ROSELAND, NJ — Jean Perrotti and Marcelino “Moose” Trillo were sworn into office for a three-year term on the Roseland Borough Council on Jan. 2 in a room overflowing with family, friends, elected officials and residents.
Also in attendance during the borough’s 2020 reorganization meeting were former mayor Michael Pacio, Essex County Freeholders Pat Sebold and Len Luciano, Roseland Republican Chairwoman Janet Treamont and Democrat Chairman Jay Coltre, members of the Roseland Board of Education and Roseland’s representatives to the West Essex Regional Board of Education, Frank Perrotti and Debra Sacco-Calderone.
Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin administered the Oath of Office to Trillo as the newly elected councilman's wife, Laura, stood by him.
“Thank you to everyone in attendance for giving up their time to come and see Jean and I be sworn in, especially my wife Laura, my kids, Roman, Arianna, and Adam, and my family and friends,” said Trillo. “Many thanks also to the citizens of Roseland who have entrusted me with the responsibility of representing them, and along with my fellow council members and Mayor Spango, maintaining Roseland as the gem of Essex County.
"I am honored to serve, and I see it as a tremendous privilege. I'm excited to get to know everyone I'll be working with, hear from the residents and get to work.”
Mayor James Spango administered the Oath of Office to incumbent Jean Perrotti as her husband, Frank, stood by her side. Perrotti, who has a long history of community service, previously served on the Roseland Board of Education until vacating her seat in February 2019 to fill the open position on the Roseland Borough Council following another member’s resignation.
“I want to thank the residents of Roseland for having the confidence in me to serve them over the next three years,” said Perrotti. “I look forward to working with this great team to keep Roseland the beautiful community that it is.”
As he congratulated the newly elected officials and wished them luck as they begin their terms, Spango commented that accomplishments made over the last year in Roseland “can only be enhanced by having Councilwoman Perrotti continue her service and having Councilman Trillo begin his.”
“When the community sees true bipartisanship and individuals working together, it becomes contagious and encourages community involvement,” the mayor said. “The community engagement and teamwork are a reflection of how this council works together...as this council goes, so goes our community.”
At the nomination of Councilwoman Eileen Fishman, Council President Christopher Bardi was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve another presidential term.
“I believe that Chris has done an outstanding job in 2019 as council president,” said Fishman. “He has demonstrated his full understanding of all the issues that we face here in Roseland and has always given a thoughtful solution to them when required.”
Fishman added that Bardi is resourceful, a person of integrity, quick to help others on the council understand his positions with “in-depth background and explanation,” a “gentleman in his approach," is “excellent at creating consensus among the council members” and is always able to “diffuse issues before they get too serious.”
“For all these reasons—and, most importantly, for the fact that he does his job with the borough’s needs and the needs of our residents in mind—he is my nominee for the job,” she said.
Bardi thanked his council colleagues for re-electing him, stating that he was “truly honored” for the confidence they have instilled in him as their president.
“I am proud and honored to work with such an exceptional governing body, administration and volunteers, and I'm excited to continue our great work for the borough, as one cohesive team,” said Bardi. “I will continue to work tirelessly for the residents of Roseland alongside each of you.”
As he expressed gratitude to Fishman for the presidential nomination, Bardi stated that Fishman has “helped move this borough forward” during her first year as a councilwoman and thanked her for “her insightfulness, her diligence and, most of all, her friendship.”
He also congratulated Perrotti and Trillo on being elected to the council, stating that the Borough of Roseland “is fortunate to have such insightful, hardworking, dedicated volunteers” representing the community.
“I am confident that you will both make a great addition to this governing body and I'm looking forward to working together,” he said. “I wish you both nothing but great success in your three-year terms.”
Following the swearing-in ceremony, council members voted on some housekeeping items that are required annually, such as the appointment of Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor LLC as the borough attorney and the appointment of standing council committees and liaisons to various commissions and boards.
Annual appointments such as borough physician, public defender, deputy clerk, payroll clerk and prosecutor were also passed unanimously.
Mayoral appointments included residents being appointed to the recreation committee, landmarks and historic district commission, Campy Wyanokie trustees, senior citizen advisory board, senior transportation committee and community events committee. A full list of appointments and committees may be found on the borough’s website.
Spango thanked community volunteers for their willingness to serve the community “with no financial gain,” adding that volunteers are “a huge part of what makes this small community thrive and be successful.”
Other annual resolutions adopted during the meeting included: establishing the annual delinquent tax sale, fixing the rate of interest for delinquent taxes, naming council meeting agenda categories and official newspapers, adopting a temporary budget water sewer fund and expense limits for department heads and more.
The next council meeting will be a caucus meeting to be held on Jan. 7, and the next regular council meeting will be held on Jan. 21 with public portions beginning on both dates at 7:30 p.m.