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Cheryl Russo Files Ethics Complaint

Contends Borough attorney worked for Republicans, not the Borough, in review of conflict of interest allegations.


Press release:


The complaint:


  1. goosie gander wrote:

    Ms. Russo lost all credibility in my opinion by accepting campaign money from the former (infamous) mayor. The Dems can entertain themselves for three more years as the minority party. Welcome back to the bad ol’ days, just when I thought it was getting boring around here.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:46 am | Permalink
  2. WOW! Now she gets vocal? Wish she had this much to say during her election campaign! I’m still waiting for a response for her to show up in my living room to share her views and plans for our community.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:58 am | Permalink
  3. Aileen wrote:

    Remind me how the matter was cured. Did the candidates give back the money? In that case can they vote on the development?

    The bigger question is, why do we have a borough attorney if he can’t rule or opine on whether the Mayor and council are operating legally?

    And then there’s the question for Ms. Russo: Where was she when the pay to play was loosened and the mayor and council illegally tried to thwart our petition to preserve the original ordinance? She says she voted to keep it, but I didn’t meet her during those times when I worked on this and met new friends who were not only vocal, but simply in favor of keeping it. I never heard of Ms. Russo till she ran for council under the auspices of the guy who tried to loosen the pay to play.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
  4. admin wrote:

    The legal bill for that fiasco was $43,000 paid to the lawyers he hired plus I believe the Borough ended up having to pay the petitioners legal expenses too.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Admin: which of the many fiascos are you referring to above?

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink
  6. admin wrote:

    The fight to keep Belmar’s conflict of interest ordinance intact

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:31 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    $43,000 paid by the taxpayers? Unbelievable!Another reason why incompetent BA Kirschbum needs to go. He allowed that expense.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
  8. admin wrote:

    No this was Matt and Colleen

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Mcdirty’s fiascos cost Belmar a bloody fortune and the creep kept illegal Pay to Play donations.

    The kicker was Murphy rewarding his double dealing with the CRDA throne.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  10. The puppet master has not yet cut the strings on this marionette. Ugh.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  11. Master Blaster wrote:

    BTW the 5 ft sidewalk between 13th and 16th and the road paving on RR Ave was all CC and Maser – Colleen applied for a street grant but for Belmar to get the funding we had to put a sidewalk in – now with the sidewalk and two way traffic – BA lost 3 blocks of Beat the Clock parking – another well thought plan by the Doherty Braintrust

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
  12. Duh wrote:

    #11 I totally agree with you. That sidewalk is ridiculous. It’s too wide and needs to come up. You can barely get two way traffic by. Why are we eliminating parking spaces in a town who so desperately needs them!

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:54 am | Permalink
  13. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    I spoke to the gentlemen who owns the storage and he told me the town tried to get him to do it as a part of his expansion project and when he refused the town went ahead and did it anyway. I guess it had to do with giving a faired haired boy a contract as usual, not giving a rat’s butt about the affect on the town and parking spaces.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 6:43 am | Permalink
  14. Registered Democrat wrote:

    #11,12&13 the road is going to be a one way street going south and the sidewalk is long overdue,I believe I read about it on this site.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink
  15. Resident wrote:

    I hope it’s not going to be a one way street. There was no need for it to be.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:58 am | Permalink
  16. eugene creamer wrote:

    The public vs private counsel argument is weak.

    according to Belmar Code 2-7 ‘Rules of Procedure’ … the Borough Attorney serves as Parliamentarian for meetings.

    at any time during a meeting … the presiding officer, or any sitting member, can ask the Borough Attorney to address an issue.

    it seems to me that Mr Dasti was just doing his job.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  17. Sandra Caputo wrote:

    To the Borough Administration, if you cannot post the Zoom password ahead of time, please post ahead of time how and where to look for it on the night of the meeting.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    I think the Angels post the code

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  19. Video law wrote:

    18 what are angels? these are public meets by law of emergency order they can only conduct certain business on video.

    Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  20. FB wrote:

    Talk about ethics. Has anyone seen how Russo behaves on Facebook? Her comments are downright rude. But it’s not surprising. Just another do-nothing Democrat that will lie to your face and drive our town into the ground. Thank god she didn’t come close to being elected. Imagine the way she would speak to people at council meetings! Despicable

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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