|Former Fire Chief on Friday|
"Giant step right, but it must be followed with the discipline for all to finalize their retirement, more (retirements) to come to mitigate demotions and the discipline not to replace them. This was not re-inventing the wheel; attrition was the name of the game under the Pasculli and early Russo Administrations. For example, I was promoted to fire chief in 1990 (Pasculli admin.) and there were no new hires in the FD since 1988 and when I retired in 1995 (Russo admin.), there still were no new hires.
Again, this current action showed leadership by all involved and kudos have to go to the considerate police officers who earned their retirement and helped with this result, which is to the benefit of all the citizens of Hoboken. Good luck and health to them in their new beginning.
In conclusion, it shows that negotiation can follow confrontation. By the way, I feel that our rather new police chief Falco performed well under the pressure of this crisis situation."