January 1, 2002


The Reorganization Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights was held on January 1, 2002 at 12:00 noon at the Masonic Hall, 200 Division Avenue, corner of the Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.

The Oath of Office was administered to Councilman Garrett R. Pepe by Assemblywoman and Former Mayor Rose M. Heck.

The Oath of Office was administered to Councilwoman Marlene Verrastro by Mayor William J. Torre

Mayor Torre declared the 2002 Reorganization Meeting in session and stated that the meeting complied with the Sunshine Law, due notice having been made to all members of the Council on December 17, 2001, and to The Observer, The Record and the Herald News on December 17, 2001.

ROLL CALL: Present: Councilman Andrew Link III, Councilman Herbert D. Heeren, Councilman Justin A. DiPisa, Councilman Garrett R. Pepe, Councilwoman Marlene Verrastro, Councilman John Wassberg

Absent: None


SALUTE TO THE FLAG AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Mayor Torre led in the Salute to the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance.


Following the Salute to the Flag and Pledge of Allegiance, the Invocation was offered by Reverend Lewis Papera, Pastor of Corpus Christi R.C. Church.

Mayor Torre and Commissioner of Fire, Councilman John Wassberg, and Deputy Commissioner of Fire Garrett Pepe administered the Oath of Office to the 2002 Fire Department Officers: Fire Chief Arthur Knobloch, 1st Assistant Fire Chief Robert Thomasey, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Taylor, and all other officers for the year 2002 (copy of names attached).

At this time, Mayor Torre announced that he would like to appoint Marcia Imken as Library Trustee Emeritus. He continued that Mrs. Imken had retired from the Board and moved out of town, and that this appointment was conferred by the mayor and council with their gratitude and best wishes.

A motion by Councilman Pepe, seconded by Councilman Heeren, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Appointment was approved.



Mayor Torre assigned the 2002 Council Committees as follows:

Commissioner of Finance Andrew Link III
Deputy Commissioner of Finance Herbert D. Heeren

Commissioner of Police Marlene Verrastro
Deputy Commissioner of Police Andrew Link III

Commissioner of Fire Garrett R. Pepe
Deputy Commissioner of Fire John Wassberg

Commissioner of Health Herbert D. Heeren
Deputy Commissioner of Health Justin A. DiPisa

Commissioner of Strs. & Transp. Herbert D. Heeren
Deputy Commissioner of Strs. & Transp. Marlene Verrastro

Commissioner of Land Use Marlene Verrastro
Deputy Commissioner of Land Use Herbert D. Heeren

Commissioner of Sanitation Andrew Link III
Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation Garrett R. Pepe

Commissioner of Parks John Wassberg
Deputy Commissioner of Parks Andrew Link III

Commissioner of Recreation Justin A. Di Pisa
Deputy Commissioner of Recreation Marlene Verrastro

Commissioner of Public Facilities Garrett R. Pepe
Deputy Commissioner of Public Facilities Justin A. DiPisa

Commissioner of Social Services Herbert D. Heeren
Deputy Commissioner of Social Services John Wassberg

Senior Citizens' Ombudsman Herbert D. Heeren

Juvenile Outreach Ombudsman Justin A. DiPisa

Library Liaison Herbert D. Heeren

Drug Alliance Chairperson Garrett R. Pepe

Municipal League Liaison John Wassberg

Intergovernmental Services Liaison Justin A. DiPisa

On motion by Councilman Pepe, seconded by Councilman DiPisa, and unanimously carried, to confirm the 2002 Council Committees.


Consent Agenda:
1. Petty Cash Funds

2. Authorize CFO to Invest Idle Funds

3. Authorize CFO to Prepare Payrolls

4. Designate Official Depositories for Borough Funds

5. Authorize CFO to Pay Medical Insurance Premiums

6. Authorize Signatures for Borough Checks

7. Designate Official Newspaper

8. Set Meeting Dates for 2002 Council Meetings

9. Temporary Budget

10. Continuing Tax Settlement Committee

11. 2002 Debt Service Budget

12. Designating Number of Hours Per Week as Minimum Requirement for Full Time Status

13. Authorizing Rate of Interest to be Charged for Non-Payment of Taxes

14. Authorizing Adoption of By-Laws for 2002

On a motion by Councilman DiPisa, seconded by Councilman Pepe, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Resolutions on the Consent Agenda were adopted (Resolutions attached).




Mayor Torre asked if there was a motion to nominate a council member as Council President for the year 2002. Councilman Pepe made a motion to nominate Councilman DiPisa. The nomination was seconded by Councilman Wassberg and unanimously approved.




Mayor Torre asked if there was a nomination of a council member to the Planning Board. Councilman Pepe nominated Councilwoman Verrastro as representative to the Planning Board. The nomination was seconded by Councilman DiPisa. Councilwoman Verrastro was unanimously appointed to the Planning Board as a Class III Member for the term of one year.




Mayor Torre asked for any member of the Masonic Lodge who was present to please come forward for a special presentation. Lodge members Gilbert Hunt, Judge Harry Chandless, Robert Searle, Councilman Andrew Link III and Councilman Herbert D. Heeren came forward. Mayor Torre called on Council President DiPisa to assist.

Presentation of a Clock and Plaque was made with gratitude for the Lodge’s community spirit in allowing the many borough meetings to take place at the Lodge.



Mayor Torre made the following appointments and requested confirmation by the Council:



Borough Attorney Ralph W. Chandless, Jr. 1 Year

Borough Engineer Kenneth G.B. Job 1 Year

Administrator/Treasurer/ Michael J. Kronyak 1 Year
Purchasing Agent/
Administrative Officer
of Land Use

Borough Auditor Paul Garbarini 1 Year

Superintendent D.P.W./ Robert Heck Tenure
Cert. Public Works Mgr.

Construction Code Off./ Terry Naletko Tenure
Building Subcode

Property Maintenance Glenn Paxton 1 Year
Officer/Zoning Enforcement Officer

Property Maintenance Officer Patrick Vella 1 Year

Plumbing Inspector Richard Vanatta 1 Year

Electric Sub-Code Official Robert K. Rogers 1 Year

Fire Code Official Arthur Jackson 1 Year

Court Administrator Susan Paul 1 Year

Public Defender Thomas Mason 1 Year

Thomas Flinn 1 Year
Joseph Jones 1 Year

Borough Historian Louise Davenport 1 Year

Board of Health
JoAnn Wendolowski   3 Years
Andy Paparozzi 4 Years
Rodger Powell 3 Years
Martin Saccomano - Alt 1 -- 1 Year
Tim Crabbe - Alt 2 -- 1 Year

Local Assistance Board
Herbert D. Heeren 1 Year
Richard D'Amico 4 Years

General Assessment Board Richard Jarocki 3 Years

Planning Board
Terry Naletko 1 Year
Gilbert Hunt 4 Years
David Roche 4 Years

Free Public Library
Lisa Traina 1 Year
Coleen Lanzo 5 Years

Rent Leveling Board
Joseph Torre 1 Year
Joseph Ciano 1 Year
Ronald Monteleone 1 Year
Roy Perham III 1 Year
Charles Stenger 1 Year
Patricia Tobin 1 Year

Recreation Commission Jay Lustberg 5 Years

Committee of Community Celebrations
Audrey Ascione 1 Year
Dorothy Bernice 1 Year
Anthony Bernice 1 Year
Michael Ciano 1 Year
Debra Ciano 1 Year
Joanne Ciano 1 Year
Mark Ciano 1 Year
Madeline de Velasco 1 Year
Erin Gallagher 1 Year
Patricia Link 1 Year
Penny Mazzeo 1 Year
Richard Torre 1 Year
Elizabeth Torre 1 Year
John Pirilli 1 Year
Nancy Pirilli 1 Year
Mary Russo 1 Year
Brian Willard 1 Year
Rosemary Willard 1 Year
Doug Lanzo 1 Year
Coleen Lanzo 1 Year
Doris Bruno 1 Year
Debra Torre 1 Year
Vincent Gareffa 1 Year
Mary Alice Gareffa 1 Year
Ann O'Donnell 1 Year
Marie Kistner 1 Year
Norma Wilke 1 Year
Vincent Romano 1 Year
Connie Romano 1 Year
Joseph Giancaspro 1 Year
Valerie Giancaspro 1 Year
Barbara Moore 1 Year
Helene Searle 1 Year
Connie Mason 1 Year
Shelley Claude 1 Year
Susan Verrastro 1 Year
Joyce Powell 1 Year
Donna Villacampa 1 Year
Helen O'Shea 1 Year
Christine O'Shea Canetti 1 Year
Louis Bernice 1 Year
Eileen Kiick 1 Year
Dorothy Link 1 Year
Madeline Leddy 1 Year


Design District Advisory Committee
Mayor William J. Torre 1 Year
Mayor's Alternate: Lawrence Franchina 1 Year
Marlene Verrastro 1 Year
Harold Jacobus 1 Year
Arnold Steinhauff 1 Year
Doug Lanzo 1 Year
Valerie Nucera 1 Year
Ralph Mastroberte 1 Year
Susan Rinaldi 1 Year

Emergency Management
Kevin Cappadona (EMT) 3 Years
Michael J. Cappadona 3 Years
Joseph A. Costa 3 Years
Vincent L. Costa 3 Years
Darren DeNigris 3 Years
Gerard DeNigris 3 Years
Robert DeNigris 3 Years
John DeVoe 3 Years
Michael DiPisa 3 Years
Patricia Godfrey 3 Years
James Halloran 3 Years
Robert Kubler 3 Years
Kevin Mathe 3 Years
William Mergo 3 Years
Amalia Moya (RN) 3 Years
Susan Paul (EMT) 3 Years
Rodger Powell 3 Years
Ronn W. Rotonda (MICP) 3 Years
Thomas Rubino (RN) 3 Years
Bruce Werner, Jr. 3 Years
William White 3 Years
Nicholas Bernice 3 Years
Michael J. Jarvis 3 Years
Kevin T. McQuade 3 Years
Eric S. Neumuller 3 Years
Sidney Lehman 3 Years
William M. Unger 3 Years
Dr. Michael J. Sanzari 3 Years
Harry A. Johnson 3 Years
Peter G. Aftayev 3 Years

Chief Radio Communications Officer Dr. Roger Szanto 1 Year

Special Law Enforcement
Joseph Attilio 1 Year
William Pols 1 Year
Thomas Rubino 1 Year

Police Matrons
Karen Carney 1 Year
Gail Cardaci 1 Year

Borough Examining Drs.
Louis Napolitano, MD 1 Year
Thomas Bellavia, MD 1 Year
Mark Delcalzo, DC 1 Year

School Marshals
Lillian Buffone 1 Year
Lillian Dwyer 1 Year
Esther Long 1 Year
John Mazotas 1 Year
Karen Carney 1 Year
Helen Treptow 1 Year
Frank Pagan 1 Year
Rita Nedellec 1 Year
Patrick Power 1 Year
Doris Holden 1 Year
Jean Reyngoudt 1 Year
Josephine Bruno 1 Year
Arthur Horne 1 Year
Joseph DiPrete 1 Year
Rita Ratkowski 1 Year

Joseph Attilio 1 Year
Kathryn Warren 1 Year
Christy Harrington 1 Year
Angelo Talignani 1 Year
William White 1 Year

Fire Official U.F.S.A  Arthur Jackson 1 Year

Assistant Fire Official Kevin Todd 1 Year

Fire Inspectors
Frank Pistilli 1 Year
Kevin Todd 1 Year
Albert Saulnier 1 Year
Kenneth Kubler 1 Year
Angelo Roccamo 1 Year
Edmund Carter 1 Year
Richard Giarratana 1 Year
Bruce Werner Jr. 1 Year

Fire Mechanics
Eng. Co. No.1 Christian Semenecz 1 Year
Eng. Co. No.2 Michael Ratkowski 1 Year
Hook & Ladder Richard Giarratana 1 Year
Emergency Trk. James Halloran 1 Year
Ambulances - EMS 1 Robert Knobloch 1 Year
EMS2 Michael Thomasey 1 Year

Public Info. Off. Arthur Knobloch 1 Year

Dept. Safety Off. Harry Maisch 1 Year

On a motion by Councilman Wassberg, seconded by Councilmen DiPisa, and unanimously carried, the foregoing Appointments were confirmed and approved.



Mayor Torre began his annual message by alerting those present that it would be long and factual and to condense it would be difficult. He welcomed everyone and congratulated Councilman Pepe and Councilwoman Verrastro. He also congratulated the members of the council. 2001 was a sad year and he was proud of the town residents responding to 911 with their support and generosity, the clergy, the Town Vigil and was proud to be mayor. He hoped for normality to return. Two years ago the municipal building had burned down and it seemed small in comparison to 911. He thanked Assemblywoman Heck for her help combined with Senator Kosco and Assemblyman Talarico. He thanked the Masonic Lodge for their generosity. He thanked Michael Kronyak, Ralph Chandless, Rose Marie Sees, Bernice Baker, Lori French, Police Chief Michael Colaneri, Chief Arthur Knobloch and his assistants.

He reported the Fire Department would be moving again in the spring 2002 to Central Avenue. Eventually the move would be into permanent headquarters with the Police and Court. He thanked Marilyn deRussy, Conchita Parker, officers in the Court, Judge Chandless, noting he has been a judge for 35 years. Highlighting some things done this year were opposing Teterboro Airport expansion, he and Councilwoman Verrastro attending a rally opposing it, petitioning, writing letters and the councilwoman attends monthly meeting of the Coalition. Assemblywoman Heck is doing a lot in opposition also. Suggestions were made to change routing of major airports also which was announced to be put into effect soon.

Opposition to Cablevision rate increases has been ongoing and will continue to be opposed, and the fact that it is becoming a monopoly. We will continue to oppose any development in Wood-Ridge Curtiss-Wright property. Assemblywoman Heck was thanked for being instrumental in securing $180,000 grant for communications upgrade, $150,000 for new ambulance, CD barrier free curbs grant, $670,000 for new library, $445,000 for police and fire repeater system, and thanked Roger Szanto, the police and fire department for their input. He continued 9-1-1 coverage is now provided for Teterboro and Wood-Ridge and eventually regionalize and offer to other surrounding towns. The tax assessor office had been joined with South Hackensack, and will now include Rochelle Park. A litter vac has been obtained to keep the Boulevard and other areas clean, spearheaded by Councilman Pepe. A Fire Department pumper has been ordered, and Councilmen Wassberg, Pepe and the Fire Department committee involved were commended. Almost 3 miles of streets were resurfaced. State grants were received for a portion of Burton and Hamilton, one is pending for a portion of Kipp.

The Board of Adjustment was consolidated into the Planning Board to save redundancy and dollars and Bob Searle and Hank Dobelaar were thanked for their input and suggestion. The Department of Welfare was consolidated into Social Services. He commended Lee Kulakowski and her board members. He congratulated Tom Meli and the outstanding Christmas Parade and Farmer’s Market. He thanked the merchants for their support to the community and asked that the residents patronize businesses in town. He continued that the municipal tax rate dropped 1.7 cents in 2001. Hasbrouck Heights was cited as one of 23 towns that kept their budget under the inflation rate and in the last seven years the municipal tax increase was less than one percent. He commended Michael Kronyak, Councilmen Link and Heeren. Since 1994 the total local rate increase on a $190,000 home was only $80. Under buildings, he commended Councilmen Pepe and DiPisa, Kronyak and Ralph Chandless for the time, details and continuous meetings, an immense job. Final insurance proceeds amount in excess of $6 million and combined with state grants amounts to almost $8 million. $3 million, the amount to be financed, is what the library alone was to have cost. No property needed to be condemned, the homes and apartment house purchased was done amicably. Concrete bids will be awarded soon, with steel bids going out soon. Hopefully, construction will be started this month. If the weather holds up, completion could be within a year, with the public safety complex approximately three months later.

The police department calls increased almost 10%. Summonses issued were 9,400, and DWI was tripled over a two year period. The Junior Police Academy and Bike Marathon were continued and well received in 2001. The department received the AAA Silver Service Award for Pedestrian Safety. The Badge Program and D.A.R.E. Program continues, including Corpus Christi. Additional patrolmen and civilian dispatchers are to be hired in 2002. He thanked Commissioner Verrastro and Deputy Commissioner DiPisa, Chief Colaneri and the department. Under Chief Arthur Knobloch and Assistant Chiefs Thomasey and Taylor, the Fire Department responded to 636 fire calls and1400 ambulance calls. Membership stands at 53 with 39 firefighters and 13 ambulance auxiliary members, with more members needed. LOSAP was overwhelming approved by referendum. He thanked all members for their patience, understanding and service to the community.

He commended the DPW making reference to street sweeping, plowing, and keeping the town clean. Last year a camera was purchased to TV the sewers at $40,000 which has saved about $12,000 thus far, along with the new vacuum truck purchased within the last few years. Ten excavations were made this year to clean and repair broken lines. This will continue in the new year and a study of inflow into the sanitary sewer lines will be conducted to reduce the costs paid to the Bergen County Utilities Authority. He spoke on the Health Department, the Child Health Conference, Group Clinic which immunized 180 residents against pneumonia, and new software programs have been put into effect. On Recreation he welcomed Robert Brady as the new director and commended the summer program, wrestling, youth basketball and purchase of new equipment for that program, senior programs, and men’s flag football. The Library, under direction of Michele Maiullo and Thomas Verrastro, president of the Board of Trustees, he reported that over 90,000 items were circulated and programs for children, teenagers and adults were well received. About $11,000 was received in state aid for books and cd-roms. Page Brian Lamendola created a new web site and books can be reserved on line. He wished Marcia Imken and Norma Wilke who had resigned from the Library Board of Trustees well in their retirement and welcomed Lisa Traina and Coleen Lanzo as new trustees.

Under Social Services, he stated that Lee Kulakowski will stay on to run the food pantry and act as advisor to those in need. He noted that Dr. Roger Szanto had called on 9/11 the Crisis Intervention Committee which was in place by 9:30 a.m. and by 10:30 a.m. a plan was enacted. Under Property Maintenance the total value of new construction was over 5 and million dollars, most probably on home improvements. He commended Terry Naletko and Donna Van Dongen on a great job, the Planning Board under the direction of Henry Dobelaar, Design District Committee under the direction of Doug Lanzo, and Pat Vella for an especially outstanding job and issued 21 summonses.

Lastly, he announced the retirements of 2001, Danielle Scipioni who left to become at teacher at Lincoln School, Estella Hackel as Violations Clerk who was replaced by Craig Ferdinand, Jane Wistermayer who was replaced by Carol Palmieri, Fred Allen as Prosecutor who was replaced by Joseph Jones and Tom Flinn, Bob Segda from the DPW, replaced by Dave Ebert, and a vacancy was filled by Chris Catanese. In closing he stated they goals were exceeded in 2001 and in 2002 the mission will be to keep moving forward as best they can.



Councilman Link wished everyone a happy new year, commenting that the council represents all the people, asking God to watch all young men and women upholding the principles of this great nation against those who would suppress freedom and that the precepts of this country by the founding fathers remain intact.

Councilman Heeren congratulated the mayor for a very informative speech, noting that there wasn’t anybody in the town more desirous of having a new municipal building than those sitting up here, and that work is moving along to this effect. He also commended Lee Kulakowski, the holiday food distribution and the lack of space to store food items and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for its help, thanking the people for their donations. He thanked his wife and council members and the people for allowing him to serve.

At this point Mayor Torre asked all the families of the council to stand up and be thanked for their patience and support.

Councilman DiPisa thanked those in attendance, especially his wife Rosemarie and family. He continued that it has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the council this year. As a member of the building committee, he felt it has been very productive and insightful. As deputy commissioner of the police department, he thanked Councilwoman Verrastro, Chief Colaneri and the whole department, and the focus of public safety. He thanked Rob Brady for his smooth transition into the Recreation Department, the DPW employees for their care of the parks and streets, his "three Ro’s", (Rose Marie Sees, Rosemarie DiPisa and Rose Heck). He commended the honesty, integrity and trustworthiness of the Mayor and Council and employees.

Councilman Pepe thanked all the departments he had the pleasure to serve, all borough employees, Michael Kronyak, Ralph Chandless, Ro Sees, Bob Heck, Police, Fire and DPW, and Rose Heck for all the state aid brought into this community. He continued from what the mayor had said at a recent meeting that a balance must be struck on any decision right for this community, that this balance must include the normal everyday work, borough business and family. He also thanked the families. He calculated that the volunteers of the fire and ambulance answered at least three calls for every day of the year. He was pleased to serve as Council President, he thanked the voters for his and Verrastro’s re-election, and Pat Vella for his inroads into this community, that it is cleaner and better.

Councilwoman Verrastro welcomed everyone who attended. She commended the council and as police commissioner she thanked the chief and the department for all their help, those who volunteer many hours with the bike marathon and other programs. As land use commissioner she also thanked Pat Vella, the members of the building department and the planning board. She also thanked the voters. As a councilperson she said they work 24 hours a day. She thanked her husband, Tom and family for being there.

Councilman Wassberg thanked his wife for her support this past year. He congratulated Councilwoman Verrastro and Councilman Pepe for their re-election. He thanked Assemblywoman Heck.



Mayor Torre opened the meeting to the public for anyone wishing to speak.

Joseph Jones, 202 Cambridge St., Clifton, thanked the mayor and council for the great experience working as prosecutor and thanked the other prosecutor, Thomas Flinn.

Rose Heck, 501 Collins Avenue, commended the mayor and council for all their good work this year, and to remember the history of the town is a firm foundation and each of us in our own way takes up a position, only for a short time, and then we move on, but the example we set for the public is very important. Public service is a wonderful way to serve our fellow man and woman. She thanked the people of Hasbrouck Heights for their interest and that open meetings were important for communication, the seniors, library committee, police and ambulance squad for their recent help.

There being no one else wishing to speak, Mayor Torre closed the meeting to the public, and thanked his colleagues on the council.

The Benediction was offered by Reverend George W. Yoder of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

In conclusion, the Mayor thanked Gerry Hackel and Bill Hale.

There being no further business to be conducted by the Mayor and Council, the meeting was adjourned.

I, ROSE MARIE SEES, Borough Clerk of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, do hereby certify that the foregoing Minutes are to the best of my knowledge a true account of the Reorganization Meeting held on January 1, 2002.

Rose Marie Sees
Borough Clerk

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