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Teaneck Council Bids Farewell to Outgoing Members

Toffler, Honis honored by state lawmakers.

Two ongoing members were honored for their years of service this week, days before new members will be sworn in at a reorganization meeting.

Barbara Toffler and Monica Honis, who lost their bids for re-election, were honored with a proclamation from District 37 lawmakers at Tuesday’s council meeting. Toffler l, while Honis was denied a third term.

Councilman Elie Y. Katz, who often sparred with Toffler, noted how the two found common ground on some projects.

Katz credited Honis with tackling a range of community initiatives, including a .

“You're young, you're dedicated and you have a very good heart," Katz told Honis.  

Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin thanked both members for their time on council.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with both of you,” Hameeduddin said. “I have learned a lot of things from both of you.”

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said serving in local elected office was often more difficult than working in Trenton.

"These people really deserve our gratitude for all that they have given up for the Township of Teaneck," Weinberg said. “They're both young enough and feisty enough that I'm sure this is not the last we've seen of them.”

Weinberg called the last council meeting “bitter and sweet.”

“The bitter is that you are leaving a really interesting job in which you can do many, many good things for the people you represent,” Weinberg said. “The sweet part is that you don’t have to get out of your pajamas on Tuesday nights and you don’t have to read all those packets that come each week."

Toffler said she plans to stay active in town issues and urged others to get involved. Teaneck is “not as kind a place” as she remembers, she said.  

"Please join with us who really do want to make a difference in this town," Toffler said.  

Henry Pruitt and Mark Schwartz will be sworn in Sunday, when the council will select a mayor and deputy mayor.

Art Vatsky June 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I certainly thank Barbara and Monica for their service, eloquence, intelligence and endurance. The new Council has its work cut out for it. First, to end the "lazy minutes" problem that has surfaced in the past 2 years. Then to end the 4 and 3 day work week policy at Town Hall. (Next week is a 3 day week.) The choice of Mayor remains an internal negotiation within the Council. That makes as much sense as the Town Council choosing the budget level for the Bd of Education. Think about it. Should the Teaneck Board of Ed set the Township budget?
Diane Schwarz June 29, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I thank both women for their pretty thankless service! Let's see what the much more male council will do without the female touch!
Adam June 29, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Teaneck is going down in flames..these new guys wont do much better
Jason Flynn June 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Diane - you are right that two females lost their bid for reelection and are replaced with two males, but I trust that voters in 2012 look at individual's body of work, voting record and accomplishments when determining who to cast a vote for during elections. Finally, you did not insert ALL male council. That is correct. Let's remind the public that we still have a great community service focused active councilwoman in Liz Parker. S
Tim June 29, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm shedding tears of JOY! Barbara Toffler is an egomaniac and cost the tax payers money on her frivilous lawsuit. She did NOTHING to make Teaneck better or to reduce or stabalize TAXES.
Art Vatsky June 29, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Tim: Ya gotta be careful about what you say. Doncha' think twice a month recyclable collection makes Teaneck better? How about the quality concrete sidewalk on the Cedar Lane streetscape? How about her blocking the reorganization of the police and fire dept which, when passed by the Council majority, had to be quickly repealed by the Council majority? She publicly apologized for her apparent mistakes while other Council members apparently improperly leaked information to the press to incriminate her. No one took responsibility for that. She regrets voting for the 4 and 3 day work week for town hall employees and she called for proper minutes while the Council allowed our Township to fall behind in these legally required documents. How far behind? About a year. Maybe you should rephrase or re-aim your remarks?
John Santaella June 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The law is being violated by the minutes of the town council not being delivered in a timely fashion. Mr. Broughton is a former law enforcement officer should be arrested for violating state law. A four-day workweek and the use of a car? Please!

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