Purcell Says Buyouts Aren't the Answer to Flooding

Ward One Councilman: 'Let’s work on getting the problem solved, not moving people out or doing another study.'

Alan Purcell said he takes great pride in representing the concerns of Wayne's 1st Ward residents.

The 12-year councilman is running for another four-year term on the council in this year’s election.

“People have to come first,” Purcell said. “I really enjoy it here in the First Ward. The people are so friendly and care about their community."

Flooding is a constant issue in the ward. Ryerson Avenue and the surrounding area experienced record flooding earlier this year due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The ward is often the first to experience flooding and the last to dry out.

“I was amazed to see the extent of the damage that was caused this year,” Purcell said. “It was so hard to drive down the streets everyday and see people lose everything they had.”

The township is buying out homes in the ward, but Purcell insists that buyouts aren’t the answer to the area’s ongoing, and lately, escalating, flooding.

“If you buy the people out, are we going to cut back on municipal services,” Purcell asked. “We’re going to lose tax ratables here and someone has to share in that increase in taxes.”

The ward contains the Willowbrook Mall, former Wayne Towne Center, an industrial complex, several businesses in the Mountainview section of town, a train station and a light-rain station on Route 23, which Purcell said, can’t be bought out.

“You can’t buyout the only regional retail center in Wayne and the only railroad system in Wayne, “ Purcell said. “Let’s work on getting the problem solved, not moving people out or doing another study.”

Pressure must be kept on state and federal authorities to find a long-term solution to the problem, Purcell said. A tunnel from the township to Newark Bay is one solution that garnered support from state officials years ago, Purcell said, but the plan was abandoned when authorities said it would cost too much to construct.

Purcell said the town must do more to keep businesses in Wayne.

“I’m in favor of streamlining a process that allows businesses to make improvements to their businesses,” Purcell said. “We need businesses. They are an important part of our community and the people who live here depend on them.”

Purcell, a married father of two boys, has a great sense of civic pride that he makes no effort to hide. The friendly and often smiling man passionately speaks out at council meetings about issues concerning not just the First Ward, but the entire township.

“When it comes to something that affects the whole town, yes, I represent everybody,” Purcell said. “But when it comes to my ward, if I feel that we are being shortchanged in any way I will speak up for the residents who live here.”

Purcell was a home repairman for Sears for years. He owns a business, Just Garages, with his wife. He also was a volunteer with the Passaic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Purcell also volunteers his time with Homes for our Troops, a non-profit organization of volunteers who construct specially-adapted homes for severely-injured members of the military. Purcell donates and installs garage doors and garage door openers in the homes.

“These people have given so much for our country, the least we can do for them is to make sure they have a comfortable home,” Purcell said.

Rob Burke October 12, 2011 at 06:05 PM
@Scondo: Thank you for your comment. Please see my post, below, about Purcell's position on the settlement of the public records litigation. He was the only Councilperson who wanted to keep fighting. Even though the Court said the Town's position was "frivolous." Evidently, Purcell's problem with me is worth spending even more taxpayer money to try to hurt me.
Scondo October 12, 2011 at 06:37 PM
@Rob, let us not get too carried away now. You are a PITA, but you are our PITA and we love you. PITA is a joke. But you are right in the instance of the planning issue. Towns need to keep business happy and profitable. Townsfolk should look about and see how many businesses support the local church by advertisement in the bulletin, give money to Scouts, Little League, Boys &Girls Club, PAL. There are a couple of car dealers in town who have been very generous to First Aid. A friend of mine would never turn down a Scout asking for help on an Eagle project even to the point where he was closing his doors---the day before he gave a donation to the project. Business is what made this nation and we have forgotten that. Look about and see all the vacant properties in the area. Union Camp corporation a Fortune 500 company that used to be in Wayne is gone and replaced by a State Univ paying no taxes. Town Council get done with the Burke thing and move to help business not hurt business.
Rob Burke October 12, 2011 at 06:47 PM
@Scondo: I don't even know who you are (and I'm not asking). And believe me, I've been called much worse than a PITA. Indeed, much worse by Vergano & Scuralli, to name two. Realistically, though, this Mayor & Council have had many opportunities to end their spiteful vendetta against me, and they've rejected every single one of them. There's no reason to expect changed behavior now. I do agree wholeheartedly with you and with Purcell that businesses are a vital part of any community. They are positive ratables as they pay taxes without receiving much in the way of services. And they provide important goods and services that every community needs to be vibrant, attractive and successful. Ironically, Rumana, Vergano et al. had a wonderful opportunity to embrace the positive changes I brought to Wayne and even take credit for them. Millions of gallons of dirty car wash water no longer pumps into the Pompton River. Instead, we have reduced our consumption by 90% and what we do discharge, we now send to the municipal sanitary sewer system. That beats the heck out of car wash filth ending up in a flooded home. That was an expensive project that I paid out of pocket for. Sure, the other stuff I've done may garner more attention. But this one probably had the biggest impact. Meanwhile, not even an apology for allowing an extortionist to illegally hold office in Wayne for 7 years. Not one.
Wayne Voter October 12, 2011 at 06:51 PM
I agree wholeheartedly Scondo. We need to send a more positive message to our local businesses. In addition to Mr. Purcell continuing the fight against Mr. Burke, Mr. Scuralli acuses him of not paying taxes. This is a disgrace. We need rateables desperately. We are paying much higher taxes because of the businesses who have either left or closed. We should be bending over backwards to keep the ones we have and who are contributing to our local economy. I know we need regulation, but there is a limit to what the market will bear.
Raymond Vena October 12, 2011 at 07:07 PM
The old adage about "Walking before you run" would be a good way to start, Mr. Purcell. Cleaning up the mess along the passaic river would be a start. Then progress with demanding dredging to be done. For a councilman whose been in office for 12 years I see nothing being done
georgeg October 12, 2011 at 07:16 PM
Twelve years on the Council????? Buyouts not the answer.....So what is being done to mitigate the problem.......what has been done to improve the appearance of the ward??? Certainly not the construction yard on Ryerson or the yard around the corner on the Nwk-Pompton Turnpike......or the narrowing road area at the end of Ryerson and the Turnpike.....
George October 12, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I agree, Mr Hubbard please do an article on Ward 6 candidates. Please ask her about her husband...I am not interested in the love story perspective (we already heard that)but would like to hear about her knowledge of his criminal background and jail time and how she concealed that from the council.. Also, I would like to hear about Mr Mirza.
Al Scala October 12, 2011 at 07:39 PM
We as taxpayers don't expect a lot. Is honesty too much to ask for? Is efficiency in the running of our government too much to ask for? Sometimes the people need to speak out loudly by purging what's in the government. We really need to send an important message to the town politicians.We need to vote out of office the politicians who are self serving.. Let's pull our heads out of the sand and literally remove from office by election Bello, Purcell, Scuralli, Jimenez., for their lack of integrity by ignoring the Bello issue! They ignored it. They stuck their nose up at the people of Wayne. They refused to acknowledge it or do anything about it! In my opinion that is arrogance and malfeasance in office. There's only one way to handle this and that is send a message to these people and vote them out!
Rob Burke October 12, 2011 at 07:49 PM
@wayne resident: I think there are 7 seats up for election, not just 4. Every Councilperson has stood as one and closed ranks around an extortionist who shook down small businesses. This Council stands together -- McIntyre included, Schweighardt included, Ryan included. Sadowski included. And Vergano too. They all deserve the same treatment when the voters next have a chance to cast their ballots.
Al Scala October 12, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Rob, I agree. All should go. Maybe this is the only language they understand. This would diminish the control that Rumana has over the town as well.
Al Scala October 12, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Although McIntyre is running unopposed, when I go into the booth, I will not be voting for him. That's sad as I live in the District he represents. I knowChris. I've known him for about 10 years now! Because of the way he avoided and ignored the Bello issue, he will not get my vote. Maybe I'll write in somebody as a protest.
Rob Burke October 12, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Much easier said than done. If you really want to affect the outcome, make sure your next door neighbors know what you know. And then encourage them to do the same.
Rob Burke October 12, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Write in "Anyone But McIntyre" and spread the word. It would be hilarious if Anyone But McIntyre garnered more votes than McIntyre.
Joe videodummy October 12, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I totally agree with wayne resident I remember Chris when he was a rent-a-cop. He's was the first one to uphold the law - until it's one of his own...now he turns a blind-eye. My My how people change. When I think of the residents that actually depend on the town council, it's a pathetic embarrassment to watch our reprsentatives at these meetings. If Alan Purcell is sincere about stopping the buy-out, he should bring it to a vote. NOW, while the town council is still corrupt and unorganized.
Rob Burke October 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Hmmm...No one coming to Purcell's defense in these comments. I guess when he called Vergano an a-hole at a Council Meeting he committed political suicide.
George October 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM
I definetly agree Bello must absolutely go..Untrustworthy to the core.. If she doesn't resign (and apparently she is not) then she must not be re-elected. If she is then there is something wrong with the 6th ward. That being saidI do not hold Councilman McIntyre responsible for this in any way. He was one of two I believe that answered the question when he found out and that was good enough for me. He is an upstanding man and one of the best in the township let alone on the council. Bello's future on the council is the responsibility of Bello (obviously she does not have the character to take responsibility and do the right thing) and the 6th ward voters..
Cathy Okulski October 13, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Issues/questions raised at council meetings will be met with their all familiar resistance. They will go off on a tangent and never answer or comment at the issue at hand. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Rumana puppet. Would you? I would be willing to arrange a meeting/ conference room in a Wayne Hotel for anyone interested in meeting one night to find a way to actually be heard and to get the word out on what needs to happen in this town. Have a bullet list, how and what should be done for and by the taxpayers for starters. It has to start somewhere. At this point when an issue is raised at one of their meetings they contract diarrhea of the mouth and taxpayer concerns and questions go in one ear and then right out their Rumana kissing _ _ _es. So many questions need to be answered. This is probably a bad idea, but if interested, please contact me at jrzsea@aol.com. Cathy
Rob Burke October 13, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Cathy -- yours is a great idea. I just emailed you. If you're inclined, we can print a simple flyer with bullet points. We can knock on doors and hand them out. Even if we each only do a street or two, it will make a difference. Along the way, we'll find people willing to join in and do the same. Its time consuming, but there's no better way than talking to the voters. Just a thought.
Wayne Resident October 14, 2011 at 03:46 AM
There has been a plan to build the flood tunnel since the 1970's. It would be constructed hundreds of feet underground and would be 10 feet larger in diameter than the Lincoln Tunnel. It can divert flood waters in the Passaic River Basin and dump into the Newark Bay. Back in the 70's it would have a cost in the millions. Today it will cost 1.5 billion but the costs to build out weigh the costs to buy out homes & businesses in the flood way. The plan isn't much different than the tunnels and aqueduct constructed 150 years ago in California. What is the hold up? Partisan politics.
Justice October 14, 2011 at 08:11 AM
Any life insurance policy purchased and paid for by the Township of Wayne on someone convicted of a crime can be INSURANCE FRAUD, especially if it was never disclosed to the underwriter. Imagine that, more Fraud..
BS Filter October 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM
These comments read like a teenage chat line. Everyone agrees with each other in their distaste for the current administration. Could the whole on-line conversation process be stacked with friends? Have the voters have been totally wrong by electing the current mayor and council? Perhaps the main instigator has been "tilting at windmills" and still can't accept the facts that his attempts thus far to collar the "perps" have been rejected by all concerned. Run for council or mayor and see if your message changes the situation. That is, if you and your friends can get away from their computers.
Joe videodummy October 15, 2011 at 05:49 AM
Voters ? The voters in town make up what ? Maybe 7% of the population come out and vote. The average total voting population for town council is under 2000, except when voting for the Mayor ( then there are 2-3 times that ) Of that, seniors make up 35% of the vote. You BS Filter are a "middle of the road" voter. You swing to the favorite, hoping everyone on that side has done their research, so you don't have to explain your decision if there happens to be an upset. If your personal favorite isn't going to be the winner, you probably don't vote at all. You fail to realize that the middle of the road is where you find dead skunks. Continue following the posts here over the next couple of weeks and maybe you might be able to make some decisions on your own. Ones that won't add to the stink in Pacanack Lake, or along the river. Good Luck !
Justice October 15, 2011 at 09:15 AM
Teenage Chat Line....tilting at windmills...collaring perps...BS I believe that you are Loni Miller...or her clone....sounds like the lingo of a Rumana stoogie...Well, at least you didn't use 3/4 letter words....LET ME REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL WERE APPOINTED ORIGINALLY....NOT VOTED IN as Loni suggests. THIS GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO BELIEVE IN A TOTALITARIAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT WAS NOT VOTED IN...EVEN CPA JIMINEZ WAS JUST APPOINTED...NOW IS RUNNING...talk about the backwards position, Wayne Council and 475 know it well...what a bunch of thugs...Bedford Stuyvesant is safer than Wayne...at least you see them coming
Justice October 15, 2011 at 09:18 AM
@Mickey, would you mind restating your email address? It seems that the last part of the address dropped off...Is it @gmail, ymail, ?? Thank You
Mickey Bradley October 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Justice October 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Getting back to "tilting at windmills": reference the following and learn from history: tyranny approaches not with a bang, but with quiet bagmen in the middle of the night.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilda_van_Stockum Hilda Gerarda van Stockum (February 9, 1908 – November 1, 2006) was a children's book author and artist. She was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Her father was an officer in the Dutch Royal Navy. She grew up in the Netherlands and Ireland, living for many years in the United States, and lived in England from about 1973. Her books are characterised by their vivid and realistic depictions of family life, some of it (e.g. The Mitchells) being autobiographical. The Winged Watchman is her best-known book. It is a true story of how traditional windmills were used by the Dutch resistance for signaling under the noses of German occupiers. Two Dutch boys play a heroic role, carrying a warning message to the first windmill. The signal is then sent rapidly across the countryside by altering the position of the arms of the windmills. The book is based on letters Hilda received from relatives in the Netherlands, and has been praised for conveying an accurate sense of life under Nazi occupation. This book and several of her other titles are currently in print.
Rob Burke October 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Occupy Wayne, A Conversation, tomorrow night, October 18, 2011, 6 pm at 2122 Hamburg Turnpike. All are welcome to attend. Note that I have now been contacted by three news outlets wanting to know what's up with this. I told them I wasn't sure just yet. Let's find out together. Wayne Corruption Costs You Money Occupy Wayne: We Won't Go Til Nadine Goes
Yanksandmore October 18, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Sounds great and I would love to attend. I unfortunately have a prior engagement and can't attend. I can't wait to hear what comes out of this though and would like any information that can be given afterwards and going forward. Good Luck everyone
Rob Burke October 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM
@Yanks: I suspect that if there's enough interest, we will need to arrange a follow up meeting in the very near future. I'm thinking Sunday afternoon, around 4 pm. There's not much time between now and November 8th, so getting organized quickly is important. More to follow. Try to keep Sunday, 4 pm available.
georgeg October 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Twelve years as the councilman for the 1st Ward....and what activity if any take place??????


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