Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano slammed the town’s Republican council for moving to pay former police captain James Carifi even as he files another legal action against the town.
“Let me be clear: Captain Carifi, no matter who his brother is, does not get to both be paid $425,000 and continue to sue the taxpayers of Parsippany-Troy Hills,” Sorriano said. “As I have said many times, I support paying out Mr. Carifi’s accrued leave time, which should have been paid by my predecessor, but only as part of a complete settlement of all Carifi litigation.”
Carifi is the brother of Parisppany Council President Paul Carifi.
James Carifi mounted an unsuccessful bid against his brother in 2019.
Paul Carifi, Councilman Michael dePierro and Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani said the mayor was playing it fast and loose with the facts, saying that James Carifi had not filed a suit but simply asked a judge to force the city to pay him in accordance with a resolution the council passed last month.
“It’s a shame that Mayor Soriano is resorting to lies to try and cover up his tax-raising record. The fact of the matter is that there is no lawsuit and the Mayor knows it,” the Republicans said. “The Council voted in a bipartisan fashion to pay Mr. James Carifi what he is owed, but the Mayor has so far refused to do so. Today’s filing is simply Mr. Carifi’s attorney asking a Judge to force the Mayor to do his job.”
Last month, Democratic Councilwoman Janice McCarthy, who had run with Soriano in 2017, voted with the Republicans on the resolution to James Carifi for his accrued leave time.
At the time, Soriano launched a similar attack against the town’s Republicans, saying they must close out all of James Carifi’s suits before paying him anything. Doing otherwise, Soriano said, opens Parsippany up to millions in losses.
“I am tired of our taxpayers footing the bill for these lawsuits. As soon as Mr. Carifi signs the required release, which settles his multiple lawsuits against our town, we can legally and properly close this dark chapter of political infighting in Parsippany’s history.”