Mayor And Council Reorganization Meeting January 2014
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, January 07, 2014, 04:09 PM EST
Due to the adroit leadership of Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, the Mayor and Council Reorganization meeting was conducted in a leisurely, but shorter period of time. Newly elected Council people Jeanne Weber and Stephen Sullivan were escorted into the room by Councilwomen Donna Warburton and MariaElena Bellinger. The Fire Department Honor Guard marched in to start the official meeting. The invocation was given by Fire Chaplain Deacon Joe Niland. Joe's son Bob was later sworn in as one of the department Fire Captains. His son Denis was also there taking pictures before rushing off to cover the swearing in of reelected Bergen County Sheriff Mike Saudino.
The oath of office for Stephen Sullivan was administered by Freeholder Maura DiNicola. Former Borough Attorney Brian Giblin. did the honors for Jeanne Weber. The two Council people were welcomed to their newly elected offices by Len Goldblatt, President of the Republican Club and were able to give a response to the assemblage telling them about their intentions. Sullivan proved to have a sense of humor as he invited everyone on the room to take out their cellphones. He instructed them to enter his cellphone # which would be available in a week and for them not to hesitate to call him. He didn't mention that although he had his phone, he was not used to a smartphone. Among Jeanne's family, I was able to connect with one of her sons, Ron, who came in from Chesapeake Bay, VA. for the occasion. Ron was also recognized by the Mayor as a schoolmate.
Veteran Service Officer Sam Casiello introduced Sgt. Edward Brodkin, a WWII veteran who donated an oil painting called The Infantryman which is now on display at the Borough Hall. A separate story will be written about this veteran who's experiences and time served dovetail that of my own.
The Library Board did their usual stint of donating books to the Library with the names of the Council members. This year, the books were donated towards the Children's Library and the titles reflected this. Of interest was that the Borough Administrator, Joe D'Arco had a book donated in his name. Capitalizing on his hobby, it was entitled The Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Reflecting his bi-partisanship, Mayor Rich LaBarbiera made appointments to the various departments and assigned Council members to Liaison positions.