Weinberg Won't Run For Council
Assembly is her priority

By Michael Markowitz, Staff Writer

(From: Bergen Record, Wednesday, March 9, 1994, p. C-3)

TEANECK - Councilwoman Loretta Weinberg announced Tuesday that she will not run for a second council term.

Weinberg, who is also a Democratic assemblywoman representing District 37, said holding seats on the Township Council and in the state Legislature was placing too many demands on her.

"I can't give both the time they deserve," she said. "I found I had less and less time to devote to [the council) and less time to devote to the Assembly."

Weinberg's decision means that at least one of the four seats up for grabs in the May 10 council election will be vacant.

The terms of Councilman Francis E. Hall, Deputy Mayor Paul S. Ostrow, and Mayor John Abraham also expire this year.

So far, Ostrow is the only incumbent who has filed petitions to get his name on the ballot. Candidates have until March 17 to file.

Weinberg, who made her announcement at Tuesday's council meeting, said she reached the decision about 10 days ago. Last week, she mailed letters to friends and supporters informing them that she would not run.

"I had been debating this decision with my family and with others," she said. "Lots of people urged me to run, but my husband's vote carries more weight, and he urged me not to run."

Weinberg was elected to the council in 1990, at a time when the township was grappling with racial tensions generated by the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Phillip C. Pannell, by a white police officer, Gary Spath. Spath was acquitted of reckless manslaughter in the shooting.

Weinberg cited her efforts to begin easing that tension as one of her accomplishments during her term on the council.

In March 1992, Weinberg was appointed to the Assembly, to fill the unexpired term of D. Bennett Mazur, who retired.

She was returned to her Assembly seat in a special election in November 1992, and was reelected last year.

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