Wednesday, May 1, 2013
New speaker replaces former Marine who frequently criticized the township council
A former top official at the state Army National Guard has been selected to replace an Iraq war veteran from Teaneck as the town's Memorial Day speaker, NorthJersey.com reported. John McGilchrist, chairman of the town's Patriotic Observance Advisory Board, initially invited Jason Castle, a resident and former Marine, to speak at the event. Township Manager William Broughton said he later had the invite rescinded, citing Castle's "negative interactions" with the town council, Patch reported. Castle is a frequent critic of the governing body and township administration, and is co-chair of Teaneck 2020, a group affiliated with former Councilwoman Barbara Toffler, who often clashed with council members and the town manager. The new speaker, …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Town has scheduled May 21 event at Teaneck High School
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Sunday, April 28
Teaneck officials will host a special gathering next month to honor local volunteers, the township announced. The event will be held May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Teaneck High School Auditorium at 100 Elizabeth Avenue. The Township is asking all leaders of community volunteer groups to send an e-mail with their name, title, organization, telephone number and number of organization’s volunteers who plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-837-1600 x. 1028. The information must be submitted no later than May 9. "The Township Council sincerely appreciates the service of our community volunteers and graciously wants to honor their organizations and these individuals who willingly give back to our Township," the town's announcement said. …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Township facing $2.2 million in tax rebates
The Township Council’s introduced $70.6 million budget has drawn criticism from some residents over the town’s handling of $2.2 million in tax rebates and prompted a push for spending cuts. The proposed budget aims to collect $54.9 million from taxes, a 6.6 percent jump in the township tax levy. Teaneck’s spending plan largely hinges on approval from the Local Finance Board for the town to pay out the $2.2 million in 2012 tax appeals over three years in an effort to lessen the impact on taxpayers. Residents would receive the tax rebates this year, but Teaneck would issue refunding bonds. If the move is approved by the finance board, the average Teaneck homeowner assessed at $452,622 would pay $3,949 in municipal taxes, according to the …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Township officials say they face a daily flood of public records requests
Monday, January 28
Teaneck might have to hire another staff member to help process an "inordinate" amount of public records requests, Patch reported last week. Under state law, officials must respond to the requests within seven business days. Some requests have been complex and eaten up hours of staff time, according to officials. In the clerk's office alone, 10 to 20 public records requests come in daily, Clerk Jaime Evelina told the town council. Should Teaneck hire another employee? What other options are available? Share your views in the comments section.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Teaneck has received an "inordinate" amount of public records requests, town manager says.
Teaneck may be forced to add staff to deal with what officials said is a flood of public records requests that must be processed by the town clerk's office. Township Clerk Jaime Evelina said her office alone receives 10 to 20 requests a day under the state's Open Public Records Act. That number, she said, does not include requests made to other departments. "Every department is impacted," said Evelina. One request took eight hours for a staffer to process, according to Township Manager William Broughton, who said the town has faced an "inordinate" amount of records requests. New Jersey law gives the public the right to request a range of government information and requires officials to respond within seven business days. Broughton said…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Event tentatively set for May at Teaneck High School.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Teaneck officials are planning an event to recognize the township’s volunteers. Councilman Henry Pruitt said a date was tentatively set for May to host an event at Teaneck High School. Pruitt, along with other officials, are part of a council committee planning the recognition. “This enthusiastic committee is going to make it happen and give people a chance to be thanked for what they’ve been doing over the past many years,” Pruitt said Tuesday of the initiative. The township will create an online form for residents to submit local groups to be recognized, said Councilman Elie Y. Katz, who is also part of the effort. “It’s our way as a council to recognize all the volunteers in this town that help our residents,” he said. Follow Patch on…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Group of volunteers could help maintain Teaneck parks.
The Township Council is exploring a proposal to form a volunteer group to aid public works crews in maintaining local parks. Councilman Mark Schwartz likened the proposal to New York City’s Central Park Conservancy, where volunteers help with work ranging from landscape maintenance to litter pick up. “What I’m looking to do is something along the lines of having an auxiliary DPW,” Schwartz said. “I believe there are quite a bit of people in town that garden, that like the outdoors and the parks, and want to volunteer.” A volunteer team could help ease the manpower and budget impact of park maintenance, he said. Councilman Elie Y. Katz suggested the town review a program allowing organizations to “adopt” local parks. Katz said he was unsure…
Saturday, July 7, 2012
New council won't meet next week, township announces.
What would have been the first public meeting of the new township council has been canceled, the township clerk's office said. The meeting was set for July 10. The next public council meeting is set for July 24. Teaneck held its reorganization meeting July 1, where new council members Henry Pruitt and Mark Schwartz joined the town's governing body. The council re-elected Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin and Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Afternoon and nighttime forums planned for Teaneck council candidates.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Correction: The AARP forum will be held at 1:15 p.m., not noon. Teaneck voters will have two chances to hear from the candidates vying for three spots on the Township Council Monday. One candidates forum, organized by the AARP, will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the Teaneck American Legion Hall, 650 American Legion Drive. Candidates will again meet for the Teaneck League of Women Voters forum at Teaneck High School, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the high school's Cheryl Miller-Porter Student Center, on the third floor. Incumbents Monica Honis, Mohammed Hameeduddin and Barbara Toffler, along with council election newcomers Alexander Rashin, Mark Schwartz and Henry Pruitt, are running for three seats on the town’s governing …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Site is a complete redesign
Teaneck’s official website got a much awaited upgrade Tuesday after the site's launch was delayed late last year. The site is a complete redesign by a new company and adds features officials have said would make it easier for online visitors to get township services. The new system allows residents to submit service requests online, which are also copied to Township Manager William Broughton. The manager said he plans to monitor the requests on his mobile device to make sure issues are addressed. Township departments had to develop new content and menus for their pages on the site. Added features include an employee directory, photo galleries, department-specific news pages and e-mail alerts. The town’s efforts to revamp its website …