The Hackensack CityCouncil served up a bomb-shell to those in attendanceat the Jan. 22 public meet-ing when Mayor Michael
Mel announced that he
and three of the four re-maining council memberswould not seek a new termduring the May electionsand that a new councilwould be seated in July.
Mel was joined in his
decision by CouncilmenJorge Meneses and MarlinTownes and Councilwom-an Karen Sasso.The foursome has been
in ofce for two terms, a
total of eight years. Dur-ing each term, each took a one-year stint as mayor.
Mel said the group felt
it was time to relinquishcontrol.“It’s time to bring somenew people into the mix,”
Mel told the crowd. “We
have done a lot of greatthings. It’s time for a newgroup of people to buildon the successes we havehad. The vast majority of the citizens here appre-ciate the work we havedone.”
Mel listed the ongo
-ing revitalization of MainStreet as one of the coun-cil’s proudest achieve-ments.
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As he has done many timesover the past two decades, Jo-seph Scarpa became mayor of Rochelle Park on Jan. 6when his fellow committeemembers gathered at the an-nual reorganization meetingand appointed him to leadthe township. Scarpa, whoseappointment is for one year,takes over the helm from KenKovalcik, now deputy mayor.Scarpa, who has served onthe Rochelle Park TownshipCommittee since the age of 24,invited William “Pat” Schuber,former Bergen County execu-tive and state assemblyman, to
administer the oath of ofce.
Scarpa was surrounded byhis parents, sisters and severalnieces and nephews when heonce again accepted the rolehe knows so well.“It was a pleasure to repre-sent Rochelle Park in the leg-islature and I know Joe will do
a ne job,” Schuber said.
Scarpa, a long-time town-ship resident, said he waslooking forward to moving
into the mayor’s ofce again.
“I do not take being up herelightly,” he said, promising toaccomplish four major goalsthis year. “I will provide hon-est and ethical public service.
I will continue to ght the re
-development of Route 17. Iwill formulate a 2013 budgetthat will work within the 2 percent cap, and I will contin-ue to look at all shared serviceopportunities.”Committee membersJayme Ouellette and MichaelKazimir were also sworn into
ofce by the Judge Joseph
Rotolo. Ouellette had her hus- band and daughter by her side,
while Kazimir was anked by
his parents as he took the oath
Ouellette administered theoath to Rochelle Park Ambu-lance Corps members includ-ing Capt. Roland Jacobsen,First Lt. Ben Varghese andDebbie Gardocki, secretary.Second Lt. Michael Sudolwas not in attendance.Kazimir swore in RochellePark Fire Chief Dave Brown,Assistant Chief Michael Stea-rns, Battalion Chief Peter Donatello III, Capt. JamesSheridan, Capt. Peter Do-natello, and Chaplain KevinCoffey. Battalion Chief Dar-ryl DeMott and Fire Lts. AlexSeretis and Jeff Wanco wereabsent.The following appoint-ments were approved in oneresolution: Rotolo, townshipattorney; Kenneth Job, town-ship engineer; DiMaria andDiMaria, auditor; Brian Gib-lin, prosecutor; Steven Rogut, bond counsel; Bilow GarrettGroup, architect; McNerney& Associates and AppraisalSystem, Inc., appraiser; Be-attie Padovano, tax attorney;Michael Kazimir, class IIImember, Rochelle Park Plan-ning Board; and Roy Riggi-
tano, chief nancial ofcer.
Other appointments includedBertha Sneyer as police ma-tron; Dakota Marositz, JohnMeyer, Stephen Morena and
Lesly Alfaro as court of
-cers/court clerk. DeMott was
named re inspector. Henry
Borntrager and Don Ferlandowere appointed as constableswith Chris Sweisberger aslead laborer. Katherine Bac-cala was reappointed as reg-istrar.Mayoral appointments in-cluded the following: RichardZavinsky and Salvatore Viola, planning board; and Frank Ulloa, Regina Reczkowski,Steve Every, William San-chez, and Edna Hobbs, recre-ation commission.
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Retired educator and former city councilman Roger Matteihas announced the formation
of a ve-member slate seek
-ing election to the Hackensack City Council in the May 14contest.“I am pleased to present theteam Hackensack Coalitionfor Open Government to the people of our city,” said Mat-tei. “Kenneth Martin, Jason Nunnermacker, Joanne ManiaColon, Joseph Barreto andScott Young are committed toimproving the City of Hacken-sack and the quality of life for its citizens. They are dedicatedto leaving the city to the nextgeneration in better conditionthan it is today.”Individually, the candidateshave been involved in manyaspects of community servicein the City of Hackensack.“Each member brings differ-ent experience and talents,”Mattei said. Whether as an
elected ofcial or a commu
-nity volunteer, the membersof Hackensack Coalition for Open Government say theywould like to become evenmore involved in the Hacken-sack community.“Each candidate is knownthroughout the community assomeone who can be trusted tomake Hackensack a stronger community,” Mattei said.The team has pledged openand transparent city govern-ment. The candidates say theywill welcome all opinions andhave already developed a planto bring the government back to the residents of Hackensack.
– A long-time servant to the City of Hackensack, Ken recently re-tired from the Hackensack Po-lice Department after 26 yearsof service. He is most knownfor his role as the Hacken-sack High School resource
ofcer, earning the endearing
nickname “Guidance Coun-selor with a Badge.” Duringhis time on the force, Martinearned numerous citations andawards and has become oneof the go-to guys for school
resource ofcers across the
country in need of guidance.Martin has served on thevolunteer ambulance corps,the Hackensack AuxiliaryPolice and the Red Cross. Hehas been involved with theMartin Luther King Jr. Center,Johnson Public Library, NewJersey School Resource Of-
cers as well as the National
Association for School Re-
source Ofcers, North Jersey
Regional Crime Preventionand the Hackensack Educa-tion Foundation.“As I retire from one phaseof public service, I am happyto begin another,” said Martin.“I am a proud lifetime residentof Hackensack and I hope toset this city on a successfulcourse for the future.”
– A current Hackensack Boardof Education Trustee and practicing attorney, Jason iscommitted to open and ethi-cal government. After beingelected to the school board in2012, Nunnermacker gainedan understanding of the inner workings of the school dis-trict. He is prepared to nowtackle the challenges facing acouncilman and use his legalexperience to keep the city onthe right track.“My Hackensack back-
ground has taught me to ght
for what I believe in,” said Nunnermacker. “I believe inmy city and that the only wayto protect its future is to be in-volved in the present.” Nunnermacker is also anexecutive board member of the Hackensack Blue & GoldScholarship Fund and theHackensack Athletic AlumniAssociation.
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– A proud Hackensack HighSchool Comet, Colon is a thirdgeneration city resident. Shehas successfully served on theHackensack Planning Boardfor 23 years. During that time,many important projects havecome before the Board includ-ing the recently adopted MainStreet Redevelopment Plan.Colon has worked for Cedar Park and Beth El cemeteriesfor 30 years. She has workedher way through the compa-ny’s ranks and is currently theaccount receivables manager and computer coordinator.She is a member of the NewJersey Cemetery Associationwhere she is chairwoman of its annual convention. Sheis also a member of the NewJersey Business and IndustryAssociation.“My time on the planning board has taught me so much,”said Colon. “I believe that my business experience and mylove for the city will make mea very proud and productivecouncilwoman.”
– A career educator, Barreto has workedfor the New York City pub-lic school system since 1988.He has worked as a bilingualschool counselor and teacher,earning awards such as Man-
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