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Double Standard: Village of Ridgewood Selectively Discloses Information

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Ridgewood NJ, does the Village of Ridgewood selectively disclose information for their own sake rather than to help their citizens?

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The Army Corps of Engineers Pays Visit to Village of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, on Tuesday , the Village Manager Keith Kazmark, Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser and the Superintendent of Schools Mark Schwarz met with the US Army Corps. of Engineers, the NJ DEP and Rep. Gottheimer’s office to discuss short term and long term solutions for flooding in the Village. These discussions are said to be in very preliminary stages and the USACE has extensive data gathering to undertake.

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The Ridgewood Community is Invited to “Meet the Manager” Meeting on Monday, September 18th at Village Hall

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood community is invited to “Meet the Manager” meeting on Monday, September 18th at Village Hall. All are invited to share ideas, concerns and opinions. Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark resigned to become the new village manager of Ridgewood. Kazmark previously served as Elmwood Park clerk and administrator and as the administrator in Parsippany.  In addition to his former mayoral duties, Kazmark also served as the administrator in Woodland Park.

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Village Manager Keith Kazmark Introduces Himself on Facebook

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Ridgewood NJ, Village Manager Keith Kazmark introduced himself to a bunch of Facebook groups on Monday July 17th.

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Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark to resign to become the new Village Manager of Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, according to multiple sources Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark will resign next month to become the new village manager of Ridgewood. Kazmark previously served as Elmwood Park clerk and administrator and as the administrator in Parsippany.  In addition to his current mayoral duties, Kazmark serves as the administrator in Woodland Park.

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SEEKING VILLAGE MANAGER FOR THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD

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Ridgewood NJ, full-service residential community of 26,000 residents, with AAA bond rating in Northwest Bergen County, with $54.7 million budget, paid police and fire departments, sanitation division, sewage treatment facility, parking utility ($2.5 million budget) and water utility ($18.5 million budget). Council Manager form of government, operating under Faulkner Act. Five member non-partisan Council elected for staggered four-year terms.

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Hiring of new Ridgewood Village Manager in Jeopardy?

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Ridgewood NJ, during Thursday evening’s Ridgewood Village Council Budget Meeting, Mayor Paul Vagianos said this about the likelihood of hiring a new Village Manager:  “I don’t know if we’re going to be able to find someone for the number we have plugged in.” Translation = Whatever salary the Village has budgeted for the position, isn’t likely to attract a qualified candidate.

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Village of Ridgewood Posts Opening for Village Manager Position

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood is looking for a Full Time Village Manager. A post on the Village of Ridgewood website says: Full-service residential community of 26,000 residents, with AAA bond rating in Northwest Bergen County, with $54.7 million budget, paid police and fire departments, sanitation division, sewage treatment facility, parking utility ($2.5 million budget) and water utility ($18.5 million budget). Council Manager form of government, operating under Faulkner Act. Five member non-partisan Council elected for staggered four-year terms.

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And the Next Ridgewood Village Manager will be – Ta Da!

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Board of Education (BOE) is currently conducting an extensive search for a new Schools Superintendent.  Information about the BOE’s search process is posted on their publicly accessible website:

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Did the Ridgewood Village Council give the raise in order to raise the base salary for the new manager?

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village council unanimously voted to give Heather a raise. Even though 4 of the five planned to oust her shortly thereafter. Did they give the raise in order to raise the base salary for the new manager?

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The “New” Ridgewood Council Faltering at Every Step

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Ridgewood NJ, so let’s see how the “new” council is doing so far:
1. Someone (Siobhan???)  has written a list of rules and regulations for council meetings, and without a public discussion among  council colleagues  put it on the Village website.  It is then learned, from social media, that one council member does not have the authority to do so. Bingo, it disappears from the website.

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Heather Mailander will Resign as Ridgewood Village Manager

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Ridgewood NJ, Heather Mailander will resign as Village Manager upon appointment of a new Village Manager by the Village Council. Ms. Mailander will retain her position as the Village Clerk and the search for a new Village Manager will begin immediately . The announcement was not unexpected.

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The Real Story on the Defunding of the Per Diem Ridgewood EMT Program

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Ridgewood NJ, recently there has been a renewed push of disinformation as to the defunding of the Per Diem EMT Program . To set the matter straight the Ridgewood is re-posting the May 10, 2021 article recounting all the FACTS in detail . For the record this blog has always been a big fan of the volunteer EMT’s in the Village of Ridgewood , but certain agenda pushing residents have tried to use this event to further their own aims ,distort the public record and hurt Ridgewood Emergency Services Reputation.

Unfortunately  candidates  Winograd and Weitz driven by special interests have opted to engage in a disinformation campaign in an attempt to misinform voters .

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Village Council Votes on Defunding the Per Diem EMT Program on Wednesday

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood, civilian per diem  paid daytime EMS program has been in existence since the early 1990’s. This civilian per diem  paid daytime  EMS program supplements  the 30 EMT Volunteers who respond to calls 7 PM to 6 AM, weekends and general alarms. In 2020, there were over 1300 EMS calls and 440 Emergency Services calls in the Village. The Volunteers donated over 18,000 hours, not including training.

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Village Manager poo poos the installation of poopie bag dispensers in Village parks

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Ridgewood NJ, Watch and listen to Ridgewood Village Manager Heather Mailander’s publicly televised, 4 1/2 minute diatribe concerning the proposed purchase and installation of dog waste (poopie) bag dispensers in selected Village parks. Clearly this Village employee (yes an employee; not an elected official) does not like dogs and made every attempt to poo-poo the implementation of a simple program that many nearby municipalities have fully embraced. Thankfully, the Village Council did not heed her advice and will continue their discussion of poopie bag dispenser installations at a later date.

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