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Councilwoman Not Resigning Despite Home Being For Sale

Council President Nadine Bello represents the 6th Ward.

Despite putting her home up for sale, Councilwoman Nadine Bello isn’t going anywhere.

Bello’s home, a five-bedroom Colonial, is up for sale. But despite what some people have said is a sign she would resign, Bello said she has no intention of stepping down.

“It’s a personal thing,” said Bello, a Republican who represents the 6th Ward. “It has nothing to do with me being on the council. We’re a small family, and we’re downsizing. We just felt that the time is right.”

Bello is a certified environmental inspector and works for New Wave Consultants. She consults to individuals in the environmental and educational fields regarding various environmental compliance regulations.

“We’re a New Jersey business, and we’re planning on staying [here],” Bello said.

Bello was first elected to the council in 2009 and re-elected in 2012.

Bello was elected president of the municipal council for 2013. She thanked her colleagues for their support and said she will “work hard to represent all of the residents of Wayne.”

Bello’s husband Jerry resigned from the Wayne Environmental Commission in 2011. Resident Bill Brennan said Jerry Bello held the office illegally and should not have been allowed to serve on the commission because he was convicted of official misconduct in 1994.

Some residents asked for Bello to resign after her husband stepped down.

Democratic Municipal Chairman Ray Egatz said that “given the propensity of the GOP having people resign after elections when they can appoint someone, I am preparing to have a 6th Ward council candidate ready should Bello resign after the primary,” Egatz said.

The primary will be held in June.  

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stewart resmer February 26, 2013 at 03:39 PM
wow, fact supported by law in a comment section? aint that america!
Jack Q February 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
You, and others, are accusing her of moving out of town similar to Ms Kingston to be replaced at the will of the council .I guess no one in your world has ever moved within the Wayne borders.
Justice February 26, 2013 at 04:00 PM
JQ. Where did I accuse her? Now you are making allegations against me.
Victor Alfieri February 26, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Business as usual. They already have her replacement. In Wayne just about every council member, including the mayor, have been appointed to their positions using this same method. It goes something like this: We know you are leaving, please wait till after the primary in June to resign, than we can appoint whomever we want. This political tactic is a control mechanism used way too often in Wayne NJ. This move gives them control of the party line without ever having a primary challenge. This is not choice. It's psychological manipulation The definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics. By advancing the interests of the manipulator, often at the other's expense, such methods could be considered exploitative, abusive, devious, and deceptive.
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 04:20 PM
For some reason Justice, maybe it's your personality, but you tend to bring this out in people.
Jack Q February 26, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Then maybe I misunderstood your Republicans have sold their soul AGAIN comment. Could you explain that because I guess I read too much into everything?
Nose Wayne February 26, 2013 at 04:29 PM
If I didn't NOSE any better Victor, I would say you must be that little bug on the wall because the dealings I've had with our wonderful government you hit the nail right on the head with that one. The backdoor politics runs a muck in this town
Justice February 26, 2013 at 04:44 PM
WR. Just my pay grade
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Gotcha
Justice February 26, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Jack Q. No need to explain a statement that speaks for itself Rolling Stones had a hit regarding the subject
Nose Wayne February 26, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Justice, can't get NOSE satisfaction ?
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Nope he can't, but he tries, much to our chagrin
Wayne Resident February 26, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Nose, you ignored a previous question of mine (which, of course is your right) have you ever worked at town hall?
Jack Q February 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Are you calling yourself the Midnight Rambler?
Al Scala February 26, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Justice....as they say, Res Ipsa Loquitur.
Justice February 26, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Actually, the Rolling Stones hit is "Sympathy For The Devil". Here are the lyrics: "Please allow me to introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste I've been around for a long, long years Stole many a man's soul and faith And I was 'round when Jesus Christ Had his moment of doubt and pain Made damn sure that Pilate Washed his hands and sealed his fate Pleased to meet you Hope you guess my name But what's puzzling you Is the nature of my game I stuck around St. Petersburg When I saw it was a time for a change Killed the czar and his ministers Anastasia screamed in vain I rode a tank Held a general's rank When the Blitzkrieg raged And the bodies stank Pleased to meet you Hope you guess my name, oh yeah Ah, what's puzzling you Is the nature of my game, oh yeah..."
Justice February 26, 2013 at 06:22 PM
..."I watched with glee While your kings and queens Fought for ten decades For the gods they made I shouted out, "Who killed the Kennedys?" When after all It was you and me Let me please introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste And I laid traps for troubadours Who get killed before they reached Bombay Pleased to meet you Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah But what's puzzling you Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby Pleased to meet you Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah But what's confusing you Is just the nature of my game Just as every cop is a criminal And all the sinners saints As heads is tails Just call me Lucifer 'Cause I'm in need of some restraint So if you meet me Have some courtesy Have some sympathy, and some taste Use all your well-learned politesse Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah Pleased to meet you Hope you guessed my name, um yeah But what's puzzling you Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down Woo, who Oh yeah, get on down Oh yeah Oh yeah! Tell me baby, what's my name Tell me honey, can ya guess my name Tell me baby, what's my name I tell you one time, you're to blame Oh, who woo, woo Woo, who Woo, woo Woo, who, who Woo, who, who Oh, yeah What's my name Tell me, baby, what's my name Tell me, sweetie, what's my name"..
Justice February 26, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Obviously, one who has sympathy for the devil has sold one's soul.
Justice February 26, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Al, I wish the Patch had "Like" buttons, like Facebook. I appreciate your comment.
Al Scala February 26, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I don't know Nadine Bello. I have met her very briefly on one or two occasions, and found her to be very personable and engaging. She clearly has not done anything illegal......she still lives in her home in Wayne, within the Ward or District she was elected in. What may or may not be happening here is something which goes on all over. It's a political chess game. Does she have knowledge of her intent? I'm sure she does and only time will tell what that is. We can criticize her all we want. To the victor go the spoils. When one party has the political control that the WRRO does, they can do whatever they want. They control everything here in town, not only the Town Council , but the BOE as well. By virtue of their control of the Town Council, they pick and select whoever they want to serve on the various Boards, such as the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Environmental Commission, Library Board, etc., etc., giving them even greater power and control over everything that goes on here in Town. Politically, they are in an enviable position. Unfortunately, that's the way it is here in town and will not change until change is made at the governing level. Too much power and control is not healthy. Where is the checks and balances system.? What this WRRO needs is a wake up call where somebody beats them at the polls. Will that happen anytime soon. I certainly hope so.
Jack Q February 26, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I agree Al. But to quote our President, "Elections have consequences". Is it right? No. Differing opinions make for spirited debate and better results.
Al Scala February 26, 2013 at 08:52 PM
,JackQ...what is the old saying? Power corrupts...Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Jorgey February 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM
These people serve & are paid w.tax payer salary...i say we have control to change things but we choose..choose..choose to sit back as if we are helpless. Ill march w.you to Town Hall demanding change! Change to this sysyem of "appointing" ..thats a bunch of bull...
Al Scala February 27, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Jorgey, not only are they paid salaries, those salaries are pensionable. The cost to us taxpayers goes far beyond their salaries. I wonder if they are given any health benefits or any other type of benefits.
Jack Q February 27, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I like to think that "with great power comes great responsibility". Unfortunately, not too many of our government leaders on both sides take those words to heart.
Al Scala February 27, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Holding elected public office anywhere is certainly admirable. However, in Wayne it becomes "appointed" office. OK, I know, I know, these appointees were eventually elected. I just couldn't resist.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 02:17 PM
It has the benefit of a temporary job without the pension and other percs. Once in you have a greater chance of becoming permanent. It has an unfair advantage to the other applicants. A simple phone call to the health insurer may answer the benefit question.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Noting that quite a few council are self employed, it may be worth the call, considering health insurance for family coverage on the open market can exceed 24,000 a year with a basic plan.
Justice February 27, 2013 at 02:23 PM
WR. It's my pay grade. Lol
Nose Wayne February 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Justice, my bet is they are getting it. You would be surprised what goes on "behind closed doors".

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