Attorneys, Volunteers Return to Appointed Positions

River Edge will continue with familiar faces

Much like neighboring Oradell, River Edge has chosen to stay with the status quo by continuing to retain the services of borough attorney Saverio "Sam" Cereste. The attorney was the prior Planning Board attorney until 2010 when he was appointed as the borough attorney to replace William Lindsley.

Other familiar faces include the return of Prosecutor Gina Calogero, Labor Attorney Matthew Giacobbe, the auditing firm of Lerch, Vinci & Higgins, Marc Ramundo as alternate prosecutor and Tax Appeal attorney Richard Kraus.

But there will be two new faces as Sarah Resch was appointed as the borough's public defender and Stephen Depken, the current Oradell construction official, as the borough's building inspector.

Resch is a former Associate at LoFaro & Reiser LLP and Law Clerk at Superior Court of New Jersey following her receipt of a law degree from Widener University of Law (PA). For the past three years, she has been employeed as a staff attorney at GEICO's Manhattan office.

Depken on the other hand is a common face in neighboring Oradell where he has led the Building Department for the past several years. As part of his appointment to River Edge he will serve a six-month probationary period.

Another familiar face is Tom Kyritz who was appointed for his first term on the borough's Planning Board for the next three years. A longtime volunteer as an umpire, he is commonly seen running in the annual River Edge Run. He was also appointed to the Environmental Protection Commission.

Even though lost his first-time election bid, the local runner will take his athletic ability as a member of the Recreation Commission for the next five years. Joining Cappola on the Rec Commission for a first time term will be Bob Smith (four year term).

Returning to the Beautification Committee are Ellen Goria, Ann Cannon, Rene Bruen and Mary Lou Hronicic while Mary Clare Smith rejoins the Board of Health. The Zoning Board of Adjustment will have Robert Schlossberg and Scoth Flethcer take their seats again.


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