For the second consecutive year, an uncontested race has led to the all Republican status quo to remain in place in Oradell. Councilmembers James Koth and Donna Alonso were officially sworn in on Sunday afternoon after facing zero competition at the polls.
Koth, who was renamed Council President for the second year, . First elected to the governing body in 2009, the lifelong borough resident is a product of both the Oradell Public and River Dell school systems as well as volunteering as a third generation firefighter in town.
He is the Vice President of a New York State Public Benefit Corporation with focused responsibility in Manhattan managing the day to day operations of newly created public space and amenities on a formerly industrial waterfront.
Alonso, the Business Administrator with the Alpine School District, having earned 2,309 votes enters her third term on the governing body. She has been appointed as Insurance Commissioner for the past six years.
"I am happy to congratulate Councilwoman Alonso and Councilman Koth on their reelection and thank the voters of Oradell for their support," Mayor Joseph Murray said. "This past year we've achieved many goals and among the accomplishments have been upgrading the technology equipment at borough hall, fundraising to host fireworks in 2013 for the 100th birthday of the library, identify and hire a new chief financial officer, create a policy procedure for purchasing, receive equipment donations to OPTV from ABC and eliminate the use of pesticides on all borough parks.
Murray concluded that during the coming year the governing body will continue to look at upgrading technology at borough facilities as well has having a complete review of a study on the longterm use of borough hall.
During the reorganization meeting, Koth was unanimously renamed as Council President for the second year while Councilman Ed Pfleging was named to the Planning Board.
Donna Alonso - Recreation, Historic Committee
James Koth - Drug Alliance
Garrie Murphy - OPTV
Eric Shuler - Board of Health, Special Events
Antonio Meo - Chamber of Commerce, Education
Edward Pfleging - Beautification, Environmental Committees
Library and Insurance - *Alonso, Koth, Meo
Police & Emergency Management - *Koth, Shuler, Pflegin
Finance & Shared Services - *Murphy, Koth, Shuler
Fire & Ambulance - *Shuler, Alonso, Murphy
Administration, Regional School Funding, Economic Development, Communications and Technology - *Meo, Murray, Pfleging
DPW, Engineering & Real Estate - *Pfleging, Alonso, Shuler
Ordinance - *Murray, Alonso, Meo
*denotes chair of committee