Friday, March 15, 2013
Michele Peters and Trisha Connors, both attorneys, take the seats of Costantino Suriano and Jane Shinozuka
The Ridgewood Village Council has filled the spots of two departed planning board members. On Wednesday night, the council appointed Michele Peters as alternate #1 and Trisha Connors as alternate #2. Peters will serve through June 30, 2014. Connors's term ends June 30, 2013. Citing professional obligations, full-time member Costantino Suriano resigned in February. Alternate #2 Jane Shinozuka followed suit a week later. Wendy Dockray on Tuesday officially moved up from alternate #1 to take Suriano's chair. Both new alternates are expected to be ready to participate when testimony begins for the Valley Hospital expansion plan on April 2. Peters is an attorney specializing in real estate law, while Connors, also an attorney, works in …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
"The very reason people move here (for our schools), will be the very reason they don't move here in the coming years," resident says.
Saturday, March 2
Editor's note: The following letter was sent by resident Ellen McNamara to the Ridgewood Village Council. It is unedited, but ran following the Thursday, Feb. 28 planning board meeting referenced in the last paragraph. Dear Members of the Village Council, We, the loyal citizens of Ridgewood, need you to respond with common sense and foresight to the attempt by developers to change the zoning of our downtown, allowing for the development of the multiple apartment complexes being considered. You must realize how negatively this will affect our town. Every person I speak to understands the impact these buildings will have on our village (first of all, who will consider this a "village" with these structures in place?). Our town, its services…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Ridgewood council didn't want her as a full-time member, Jane Shinozuka said, prompting her resignation.
Second alternate Jane Shinozuka turned in her planning board retirement papers Wednesday morning, leaving the board with two empty seats during a critical time for development issues in Ridgewood. The East Side resident served on the board for nearly three years. Her resignation comes on the heels of full-time member Costantino Suriano announcing his departure. In a conversation with Patch Wednesday night, Shinozuka said she didn't feel the council wanted to give her the full-time perks. So after much deliberation, she resigned. Shinozuka's first term as a board member expired last summer. The Paul Aronsohn-led council majority elected to keep her in tow, but bumped her down from first alternate to second alternate. "The board sets the …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Costantino Suriano cited professional obligations.
At a critical juncture, one of the most active members of the Ridgewood Planning Board will have to be replaced following his resignation. Member Costantino Suriano has resigned his post, board chairman Charles Nalbantian said at Tuesday's planning board meeting. Suriano cited professional reasons for his resignation, Nalbantanian said. Suriano, an attorney, travels extensively for work. He was appointed to the board in July of 2010. First alternate Wendy Dockray will take Suriano's vacated seat while Jane Shinozuka will move up from Alternate 2, Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. The board is considering amending the Master Plan to allow for new zoning that would potentially welcome four new housing developments in the village downtown. Planning …