Only 4 File For Council Seats

BY LINDA BERBERIAN, Of the Suburbanite

(From:  The Suburbanite, April 1, 1998, p. 8)

(Because of technical difftculties this story was complete in least week's paper It has been picked up to include the biographical information.)

TEANECK - Only three incumbents and a first-time candidate will be running for the four available council seats.

Mayor Paul Ostrow, Deputy Mayor Michael Gallucci, Councilman Elie Katz and first-time candidate Emil 'Yitz" Stern officially filed their nominating petitions to run for the four-year terms.

Ostrow, 47, a lifelong Teaneck resident and vice president of Maco office products company in Union City, was first elected as a councilman in 1990. He was selected by the council members as mayor six years later after serving as deputy mayor. He is a former president of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

Ostrow said he hopes to help rehabilitate Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road.

"I'm very pleased that we were able to successfully complete two out of three proposed building projects," he said, referring to the police headquarters and the Rodda Center expansion. 

He and his wife, Ricki, have two children, Lauren and Michael.

Deputy Mayor Galliicci, 31, an attorney for Nowell/Amoroso of Hackensack, was originally elected as a councilman in 1995 during a special election to fill a vacant seat. A year later he was chosen as deputy mayor. He is currently the council liaison to the Economic Development Cooperation.

'We're proud to have stabilized taxes, at the same time we continued to invest in capital building improvements," Gallucci said.

He has been married to his wife, Catherine, for two and half vears.

The newest council member, Elie Katz, 23, won the special election race last November to fill the seat vacated by the res-

A lifelong resident here, he is co-owner of ChopStix in Teaneck as well as two bakery stores, Breadstix and Royal Bakery. The youngest member of the council in recent history, Katz has been a stalwart of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps as well as a volunteer for the Teaneck Fire Department's Box 54 canteen, a member of the Community Relations Advisory Board and of the Tri-Community Crime Stoppers.

Stern, 42, has lived here for 18 years. He decided to run for council to apply what he has learned about Teaneck as a member of the Board of Adjustment for eight years to governing the township. '

He is a former member of the Teaneck Western Little League and parent volunteer for Biddy Basketball and currently works for a real estate and marketing research company. He said he would like to take a hard look at development in town.

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