Paramus Seeks To Help Its Senior Citizens
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, October 25, 2013, 05:48 PM EDT
ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS: On Friday, October 25th at 10:00am, there will be a tenant meeting regarding a new subsidy program that is to be announced. All residents are invited to attend.
It is mandatory for residents who do not receive any housing assistance to attend
The meeting will be held by:
The Honorable Mayor Richard LaBarbiera
Distinguished Council President and Paramus Affordable Housing Member Joseph Lagana
Former Mayor and Paramus Affordable Housing Board Member James Tedesco
Municipal Housing Liaison and Paramus Affordable Housing Member Diane Marichal
Dan Ritchey, Vice President R.P. Marrzulli Co., Inc, the managing company
Karen Hug, Paramus Affordable Housing Property Manager
Breakfast will be served!
To the politicians credit, no mention was made that former Mayor Tedesco is seeking office this year on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders or that Paramus Council President James Lagana is seeking the office that was vacated by NJ Assemblywoman Connie Wagner who was adored by all the Behnke residents who knew her!
Mayor LaBarbiera announced that a new funding program was to be instituted for those people not receiving rent subsidies. This would be done to enable them to enjoy the later life without too much financial strain. The monies to be used were set aside by the Borough of Paramus from various fees and assets that had been accrued. The seniors would be interviewed by Karen Hug on a one on one basis and would attempt to get them qualified for the new Paramus subsidy program.
While each of the dignitaries were brought forth to speak, former Mayor James J. Tedesco was introduced by a longtime Paramus resident who now resides at the Walter Behnke Senior Housing Complex. It was stressed that while Jim was Mayor, he made a commitment to get the leaky wet sprinkler system and pipes replaced. This was done at a cost of around $60,000.00 and alleviated the condition where the residents had either been forced to vacate the building or had to endure numerous false alarms that resembled the "Boy Who Cried Wolf"! Another kudo for Jimmy Tedesco was that during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, he was pressed back into service by LaBarbiera. A retired senior executive for PSE & G, he worked endless hours getting Paramus back on the grid. To his credit, not only did he see to it that the Walter Behnke Senior Housing Complex was among the first to have power restored, but he also forsook attending an important Democrat rally so that he could help everyone in Paramus!