Bello Resigns from Environmental Commission

Named in lawsuit filed by resident.

Jerry Bello has resigned as chairman of the environmental commission.

The mayor's office confirmed Bello resigned this morning.

Bello could not be reached for comment. 

Bello was named in a lawsuit by resident Bill Brennan. Brennan said Bello held the office illegally. Brennan suit states that Bello should not have been allowed to serve on the commission because he was convicted of official misconduct in 1994. Bello allegedly took bribes while he was chairman of the Paterson Improvement Authority. He was sentenced to four years probation.

Brennan passed out copies of the lawsuit and made and announcement about Bello's appointment before the council meeting Wednesday night.

"It cures one of the symptoms, but not the disease. The very people who appointed him are still in power and are going to replace him," Brennan said. "He had no choice. The law is clear."

eyes wide shut September 08, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Well said Rob. Spot on...Thats one down and a few more to go...Sitting high on their chairs looking down their nose's at people...Its all political appointments by YOU KNOW WHO...Now lets just get rid of a few more and come election time lets vote them out and get people in that have an understanding of Govt..Think the Mayor and his COURT would have spent the 50k on the flood victims and not on a lawyer the keep in their pocket...
Rob Burke September 08, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Thanks for your reply. Recall that in response to my public settlement offer a month ago at a Council meeting that Vergano actually ridiculed me at that public meeting. Hardly a response becoming of his office. And certainly an indication that Monday's settlement conference that the court is requiring will likely be a waste of time -- and more money spent on the town's lawyers. And they've already lost. All they can do is stop losing. There is no opportunity for them to win. Yet they waste more money fighting a retaliatory fight and they could be using those same dollars to help the people who so desperately need it due to the devastation of Irene.
George September 08, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Can't say I am comfortable with his wife on the council
the dude September 09, 2011 at 01:35 AM
If she resigns, B & B will claim that the vacancy was orchestrated by Rumana.
Rob Burke September 09, 2011 at 01:42 AM
@the dude: What is Rumana's position on Jerry Bello? NJELEC reports show that Bello donates money to the PCRRO if I recall correctly. Where is Rumana?
the dude September 09, 2011 at 02:08 AM
This is a very complicated case. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head. Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber.
the dude September 09, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Let me tell ya something - I dig your work. Playing one side against the other, in bed with everybody - just fabulous stuff
Al Scala September 09, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Thank you, Bill Brennan for doing what you did! You were the impetus to have him remove himself from the Environmental Commission. I'm not quite sure why the Town Concil did what they did! They had to know the law and simply decided to overlook it. I'm deeply disappointed with the Council.
Joe videodummy September 09, 2011 at 02:43 PM
For those wondering about the importance of Bill Brennen's success- The WEC is made up of 7 members ( right now 6) and have the power to advise other agencies and towns ( like Oakland for example ) as well as aquire land and/or endangered open space, and also make recommendations to the planning board and/or Mayor and Council regarding the development or use of the aquired property/land. One of the 7 members is "or was" a planning board representative. Town Hall is a small circle - if one of it's members get's as much as a parking ticket-all of them know about it.
George September 09, 2011 at 03:21 PM
as you describe the position it doesn't sound like one where you would want someone convicted of taking bribes to hold. oI also would like to thank Bill Brennan for his efforts and being a watchdog for the citizen's of Wayne.
George September 09, 2011 at 04:02 PM
originally she was appointed by council to complete paul Margiotta's term ,correct? Is she up for re-election in November does anyone know? Not my ward but I am no longer comfortable with her on the council.
Rob Burke September 10, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Kudos to Dan Hubbard for breaking this story. The Record, forever slow on the uptake finally managed to put a blurb together online. Check it out: http://www.northjersey.com/news/environment/environment_other/090911_Wayne_environmental_commissioner_resigns_after_extortion_conviction_is_aired_in_lawsuit.html
the dude September 10, 2011 at 04:07 AM
If she steps down then Beavis & Butthead will claim that the vacancy was orchestrated by the party chairman.
the dude September 10, 2011 at 11:58 AM
Everything's a travesty with you, man! Do you want her to resign before or after she gets re-elected?
Rob Burke September 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Hey dude! The only travesty here is that you are defending criminals who hold public office. I encourage you to keep posting. You make my points better than I can.
the dude September 21, 2011 at 03:12 AM
This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand man.
Rob Burke September 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
The aggression will not stand???? I hope you are correct because the aggression of corruption spearheaded by Scott Rumana -- RUMANA'S CORRUPTION COSTS YOU MONEY People are embarrassed and ashamed of this local government. For good reason. There's not an honest person among them. Hey Dude! Where's your car?
Rex miatke September 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM
This is vey simple, Rob you are from Morris county so keep you nose and opinions to yourself. You have no dog in this fight. As far as Mr Brennan how long have you lived in Wayne?? I guess Teaneck didn't want you so decide to come to Wayne. You ran for 6th ward council and lost the election. Sounds to me like sour grapes.
Rob Burke September 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM
@Simple: er uh ok -- Criminals on the Council and that's the best you can do? I'm pretty sure that its not a crime to live in Morris County and own a business in Wayne, where I pay $35,000/yr in property taxes. I'm also sure that it IS a crime for Jerry Bello to have served on the Wayne Environmental Commission. The Mayor, Council & Town Attorney must also have agreed since Bello resigned when he was called out by Bill Brennan. You're right. Its very simple. This government is corrupt. And you are defending it, anonymously, of course. Lots of courage in your convictions... But please -- keep attacking me based on where I live. The others on this site can draw their own conclusions.


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