Floyd-Ravaged NJ Town Mayor Ousted
BOUND BROOK, N.J. (AP) _ The mayor of this flood-ravaged community lost his bid for re-election this week and said residents blamed him for not getting aid quickly enough after the remnants of Hurricane Floyd devastated the area.
``I think the people just blamed the flood on me,″ Mayor Frank Gilly said. ``They failed to realize that I as the mayor of Bound Brook had nothing to do with the money coming down to our town.″
Gilly, a Republican, lost his bid for a second four-year term Tuesday night to Democratic Councilman Frank J. Ryan. Ryan got 1,036 and Gilly got 674 votes.
The 74-year-old lifelong Bound Brook resident spent much of the last two months helping the town clean up from Tropical Storm Floyd, which flooded homes up to their second floors, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses.
Many merchants and homeowners had complained that officials hadn’t done enough to bring enough federal and state aid to the town, hit hardest in New Jersey by the floods that followed Floyd. Residents also said Ryan was a more visible presence in the town after the floods than Gilly.
Ryan, 68, said he wanted to help the town get back on its feet quickly.
``We’re going to rebuild Bound Brook,″ he said.