HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  Several ordinances, including two granting pay raises to certain officers and employees of the Borough, as well as the acceptance of the Fire Department election results were the highlights of Tuesday evening’s Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.

Ordinances 2399 and 2400, “to fix the salary and compensation” of certain officers and employees of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, as well as for Department of Public Works NJ, essentially granted the non-unionized employees of the municipality and DPW a two-percent raise, according to Michael Kronyak, in answering questions in the public comment section of the meeting.

The ordinances passed, with five council members voting yes, and Peter Traina Jr. voting no.  

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Additional ordinances that were passed unanimously included an ordinance to extend the season for outdoor cafes until November 30; appropriation of $125,000 to provide upgrades and improvements to several municipal buildings in Hasbrouck Heights: and $225,000 to provide for the acquisition of heavy equipment including, but not limited to, a front-end loader.

Additional consent agenda items included approval of raffle licenses for the Hasbrouck Heights Band Parents Association, payment of fees to the State of New Jersey, and a change order in connection with Phase V and Phase VI of the State Aid Improvement of the Boulevard.

The Council also approved the following results of the Election of Officers for the year 2018.

Fire Chief: Angelo Roccamo

First Assistant Chief:  Robert Knobloch

Second Assistant Chief:  David Gumbrecht

Secretary:  Justin Watrel

Treasurer: Patrick Hayes


Engine Company One

Captain:  Timothy Moots

Lieutenant:  Bernardo Valente

Secretary:  Justin Watrel

Treasurer: Christian Semenecz

Engine Company Two

Captain: Alfred Cirelli

Lieutenant:  Patrick Mucha

Secretary:  Edward Mucha

Treasurer:  Nicholas Coviello


Hook and Ladder

Captain:  Michael LeSane

Secretary:  Marc Nazeh

Treasurer:  Jesse Altenkirch


Ambulance Squad

Captain:  Rebecca Ratkowski

Lieutenant:  Hipen Shah

Ambulance/Rescue Secretary: Marc Nazeh

Rescue Squad

Captain:  Jeffrey Rubino

Lieutenant:  Jesse Minell


The Council and Mayor went into closed session after the public part of the meeting ended.  It marked the third consecutive Council Meeting that they went into closed session after the public meeting.