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Early Turnout Mixed For Ridgefield Park Commissioners Election

Five incumbents face five challengers in Ridgefield Park's village election.
Five incumbents face five challengers in Ridgefield Park's village election. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- The early turnout was mixed for Tuesday's Ridgefield Park Board of Commissioners election.

While traffic was light at the the village Civic Center, the stream at Lincoln School was steady, as poll workers awaited the lunchtime and evening crowds.

Five incumbents -- led by longtime Mayor George Fosdick -- are running against a full slate of opponents in the non-partisan election.

Fosdick, who has been mayor since 1992, heads the "Continued Responsive Government" ticket against the "The People's Choice" slate.

The incumbents:

Fosdick was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1984 and is the village's public safety commissioner.

Commissioner John Anlian, who was first elected in 1980 and is responsible for the Health and Welfare departments, Rent Control Board, Municipal Court, Tax Assessor and various other groups.

Commissioner Margaret Boyd, the first female president of the Ridgefield Park/Bogota Rotary, who was first elected in 2005 and serves as the commissioner for parks, buildings, and revenue and finance.

Commissioner Adam Macneill, first elected in 2008, who presides over the village's public parks, public property and Zoning Board.

Commissioner Hugo Poli, first elected in 2004, responsible for the DPW, Ambulance Corp, insurance, Internet and Pool Commission.

The challengers:

Junior Hernández, a New York City public school teacher, former commissioner with the Bergen County housing and utility authorities.

Ronald Hildago, a business owner and former New York City auxiliary police officer.

Natalie Quiñones, a counselor with Advance Housing, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with disabilities, and a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Theodore Tabasco, a former police officer and current vice president of the village's Junior Football Association.

Richard J.Tecchio, a superintendent with Suez (formerly United Water) and president of the Ridgefield Park Football organization.

Elections in Ridgefield Park are non-partisan, with all candidates running equally. The five elected commissioners selects one of them as mayor and designates each member as commissioner over an area of government.

Those commissioners then act as final authority over their departments -- with the power to hire and fire, set salaries, allocate personnel, and conduct other management functions.

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