PARAMUS, NJ -- In a contested race for Paramus Council, one newcomer, two current council members and one former councilman are in the running this coming election on Tuesday, November 5.
Vying for two, three-year seats on the governing body are Republican Newcomer Joseph Vartolone; Democrat Dennis Arslanian, a previous councilman; Republican Councilwoman Jeanne Weber; and Democratic Councilman Ralph Amato. Here is an inside look at each of Paramus's council candidates. Weber could not be reached for a profile.
Occupation: Director Shared Services, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Family: Wife Tina, Sons Dante, 20, Nico, 13, Gio, 10
Volunteer Experience/Activities: Elmwood Park Little League (6 Years); Paramus Junior Baseball(10 Years); Paramus Recreation Basketball (3 Years)
Election Statement: I decided to run for council based upon my desire to contribute to the success of our community and borough. My professional experience, in both the private and public sectors, will serve in my ability to contribute both operationally and fiscally. I am committed to serving the needs and views of our citizens with an approach that considers the long term future of Paramus.
Occupation: Retired Public School Teacher, owns and operates a successful small business. Current Councilman.
Education: Bachelors in English from St Peter’s University, Masters in Political Science from Montclair State University.
Family: Ralph is married to his wife Virginia who together have two adopted children Joey age 30 and Larissa age 27.
Volunteer Experience: Ralph Amato is deeply involved in Paramus, volunteering as a Eucharistic Minister for the Church of the Annunciation and at local elder care facilities.
Election Statement: Ralph is running for reelection because he wants to continue to work with Mayor LaBarbiera and his team to put Paramus first. Paramus needs his voice on the council to deliver honest, efficient governance. He will continue to work to keep property taxes in Paramus stable, protect residential neighborhoods from overdevelopment, and invest in services that make residents lives better.
Occupation: Dennis is a retired small business owner who ran a successful printing business and a former Paramus councilman.
Family: 1 daughter
Volunteer Experience: Dennis Arslanian is a leader in the community who serves on the Recreation Commission. He also chairs the Winter Wonderland Event Committee and coaches youth basketball.
Election Statement: Dennis is running for council because he is ready to help Mayor LaBarbiera and team move Paramus forward. He is committed to protecting our Blue Laws and keeping Paramus affordable for its senior citizens. Dennis is eager to fight to protect our neighborhoods, including fighting against high density development, which could potentially harm Paramus residents’ quality of life.