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A personal note from Melanie – Candidate for Ridgewood Village Council

A personal note from Melanie:

I am a lifelong Ridgewood resident and I’m very happy to be raising my family in the Village I love. I started my early years in Ridgewood and my parents purchased their first home on Pershing Avenue when I was ten years old. We moved in on a hot, steamy,  bright, and sunny 4th of July. At that moment I knew Ridgewood would always be home. I could think of no better place to live, work, and raise a family. Ridgewood is a beautiful village with much to offer all members of our community.

I’m especially proud to serve the Village on the Planning Board and other boards. I’m grateful for the opportunity and have made certain my work has been thoughtful and professional.  Most important to me is to allow the Village to grow and move into the future while keeping the small-town feel so important to many of my fellow residents.

I was appointed to the Planning Board Visioning Committee and the Master Plan Committee and have worked closely with Mayor Knudsen, Board Chairman Richard Joel, and Board colleague Dianne O’Brien. Our community outreach has afforded me the opportunity to understand how our fellow residents feel about our community. I’ve met with so many Ridgewood friends, neighbors, newcomers, and long-time residents. Sharing ideas about Ridgewood’s past, present, and future. I’ve had the opportunity to hear from young and old and understand and share their concerns and vision.

I’m so excited for the opportunity to run for Village Council and hope you will vote for me. I promise to work hard every day on behalf of all Ridgewood residents and taxpayers.

Please take a moment to visit my website to learn more about me and my platform. I hope my years of community service has helped me to earn your vote – https://www.votehooban.com/

Thank you for your support.

With gratitude, Melanie Hooban

29 thoughts on “A personal note from Melanie – Candidate for Ridgewood Village Council

  1. She’s got my vote!

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  2. Melanie may be a bit “sassy” at times but she’s smart, sincere, and has Ridgewood’s best interest in her actions and decisions at all times. She’s been active in a number of committees in Ridgewood and has done a terrific job. Melanie has earned the right to be a serious candidate for Village Counsel.

    I believe that Paul Vagianos is in this race for his own financial and political gains. Just look at who is supporting him . And don’t forget that Paul wanted candidates to commit (as in sign an agreement) to his laundry list of CBD wants in order to get CBD support whether or not it was good for Ridgewood as a whole.

    Melanie Hooban gets my vote.

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  3. Some people don’t agree that she is the best candidate. Why are you censoring their reasonable concerns?

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  4. Ms. Hooban-

    Can you please explain why you were fired from your job at the YMCA? The voters deserve an answer. The fact that this is not addressed in your note is concerning for me as a voter.

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  5. Vagianos stands to gain BIG TIME from getting on the council. He is one of the major landlords in town. Any further development will benefit him immensely. Vagianos’ motives for getting elected are purely for his own gain.

    Melanie Hooban is driven simply by a desire to do the right thing for Ridgewood. She is not in anyone’s pocket. She will not be pushing for more massive developments in the downtown. Unlike Vagianos, Melanie already actually serves the citizens by being on the Planning Board and the Master Plan Committee.

    I am voting for Melanie without question.

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  6. Melanie may be “sassy” at times, but I will take sassy over SLIMY every time. Vagianos is SLIMY and unstrustworthy.

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  7. 1.Fix the roads
    2. Get rid of the concrete blockades in front of store fronts that take up multiple parking spaces just to force parking in the garage
    3.Just win!

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  8. Except its not a Village

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  9. Got an e-mail to attend a soiree for Vag.
    The rich run in their own circles.

    A vote for Vag is like voting again for Aronsohn. Surely we’ve learned our lesson.

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  10. HOOBAN FOR THE WIN!!!
    WE KNOW WHERE SHE STANDS ON ISSUES.

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  11. Melanie was fired because she was asked not to run for this position.
    Illegal.
    Isn’t her former ceo and boss friends with the very people she’s running against?
    Illegal.
    Do a Google search of her former boss and who’s backing the other guy.
    I believe the record has been very clear and she’s probably not commenting because she’s been legally advised not to.
    Go get them, Melanie!

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  12. Knowing who supports vagianos is how i determine my vote. This one is an easy decision. She’s got my vote

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  13. “A vote for Vag is like voting again for Aronsohn. Surely we’ve learned our lesson.”

    I wouldn’t count on it, ‘cuz we are….
    RICH and STUPID

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  14. Paul is showing the citizens of Ridgewood that he has big money behind him and will continue to be behind those developers who see a new one to add to Ridgewood’s bounty granted to us by the previous Paul. Were YOU invited to his lavish kickoff? He is ready to be a politician as his predecessor “Paul” did and is showing the town his “important backers”. He is probably furious that Melanie did not “simply get out of his way” as his supporters suggested strongly to her boss. That proved “HIS Power” wasn’t as strong as he believed. He couldn’t just roll her over with his “connection’s strength”. He actually may not want to run against her as she is honest, has done a good job with all she’s done in the village before and is seemingly not scared of all he can have “his politically powerful friends” do to her. A perfect case of the wolf going after an assumably helpless victim (the pigs). GET OUT AND SUPPORT MELANIE. STAND UP FOR THE NON-POWERFUL– THE LITTLE PEOPLE WITHOUT POLITICAL CONNECTIONS. SAVE YOUR HOUSE AND VILLAGE JUST LIKE THE PIGS.

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  15. It’s a total shame that Melanie had to sacrifice her job in order to run for VC. Likely the workings or Vagianos’ buddies (Hauck?) She cares so much about Ridgewood that she is making that sacrifice for us. She personally has nothing to gain, unlike the other candidate (hint: Vagianos).

    We are behind you Melanie – Go get ‘em!

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  16. who is Ramon backing, I don’t trust that guy? who is Sedon backing? another I don’t trust Didn’t Melanie support them and was back stabbed?

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  17. A win by Vagianos would place a silent sixth member of the council on the dais–a previous mayor named Paul. Want that?

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  18. Ramon and Sedon are known backers of Vaggianos because they both have bigger political desires.
    They sold her out, they sold out all of us that supported them.
    They lost my respect and my vote for them for anything ever again.
    Frankly that right there is the worst thing I’ve seen happen in Ridgewood politics in a while.
    They both will deserve the political karma they get.
    Slimy politicians.

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  19. Vagianos is a puppet for the developers and county to push the Gateway Project. Vagianos made a promise to play and now he must deliver. Remember his positions when he ran (and loss) for the 40th district; high density housing, increase transit and greatly expand business districts. “Flip the 40” he wasn’t kidding.

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  20. VOTE HOOBAN! Vagianos is all in for himself and anyone that can benefit him and his pockets. Just read the Village meeting minutes for proof. https://www.ridgewoodnj.net/hidden-search?searchword=Vagianos%20tree&searchphrase=all&start=20

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  21. Serious question – please tell me why that wall in front of his restaurant was built and remained for so long?

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  22. Tell me any issue on which Hooban disagrees with mayor Knudesn.

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  23. maybe Mayor Knudsens issues are the correct issues. were there any issues in which Gwen Hauck did not agree with Paul A? just a thought!

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  24. I dislike Susan Knudsen personally but her position issues most important to me align closely with her. Probably 75% of my friends feel the same way as I don. I don’t understand what Ms. Hoobans similar position to Susan Knudsen has to do with anything.

  25. Melanie has our votes.
    Ernie L’Amour had the audacity to fire a single parent who is just trying to make Ridgewood better – but it doesn’t fit L’Amour & his Greek taverna pal.
    Stinks of the hypocrisy of their type that Melanie is such a threat to them.
    L’Amour doesn’t even live in Ridgewood and never has. He has no right to use the Y as his personal “food for favors” racket. Ernie L’Amour just loves Greek food, especially when it’s free.

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  26. Who is Ernie L’Amour ?

  27. L’amour is the YMCA director.

    All you have to know is that I go to the Wyckoff Y now.

  28. Ernie Lamour is the one who is allowing any number of businesses to use his parking lot to run their businesses out of. Just go watch.
    Please just ask any of us who live near here how much we like when the valets from local restaurants he has buddied up with use those lots at night like maniacs or when business run all day and night out of the parking lot. How is it even allowed
    Or when other local businesses allow their employees to park at the Y.
    Since he got there he’s turned the Y and streets near by in to a thoroughfare we neighbors didn’t sign up for
    He had the audacity to go to try to build a playground on the front lawn of the Y and thankfully all of us neighbors spoke up.
    Now he has a massive shipping container work out studio right in the middle of the lot.
    The parking lot is frankly the only part of the Y that’s actually busy and there’s him to thank for it.

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  29. sounds like what happened at Habernickel. a privately
    owned business now operates out of a public park.
    and who backed it and still does Hache and Sedon.
    it is a business not a non profit or the home to the health barn Foundation or Feed the front lines.
    Just a private business keeping all the benefits of us tax payers

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