Senator Joseph Coniglio was on hand to present these two dedicated Paramus residents with a memorial plaque. Mayor Tedesco presented them with pictures and plaques plus many glowing words of praise. The Council meeting was sparsely attended causing this reporter to contemplate that judging from the mall traffic, thatâ€™s where most of the regular audience were. Both Councilman Zakheim and Romano were a little taken aback that invitations to attend were not fruitful. Those in attendance were privy to heartwarming accolades given to both these gentlemen for their years of service.
Lou Romano has served Paramus in many capacities. He has been on the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board for many years. According to Tedesco, these are two of the most important boards because their decisions are lasting.
Keith Zakheim was praised for putting the people of Paramus first despite the fact that he had an uphill battle being in the minority. There may have been factional disagreement from time to time, but he did earn the respect of his fellow council members. Mayor Tedesco felt that it was a shame that after becoming a seasoned member, Zakheim was retiring this early. The Council was finally becoming homogenized. It is hoped that this is just a hiatus in his political career.
The Mayor announced that installation ceremonies will be on Tuesday, January 2nd at 5:30 Pm in the Council chambers. After having braved the bitter elements in previous years, the warmth that the Borough Hall affords will be welcome.