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Councilman David Haas to Run for Mayor of Westfield

Third Ward Democratic councilman will challenge Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

Third Ward Councilman David Haas has announced he will challenge Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitksy for his seat this November.

First elected in 2005 and reelected in 2009, Haas is the council's lone Democrat and a former member of both the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board. 

According to The Westfield Leader, Haas stated: "I am running to help make Westfield an even better place to live than it is. We are all proud that Westfield has excellent schools, a vibrant downtown, beautiful parks, and caring, intelligent and skilled neighbors. But like other very successful communities, Westfield needs a town government dedicated to promoting openness, transparency and the active involvement of every member of our community, regardless of political party or affiliation, in meeting the new and sometimes unexpected challenges we will face in the years ahead."

In recent months, Haas, a father of two, has urged Skibitsky to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 

In February, Skibitsky announced he will buck tradition and seek a third term.

The Town Council will meet next at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Municipal Building. 

UnionAtty March 18, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Ah, the Bloomberg, Mr. You're Too Stupid to Decide Things For Yourself, Petition is a joke. I find it funny that Dave Haas never actually cites a statistic in his rant about why this petition is even relevant or needed. Here is what Haas, Mitch, Karen and rest of the anti-gun people are forgetting or actually deliberately omitting from this entire conversation - what happened in CT is absolutely a tragedy, but it should not be used as a springboard to say we need to ban guns or even certain types of guns and high capacity magazines. You want to blame or demonize something that you can control. The reality is that what you really want to ban is violence in our country which, unfortunately, has NOTHING to do with guns. It's in our nature to be violent. See, people like Haas, Mitch and Karen think that taking away your guns will somehow stop gun violence. It won't. It actually encourages people who are prone to be violent to be more violent. But let's put that argument aside for a second and talk about "assault rifles" - the demonizing name for a semi-automatic rifle. According to FBI stats, In 2011 the total murders from firearms were a little over 8,500. Total rifle deaths (not just semi-automatic rifles) was just a little over 300 or about 3% of ALL murders. Compare that with people killed by hands and feet (twice as many as rifles) and knives (5 times as many as rifles). .....
UnionAtty March 18, 2013 at 01:17 PM
People killed by medical errors in country totaled about 98,000 deaths (about 12 times the amount of people killed by firearms and nearly 300 times the amount of people killed by all rifles). But you don't see anyone talking about banning knives, hands, feet or doctors because people like Dave and Mitch paint with a broad brush and say, knives good, guns bad. Statistically, guns have prevented somewhere between 800,000 and 2 million crimes every year. The Second Amendment is not there to protect us against criminals. It is there to protect us against tyranny and politicians (the same ones who ask for armed security wherever they go or who carry guns themselves). The focus needs to be changed from gun control to crime control. You want gun control, go and enact the 28th Amendment taking away the rights afforded by the Second Amendment and affirmed over and over again by the US Supreme Court. Seriously, if this is the best issue that all of you can come up with for change in Westfield, you have some serious priority issues. My vote is for Andy.
Devilsfan March 18, 2013 at 01:25 PM
MoveOn.org alive and well in Karen and Westfield. Karne wants to save the children but supports abortion. Karen and her crew are nothing but left wing hypocrites trying to advance Soros' agenda. Move on already!
Mitch Slater March 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Take a look at all the other towns/cities in NJ that have signed on to Bloombergs petitition- Cranford, Millburn, Scotch Plains, Springfield, - Why is WESTFIELD Missing- I love how the NRA lovers always want to change the focus...how convenient......and "tyranny"- yeah that is a word used today in 2013..... http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml#NJ
UnionAtty March 18, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Mitch, Mitch, Mitch.. you just seem to make poor decisions over and over again. And, no, I do not belong to the NRA. I stay informed, read and do my own investigation before mouthing off. Let me tell you, as a member of the BoE, it's "Bloomberg's"- possessive. Second, telling me we should do something because other towns did it is a ridiculous argument. Who cares that they signed it? Do you even know why they signed it? Probably not. And, if changing the focus is citing facts and statistics rather than relying on the mantra "guns bad" is somehow changing the focus, I suggest you come up with something better to show me how my lens is out of focus. This is why you failed to win over the town on the issue of jamming turf fields with roof repairs. As for the tyranny comment, tyranny is anything where your government tries to control you under the guise that they somehow know better than you - like telling you how much soda you can purchase (Bloomberg), or how much salt you can put on your fries (Bloomberg), or what toilet bowl or light bulb you need to purchase for your home. That is not America. As a politician (yes, you're a politician) we tell you what to do, not the other way around.
MarciB March 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Let me be clear to all of the people out there that fear "losing their guns". Bloomberg's initiative does not state" everyone give back your weapons". It encourages the passage of the Fix Guns Checks Act which emphasizes universal and comprehensive background checks for all gun purchases. Even 80% of NRA members support universal background checks. Your arguments can never hold up. It is easier to buy a gun than a sudafed in most states which is a disgrace! Stop hiding behind the second amendment. This is not about that!
Afraid March 18, 2013 at 03:47 PM
We need to get the guns off the streets of westfield! I'm scared for the safety of my children!
Brad Schaeffer March 18, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Union Atty. That's pretty harsh. (I would bet my life savings on Mr. Slater knowing the possessive. If I had a dime for every misspelled word or "their going home to there house over they're" that I type on these formats or even emails I'd be a rich man!) That point made whatever you had to say afterwards petty. Which is a shame because the concerns you raise are valid. I wonder if you'd be more civilized using your actual name as Mitch does. It would probably make for a more legitimate discussion of a serious issue. Especially one in which both sides have valid issues...although I tend to side with the James Madison/Thomas Jefferson over Mike Bloomberg/Joe Biden but that's just me.
Mitch Slater March 18, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Union Attorney who goes nameless (wonder why?) - Check your facts- I voted against bundling the Roof/Turf bond..and sorry you got offended by a typo....and though I was elected- anyone who really knows me can vouch that I am no politician- just someone who speaks their mind- using their own name ...I give credit to Brad and Marci for having the courage to do the same- You should try it sometime...
c March 18, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Your 80% fact is dead wrong. Go ask the NRA
Voter X March 18, 2013 at 08:13 PM
You can always count in the GOP to point fingers at others to distract from the issue.
Voter X March 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Vote G.R.I.P. Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians
Afraid March 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Vote Mitch Slater out! He's an incumbent!
karen egert March 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Dear Afraid, Is your screename a hint? It seems you are "afraid " to list your real name. At least Mitch Slater is man enough to post his true identity. Mitch Slater is an upstanding member of our Board of Education and our community at large. And he has the courage to come and and speak for his conviction in his own voice , with his own name. That in and of itself speaks for his integrity, unlike some others on this post. Maybe " Mr. Afraid" is scared.... to man up and come out as a real Westfield person-- if you even exists .
G.R.I.P. March 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM
To Afraid: Mitch is not a politician
karen egert March 20, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Dear Mr Afraid , You are ridiculing any discussion of gun violence as if Westfield exists in a bubble . Did you know that, the Westfield police seized an " Oozie - Machine gun " from a car jacker chased by police in. Westfield on Springfield Ave ? The gunman was finally arrested on Rt22 and in his possession was an Oozie - Machine guns as described by police Dave Wayman . And that's only what was caught . ---This time . Please don't tell me that Westfield is so special that it is immune to illegal guns . After this incident . Mayor Skibitsky has an obligation to join this well respected nationwide organization that educates and informs mayors about this problem . He has an obligation to learn how to get these guns off the streets to protect Westfield residents . We don't have a fence around this town . And Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a network of mayors and law enforcement with a dearth of information to
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 01:23 PM
"Holy hell Karen! How should anyone take you or your "movement" seriously if you don't even know the proper SPELLING of the weapons you seek to ban? It is spelled UZI! U-Z-I...unless you read the story wrong and the guy was caught DWI drunk on ouzo? Seriously, find an issue that you even have the remotest clue in what you are talking about. You make yourself look foolish. And don't say "spelling doesn't matter, the weapons are still dangerous...how many CHILDREN must we--blah blah blah." It goes to credibility. There is no way that you should be offering yourself up as leader of a movement to ban something that you clearly are so unfamiliar with that you cannot even get the spelling right. Your phonetic attempt at "ooozie" means that you have never even seen the word in print before, which means you have done zero research of even the most basic nature. Therefore you are nothing but an emotional basket-case with no knowledge of your subject, with nothing but self-righteous baloney as your position, and no business even being involved in a movement that seeks to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans. It doesn't matter. Reid just took Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban out of the Dems; gun legislation. And she could even spell UZI."
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Oh...and an UZI is a "submachine gun" not a machine gun. That's an automatic weapon that fires a pistol cartridge. (SInce it's obvious you have no knowledge of anything related to guns I'll give you a lesson). I don't know the ins and outs of the law, but if it was an UZI submachine gun, then the very fiact that it's an automatic would mean it's already banned! And yet...they guy still had one. Wow. Shocking! But there is a law! Hey, that's not fair! A law was passed. And a mayors' resolution too. And yet he still had an UZI?? What gives? Maybe if he read the Mayor's petition against illegal guns, he might have seen the error of his ways. What do you think? See, In your world there are two types of people: Good, moral, righteous people who agree with you that a law passed is behavior achieved, and people (even parents) who want dead kids who agree with the founding fathers, common sense, civil liberties, and aren't naive enough to think that passing a law will change the way the fatherless gang bangers and drug pushers and psychopaths deal with guns. But it makes the Karens of the world feel good about themselves. And isn't that really what it's all about? Feeling morally superior to someone else. Even when you're clueless about what you're even blabbing on about? Man, I need a shot of UZO after this.
karen egert March 20, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Dear Mr Afraid , You are ridiculing any discussion of gun violence as if Westfield exists in a bubble . Did you know that, the Westfield police seized an " Uzi - Machine gun " from a car jacker chased by police in. Westfield on Springfield Ave ? The gunman was finally arrested on Rt22 and in his possession was an Uzi - Machine guns as described by police Dave Wayman . And that's only what was caught . ---This time . Please don't tell me that Westfield is so special that it is immune to illegal guns . After this incident . Mayor Skibitsky has an obligation to join this well respected nationwide organization that educates and informs mayors about this problem . He has an obligation to learn how to get these guns off the streets to protect Westfield residents . We don't have a fence around this town . And Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a network of mayors and law enforcement with a dearth of information to
MarciB March 20, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Another Distraction Aman77! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK! Attacking a residents spelling or we should be focussing on medical errors that kill people, or attacking Mitch Slater who is on the Board of education etc. So Karen is not a great speller, but she has guts and heart and feels extraordinary empathy for the victims of gun violence. I certainly don't know how to spell these assault weapons but I can spell DANGEROUS and MURDER. So Karen is getting under your skin. Good! These weapons need to get off of New Jersey streets. And lets not forget the focus of the article we are commenting on. Go David Haas for Mayor!
MarciB March 20, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Another Distraction Aman77! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK! Attacking a residents spelling or we should be focussing on medical errors that kill people, or attacking Mitch Slater who is on the Board of education etc. So Karen is not a great speller, but she has guts and heart and feels extraordinary empathy for the victims of gun violence. I certainly don't know how to spell these assault weapons but I can spell DANGEROUS and MURDER. So Karen is getting under your skin. Good! These weapons need to get off of New Jersey streets. And lets not forget the focus of the article we are commenting on. Go David Haas for Mayor!
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 03:21 PM
MArci. When was the last time ANYONE was killed by an assault weapon in your town (which I assume is Westfield). I think wasn't there one pistol murder there in the 1970s. List house or something? Other than that (which was a family member using a handgun) go ahead an name for me just ONE assault weapon crime in your town. Then tell me why this is a problem.
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Marci. First of all. Have I ever attacked Slater? I might have asked him to expand on a gun control statement he made once or twice but that's not 'attacking' -- at least not in the non-pc touchy feely world of the non far-left. Westfield isn't even my town so why would I care about what a school board guy there does? See Marci. When you are actively trying to change laws that will affect the rights of all citizens, including the millions who currently both own firearms as is their right AND (I know this may shock you) live peaceful lawful lives as the founding fathers intended, then you better damn well at least know what you're talking about. When you make such a basic error like that not once but twice (meaning you really do think it's spelled "oozie") then you show you've never even done any research at all on the very thing you're trying to ban. That is not an "attack". That is questioning someone's competence to speak on the subject. Karen is getting under my skin the way all fools do. I'm glad you're happy about that. Is that your "movement's" tactic?> Hey we know we're morons who don't know anything, but we're PASSIONATE and ANNOYING morons who use a lot of CAPS to MAKE our VOICES heard. Good luck getting a hearing with anyone who matters on that one. Learn the subject or move on. Please. Actually don't. When people see how ignorant of the issue you guys are, they will turn away in droves. Emotion with no substance only gets you so far.
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Karen. Is there some pro-ILLEGAL guns movement out there you're trying to counter? You drift all over. You have no clue what you want do you? Just "to do something". If it is illegal already then what the hell do you think another law will do? We should pass another law against bank robbery too! There is already a federal ban on automatic weapons like Oozieees. So move on.
MarciB March 20, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Aman77, this argument again has never been about taking your weapons AWAY! It is so exhausting to fight with mouthpieces of the NRA who by the way can care less about you Aman77, they only care about how much they can double the cost of the AR-15! They only care about money and all of you people think they care about your rights. Well they don't. You are foolish to believe anything else. I am one of the organizers with Karen NJRA and although her spelling is not one of her strengths, she is dedicated and is at least trying to do something about this issue. We are fluid in this subject but still have a lot to learn. Truth be told, what happened at that Elementary School can happen anywhere even in pristine Westfield. Our society resolves conflict with fighting. Put an automatic weapon in peoples hand, it becomes a mass murder. Aman77, I am sure you can understand where our passion comes from. Those children were scraped off of the floor with shovels. Shovels! We don't stand a chance against assault weapons and assault ammunition. This is not about gun rights and you know that. Its about setting limits on the types of guns that should be allowed in a civil society.
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Ok Marci. WHAT GUNS (be specific now) would you ban. Since it is all about "setting limits" tell me what "limits" you would set and why. And then tell me that you honestly believe that any law passed will in any way prevent gang bangers, thugs, hoods, drug dealers, and psychos (the ones who do most of the gun killings) from getting their hands on an "oozie" or whatever. How come it didn't set any limits on the guy who had the Ooozie already? Because just because you pass a law, or sign a petition, doesn't mean people change.
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Marci. Who at the NRA do you know? Who have you interacted with? Do you, in fact know ANYONE at the NRA? I don't...not a member, don't know any. I don't need an organization to understand my basic constitutional rights. I assume then if you are in favor of women's rights you must be one of those NOW mouthpieces. A tool of Gloria Steinam? (See how annoying that is when people don't give you credit for having your own belief systems?). Here's how uninformed you sound: You say: "Put an automatic weapon in people's hands--" STOP! right there. An AR-15 is NOT an automatic weapon. An automatic weapon like one of your compadre's "ooozies" is. And that, my dear activist wannabe, is why they are ILLEGAL already and no one argues with that. Oh and Marci, please tell me why I never heard of your organization before it was little WHITE suburban children who were killed -- by a psychopath by the way. Just like McVae (with a bomb). How come for YEARS now, day in day out, little black and latino children have been gunned down on regular basis on our streets from Camden to Chicago to Oakland and nary a peep from you "concerned for the children" types? What is it Marci? Only when the kids look like yours does it count? A five year old Deshawn or Juanita killed by a drive by shooting in Compton means little to the Karens and Marcis of the world. But a little Brittany or Aidan? Whoa! Suddenly "enough is enough"? Please. So transaparent. Such selective outrage. So...LIBERAL."
Lori Bennett March 20, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Whoa Aman did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?? First of all maybe you should consider anger management, and then come back and really review these comments before you respond. Ask yourself Why you feel the need to attack these woman and our organization for supporting David Haas for Mayor and gun control laws. It's easy to be the angry, nasty guy hiding behind words.
MarciB March 20, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Aman77, selective outrage? You have not walked in my shoes buddy and if you had, you may think very differently about my selective activism. There are too many issues I care deeply about not just "white kids" getting shot. You question our timing? Fine when 20 six years olds get shot up in seconds, black white or otherwise whether it's Chicago or Newtown, it's high time to take our heads out of the sand and say enough! You feel differently, you think it's ok to do nothing, it's your life and your conscience. I know what my responsibility is as a citizen and all your hateful distortions only empower me. So thank you, I am now that much more motivated to get this right. I cannot continue to waste my time responding to you. I have bigger fish to fry.
Aman77 March 20, 2013 at 09:25 PM
But gee Marci. every day for years and year little black and brown kids were dying and there was no outrage there. Let me ask you a question. If in 300 days 1 black child dies every day from a gun, and then once every what? 3000days 20 white kids are killed (but all at once) who is more dead? And I love the "hateful" fallback all you limosine liberals fall back on when you're exposed for the hypocrites you are. Face it. You got involved because these kids, unlike the thousands of inner city youth, look a little too much like yours. In other words: You matter more. Which is what liberalism is all about. It starts from the mirror and works its way out. So why now Marci? Huh? Be honest. You know it's true. Which is why your, I say it again, SELECTIVE OUTRAGE is so transparent. You want to feel good about yourself? You want to be able to feel morally superior? Go work in a soup kitchen. But stop trying to rewrite the Constitution which you've never read, to ban weapons you know nothing about, from people who have done no harm but been law abiding citizens, just so you can feel like you "did something." Something is not always good. A liberal definition of a "hater": Someone who disagrees with them.

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