DiFolco advances township ethics reform
On Monday night Rich DiFolco was sworn in by Democrat Assemblyman Troy Singleton. After taking office DiFolco did not waste any time. After thanking the volunteers on his campaign and the voters of Mount Holly he made a motion to reintroduce the ethics (pay-to-play) reform that Town Council tabled months ago. With Councilman Dow seconding the motion it passed and will have the first reading at a future meeting.
This ordinance will prevent lawyers and engineers that have contracts with the township from contributing to political campaigns for members of town council. This ordinance was previously supported by Councilman Dow but died after first reading when Mt. Holly did not receive additional state aid. The ordianace was mandatory to recieve the aid but Councilman Belton and Gibson refused to support it after getting pressure from the political boss on High Street. Basically they supported it to get state funds then refused to support it after being lobbied and now will be forced to publicly vote on it again. What will they do? Will they flip-flop again?
Kudos to new Councilman DiFolco for keeping his campaign promise and introducing the much needed ethics reform to improve transparency in our local government.