After spending much of her time at the May 3, 2012 Township Committee meeting wrestling with her microphone and looking disinterested, Committeewoman Donna Szymborski unleashed her frustrations on a West Deptford resident. The resident was asking Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo about her motives for questioning the advice of township professionals as well as her penchant for introducing her own prepared presentations and analysis to the committee during meetings without allowing time for review.
DiCarlo engaged in conversation with the resident and explained her reasons for the questions. However, before she could finish the conversation, Committeewoman Szymborski ignored proper meeting protocol by not asking for the floor and launched into a tirade that rambled over multiple topics. During the harangue, Szymborski made it clear that she thought the WD resident was a part of the “Mayor’s party” and therefore had no right to ask questions. Mayor Ray Chintall banged his gavel and told Szymborski that she was out of order several times during the outburst; trying to bring the meeting back to order. At one point, Committeewoman Szymborski threatened to leave the meeting; a threat which elicited cheers and extended clapping from much of the audience.
This entire scene unfolded only a short time after Committeeman Sam Cianfarini and Township professionals reported the receipt of $1.5 Million in PILOT and tax payments for Rivercove as well as a $392,000 per year savings on township insurance. Unfortunately for residents, this diatribe is the most information that Committeewoman Szymborski has offered in a township meeting since the new leadership of West Deptford took control in January.