I am writing in response to the letters that have been in the paper for the last few weeks in which my name has been mentioned. First, I would like to thank God for my retirement. I had the pleasure of working for the City of Hoboken for many years, first in the Health Department as a Phlebotomist and then with the Rent Control office as a Rent Regulation Representative.
I was extremely pleased that my co-workers Carole McLaughlin, Cheri Evens and Diane Neives planned and gave me a wonderful surprise retirement dinner on February 20, 2004 at the Puerto Spain Restaurant. At this dinner there were more than 50 people who I have worked with over the many years of my employment with the City. Included in this group were Mayor Roberts, Gov. McGreevey, members of the City Council, the City Clerk and many other current and past employees of City Hall. All these people including my family and many friends took the time out of their busy schedules to show me how much they appreciated my years of service as well as my friendship. I love and thank all of them.
On Sunday, April 4th I too attended the NAACP Dinner to accept the Honoree for my Brother Clayton Anderson, a Past President, now deceased. It was an honor to be invited to the dinner, and I too have high praise for the NAACP. I cannot speak for anyone but myself. As for who may or may not be running for mayor in the future, I have no idea.
I do not think this mayor or any other mayor would ever be dumb enough to think that two people could sway an election. However, to Carrie Gilliard, as you know, I come from a large family in Hoboken, my blood relatives are from the following families: The Anderson family, Andrew-Davis family, Praylow family, Smith family, Dortch family, Campbell family, Gorham-Chapman family, Morgan family, Willis family, Forbes family, Kearney family, Rivera family, Hernandez-Mitchell family, Mercado family and the Rodriguez family. I think your comment regarding that "two African-Americans cannot get you re-elected" was unfortunate since with a family the size of mine (whom I love and respect very much) there will be a much higher vote than "two." Our family motto is "together we stand, divided we fall."
In closing, no one from the Mayor's office assisted me in writing this letter! Now please stop using my name and let me retire in Peace!
May God Bless All, Mrs. Lillie Dortch & Family