Save the Date: Teaneck Council Reorganization on July 2, 2018

On Monday, July 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm, the Teaneck Council will hold the semi-annual reorganization meeting at the Teaneck Town Hall.
We will be swearing in Gervonn Romney Rice, Elie Y. Katz, Keith Kaplan & Jim Dunleavy.

In addition, Council will elect the Mayor & Deputy Mayors, among others.

For those that may not be familiar with the way the Teaneck Council operates, I’d like to offer some additional information:

How does our system work?
Teaneck utilizes the Council-Manager form of Government under the Faulkner Act.  What that means in practice is that residents choose their council-members “at-large” (i.e. you vote for everyone, as opposed to a ward system like neighboring Englewood) and the Council as a body, once elected and seated, chooses a mayor from among the council-members (as opposed to municipalities where the Mayor runs separately). Continue reading “Save the Date: Teaneck Council Reorganization on July 2, 2018”

Township Council Meeting on June 19th [with video]

This is the beginning of a series of posts that will help to explain what is going on during Township meetings for the benefit of the public. Please also feel free to join our Facebook group for discussion on these and other issues.

Tonight, the Town Council will meet for the last time before the July reorganization meeting.  One of the items on the agenda are five ordinances to be heard during the “Public Hearing And Adoption Of Ordinances” part of the meeting.

There’s been some discussion online about these ordinances, recently.  For the benefit of the public, here is some information regarding the ordinances and what they change.

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Teaneck Today

Teaneck is town with a unique and proud history. I’ve created this blog to provide a place to exchange ideas and share visions for how to solve the challenges facing the town in a manner that brings diverse groups of people together.  Contributors are welcome.

Please join us and help Teaneck live up to its promise.

I also created a Facebook Group where residents can bring up and discuss topics about the Township: Teaneck Today

Feel free to click the link, join and share with your neighbors.

Illustrating the Agenda

Almost exactly one year ago, I found an anonymous note on my door from a concerned resident warning me about an impending zoning change to the township-owned property behind my house. Although Teaneck had done their legal duty in telling the public about this rezoning, it had never come to my attention before that in part because the property was referenced by tax lots, which at the time meant nothing to me.

As a result, I’m planning to start making maps of properties that may be affected by upcoming changes implemented by Teaneck’s government, as given by council, zoning and planning board agendas. Where possible, links to supporting documentation will be included. One can then easily see what is planned near their house, even if they don’t get a personal notice about it.

See here for a map of properties mentioned in the upcoming 5/29 council meeting agenda.

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School Bus Safety

As many residents and parents are no doubt aware, there was a horrific bus crash that occurred on May 17th involving students at Paramus’ East Brook Middle School, on their way to a class trip.

On Tuesday, it came to light that

“The bus driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Paterson, has had his license suspended 14 times since he began driving in 1975, said Mairin Bellack, a commission spokesperson. Muldrow has eight speeding tickets on his record, as well as one careless driving ticket and a summons for unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, from 2003, Bellack said.”
Source: Bergen Record

Yesterday, it was announced that the driver has been “charged with two counts of death-by-auto, also known as vehicular homicide, for allegedly driving recklessly and causing the deaths of bus passengers Miranda Vargas, 10, and Paramus social studies teacher Jennifer Williamson Kennedy, 51.” Continue reading “School Bus Safety”