Mendham Mayor Responds to Cyber Bullying
Mendham Boro Mayor Neil Henry weighs in on Facebook page alleging misrepresentation.
At the July 16 meeting of the Mendham Borough Mayor and Council, Mayor Neil Henry responded to a request to hear persons present on the regional school feasibility study. At the conclusion of the evening, Henry polled his council and it was unanimously decided they would stay the course with the three options, including the contested "mega" K-12 they decided on last month.
Four days later, a Facebook page called "Neil Henry Does Not Care About His Constituents" was launched. The first post stated:
"At his 7/16/2012 Mendham Borough Council Meeting, the vast, vast majority of Mayor Neil Henry's constituents voiced opposition to including the single, K-12 mega-district in the proposed feasibility study for the West Morris Regional High School District. At the same meeting, Mayor Henry orchestrated a council vote in favor of including the K-12 mega-district within the study. Neil Henry does not care about his constituents. Please share any comments you have made during council meetings or conversations you have had with Mayor Henry that have clearly fallen upon deaf ears."
Several follow up posts calling for residents to speak out went unanswered, but Henry responded with a statement to Patch.
"I am elected to serve all residents and business owners of Mendham Borough, openly and honestly. I've served as a councilman for six years and Mayor for almost six and have always made myself available to anybody who would like to share their opinions with me, either in person, over the telephone or via email. Mendham Borough is not a big town so its easy to find me.
People who have reached out for me over the years can certainly vouch for my accessibility. I remain open to speak with anybody on any issue at any time and would encourage anybody who wants to speak with me, to contact me directly rather than hiding anonymously behind a facebook page or a post on the Mendham-Chester Patch. Anonymous facebook pages and blogs are cowardly acts and do not deserve any type of response or attention from anybody, at anytime."
So what do you think? Did Mayor Henry listen to his constituents?