complete.

"You can review, councilwoman, any numbers that you want. It's not going to change what we owe this professional," he said.

Carolyn October 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Glenn Schiffman thinks for himself; he's a good guy. It's too bad we're losing him.
linda shortman October 18, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Carolyn, you're funny. The only reason Glenn is a good guy at this stage is because he's not running. On Sept. 11, our attorney wrote,"I suggest a resolution and I can prepare,but will just need to know the amount and dates and details. I will make it very positive where they cannot say no!" We never received this. This was a response asking attorney how to pay the CFO. She was hired at an hourly rate. When you hire someone by the hour, don't you want the dates and hours worked?
Jim DeGraw October 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
No Linda, you're funny. Do you mean Glen is a good guy because he's not running and doesn't have to follow the party line, and can finally do what he thinks is the right thing to do? You should be ashamed of yourself for walking out of the last meeting. I can see the other two walking out, but I thought you had at least some kind of responsibility towards the town. Your'e so concerned with doing the right thing on how to pay the CFO, yet you walk out on your responsiblities as a member of the council, before important busniess could be discussed. Whether you like it or not you have job to do. If anyone else was having a bad day and walked off their job, they would be fired
Jack Reacher October 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You guys are all funny.
Carolyn October 19, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I've heard of people who have trouble accepting a compliment (low self image), but I NEVER heard of anyone refusing for another person to have a compliment. SHEESH!
Ann October 19, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Shortman: typically negative and talks too much.

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