GLEN ROCK, NJ – As councilman Mike O’Hagan encouraged the impromptu singing of the National Anthem out loud, county, state and federal politicians descended upon Glen Rock to join fellow Democrats at the Jan. 3 Borough Council’s reorganization meeting.
Amy Martin began her second three-year term, and Arati Kreibich began her first three-year term in office, both Democrats and sworn-in by state and county politicians: Senator Bob Gordon and Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, respectively.
Martin was re-elected and Kreibich replaced 12-year veteran Arthur Pazan, a Republican.
Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) recognized Martin and Kreibich for their November election wins.
“This isn’t about party, it’s about being Americans,” he said. “You get things done for the people you represent.”
Gottheimer said he will keep fighting on the national level to keep taxes from rising too high, referencing President Donald Trump’s tax bill passed at the end of 2017, which is aimed toward the middle class and no longer affords homeowners a state and local tax deduction on their federal returns.
Mayor Bruce Packer applauded the borough staff for accepting 2017 residential tax payments by Dec. 31. The payments may still have been deductible on that date, no matter the amount.
“You have an incredible mayor and a terrific council,” Gottheimer said.
The congressman noted the attendance of resident and Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal.
“This is our soon-to-be-appointed state attorney general,” Gottheimer said.
Assemblyman Tim Eustace applauded the newly-elected councilwomen.
“We now have 22 women in the senate,” he said. “Almost a quarter of the senate are women, what a nice change.”
Kristine Morieko, current councilwoman, was elevated to council president.
The borough retained its attorney, Anthony Suarez, but changed its auditor. Steve Wielkotz is the new auditor, replacing Gary Higgins.