HAWTHORNE, NJ – It is evident that Mayor Richard S. Goldberg takes a particular delight in swearing in new members of the Hawthorne Police Department.  His pride was beaming as the borough’s Thin Blue Line was bolstered with the swearing in of Nicholas Tafuri as Sergeant, Brandon A. Flynn as Police Officer, and Andrew R. Skae as Special Police Officer Class II at the most recent council meeting.  “You may think that we’re hiring a lot of people, but actually it takes three people to replace Sergeant Finstra, who retired,” Goldberg said.

Nicholas Tafuri was formally inaugurated by the proud mayor while Mrs. Tafuri held the Bible for him.  Once sworn in, she pinned his badge to his uniform amid applause from the audience and council.

Mayor Goldberg, before swearing in Flynn--surrounded by family--told the chamber that, “Brandon was hired as a 20-hour special and while he was thinking about our offer, he was offered a sworn position in Fort Lee as a police officer.  Brandon said he would rather be in Hawthorne.  And we said if you do a great job, Brandon, you’ll be an officer here, and I’m so proud and pleased that tonight we get to swear you in.”

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Andrew Skae, volunteer EMT, fireman, and dispatcher, “cut his teeth in North Wildwood,” Goldberg said.  Skae, Hawthorne’s newest Special Police Officer Class II, likewise followed the Hawthorne tradition of having a family member pin on his badge.  He wore a suit, in contrast to Tafuri and Flynn who donned their uniforms, but did not seem to mind in the least a few little pin holes in his lapel.


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