Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Deal of the Century?

Teaneck Mayor and Deputy Mayor Chosen


There have been rumors running around for the last few weeks of Toffler wanting to be the Mayor. After all, she was the top vote getter .With the likelihood of that happening, I hear that Toffler has been trying to drive a wedge between Feit and Katz and pit one against the other for Mayor. I am fairly certain that they both have not bought in to her psychology. I am told that in the interest of a peaceful compromise and to pick someone that has shown from their votes that they represent the northeast community and all Teaneck, Toffler has garnered support from Katz, Honis, and Hameeduddin for Deputy Mayor.

I am not sure what to make of it initially, but the "Truth" is this could be a good compromise.

There are many that feel that Parker lacks any leadership qualities and much of the New Beginnings/ Teaneck Divided conflicts could have been averted. If you think of any of the other alternatives, they may be perceived as too extreme.

Very clever and very impressive, good old fashioned political horse trading. Mayor Katz and Deputy Mayor Toffler, that is my pick as the end result.

7 days left!

89 comments:

esther said...

Good call, Teaneck Truth.

May I add that some have speculated that Lizette Parker is a secret agent who has infiltrated the Teaneck council and actually pledges her allegiance to the nation of Uzbekistan. There are also those who say that newly-elected councilmember Barbara Toffler is actually android who emits ionic beams to control the thought patterns of other members of the council. Furthermore, there are also those who believe that Kevie Feit is a large diurnal bird of prey in a realistic human costume.

Anonymous said...

Toffler is a crook, by her own admission.

Anonymous said...

Ho hum, unitl this election debacle I have always been a big fan of Katz and all that he does for the town. I hope he is mayor again. Since Toffler spent the last 4 years criticizing everyone and everything about the government, I have no idea what she will do for the town. I hope she can rise to the occasion and remember the town comes first.

Anonymous said...

Toffler is a crook. She should go directly to jail without passing Go.

Jervis said...

FEIT will never vote for Toeffler..he is the reason she ran in the first place..because he called her out on all of her bull shit with relation to the NY Times article

Jervis said...

FEIT will never vote for Toeffler..he is the reason she ran in the first place..because he called her out on all of her bull shit with relation to the NY Times article

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Anonymous said...

Mayor Katz and Deputy Mayor Gussen!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Toffler to jail. Honis to the gas chamber.

Anonymous said...

Some wonder why Teaneck is looked at as the laughing stock of Bergen County?

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:48 you are a racist. People like you make things worse.

Anonymous said...

Honis to the chicken fryer

Swiggle said...

For those that would claim that Toffler should be anything because she was the "highest vote-getter", I'd remind you that Katz garnered more support is an election that had many more players in the field.

The positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor need not go to someone that 'represents the Northeast' or anywhere else for that matter. Every single person on the council represents everyone in Teaneck. If you don't like to acknowledge that fact or think someone doesn't represent you, come to a meeting and speak at good and welfare or move out of town.

That being said, the position of Mayor and Deputy should go to people that stand a chance at controlling what has come to be an increasingly disorderly council chamber (and I mean the audience members). My vote (for what little it is worth) is for Katz/Gussen.

Swiggle said...

I'm wary about Toffler for Mayor for other reasons as well.

We all saw how fast she turned on her 'friend' Yitz Stern and read his advice (which she solicited) at a Council Meeting.

That's not a sign of a Team Player. It's someone that's willing to stab you in the back to advance her personal agenda.

If that's your idea of a Mayoral quality....we're in for a bumpy four years.

Anonymous said...

Much hypocrisy at the council meeting!!!

Anonymous said...

Feit says "shalom" means "hello" and "goodbye". How about "peace"? Not any more, huh?

Parker expresses shock that Rudolph is human, that he has a mother!!!

Anonymous said...

Say it ain't so!!!
In my opinion, the only choice for mayor of Teaneck is Elie Katz. For deputy mayor, I'd like to have Councilman Gussen step up. These are the two members of the council who come prepared to council meetings. They are both knowledgeable AND articulate. If the ladies' egos can't vote for 2 men, then let's have Katz as mayor and Parker as deputy mayor.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 9:51pm
Of course Rudolph has a mother! She is the one that told him to vote in Brooklyn when he was a New Jersey resident and like a good son, he listened. Isn't that a felony?

Teaneck said...

Jervis said...
FEIT will never vote for Toeffler..he is the reason she ran in the first place..because he called her out on all of her bull shit with relation to the NY Times article


Maybe. But Toeffler might vote for Feit. At last night's meeting, people told me that they could see a situation developing where he might tell the people without whom he would have never been elected to go fly a kite and make a deal with the Hometown Gals. With or without his Katz Team buddies. Hang on.

Anonymous said...

Feit knows lamalshinim al thi tikva.

Anonymous said...

How was last meeting for Rudolph and Kates?

Anonymous said...

Lovey-dovey fake.

Anonymous said...

I watched part of meeting. Many sincere speakers from the audience thanked Elnatan and Jackie for service to the city. Several from board of education, a senator and assembly people, a former mayor, reps from various boards and residents. The council members were all very complimentary and said "nice" things. All sincere and at times funny too. It may have been a bit lovey dovey, but not really fake, except the hollow words from the Perry Lane councilwoman.

Anonymous said...

C'mon-

Suddenly everybody who would never shake his hand from the beginning gets up in the audience to thank Rudy for his service, for all the bacon he brought home?

Doesn't get more fake than that.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 1:25 pm -

Naaaaahhhhhh, they were thanking Rudy for LEAVING!!! I don't think that was fake!

anonymous 12:56 pm - you "watched" part of the meeting.

Are the meetings on TV again? What channel? Can't get it on 77 and couldn't make it last night.

Anonymous said...

Meeting was on channel 77 from 8:00 on....check your TV and wiring.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't they on the township website?

Anonymous said...

I hope Rudy will run again in 2010 We need him in Teaneck!

Anonymous said...

Yay, Rudy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Never mind Rudy; bring back Paul.

Anonymous said...

YES!!!! Paul and Jackie in '10.

Teaneck Democrat said...

Definately, Rudy in 2010! We need more councilmen like him who are able to bring our tax dollars back to Teaneck!
THANK YOU COUNCILMAN RUDOLPH!

Anonymous said...

Prediction;
Toffler, Parker and Honis fighting over the mayor seat in 2010.

Anonymous said...

Uh. Check the demographics. Next election more of the folks voting for that crew will have been replaced by Rudy voters.

Anonymous said...

The Teaneck liar as usual is not reporting on rumors so much as inventing them. He is a nasty piece of work.

Anonymous said...

Marty-
Demographics are not rumors.

Anonymous said...

Teaneck's future is African Am. vs. Orthodox elections ? No one else? Where is our diversity? Unity: yeah, one Sunday each June, weather permitting.

Swiggle said...

Teaneck's future is African Am. vs. Orthodox elections ? No one else? Where is our diversity? Unity: yeah, one Sunday each June, weather permitting.

You couldn't be more wrong....

It was rain or shine!

Anonymous said...

Marty-

When are you heading to Florida?

Don't you see the handwriting on the wall or who ALL your neighbors are?

Anonymous said...

I hope Rudy will run again in 2010 We need him in Teaneck!

I guess the phony diversity slate of 2008 will be replaced by the 2010 all white male orthodox Jewish slate of Katz, Gussen, Feit and Rudolph. If there were only a fifth spot, maybe a slot could be found for Yitz Stern or rabbi Prusanzky to complete the allstar lineup that brought you the Katz Team this year.

I'm sure Teaneck will love Katz Team II almost as much as it did this year.

Anonymous said...

What has Councilman Feit accomplished in his first two years on the council?

Anonymous said...

Marty-

Your taxes are not going up!!!
It was Feit and Rudy that led the project to keep them flat.

Guess that would be reason enough in Alice-In-Wonderland Teaneck for you to work to get rid of Feit too.

Anonymous said...

Taxes will go up. The board of ed and county will see to that.

Anonymous said...

That may be, but thanks to Feit and Rudolph (and Katz and Gussen)you'll get no municipal increase.

Anonymous said...

Esther-

There is one popular in Israel that reads:

"Aliyah
[shows Obama's picture]
Because he may win"

Anonymous said...

Rudy has to go to charm school and learn how to be a mentsch before he has a chance in this town again. People, especially in his neighborhood are on to him.

With all of this blackberry ues, he didn't even vote in favor of getting a cell phone tower in the area! What a shmuck

Anonymous said...

That's why Rudy only got 85% of the vote in his home district!!

Stop the lies Marty. You are his only enemy in District 11.

Anonymous said...

Esther-

Yiddish is a dead language, except in Williamsburg. And Obama isn't getting many votes from the living Yiddish speakers there.

Anonymous said...

The Jackie Robinson of Yiddish

Jun 26,2008
The New Standard, which bills itself as “Central Ohio’s Largest Circulation Jewish Newspaper, has a profile on Colleen McCallum-Bonar, a graduate student at Ohio State who is poised to be the first African-American ever to receive a Ph.D. in Yiddish literature (at least she thinks she will be).

“I can count on one hand the other African-Americans doing Yiddish: none,” McCallum-Bonar said. “Maybe there are some others out there and maybe we just haven’t crossed paths, but I don’t know any.”

But the story fails to address the key question: How do you say “Buckeyes” in Yiddish?

esther said...

I made the Yiddish comment because an Obama button in Yiddish would be extremely subtle joke that only a handful of people would understand and those are my favorite type of jokes.

And Yiddish may be a dead language, but it is alive in my heart because my father spoke it.

Anonymous said...

Now that the Supreme Court has thrown out local control over guns, will the zoning laws be next to go?

Anonymous said...

Who's Marty? First I'm Alan Sohn, now "Marty"? You will fall over backwards when you find out who I am. Who is Marty?

Dave said...

Let's let Toeffler in on this one: What percentage of Teaneck is Muslim? 1% or 2%, maybe? And they have 14.3% of the representatives of the new council. That's not fair. That's ridiculous. How can that be? We have to do something about this unfairly skewed representation immediately. Next thing you know, Teaneck will become like some of those Arab neighborhoods near Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and we don't want that to happen, we like the diversity here. Then they'll be walking in the streets to their Friday prayers and slaughtering goats on Cedar Lane, maybe even opening a Halal restaurant on West Englewood Avenue. Quick, call Peter Applebome.

Anonymous said...

Dave, that's a pretty harsh thing to say considering that you're half Muslim.

Dave said...

Since I'm half Muslim, does that mean I only get 36 virgins instead of 72?

Kyle said...

Katz for Mayor, Gussen for Deputy Mayor.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave,
There is already a Halal store on Queen Anne Rd.

Anne said...

I found the following article in The Jewish Standard(6/27/08)Teaneck unites for a day, looks to future
By Josh Lipowsky |

Despite intermittent storms, Teaneck’s first Unity Day celebration pressed forward on Sunday as the township tried to heal fractures among its diverse communities.

Planning for Unity Day began in late 2007 as an outgrowth of a similar celebration held in Teaneck twice last year by the Eid Committee of Bergen County. The Muslim group wanted to expand the event to include all of Teaneck, and eventually create similar events in neighboring towns.

"We want to get rid of fear of the unknown," said Syed Tahir, a member of the Eid Committee.


Teaneck’s Unity Day drew about 1,000 people Sunday.

Local bands played throughout the day as people wandered through the Richard Rhodda Center browsing through stalls manned by the township’s Jewish, Christian, and Muslim organizations as well as other ethnic and community groups.

Councilmember Jacqueline Kates, chair of the Unity Day steering committee, called the event "a first step" toward healing recent rifts in the community.

"We need to bring people together but not only to talk about how we’re diverse but to work on issues," she said.

Among the event sponsors was Teaneck’s Youth Advisory Board. Tzvi Solomon, a 17-year-old student from Torah Academy of Bergen County and member of the advisory board, said its members wanted to dispel rumors the town’s youth are separated religiously and racially. "Everybody’s a different religion but we’re here together trying to get Teaneck unified," he said.

When she was a member of the town council, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-36) chaired a similar event in 1989 called Diversity Day. Unity Day was a "step forward in the new millennium, celebrating the things we have in common rather than the diversity we all represent," she said. Responding to recent events in Teaneck, Weinberg said, "There is a rift among the different communities — hopefully not growing and hopefully a rift that can be healed as people talk to each other now."

Tempers in the Jewish community flared during last month’s town council election when councilwoman Monica Honis made a statement that to re-elect her without her running mates would be like sending her to the gas chambers. Shortly after, Honis clarified that she meant gas chambers as an allusion to a form of capital punishment practiced in the United States, but many interpreted her comment as a reference to Nazi death camps.
The statement was widely condemned by Jewish members of the council and the community.

"So much goes on during an election," Honis told The Jewish Standard on Tuesday. "At this stage of the game we should all understand that we should not be manipulated by dirty tricks or by those who use them to maintain their office or get elected."

Those who continue to point to her comment as an offense are "stirring the pot," Honis said, paraphrasing Mayor Elie Katz. She added that she did not think Unity Day helped to unify Teaneck.

"There need to be some real honest steps," she said. "One of the first things to do is we need to look at the things we have in common and realize we have to work to improve the Township of Teaneck instead of worrying about what our differences are."

Those critical of her statement maintained that an apology would be appropriate.

"Monica should have offered an apology for the fact that it is obvious — whether this was a misspoken phrase, a misunderstood way of expressing herself — the outcome was she has hurt a lot of people," Weinberg said.

Although Teaneck is famous for being the first town with a white majority to desegregate its schools, the township has faced other racial strains in recent years. Weinberg served on the town council in 1990 during a period of heightened racial tension after a white policeman shot a black youth, which resulted in massive demonstrations. Weinberg was confident that just as the township recovered then, it would do so again.

Elsworth James, a member of the Northeast Block Residents, which had a booth at Unity Day, was confident that "Teaneck can heal itself."

"There are enough groups that can make a concerted effort erasing the problems from the last election and other residential problems," he said. "It can be done."

Anonymous said...

Those who continue to point to her comment as an offense are "stirring the pot," Honis said,

To keep the metaphor going...
An apology just might have put a fork in it!

Anonymous said...

An apology would have come from one with the abilty to understand right from wrong. This one doesn't...never did and never will.

Anonymous said...

amen to both above.

Anonymous said...

What has Councilman Feit accomplished in his first two years on the council?

I think he accomplished as much as Hunis did in 4 years! Maybe even more.

Anonymous said...

Feit accomplished more in two years than Honus has in her 39 years.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Feit's claim to fame on the council was opposing Toffler's board reappointment. If I remember correctly, he felt that due to her controversial comments in the NY Times, she could not represent ALL Teaneck residents equally. Maybe, just maybe, if Feit had taken a stand in the past election, our incoming council would have a different look to it.

Anonymous said...

smart; but spineless.

Anonymous said...

Refresh my memory, did DR.Toffler ever apologize for her (offensive to me)comments?

Anonymous said...

Course not. She's Honis's running mate.

Anonymous said...

Kevie Feit is very bright and like Elie Katz and Paul Ostrow, is a TVAC 'life member'. These three guys have given of themselves for many years, helped many people, saved lives and provided much good to our town. Our ambulance corps is a wonderful organization. Looks like 855 Windsor Rd. breeds leaders.

Teaneck said...

Kevie Feit is very bright and like Elie Katz and Paul Ostrow, is a TVAC 'life member'. These three guys have given of themselves for many years, helped many people, saved lives and provided much good to our town. Our ambulance corps is a wonderful organization. Looks like 855 Windsor Rd. breeds leaders.

Well said. At least the last sentence. As for the rest, it all depends on how one gets to the top.

Anonymous said...

From the horse's mouth says:

Feit is going to be Mayor and Parker is going to continue as Deputy.

Anonymous said...

Then the horse's mouth is also a horse's ass. I don't believe Mr. Feit has the ability nor the time to be mayor.

Anonymous said...

The only way Feit will be Mayor is if he makes a deal with the devil to get the support of Honis, Parker and Toffler.

Wonder if he changed his mind on the 6% Honis bonus?

Anonymous said...

Mayor....anyone but Monica!

Anonymous said...

Good-bye and thank you to Mr. Rudolph and Mrs. Kates.

basta said...

for the greater good of Teaneck, Elie MUST continue as Mayor. No one else will do.

Anonymous said...

Horse's mouth says:

Then you had all better beg him to re-consider his decision to back out of the Mayor's job. He feels unappreciated.

Anonymous said...

Lizette isn't a devil. That being said, if she is really an independent thinker,I believe she would be leading the brigade for Elie Katz to stay on as our mayor

Anonymous said...

I think Lizetete's communication style is consistent and fully appropriate for an elected leader.

Would she ever say something to provoke division or not apologize for offending a large portion of the community? I bet not.

Do I agree with her votes? Not always. But I would take issue with anyone suggesting she does not have a positive impact on the council and public discourse.

Anonymous said...

Is the new council meeting tomorrow night? Is that when the mayor is announced?

Anonymous said...

Yes. And Feit it is.

Anonymous said...

Meeting at THS; not munic. bldg. Not sure if it is on TV.

Anonymous said...

http://teanecktopics.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Listen - compared to 10 years ago - you have a bunch of young dopes running the town. How could this have happened?

A straight answer is requested said...

There's half a story here to be sure. For starters, I'm a little suspect of the 'last minute' e-mail considering I've gotten all of Elie's correspondence (but not this one -- unless it only went out to council members, in which case you are either a counsel member or lying).

If Feit gets the support of Toffler, Honis and Parker for Mayor it will prove that he made a deal with the devil just to get to be Mayor...and would also explain why Elie is stepping down.

I think that Elie wants to make everyone happy...he'd rather step down than have a fight over who becomes mayor.

The circus is in town! Here we go.

Anonymous said...

Marty-
You are an old dope. How old were you when you messed around with the Council in the last century?

Anonymous said...

Talk about old dopes!!

Most of the problems in this town flow directly from old Loretta and her machinations to keep power (and jobs) for herself and her clique while blocking positive change for Teaneck.

Anonymous said...

Who on the new council will keep Sen. Weinberger's power going???

Anonymous said...

This is from "Teaneck 411"
The Teaneck Township Council's Biannual Reorganization Meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, July 1st, 2008 at 7:00 PM in the Teaneck High School auditorium.

Invocation by Father Dan O'Neill, Rabbi Kenneth Berger and Mr. Jawad Ahmed

Oath of Office to newly-elected Councilmembers:
Mohammed Hameeduddin - By Councilman Adam Gussen
Monica Honis - By Jill Horton-Miller, Esq.
Barbara Ley Toffler - By Senator Loretta Weinberg

The Athenian Oath to all Councilmembers will be administered by Judge James E. Young, Jr.

At this meeting, the newly seated Council will select a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among its members, who will in turn take their oath of office upon election. The Council will appoint a Township Attorney and Township Prosecutor, with an Oath of Office by Judge James E. Young, Jr. and Stanley Turitz, Esq., respectively.

Benediction by Minister Barry Miller.

Alan Sohn

Michelle said...

Deputy Mayor Parker gave a great speech tonight! But in my opinion, she made a mistake. Many township residents are still very angry with Monica and will not forget her distasteful comment and even more important, her refusal to apologize. This verbal malfunction will continue to divide the town, until Monica recognizes the error of her ways. The deputy mayor would be very wise to disassociate herself from her. Even better, it would facilitate healing if Ms. Parker addressed this problem head on at the next council meeting.