Jacqueline B. Kates,
Elie Y. Katz, Deputy Mayor
Michael A. Gallucci,
Paul S. Ostrow, Councilmember
Emil "Yitz" Stern, Councilmember
Deborah Veach, Councilmember
Marie Warnke, Councilmember
|Hours:||8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday|
|Address:||818 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666|
The Council is comprised of seven members, elected at large, of which one is elected by the Council as Mayor. Council members are elected for staggered four year terms with elections occurring every two years.
Powers and Duties
The Township is governed by an elected Council and an appointed Manager and other such officers and employees as may be duly appointed pursuant to law. All powers of the Township and the determination of all matters of policy are vested in the Council, except as otherwise provided by the Optional Municipal Charter Law (N.J.S.A. 40:69A-1 to 40:69A-21) or by general law (as defined N.J.S.A.40:69A-28).
The Council is empowered to continue or create determine and define the powers and duties of such executive and administrative departments, boards offices as it may deem necessary for the proper and efficient conduct of the affairs of the Township.
The Council is responsible for the fiscal and financial policies of the Township and has the duty to raise the revenues required by the Township and to adopt annual budget, which includes all appropriations required by State law.
The Council appoints the Municipal Manager, Tax Assessor, Auditor, Township Attorney, Municipal Court Judge, Class II and IV members of the Planning Board and two alternates, all members of the Zoning Board Adjustment and two alternates and other officers, boards and commissions as permitted or required law and/or as the Council may deem necessary for the proper and efficient conduct of the affairs of the Township.
The Mayor presides at all Council meetings and has a voice and vote in its proceedings. The Mayor appoints the members of and fills vacancies in the Library Board, appoints the Class II member of the Planning Board and sits as the Class I member of the Planning Board. The term of the Mayor is for two years and expires upon the election of a successor the next organizational meeting the Council.
Regular - The Council holds regular meetings at least twice per month, except in July and August, as established by resolution, on designated Tuesdays at 8 PM. A different starting time may be designated in the meeting notice. The Municipal Clerk posts a copy of the agenda and copies of the full text of all ordinances and resolutions thereon, in the Municipal Building, and provides copies to members of the public attending the Council meetings or who request the same by mail.
Organizational - On July 1 following a municipal election, the Council holds an organizational meeting at which time the Clerk presides over the meeting until a Mayor is elected. Following the election of the Mayor, a Deputy Mayor is elected who presides in the absence the Mayor.
Special - Special meetings may be called at any time by the Mayor, by two members of the Councilor by petition signed by voters equal in number to not less than two percent of the number of persons voting in the last preceding general election. The business of a special meeting shall be specified in the call for such meeting and no other business may be considered, except as otherwise determined by two-thirds of the Council taken at said meeting.
Continued - A continued meeting shall be a continuation of the last preceding meeting with business being resumed where it was left at the time of adjournment. A continued meeting shall complete the business of the last preceding meeting and not initiate any new business.
Workshop meetings - The Council holds workshop meetings at least once per month as established by resolution of the Council, on designated Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. A different starting time may be designated in the meeting notice. All matters to be considered at the next regular Council meeting and any other matters designated by Council, any member thereof, the Manager, Clerk or the Township Attorney are reviewed or discussed at the workshop session. Workshop meetings are open to the public. A portion is set aside for public comment. No formal votes are taken by the Council at the workshop meetings, except as otherwise directed by a two-thirds vote of the members present, but no fewer than five. In this event, the public is permitted to participate and speak on such terms as the Council designates on the matter on which the Council has taken or will take a formal vote.
Rules of Order - Consideration of motions and debate at all meetings of the Council and of matters of meeting procedures, except if modified by the Township Code, are conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order (the Scott, Foresman Newly Revised Edition, 1981, or in its most recent edition).
Rules of Procedures - Rules of procedures are specifically prescribed by Ordinance, Appendix I of Chapter 2 of the Code of the Township of Teaneck and are intended as a guide for the conduct of all regular and special meetings.