HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - For the second time in a week, Hasbrouck Heights High School seniors took over, this time on the Borough Council, as part of Youth Week.

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Youth Mayor Peter Neumann presided over a borough council of Hasbrouck Heights students.  Jacqueline DeLorenzo ran the meeting as the Youth Borough Clerk.

Following Neumann leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation, a presentation was made by the Council to Hasbrouck Heights Wrestlers Michael O’Malley and Matt Dallara for their participation in the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships.  O"Malley was also presented with a certificate from the New Jersey State Legislature honoring his achievements.

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O”Malley was the state champion at 170 pounds, while Dallara finished fifth at 160 pounds.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Bill Spindler, who also worked the wrestling team as strength coach this season, spoke on the achievements that both O”Malley and Dallara achieved during the season, including O’Malley leaving Hasbrouck Heights with the most wins in school history.  

He also noted that Dallara will be attending Campbell University next year, while O”Malley will be headed to Drexel University.

Spindler, a graduate of Hasbrouck Heights, was the school’s first state champion in 1976.  

Each of the Youth Council representatives then gave their reports.  

Public Safety/Land Use:  NIco Facchini

Finance: Michelle Schwartz

Social Services: Jake Schloemann

Health/Recreation:  George Makris

Public Works:  Bharadwaj Chirravuri

Transportation:  Maddy Kalmowitz

Neumann then provided his Mayor’s report.   

During the open public session, Hasbrouck Heights High School teacher William Thorne then spoke about the students who took part in this Youth Week Council Meeting, and that many had been involved in last week’s Board of Education Youth “Takeover”, as well as sitting in on with various borough department heads to learn their responsibilities.   He also thanked the Mayor and the Council, as well Borough Clerk Laurie Varga for their assistance over the past few weeks in getting tonight’s event together.

Neumann, on behalf, the student leader’s recognized Thorne for all his efforts to make the evening possible, before adjourning the meeting.