Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Candidates Field Questions from Public

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Candidates Field Questions from Public

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ENGLEWOOD -- The three Democratic candidates for the City Council's single at-large seat fielded questions Thursday night on a wide variety of city issues, ranging from the need for a community center to preventing property tax increases and how they would unify the city's diverse populations.

The questioning was part of a candidates forum hosted Thursday by the League of Women Voters ahead of Tuesday's party primaries. Three residents are competing for the party's nomination to the council seat available in the November general elections: Charles Cobb, Horace Ragbir and Lisa Wisotsky.

Cobb, 58, is a third-generation Englewood resident. He is an audit director for AIG and serves on the Englewood Housing Authority and the city's Traffic Advisory Board. He previously served on the Mayor's Budget and Finance Commission and the Englewood Economic Development Corp. He also runs a free summer basketball program with retired professional player Bill Willoughby.

Ragbir, 55, has lived in Englewood for 25 years. He owns an auto repair shop in the city. He is vice chairman of the Englewood Democratic Municipal Committee, serves on the city's Recreation Advisory Committee and is a member of the Friends of the Englewood Health Department.

Wisotsky, 51, has lived in Englewood for 20 years. A physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine, she works at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center in Englewood and is on the staff at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. She is vice president of the city Board of Health, president of the Friends of the John T. Wright Arena and a member of the board of trustees at Congregation Ahavath Torah and the Mackay Park Vision Plan Leadership Group.

On Thursday, several questioners asked about a community center for Englewood, which many residents -- particularly in the working- class 4th Ward - have long advocated. …

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