First Open Mayor & Council Meeting Held at Borough Hall in Two Years
The 2023 calendar year started with the Upper Saddle River Mayor & Council holding its first open meeting in almost two years since the Covid pandemic was declared, having caused meetings to be held exclusively online on Zoom. This meeting was also held online with a microphone and camera set up in borough hall feeding the meeting on Zoom. Future meetings will be open to residents to attend in person or on Zoom. To log into Zoom, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/842319706
Mayor Arman Fardanesh Takes Oath of Office; Council Members are Sworn In
Mr. Jack Ciattarelli, former member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2011 to 2018, and Republican candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2021, administered the oath of office to Mayor Arman Fardanesh for the 2023 calendar year. In his welcome address, Mayor Fardanesh said that he encourages an open line of communication with residents. “My door is always open,” he said, and further asked that everyone feel free to contact him by phone or in person. He later said that he, together with Borough Administrator Ted Preusch, is working to “completely overhaul and update” the borough’s website. The mayor also said that he will look into revamping the borough newsletter, and said that police and fire reports will be disseminated.
Mr.Ciattarelli followed with the swearing in of three Upper Saddle River Council Members: Jonathan Ditkoff, Sarah Drennan, and new member, Richard Lyons, Esq. Mr. Ditkoff was later voted council president for this year. Borough Hall was filled with family members witnessing these appointments and those that followed for officers of the police, and fire departments.
New Police Officers are Appointed
Two new police officers were appointed and sworn in by Mayor Fardanesh: Officer David A. Mende and Officer Alexander Lanzana. Residents were informed that ambulance corps officials would be sworn in at a later date.
Borough Commission and Committee Members are Appointed
Youth Guidance Council
Shade Tree Commission
Benjamin Sherlock – Jr. Member
Vincent Durante – Chairman
Board of Health
Merri Stein Gurian
Emergency Management Council
Police Chief Rotella
Fire Chief Levine
Cynthia Dilatush (USR Cares)
USR Ambulance Capt. Scott Buhl
Deputy OEM Coord. Fleshman
Municipal Court Judge
Harry Norton, Jr.
Joy Convertini, Secy.
Sheryl Yeomans Jordan Alt.1
Police Chief Rotella
Fire Chief Levine
Aircraft Noise Committee
Appointments to Borough Council Committees:
Board of Health – Joanne Florio
Dept. of Public Works – Jonathan Ditkoff
Environmental Committee – Joanne Florio
Recreation – Jonathan Ditkoff
Youth Guidance Council – Joanne Florio
Shade Tree – Roger Masi
Finance – Steve DiMartino and Roger Masi
Historic Preservation – Sarah Drennan
Field Committee – Jonathan Ditkoff and Steve DiMartino
Eric Friis congratulated the mayor and council and stated that he was happy to see that the public meeting was being carried to residents via Zoom. He asked that the borough newsletter be revamped and perhaps be more like those provided by the Township of Mahwah and others in the area. He also asked that departmental reports such as police and fire be made public so that residents could be kept informed. The mayor said that he will look into revamping the borough newsletter, and the dissemination of police and fire reports.
Sheryl Epstein-Romano reported that almost all trees on a neighbor’s property had been removed, and she asked how the borough’s shade tree commission could permit this. She also questioned whether there was a conflict of interest having the director of the borough’s Shade Tree Commission be allowed to be a tree removal contractor in the borough. Roger Masi, council representative on the Shade Tree Commission, said that he would look into this.