TOTOWA – Totowa rang in the new year by swearing in two members to the Borough Council at its reorganization meeting earlier today.
The first, who Judge Raymond Reddin administered the oath to, was Councilman Louis D’Angelo, who was also elected by his colleagues to be the council president and has been on the council for the last 11 years. He replaced former Councilman Phil Puglise, who stepped down after 28 years on the council with the last seven being president.
Also sworn in was John Capo. Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado administered the oath with Capo’s parents and two daughters by his side. He later spoke to a crowded chamber about how the town’s Republican Chairman Pete Murphy and Mayor John Coiro spoke to him about great tradition in the town, and how he hopes to continue that tradition.
D’Angelo also thanked Murphy and his fellow council members and mayor for their guidance and his family and friends for showing their support. The newly elected president had his two sons and wife by his side during the oath.
The councilmen were given badges that are symbolic to the office of the council by Coiro. The mayor thanked the council for their work this past year and thanked Woodland Park’s Mayor Keith Kazmark and Little Falls newly-elected Mayor James Damiano for attending.
The invocation was given by Seminarian Nestor Martinez.
The council then approved resolutions such as adopting the by-laws of the town, dated Jan. 1, 1977, the annual notice for the schedule of meetings for 2017, and ratifying appointments of officers and employees, contracts and authorization for services previously approved during 2016 for the same services to be performed in 2017.
Coiro also gave his State of Municipality Address, which featured items such as PSE&G replacing old gas lines because of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy as well as continuing to pave the roads where work was done.
The town also purchased homes along Totowa Road that was constantly being flooded and installed a new generator at the municipal building. Coiro also announced that the town will apply for a grant to realign the sewer lines.
In 2017, the mayor hopes that sprinklers can be installed for the football field at the PAL, as well as preparing the town to name a developer for the North Jersey Developmental Center real estate that has been unoccupied since 2014, and obligations will be determined for affordable housing this year.
In his address, some of the milestones that will be or have been met include the 60th anniversary of the Totowa Library, hiring the town’s first female officer, and the fifth year without adding to long-term debt.
The mayor and council wished the audience a happy, safe and healthy new year.