Mayor And Council Meeting 11-20-12
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, November 21 2012 @ 02:02 PM EST
Sandy dominated the meeting of the Mayor and Council meeting. The Blue Laws were second! Each legislator paid tribute to the people responsible for the rapid recovery in Paramus. Some residents were without power until recently including a former Mayor who worked tirelessly with PSE&G to get electricity to key areas. Other towns were not as fortunate as Paramus. Tribute was given, not only to the borough employees, but also to four businesses that opened their doors and hearts to those less fortunate
Mayor Rich LaBarbiera was lavish in his praise of these four as he handed them Paramus Commendations. These four were Panera Bread, Exxon on Route 17 North, Gold's Gym and West field Garden State Plaza Shopping Center. Each one of the recipients showed the spirit and cooperation deserving of Paramus opening their doors to the people without. They were given a round of applause.
Secondary was the flap caused the dissolution of the Paramus Blue Laws. Mayor LaBarbiera explained that Paramus had already relaxed the Blue Laws PRIOR to the arrival of Sandy for essential items only. This was exacerbated by the County and State who insisted that ALL businesses be open on Sunday including non essentials like toys, furs and stationery. This order was quickly rescinded within the week.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of Paramus Police Officer Vincent Brock. "Vinny' died in the line of duty in 1993 and the Paramus Police Department has been circumspect about observing the anniversary of his demise each year with a graveside ceremony. The date falls on Thanksgiving day this year and unfortunately www.ParamusPost.com will miss this solemn . ceremony. It is heartening to see the amount of respect shown to this fallen officer; he had many friends.
In Council Reports, Dennis Arslanian mentioned that the tree lighting ceremony will be moved to the Borough Hall area and will be held on December 5th. Councilman Amato was lauded for his efforts in defining the order of police promotions which was read in Ordnances on Introduction. Joe Lagana commented about the Blue Laws and how the boro worked to get the order rescinded. Councilman Nazziola mentioned that flu shots are still available from the Board of Health and that there will be a seminar on diabetes to take place in the coming month.
Our Mayor, once again, lauded the efforts of everyone concerned with helping to get power restored to his beloved Paramus. He mentioned the names of some of the people who came out of retirement to help including former Superintendent of Shade Trees and Parks and former Mayor Jim Tedesco. I saw Bill on the job at a fallen tree in the road and it was a pleasure to see the confidence he exuded. Tedesco remarked to me that one of his priorities was to get power restored to the seniors in town. This from a man who was one of the last to get his power restored!
www.ParamusPost.com got up during the Open To the Public portion to congratulate all the legislators and people on the dais who forsook their social and family obligations to assist Paramus. It was appalling to note that there were about ten people in the audience including members of the press.
As LaBarbiera stated: Paramus came together to help each other! A deserving tribute to all of Paramus!