Thursday, February 7, 2013
Fair Lawn native and army veteran Scott Ganz, 30, was discovered dead at his home in Orlando, Fla. this week.
Thursday, February 7
The son of former Fair Lawn mayor and current Bergen County Freeholder Chairman David Ganz was found dead in his Orlando, Fla. home this week, NorthJersey.com reports. Scott Ganz, 30, was an army reservist who returned home last summer from Afghanistan where he served a 13-month tour as an explosive ordinance disposal specialist. He was a 2000 graduate of Fair Lawn High School. Freeholder Vice Chairman Joan Voss announced the news of his death at Wednesday's freeholder work session and the board held a moment of silence for the Ganz family, according to NorthJersey.com. David Ganz, who recently celebrated one decade of service on the freeholder board, placed a yellow ribbon on his fifth floor office door in the county administration …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The two Democratic Freeholders have both said they’re undecided on whether to merge the two law enforcement departments, but they both say they want voters to be able to decide.
With an Aug. 17 filing deadline for ballot questions looming, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders members David L. Ganz (D-Fair Lawn) and Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee) renewed their call Wednesday for a public referendum on police consolidation. The two Democrats urged board chairman John Mitchell, a Cliffside Park Republican, to place a resolution on the freeholder calendar that if approved would put the question of whether the County Police and Sheriff’s departments should merge before voters in November. “We want to give the people the right to participate in this important decision about the future of law enforcement in Bergen County,” Ganz said in a statement, while Voss said she hasn’t yet decided whether a merger is called for, a …
Monday, December 19, 2011
In the video that accompanies this article, Wayne Robbins speaks with Steve Weinstein about his time in office.
When borough council re-organizes on Jan. 3, it’ll mark the end of an era. It’ll not only be the first time in over a decade that Democrats have surrendered control of council, it’ll be the first time in over a decade that Steve Weinstein, one of the Dems’ most well-liked and respected representatives, won’t have a seat at the dais. Weinstein, who’s sat on council since October 2001, including three years spent as Fair Lawn’s mayor, chose not to run for re-election this November. “All the nights out and the days, early morning meetings…after a while, it takes its toll on your family,” Weinstein said of serving on council. “It was time to take a little bit of a step back.” That said, walking away from politics wasn’t an easy decision for …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Both Ed Trawinski and Jeanne Baratta said Kurt Peluso was incorrect to label them as dual office holders.
Ed. Note: On Nov. 16, the Record picked up on this story. Here's what they had to say. On Tuesday night, shortly after learning he had won a seat on the Fair Lawn Borough Council, Kurt Peluso (D) called for Republican council members Ed Trawinski and Jeanne Baratta to resign their council seats because they also hold county jobs. “For me, that’s a conflict of interest,” Peluso said. “I wish they [would have stepped down] before the election and allowed five of the seven candidates to serve. I thought that would have been a great way to end this dual office holding. But they didn’t go that route, they want to hold on to both positions and I hope eventually they’ll change their mind.” Peluso added that despite his preference for their …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
County on pace for 8 percent drop in overtime costs.
Employees at the Bergen County Jail racked up $1.72 million worth of overtime in 2010, more than twice as much as the majority of county departments. The four highest overtime recipients in the county were corrections officers, including two men who boosted their six-figure salaries by more than 60 percent by collecting a combined $129,516 in extra pay. In fact, jail workers dominated the rankings of county overtime earners in 2010, with five corrections officers in the top 10, and 10 in the top 20. “We came in with the intent to do something about that,’’ said Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino, who took office in January. The numbers indicate that Saudino has begun tackling overtime at the jail. County payroll records provided to …