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Candidates discuss taxes, diversity

By Howard Prosnitz, Staff Writer

Teaneck Suburbanite, April 29, 2010, p. 2

With Mayor Kevie Feit not seeking a second council term, three incumbents and six challengers are vying for four council seats in an election to be decided on May 11. Teaneck Suburbanite interviewed each candidate and asked each three questions:

1. Why are you running?
2. How can the financial burden on taxpayers be mitigated?
3. What can be done to improve relations among the township's ethnic, racial and religious groups.

(Only the relevant candidate is shown here)

Elie Y. Katz, Age: 35

Elie Y. KatzKatz is seeking his fourth term. The Phelps Road resident is a lifelong Teaneck resident. Katz attended Toro College and is a real estate investor. He is married with two pre-school age children. He is a life member of the Tenaeck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and is a current member of Teaneck Crime Stoppers. Prior to joining the council, he served on the Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse and was the first chair of the Youth Advisory Council.

1. Katz is running, in part, because of his deep roots in Teaneck. He notes that his parents and sister still live in town and his business is in Teaneck. "I want to make sure that Teaneck continues in the right direction and that my kids can raise their kids here and that residents enjoy a high quality of life."

2. Katz said that he has been involved in every new revenue source in the past 12 years, including the commercial sewer ordinance and the hotel occupancy tax, each bringing in more than a half millian a year, the cell tower that brings in a quarter million, meters in municipal parking lots and a program begun when he was mayor in which houses of worship and banks were asked to voluntarily fund projects. "The revenue line has increase by millions because of my efforts," he said.

3. Bridge building and communications are the keys to successful relationships among Teaneck's various groups, said Katz, who notes that he was one of the founders of Unity Day in 2009. "We need to have willing parties in all communities so that people are educated and learn that there is more that we have in common than separates us."