Wildes' Mayoral Record
I read with amazement a highly critical letter of me from Robert Stern,
my opponent in the Englewood mayoral election ("Blaming does not
lead to change," Your Views, Sept. 14).
Stern, the independent candidate for mayor, has stepped over the line
of truthfulness more than once in his public statements about me, either
through omission or outright fabrication. In his most recent letter, he
gives the impression that I am solely responsible for running Englewood
and claims that I am avoiding my responsibility for the tragic fires that
killed three innocents last month.
Englewood is a council/manager form of government. The mayor in Englewood
has less power than either the City Council or the city manager. Responsibility
for fire inspections, or a lack thereof, rests with the council and its
The policies in place regarding housing inspections were drafted and passed
by the City Council, some of whose members are Stern supporters. Is this
a case of the best defense being a good offense, with Stern being used
to run offense for his council supporters? I'll let the public decide
Stern is right about one thing: I did "inject" myself into the
fire inspection issue two years ago when members of the Latino community
found their homes being randomly raided in a manner that violated their
As an attorney and former federal prosecutor, I not only understood the
constitutional issues involved, I was also offended by the city's blatant
violation of civil rights. My speaking up did not endear me to some local
politicians or the government employees who then needed to make an extra
effort in the search process.
I can take the heat. It's my job as mayor. But let's be clear about one
thing: The council's adoption of measures mandating how proper searches
should take place did not absolve its staff of the obligation to ensure
that searches are conducted.
Stern must know this. But it doesn't matter to him because he was run
as an "independent" by politicians with an agenda: keeping a
truly independent voice out of the mayor's office.
Michael J. Wildes
Englewood, Sept. 14
by Michael J. Wildes, Mayor, City
2-10 N. Van Brunt Street
Englewood , NJ 07631
for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Assemblyman Arnold Brown, Treasurer