Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Longevity Gets Mayors into Hall of Fame

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Longevity Gets Mayors into Hall of Fame

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Two local mayors have been inducted into the Elected Officials' Hall of Fame for their longevity.

Hawthorne Mayor Richard S. Goldberg and North Haledon Mayor Randy George were inducted for their 20 years in office.

Goldberg said he's not looking to top one of his predecessors - Louis Bay had 40 years in office - but he is getting noticed for the longevity of his service. His combined service as councilman and mayor - the latter for nine years - allotted him 20 years for New Jersey League of Municipalities' recognition. The Borough Council marked the milestone on Wednesday with a proclamation.

Mayor Randy George in neighboring North Haledon also has a record of longevity. He has 19 years as mayor and four as councilman, landing him in the Hall of Fame. Like Goldberg, he's not ready to call it quits.

"I enjoy the job," George said. "I believe I have made a positive difference in many residents' lives, and the borough's infrastructure has been improved tremendously during my tenure. I look forward to continue working for my remainder of my term, and I will see at that time if retirement is in my future," he said. His term runs until December 2018.

"We've had our share," said Mike Cerra, the League's assistant executive director, regarding those with 20 years in the Elected Officials' Hall of Fame. "But it's an accomplishment to survive that long in politics, let alone serve that long as mayor."

Cerra noted that the Elected Officials' Hall of Fame focuses on years of elected service, not just years as mayor. That allows the honor to be extended to individuals in some towns with decades on the governing body who weren't elected mayor every year.

"There's a sacrifice in public service. For many it's a full- time job in addition to their full-time job," he said of why the Hall of Fame came to be.

Cerro said the key to longevity in smaller communities like Hawthorne and North Haledon is being able to "respond effectively to the town's concerns. …

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