Rose departure creates Council seat to fill

By Douglas E. Hall

With Councilman Neda Rose, a Democrat, planning to move from the borough, she will not be seeking re-election to the Borough Council.  In fact, four candidates are vying for two Borough Council seats in the Democratic Primary Election on June 6.  Two are running under the regular organization banner and two are labeled as “Independent Democrats.”

Running for the nomination to seek re-election is Kevin Doran, who was elected last year to fill the unexpired term of Councilman James Delaney, when he moved up to succeed the late Mayor Nancy Merse. Running with Doran is Planning Board member Anthony Bartolomeo, who hopes to fill the council seat being vacated by Councilwoman Rose.

Running against Doran and Bartolomeo are former Councilwoman Mary Hogan and Sheldon Gelman who served two two-year terms on the Board of Adjustment.  Hogan previously unsuccessfully ran for mayor with the support of the Independent Coalition for a Better Edgewater.  Gelman is an instructor at Yeshiva University in New York, where he was previously Dean of Graduate Studies.

There may well be a record turnout for the Primary Election since there is not only a contest among Democrats on the municipal level, but there is a contest over who will represent that party in November to fill the candidacy for Congressman.  The borough’s current representative, Steven Rothman (D-District 9) is headed for a showdown with Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-District 8) due to redistricting that took two Congressional seats away from New Jersey because the state grew more slowly than some other states.  In order to get into this race Rep. Rothman moved from Fair Lawn, to Englewood, his old hometown where he was once mayor and is now facing a primary fight with fellow Democrat Rep. Pascrell.

Beating Rep. Pascrell won’t be a piece of cake since the former mayor of Paterson is putting up a fierce fight at least in his Passaic County stronghold.  The fight will shape up as a battle between the Passaic County (Paterson and Passaic) Democrats supporting Rep. Pascrell against the Bergen County Democrats (Englewood and Teaneck) backing Rep. Rothman.  Rothman has estimated he goes into this race with 61 percent of the Democrat voters having been previously represented by him in the old District 9.

The new District 9, in addition to Edgewater, includes: (Bergen County) Carlstadt, Cliffside Park,  Cresskill, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Garfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Leonia, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, South Hackensack, Teaneck (partial), Tenafly, Teterboro, Wallington, Wood-Ridge, (Passaic County) Haledon, Hawthorne, Passaic, Paterson. Prospect Park, (Hudson County) Kearny (partial) and Secaucus.

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