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Eddie Donnelly, the president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association. Photo courtesy of YouTube.

FMBA backs Republicans in Cranford

Union has soured on Mayor Pat Giblin

By Nikita Biryukov, October 31 2019 9:48 am

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A firemen’s union endorsed Republicans for Cranford Township Committee Thursday.

The Firefighter’s Mutual Benevolent Organization backed Committeewoman Mary O’Connor and Phil Siliato.

“We have worked with Mary, whose brother is a member of the NJ FMBA, during her time on the township council, and, after getting to know Phil in recent weeks, know that for both of them action is more important than talk,” FMBA President Eddie Donnelly said.

The two Republicans face Democrats Kathleen Miller Prunty and Brian Andrews. Democratic Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley is not seeking re-election this year.

It’s not clear how large a role the town’s mayor played on the endorsement, but Donnelly said the FMBA had soured of Mayor Pat Giblin.

“When elected officials refuse to honor the sanctity of collective bargaining we must respond. One of the most powerful ways for us to do that is through our votes,” Donnelly said. “Unfortunately, since being in office Mayor Pat Giblin has proven, despite his commitments that helped him previously earn our endorsement, that negotiating in good faith with the men and women of the Cranford Fire Department is not a priority for him.”

Giblin is not up for re-election this year. Election day is Nov. 5.

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