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Ridgewood village manager gets a head start on new job


Ridgewood village manager gets a head start on new job

APRIL 2, 2014, 11:50 AM    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014, 11:50 AM

RIDGEWOOD — Her official first day was Monday, but Roberta Sonenfeld got a head start as Ridgewood’s new village manager three weeks ago.

Sonenfeld, a 17-year village resident and the first woman to hold the village’s top administrative office, said on Tuesday she “wanted to hit the ground running.” So, following her appointment in mid-March, she started meeting one-on-one with several of the village’s various directors.

“We discussed anything that they wanted to talk about,” Sonenfeld said, including any “outstanding issues or concerns” they had.

“I also attended all of the departmental budget reviews, and met with our attorney for an update on all important legal issues,” said Sonenfeld, 59, who has three decades of prior experience as upper management for several different financial institutions.

Sonenfeld has already met with Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen County Administrator Ed Trawinski, and “agreed that the answer to stemming the tide of higher and higher property taxes is for each municipality to do things differently than we are doing them today and to engage the county where it makes sense,” the new manager said.

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3 thoughts on “Ridgewood village manager gets a head start on new job

  1. Please make the link provided her LIVE ………. thanks.

    Good luck to new Manager.

  2. just remember , don’t mess with the village services . this town needs to shine like it did years ago.

  3. #2, you must not be reading your Village budget newsletters very closely. There’s lots of spending in there, just not the right kind of spending growth that would improve upon Village services. All of the increase in our budget has gone for overly generous wage increases, cost of living adjustments, longetivity bonuses, accumulated sick leave, and elaborate pensions and Cadillac healthcare for life plans. The growth in those fixed cost items are literally squeezing out the Village’s options to spend on variable cost services for residents. Good luck to the new VM, unless she can help get the rate of growth in our fixed cost items under control, the Village portion of our property taxes will double again by 2025, just like they’ve done since 1997. And the growth in those taxes won’t go to pay for improved services for residents, they’ll go to pay for the retirements and almost free healthcare for some of the shrillest denizens of this blog.

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