SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Three trustees took the oath of office at Monday’s Board of Trustees reorganization meeting.
Trustees Walter Clarke, Sheena Collum and Stephen Schnall won four-year seats on the board in the municipal election on May 14. They join Trustees Deborah Davis Ford, Howard Levison and Mark Rosner, and village President Alex Torpey.
Outgoing Trustee Janine Bauer was presented with a proclamation honoring her for her service to the board and the village, along with the board’s “sincere, heartfelt appreciation” for her contributions. Bauer said she was grateful for the “support from every person on the staff.” She also thanked her fellow board members.
“Let’s cut to the chase – I love you, Janine Bauer,” Trustee Davis Ford responded, to laughter and applause.
Bauer presented her colleagues with a crossword puzzle she wrote. “It wraps up all the things we spent our time on,” she said. She gave the answers to village Clerk Robin Kline.
“Are those OPRA-able?” asked Torpey, referring to the Open Public Records Act, a New Jersey law that requires that most government records be made available to the public.
Trustees Michael Goldberg and Nancy Gould, who could not attend Monday’s meeting, were also recognized with a proclamation. Each sent a statement that Torpey read. Goldberg said it was “a true honor and privilege” to serve on the board, while Gould extended “well wishes and best of luck to the new trustees.”