Council Candidates Are Diverse In Careers, Opinions

By Jeff Simmons, Correspondent

(From: The Record, May 4, 1988, Wednesday, Page 8)

The candidates in the May 10 council election are as diverse in their careers as they are in their opinions about what is the best for Teaneck.

Among the pack are a former journeyman plumber, a computer consultant, a newly retired police lieutenant, a music teacher, and an attorney.

The election is being held two years before the current council terms had been set to expire because of the November referendum that established staggered elections. The council will reorganize July 1, and the seven winners will draw straws to determine which four will hold two-year terms and which three will begin four-year terms. Thereafter, elections will occur every two years and all terms will span four years.

The six-member "Together For Teaneck" team includes:

*Councilman Thomas Boyd, the finance director for the Bergen County Private Industry Council. A councilman since 1985, he served 12 years on the Board of Adjustment, nine as its chairman. Boyd, treasurer of the Bergen County Urban League, founded the Northeast Community Organization and is a former chairman of the Teaneck Political Assembly.

*Alfred Egenhofer, 42, an attorney in Ridgefield Park. He is active in the Democratic Party and has coached for the Teaneck Baseball Organization.

*Eva Gans, 47, a free-lance computer consultant and editor of the township League of Women Voters newsletter. She is a member of the township's Organization for Rehabilitation through Training.

*Councilwoman Eleanor Kieliszek, 62, an 18-year member of the governing body and mayor from 1974 to 1978. She is a former Planning Board member and president of the township's League of Women Voters and the New Jersey Association for Elected Women. A former aide to Assemblyman Byron Baer, D-Englewood, she served on the township's Site Plan Review Committee and Aircraft Noise Task Force.

*Paul Ostrow, 37, a sales manager for Maco Office Supply in Union City. Ostrow, president of the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is a former member of the adjustment committee of the Youth Guidance Council and the Teaneck Soccer League.

*Reginald H. Walton, 64, a retired principal and teacher in New York City. A former Board of Education trustee, Walton was a member of the Superintendent's Committee to Rewrite the Social Studies and Language Arts Curriculums to include contributions by blacks and other minorities.

Those endorsed by the Committee For Responsive Government are:

*Peter Bower, 41, a professor of environmental science at Barnard College and geology at Columbia University. Bower is cochairman of Actions Against Apartheid of Bergen County and has managed soccer and baseball teams in the township for five years.

* Charles Grady, 50, a music teacher at East Rutherford Middle School and coordinator of its gifted and talented program. Grady has served on the township's North East Community Organization, Advisory Board of the Arts, and Housing Information Center.

*Councilman Frank Hall, 64, a 22-year member of the governing body and mayor from 1978 to 1982. An engineer with General Public Utilities in Parsippany-Troy Hills, Hall has edited technical magazines for 20 years. He is an adjunct professor at the City College of New York.

* Lamar Jones, a retired special education teacher in New York City. He was the first black elected to a board of education in Bergen County in 1962 and served two terms before being defeated in 1969. He made an unsuccessful bid for the council in 1970.

* Councilman Louis Schwartz, 75, a councilman since 1986. He is a retired plumber and had worked for five years as a plumbing inspector in New York City. He is a leader in the American Association of Retired Persons and former the Township of Teaneck Greenhouse.

* Rustine Tilton, an attorney in Elmwood Park. She has served as a lawyer for the Ridgefield Planning Board, is a member of the township's Cable Television Advisory Board, and has been active in the Democratic Party.

The unaffiliated candidates are:

* Fred Greene, 50, a Teaneck police lieutenant who is retiring. Greene is a 26-year veteran of the force and has served as a liaison to the township's Youth Adjustment Committee.

* John Abraham, 42, an engineer. Abraham is a member of the Teaneck Soccer League, has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Chest, and is a former member of the Site Plan Review Board. Abraham lost bids for a council seat in 1984 and 1986.


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