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Greenspoon Resigns As Springfield Prosecutor Amid Expose, Replaced with Political Appointment

By on Mar 19 2013.
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Less than a month after Springfielder.com published a lengthy report entitled Political Appointments Disrupt Municipal Court Routine and Finances, Yale Greenspoon tendered a letter of resignation to the Township Clerk.  Early on, the implications of Greenspoon’s political appointment as the Municipal Prosecutor became evident to many people involved in the administration of the Court but rather than admit a mistake was made, the new Democrat-controlled Township Committee and Mayor David Amlen allowed Greenspoon to continue in his role for several more weeks, presumably hopeful that things would turn around and they could excuse the negative impact on a learning curve.

Kenneth Faigenbaum Committee Chamber & Municipal Court

Kenneth Faigenbaum Committee Chamber & Municipal Court

While Greenspoon cites health reasons for his resignation. the reason is questionable since in the letter he admits he is able to serve as an Alternate Prosecutor.  But the controversy does not end with Greenspoon’s short-lived attempt at prosecution.  His letter of resignation dated Monday, March 11, 2013 and effective the following day, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 was submitted by fax to the Municipal Clerk at 2:04 p.m. according to the header, the afternoon before the Township Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday.  Subsequently, two resolutions were prepared and added to the Agenda just hours before the meeting to accept Greenspoon’s resignation and then fill the vacancy.

The appointment of Greenspoon’s replacement follows the same pattern of double-dipping political appointments that take advantage of government jobs at the expense of taxpayers.  Mayor Amlen pushed for the successful adoption of Resolution 2013-69 that authorized the appointment of Moshood Muftau, Esq. as the new Prosecutor.  During a public comment period at the March 12 Township Committee meeting in response to questions by former Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez, it was revealed that Muftau served as a Prosecutor in Hillside for several years with former Springfield Democrat Mayor and Hillside Prosecutor Hugh Keffer.  Muftau also serves as Assistant County Counsel in the Union County Office of County Counsel where Norman W. Albert works as the First Deputy County Counsel.  For years, Albert and former Springfield Township Attorney Bruce Bergen ran as Democrats for the State Assembly in District 21.  However, in 2012, Bruce Bergen ran as a Democrat for a seat on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and took office in January.  Appointments to the Office of County Counsel are made by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Muftau has been enrolled in the State Public Employees Retirement System since 2006 with a reported base salary of over $67,000 as of 2011.



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