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.