Roseland Resident Claudia Reis Admits to Sending Postcard to All of Roseland Using the Town Hall Address
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
ROSELAND, NJ - For the past 11 weeks, residents of Roseland have been debating who it was that sent out a postcard to the entire town, using the Roseland Borough Hall as a return address. The postcard appeared to most residents as if it was coming from the town administration itself.
At the meeting of the Roseland Governing Body, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Mayor John Duthie held up the postcard and pointedly told resident Claudia Reis that it was she who sent out the postcard, while also arguing that the statements she has been making online against the administration are not true.
While we're on the subject of being truthful, it's come to the attention of the Governing Body that you had sent out a postcard to the entire community using the Borough's mailing address as a return address....everybody knows this.
At that same meeting, Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard broke into the Mayor's statement expressing that he was "thrilled" with any notice that "gets the public involved in the decision making" of the town and that when he looked at the postcard he saw the return address as announcing the location of the meeting.
When Councilman Mark Vidovich asked Leonard, "So it's okay if someone uses your business address?" the councilman did not answer.
Reis did not reply at all to the Mayor's statements and walked away from the podium.
Following the meeting, West Essex Now repeatedly contacted Reis asking if there was any truth to the mayor's assertions; there was no response.
During the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 19, Reis wrote on Facebook that the reason she did not use her home address on a postcard sent to the entire town was because she's been called a variety of derogatory names on social media.
I can't imagine why I just wouldn't give
When pressed further, Reis ultimately admitted to sending out the postcard, and paying for it herself. She also echoed Leonard's explanation for the return address being used, that it was simply the location of the meeting.
I didn't respond to the Mayor's questions
It is clear that Reis considers her actions justified.