|Frank Catania, Jr.|
The timing of Catania's enrollment is highly questionable as it came mere days after Rottino took over as Interim City Manager. Perhaps this is another reason for the divide of power as reliable sources who asked to remain anonymous, because of their employment with the City of Hackensack, have revealed that former City Manager Stephen LoIacono refused to enroll Catania when approached. It is my understanding that under the terms of Mr. LoIacono's separation agreement both he and the city refrain from commenting on matters pertaining to one another, therefore LoIacono was not contacted for comment.
The City of Hackensack is currently under contentious negotiations with its police officers. The Hackensack Police Department has worked since December 31, 2012 without a contract. A PBA Local 9 member who wishes to remain anonymous as contract negotiations continue has indicated to The Scoop that a major stumbling block at the negotiation table is health insurance benefits. This information regarding a part time worker receiving generous benefits from the City of Hackensack undoubtedly puts ice water on the contract negotiations.
Is this how we thank the men and women of our police department who have made a major change in crime rates and improvements to quality of life issues in the last year? Thank goodness our Class I Fire Department settled their contract before Rottino took a seat at the table.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think that Mr. Catania has a message for the tax payers and residents of Hackensack....