Mayor And Council Meeting January 22, 2013
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, January 23 2013 @ 11:00 AM EST
www.ParamusPost.com . having been absent for several meetings due to suffering from a vicious flu attack that lasted several weeks! I will say that the meeting started at 7:54, almost on time, and ended just after 9 PM. That was done with a somewhat lengthy agenda which included appointing people to various offices and the swearing in of Municipal Court Judge Rich Conte by Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte! The Mayor did announce that there will be upgrades to the Council Chambers and, at last, the seats will be more comfortable.One of the first things Mayor Rich LaBarbiera did upon opening the meeting officially was to welcome back this reporter from
Another plus was when Councilwoman Maria Elena Bellinger halted in the middle of her Report and asked the Mayor to arrange for more police officers to be added to the force. Mayor LaBarbiera complied and then directed that the Council take the preliminary steps by first advertising for these new police hires. There was a round of applause for this much needed step! While on Council Reports, one must note that some are long, drawn out and, at times, covering old news. Another item to be addressed is proper usage of the microphone. Perhaps they should take lessons from Councilman Eric Nazziola who can be heard all over the assembly area!
Among the appointments were: Paul Kaufman. Borough Attorney, Brian Giblin, Special Tax Council for Residential Tax Appeal and Joseph Mecca, Interim Municipal Judge. LaBarbiera stated that all the appointments were made on merit and not political payback. This was evident by the people who were chosen and the 100% acceptance by the Council members.
In the Open To The Public session, four people got up. They all agreed on one major item: Keep the Blue Laws in Paramus. First up was former Mayor Jim Tedesco who stated that for one of the few times in his life, he was speechless when he was told that the Life Safety Building had been renamed for him and his family. He thanked the Mayor and Council for the honor. He was followed by Mel Fabrikant who thanked the Mayor and everyone who had welcomed him back after the flu attack. He also mentioned that www.ParamusPost.com was fully committed to maintaining Paramus' Blue Laws. He was followed by former Councilman Denis Niland and then former Councilman Sam Casiello who after stating his stance on backing the Blue Laws, asked about the progress on the digital sign that has been erected at the intersection of Midland and Farview Avenues, a project led by Mukesh Malkan and the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club.