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Former Palisades Park mayor appointed borough clerk in Englewood Cliffs
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 BY GIOVANNA FABIANO
The Record

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was cut, just as the borough was set to begin negotiations with the police union. Democrats Ilan Plawker and Melanie Simon abstained from Tuesday’s vote, saying they had never met Spohn or seen her resume. Douglas Doyle, of Decotiis, Fitzpatrick and Cole, was appointed as borough attorney and labor attorney, replacing Fred Semrau and Fred Knapp. The vote widened the rift between council Republicans and Democrats, who vehemently disagreed with the decision and held a rally on Jan. 14 in support of Cohen and Duffy. A crowd also turned out at a regular meeting last week, and on Tuesday the council was handed a petition signed by 380 residents asking them to reappoint the women. Democrats and several members of the council chastised Council President Robert Agresta and Councilwoman Carrol McMorrow, both of whom are Republicans, saying the Republican majority was being “secretive” by refusing to name their

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — A divided borough council appointed a former Palisades Park mayor to serve as the borough clerk and administrator, despite a crowd of more than 100 residents who turned out to show their support for the women who were ousted from those positions this month. The council voted four to two in favor of Susan McGinley-Spohn, a former administrator, mayor and councilwoman in Palisades Park — at a special meeting Tuesday night, with the two Democrats abstaining. Spohn will replace the ousted clerk, Ilene Cohen, and deputy clerk, Lisette Duffy, who were let go in a surprise move at the reorganization meeting on Jan. 2, along with Borough Attorney Fred Semrau. The borough’s labor attorney, Fred Knapp, also
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recommendation to replace Cohen and Duffy before Tuesday. Democratic Councilwoman Melanie Simon then introduced a motion to appoint former Borough Clerk Joseph Favaro to his old job for $15,000 a year, with no health benefits. The Republicans voted against the measure, drawing jeers from the crowd. Cohen and Duffy had agreed to work until Tuesday, and were present at the meeting. Cohen sat on the dais and took roll call for each measure, including those that pertained to her job. Republican council members largely declined to comment when asked by the public why they decided to cut Cohen and Duffy, when Spohn would make the same salary as Cohen. Cohen, a borough resident and former school board member, made $75,000 a year as borough administrator and clerk. Spohn would replace Cohen at the same salary. Under Agresta’s plan, Duffy’s position would be eliminated. E-mail: fabiano@northjersey.com

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