Editor's Note: Joseph Vartolone provided a statement about his council win on Nov. 7, denoted in bold.
PARAMUS, NJ -- In a contested race for borough council in Paramus, voters re-elected Jeanne Weber and elected newcomer Joseph Vartolone, both Republicans, for two-three year seats on the council.
According to the unofficial results from the borough clerk on election night, Weber led with the highest vote tally of 2,584 with Vartolone following closely at 2,437 votes.
Democratic Councilman Ralph Amato received 2,026 votes and Dennis Arslanian, a previous councilman, garnered 1,812 votes.
In his election statement, Vartolone, a father of three and director of shared services at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by trade who has served as a coach for various recreational sports in the borough, cited his desire to contribute to the success of his community as his reason for running.
"My professional experience, in both the private and public sectors, will serve in my ability to contribute both operationally and fiscally," he stated in his election profile. "I am committed to serving the needs and views of our citizens with an approach that considers the long term future of Paramus."
"I am honored and excited with the opportunity to serve the residents of Paramus as councilman," said Vartolone in an email statement two days after Election night. "I look forward to representing the interests of our broader community and am anxious to commence my duties and contribute towards the continued prosperity of Paramus."
He continued, "In collaboration with re-elect Councilwoman Jeanne Weber and Councilman Chris DIPiazza, we will represent a balanced council committed to making objective, long term recommendations, and bring forth solutions that address the challenges we are faced with as a borough. I would like to thank my family and friends for all of their support, the strong show of support from residents at the polls and the borough employees for their warm welcome."
Weber will be serving her third term on the Paramus council. She's currently the founder and chairwoman for the annual Paramus pancreatic cancer research walk and serves as the liaison to the environmental commission.