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Two New Ridgewood Council Members Sworn In, Don't Vote for Mayor

Paul Aronsohn will remain mayor thanks to other board member votes, including one called in from Africa, report says.

Two new Ridgewood Council members officially took their seats at a reorganization meeting Tuesday amid split votes and some controversy, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, soon after Susan Knudsen and Michael Sedon were sworn in, they did not vote for the reinstatements of Paul Aronsohn as the village's mayor and Albert Pucciarelli as deputy mayor.

Knudsen abstained from the vote, and Sedon voted against the two men assuming the roles, the report said.

They were, however, reinstated after the rest of the board, including Gwenn Hauck who called in her vote from Africa where she is on vacation, voted for them, the report said.

Knudsen and Sedon cited allegations made by a resident at the start of the meeting claiming that council members unlawfully met before the meeting, which would violate the state's Sunshine Law, the report said. The village attorney said the meetings had not occurred, the report said.

Gary J Negrycz July 02, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Riche is right it's now about spin and politics Example is the new resolution. It is a good thing but to imply that Riche concealed the fact that his company provided services to the village for 14 yrs when he informed the then council and village attorney of the relationship prior to Aronsohn making a show to try to discredit him. Maybe if the law had existed before Tuesday nite the village attorney would not have said it was ok While we're pass good resolutions maybe getting rid of the right for anyone one with money to spend can come in and tie up the Planning Board with how they want OUR MASTER PLAN to read. It is time for a repeal of this right to rob the Village and also to pass a new H -plan giving Valley the right to do what we want not what they want it's our Village and we pay taxes for the privilege to make the rules unlike Valley

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