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Kazan Fingerprint Debacle is Indicative of a Bigger Problem, Resident Says

Author wonders if the government can still be trusted.

A firestorm has broken out over the delay to seat Cathy Kazan, who was elected to the Board of Education of the Wayne Public School District over yet another background check by another contractor retained by the state's security apparatus.

According to news reports and Ms. Kazan, the problem seems to rest in a failed fingerprint identification that is reported to occur only one percent of the time. This mind you in the age of six points of identification for a driver’s license and passports now being used as identification to prove an individual is in fact who they say they are during the age of 'no fly lists' and the Snowden NSA meta data revelations and a push for ever more voter id by the right wing of the republican party?

The problem as I see it now how ever is something like an episode out of “The Twilight Zone” where a community questions itself as to the real identity and motives of its long standing members after some unusual event? That event in this example is that during a past election cycle some one ran for office who was clearly making long range plans to leave Wayne anyway sell their home and then move to Texas. This person having won the seat, and then announcing their intent to vacate it, left the board to appoint a relative unknown individual who had not bothered to have run for the seat like Ms. Kazan and few others had done.

Where I can lay honest criticism on the board for causing this latest dust up was that they did not appoint Ms. Kazan to the vacated seat that was the next runner up during the election for the open seat. In this most recent election Cathy Kazan made the second effort and carried the day, and that should have settled the matter but as we read it did not.

Now, while a recent national poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of people simply have no faith in government or its ability to solve problems, here at home there is also a similar and critical crisis of trust. 

In the era of the George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed the governor and his cronies is it really too far fetched to be suspicious of how the Kazan affair came about when we know that the council has done what it has in these three examples and to my knowledge has never publicly apologized to the aggrieved individuals and entities, nor has the school board publicly spoken of their acquiescence to the voice of the People and, is too far beyond the pale of credulity to ask if some one within the township may have done something to scuttle Ms. Kazan's election? Say, someone who in the past may have opened an investigation on Ms Kazan that remained open and stopped the background check dead in its tracks that now has become unwieldy since there is no there, there, in her background?

As the freshman Texas Senator Ted Cruz said about the combat wounded decorated Vietnam Veteran Chuck Hagel during his appointment hearings as Secretary of Defense and a bank deposit Mr. Hagel made? 'We just don't know' [where the money came from]. 

As it goes here in Wayne when it came to some one every body knew, Cathy Kazan, we just don't know who may have attempted to interfere with an election and we never know what with the penchant this country now has with secrecy and security, even when it comes to a school board election it would appear and that is not good for democracy at all much less rebuild the trust and confidence the People have in Wayne's local government.

Stewart Resmer

Wayne, NJ

Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM
C.L. I don't mean to be repetitive here, but answer my question. Why wasn't Nellis Drive able to secure an appointment for Cathy, when it got done immediately, once Lonnie Miller Ryan of Scott Rumana's office got involved. I'll tell you why! Nellis Drive was going to let the beauracratic process take place, knowing it would delay her actual seating on the Board. If they were so concerned with getting her seated, why then was an appointment not secured?
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Joann......the more I ponder this, the more I smell a rat!
Pad January 04, 2014 at 02:07 PM
She is being messed with for sure. I can see a delay for prints coming back but they weren't even submitted by the company doing the fingerprinting. She is outspoken and her voice will make headlines. What goes on behind closed doors at Nellis Drive is almost criminal. There is so much that's kept from the taxpayers. What's going on with "Spender Gonzalez's" # 2 friend? Is she still around? They really covered her incident up from the taxpayers. Wayne citizens should wake up and see what goes on in this town! You will be surprised! Things at 475 Valley Road isn't any better either. Both location could use a good enema to flush out all the cr-p that's still there hurting the taxpayers everyday.
Pad January 04, 2014 at 02:10 PM
JoAnne, You are so correct on a lot of issues. The BOE in this town is dysfunctional at best. There should be a full accounting of all financial holdings, hiring and expenditures of the BOE by the State Attorney Generals Office.
joann ranalletti January 04, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Pad, I am in total agreement with you. How do we go about getting this done?
Pad January 04, 2014 at 03:40 PM
File a complaint with the SAGs office.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Al I, too, would prefer to avoid repetition. But, again, what does Kathy have to say about her interaction with Nellis when the problem arose? Why won't she explain? You know she is reading these posts. Why must you and I speculate?
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 05:44 PM
C.L. I can't speak for Cathy. I don't think Cathy is going to get on here and comment. She has her appointment to be finger printed and I'm sure she'll take it from there. You keep avoiding a serious issue here. Why was Lonnie Miller Ryan able to do something that the Board office should have done. I've already answered this. As far as I'm concerned, Machado, Petty, & Gonzalez are all culpable here. Yeh, maybe they made a call or two, WITH NO RESULTS. Then they all went home for vacation.Lonnie Miller Ryan made one call and got it done. She did what three very highly paid people at Nellis couldn't do. The Nellis group should have demanded this be done and not sit and wait for some letter from some God forsaken beauracratic office. They sat on their hands figuring they'll follow the beauracratic process, knowing full well that it would cause a delay in Kazan taking the seat. The fish stinks from the head and Nellis drive is the fish. You can figure for yourself who and what the head is. It is clear what went down here. If you don't want to see it, then don't. Nellis dropped the ball.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Al You have answered nothing. You make assumptions about what actions Nellis did or didn't take. I am not avoiding any issue. Rather than listen to the speculation of you and others, I would like to hear from Kathy, and Nellis. Kathy has communicated on the Patch before, particularly with respect to this fingerprint screw up. One would think she would add some clarity now, in view of all of these posts. I would think you would agree, and I am surprised that you are so satisfied that you have this all figured out.
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 06:09 PM
C.L. You refuse to see the obvious. Then if you believe and or know that Petty, Machado, Gonzalez etal, did all they could in an expedited matter, why did they not get another appointment for Cathy? Why did that appointment have to be secured by Lonnie Miller Ryan and not the powers to be at Nellis. You simply refuse to see it, because you don't want to see it. When are you going to see the light of day? For God's sake, open up your eyes! You can't see this? This is so obvious it's incredible.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Al Are you not interested in hearing from Kathy and Nellis? Aren't you the least bit curious? You assume I believe or know anything that went on. But I don't...you believe you know. I would like to hear from someone other than you, who gets his news from The Patch and then closes his mind. Otherwise, all of us can just be satisfied believing what we believe, case closed.
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 06:35 PM
Case is closed. It's obvious as to what happened here. Stop trying to bait Cathy into this. It's the oldest trick in the book. You know what happened as well as I. Maybe this needs to be taken to a higher level!
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I am not trying to bait Kathy. There is no trick here. Maybe that is the answer (take it to a higher level). But I have heard enough from Al Scala; I would like to hear from the people who are involved. Surprised as all hell that you don't feel the same way.
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 07:20 PM
That's a great idea. Let's hear from the people involved. Let's hear from Juanita Petty, Isabelle Machado, Dr.Gonzalez etal. Let's hear it right from the horse's mouth. Why don't they give us dates, names, timelines of who they called, emails, etc. Yeh, that's the ticket....let's hear from the people involved.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 07:35 PM
I appreciate the sarcasm. But, your suggestion, irrespective of its tongue in cheek delivery, is a good suggestion.
Al Scala January 04, 2014 at 07:58 PM
That wasn't sarcasm!
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Then, just a good suggestion, period.
joann ranalletti January 04, 2014 at 08:39 PM
I do not think it is prudent for Cathy to say anything more at this time. She has apprised all of what has taken place and that should suffice. The ones who should be made to disclose are the superintendent, Petty, Machado and the BOE. Perhaps they are waiting for the PR Firm to do a press release for them!!!!!!!!!!
Bill January 04, 2014 at 08:54 PM
CL, why do you consistently misspell Ms. Kazan's first name. At this point you know very well that her name is spelled with a "C", not a "K", yet you persist in this childishness. What is it that you hope to accomplish doing this? I note that you have not misspelled the names of the players involved in this travesty of the democratic process.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Dear Bil: Gee, I don't know. Just a mistake. I know other Kathys/Cathys, and I am more accustomed to spelling it with a K. Please don't be offended for Ms. Kazan over that! And, I don't think I have spelled any other names in my above posts, regarding other "players," aside from "Nellis."
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 09:25 PM
And, if Cathy Kazan is reading these posts, I apologize for misspelling your name. However, it is more likely than not that Bil is more upset about this than you.
Bill January 04, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Cl. Perhaps you would consider going to school for spelling ? Bill with a double l.
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 09:33 PM
Bil, perhaps your lack of sense of humor prevents you from realizing that my misspelling of your name was/is intentional.
Bill January 04, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Rhonda. Is that all you learned at Harvard? The put down of someone's opinion? Unless you were taught that by a realtor mom ? Who has made the rip off report?
Chicken Little January 04, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Bil. What opinion did you express other than to criticize my spelling of Cathy's name? Come on Bil. If this is all you have to contribute to the discussion of the topic of the article (which Al Scala and I were doing quite nicely before you came along), just stay home.
Pad January 05, 2014 at 07:06 AM
They are messing with her for sure! The BOE in this town is a disgrace and so much is hidden from the taxpayers. Hey BOE! How about the incident with Spender Gonzalez's # 2 person?
stewart resmer January 05, 2014 at 10:39 AM
As the author of this op-ed I think that Mz Kazan has made her self clear enough on the matter here as well as NJ.com and elsewhere. I see no reason for her to respond here. I do agree the onus is on the school district to proceed with the appointment. As well as articulate a position on what the heck is going on here as well as an assurance from the police chief that there is not something going on within the department that caused this?
leanbean January 05, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Stewart, You have to be kidding? You want an assurance from the police chief that there is not something going on within the department that caused this? Your not in Ca. anymore your in Wayne now.
stewart resmer January 05, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Guess ya musta missed the part about confidence and trust being broken w gvt then? You think all of this is a joke? Re read some of these comments.
leanbean January 05, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Stewart, You took me wrong. I agree with what you said. But this is Wayne and these things have been known to happen with the WPD. If I ever meet you in person? I'll tell you some story's about what went on and goes on there. I was just saying don't expect any assurance's from the chief.

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