The James W. Treffinger Award for Distinguished Public Service

This week’s James W. Treffinger Award for Distinguished Public Service goes to Kevin Clancy, the Bergenfield Democratic Municipal Chairman and former Mayor (he resigned in 1998 after a drunk driving conviction — charges that he tried to bribe a police officer were dropped), who on the surface seems to be among the top-tier of small-time sleazes in New Jersey politics. Evidence that Clancy had a role in forging resignation letters of County Committee members seems, on the surface, fairly strong. Tom Moran’s column in today’s Star-Ledger is a must read to learn more about Clancy. The last Treffinger Award, on January 8, 2003, also went to a Bergenfield resident: John Mosca, Jr., who had torched the car of the local tax clerk he blamed for losing his job as the borough’s Chief Financial Officer two days earlier. He was arrested shortly afterwards and local police say he admitted his role. Bergenfield has long been considered a swing town in Bergen County politics and this fall both parties list a competitive local election where control is at stake (Republicans have it now) as one of their prime targets. Bergen Republicans have a rapidly decreasing number of towns where they can dominate; amazingly, there has been no GOP comment on the latest Clancy scandal.

The James W. Treffinger Award for Distinguished Public Service