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On Feb. 4, the face of the Hackensack Police De- partment will change for-
ever. For the rst time in the
force’s history, a civilian po-lice director will be leadingthe men and women in blue.Michael Mordaga, ahighly-decorated law en-forcement expert, says his
rst order of business is to
restore and rebuild trust in adepartment which has beenriddled with controversy.“There are major issues inthe department that exist,”he said. “I believe that’s hadan enormous effect on thecommunity of Hackensack.
The rst thing I want to do
is bring back the trust andrespect of the community.”Mordaga, 55, is taking thehelm from Interim Chief To-
mas Padilla, who ofcially
retired on Jan. 31. A captain
will ll in until Mordaga be
-gins his one-year contract.Mordaga will earn an an-nual salary of $150,000 per year and will continue tocollect his annual state pen-sion of $124,000. A private
security rm with whichMordaga has been afliated
will not perform any work for the City of Hackensack while Mordaga holds the position of police director.Although Mordaga istechnically a civilian direc-tor, he will be armed.
“I carried a rearm for 
my entire career and will
continue to carry a rearm,”
Mordaga said, dispelling re-cent reports to the contrary.Mordaga, a graduate of Hackensack High School, began his law enforcementcareer as an undercover of-
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Community Calendar ............19Dining Out ...............................8Games ................................. 22Health .....................................6Main Street ............................12
Meet Maywood......................16Obits .....................................23Real Estate ............................27Service Directory ..................25Sports....................................20
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Phts Curts: Micha Mrdaa
Micha Mrdaa, wappitd as Hacksack’spic dirctr.by joy belgIovIne
Change is coming toMaywood.Two months after the
nal ballot was cast, twonew Democrats ofcially
 joined the Maywood Bor-ough Council during a re-organization meeting onJan. 7, splitting the councilup evenly between the twomajor parties. Derek Eisen- berg and Frank Morrone
accepted the oath of ofce
among great fanfare as thenew council began a newyear of business. They takeover for outgoing councilmembers John Savage andMarianne Auriemma.“It’s a great honor. I amvery grateful to those inMaywood for giving methis honor,” Eisenberg said.
Morrone said he waslooking forward to starting anew adventure and “servingthe people of Maywood.”
“It was a lengthy cam- paign and I am glad it’sover,” Morrone added.Eisenberg, a father of three who has lived in May-wood since 1998, has spentthe past 20 years running
his own rm, Continental
Real Estate. Eisenberg isalso a registered tax ap- praiser with the State of  New Jersey.Tax relief was a big talk-ing point for both candi-dates during the campaignlast year. Eisenberg saidhe hopes that creating new businesses in the shoppingdistrict will generate much-needed tax relief for May-wood citizens.“I think Route 17 willgive us a greatest deal of taxrelief once the Army Corpsof Engineers is done withtheir cleanup in that area.We are looking to put amajor development there,”Eisenberg said. “Maybe ahotel and conference cen-ter.”Morrone has lived inthe borough his entire life,serving Maywood in vari-ous capacities through hisinvolvement in the Com-munity Emergency Relief Team, Maywood YouthAthletic Association andthe Maywood Pool Com-
mission. This is his rst
elected position.In addition to welcom-ing two new councilmen,Maywood Mayor GreggPadovano swore in new
members to the re depart
ment, re police and rstaid squad. The re depart
ment ofcers for 2013 will
 be Gary Neumann as chief;Anthony Scozzafava, assis-tant chief; and Christopher Tuttle, deputy chief.
The 2013 re police of 
cers are Capt. Thomas
Stavola, Lt. David Nautaand Sgt. Robert De Nuto.
Finally, the 2013 rst aidsquad ofcers will be Capt.
Marc Pedone, Lt. MatthewGehl and Lt. Elyse Miller.
The council split up liai-son responsibilities for thetown’s departments. Coun-cilman Erich Fleischmannwill be a liaison to the de- partment of public works, buildings and grounds.Councilman Frank Meglio
will work with the nance
department. CouncilmanAdrian Febre will be the
liaison with re services.
Councilman Alfred Balleriniwill work with public safety,and the new members willwork with general servicesand recreation.
Gail Marie Zisa
Lauren Zisa
Art Dirctr
Donald Hatcher 
Dput editr
Melody Travisano
Sas Maars
Karen BurkeAvis LoVecchio
Joy BelgiovineMichael CohenKathleen KanePatti McNamaraElina TarkazikisGail VachonJuliann Weston
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Phts Curts: Micha Ch
Councilman Frank Morrone accepting the oath of ofce.
During the Bergen CountyBoard of Chosen Freeholders’meeting on Jan. 16, the mem- bers pledged to go throughCounty Executive KathleenDonovan’s proposed $505million annual budget with a
ne-toothed comb.
“The freeholders still havea responsibility to go throughline by line,” Freeholder Da-vid Ganz said of Donovan’s plan, which she submittedto the board in early January.“Where we think we can cutit, we will.”The board approved aresolution authorizing a $1.4million payment to the Ber-gen County ImprovementAuthority but not withoutmuch regret.“While we all represent thetaxpayers of this county, thisresolution is distasteful andstinks to high heaven,” saidFreeholder Maura DeNicola.The current board inher-ited this $1.4 million annual bill to be paid through 2020to pay off bonds and short-term notes from the Over- peck Park project.“This is a legacy of 50years of freeholders whofailed to obey Supreme Court justices,” said Ganz. “I have personal memory of someof this. An agreement wasreached to make the park...Let’s fund the closing and pay for it.”Due to a previous adminis-tration’s alleged mismanage-ment, Ganz said that whatwas supposed to be a $17million project cost taxpayers$101 million.“We would not like to seethis happen again. I com-mend the board for takingaction. The reason we haveto do it is because it is an ob-ligation,” he said. “All thingssaid, we are going to do theright thing.”Freeholder John Mitchelladded, “If we did not approvethis, our Triple AAA creditrating would be at risk.”In other business, DeNico-la reported that the $1.2 mil-lion Court Street Bridge proj-ect was paid for entirely withfederal funds. Newly-elected Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur reported thatshe had recently toured the jail, homeless shelter, Blesh-man School and the juveniledetention facility. Freeholder Joan Voss, who visited someof the facilities with Zur,said that the Bergen CountyBoard of Social Servicesneeds to be relocated.“More and more peopleneed our assistance,” Vosssaid. “We need more workersto help people.”In Ganz’s report, he saidthat although Bergen Countyis one of the wealthiest coun-ties in the United States, morethan 20,000 families, or 5.13 percent of the population, arereceiving food stamps. After compiling a list of BergenCounty towns, he randomlyread off percentages fromvarious towns such as SaddleRiver with 1.4 percent andFort Lee with 5.8 percent re-ceiving food stamps.
Councilman Derek Eisenberg is sworn into ofce.
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 ofce 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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Rch Park Rraizs
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 ofce.
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 ofce 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
ofce 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
of ofce.
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 ofcer.
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 FranUlloa, Regina Reczkowski,Steve Every, William San-chez, and Edna Hobbs, recre-ation commission.
Pht Curts: Patti Mcnamara
Micha Kazimir swr i  jud jsph Rtwith his parts  his sid.by PATTI MCnAMARA
Hacksack Cuci W’t Rtur
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 ofcial 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.
Kth Marti
– 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
ofcer, 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 ofcers 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 Ofcers, 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.”
jas nurmackr
– 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.
ja Maia C
– 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.”
jsph barrt
 – 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-
Frsh Facs Auc Cadidac
Pht Curts: Patrick Sw Phtraph
Hacksack Caiti fr op grmt sat: stadi, ja Maia C,jas nurmackr, jsph barrt ad Sctt yu, ad satd, Kth Marti.
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