Elected Officials

 

Mayor Keith KazmarkMayor Keith Kazmark

Keith Kazmark grew up in Woodland Park and is a former three-term Councilman. Keith served three times as Council President fighting to stabilize taxes, invest in open space protection, and streamline municipal government operations. He was elected Mayor in November of 2011.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a Master’s Degree from the New York Institute of Technology, Kazmark started his post-college life as an educator in New York. At 23, he was elected as the youngest member in the history of the Woodland Park Council serving stints as Chairman of the Recreation and Community Relations Committee and the Health and Senior Services Committee. He is currently the Governing Body liaison to Passaic Valley High School.

Kazmark’s community service includes membership on the Municipal Alliance Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse, coordinator of the Harold “Hatch” Van Winkle Scholarship Fund and as a founding member of the Passaic Valley High School Education Foundation. Kazmark continues his work with the West Paterson Boys and Girls Club to promote recreational activities for our children in Woodland Park.

Currently, Kazmark serves as the Municipal Clerk in neighboring Elmwood Park. He works to promote efficiency, overseeing a transformation to 21st century policies in the local government. He was elected in 2010 to the Executive Board of the Municipal Clerks’ Association of New Jersey. Additionally, he continued his professional education by attending the Rutgers University Center for Government Services Registered Municipal Clerk’s Certification Program. This invaluable experience on the municipal level serves him well as our Mayor.

Kazmark resides on Highview Drive with his wife, Dr. Lauren Kazmark and their children Alexander and Caroline.



 

Councilman Joseph SpinelliCouncil President Joseph Spinelli

Joseph Spinelli is serving his fifth term as a Councilman. Joe retired from the Woodland Park School District in June 2001 and now acts as a math teacher at Mary Help of Christian High School in North Haledon. He is a graduate of Passaic Valley High School, William Paterson University (BA, Education), and Mary Grove College (MA, Education). Joe is also a former member of the West Paterson Education Association and a past coach at Passaic Valley High School.

Councilman Spinelli is the Chairman of the Public Works Committee and is currently working to develop a plan for needed road and sewer/water utility projects. While serving as Chairman of the Health & Senior Services Committee, Joe spearheaded the Affordable Prescription Drug Program and worked to develop a senior citizen call-in program with the Police Department for seniors who live alone.

He also serves on the Public Safety Committee and Recreation & Community Relations Committee.

Joe is engaged to Cheryl Cook and has two adult daughters, Dina and Jo-Ann, and two grandchildren, Ariana and Antonio.

 

Council Candidate Vincent De CesareCouncilman Vincent De Cesare

Vincent De Cesare has lived in Woodland Park for over 25 years. He was appointed to the Borough Council in June 2012 and elected to a full term the following November. Councilman De Cesare is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Laws & Ordinances and Public Works Committees. He is also the liaison to the Woodland Park Board of Education. He previously served as a member of the Board of Adjustment, where he ably heard requests for an interpretation of the zoning map or ordinances and decided applications for variances to the Borough’s code.

Vincent grew up in Bergen County and is a graduate of Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford. He is employed by the Borough of Carlstadt and is the President of the Department of Public Works Workers Association. Vincent’s knowledge of public sector operations and facilities management is an asset to the Woodland Park Borough Council.

Councilman De Cesare is a former member of the West Paterson Boys & Girls Club, where he was a baseball and basketball coach. He is a past Vice President of the Woodland Park Democratic Club and previously served as Fundraising Chairman for the Mayor’s Civic Association.

Vincent resides on Woodrow Avenue with his wife, Santa. They have two sons, Mark and John and are parishioners of St. Philip’s Church in Clifton.

 

Councilwoman Tina GattiCouncilwoman Tina Gatti

Tina Gatti is currently serving her fifth term on the Woodland Park Borough Council and was elected by her colleagues as Council President in 2012. Tina is the Chairwoman of the Administration and Finance Committee. Additionally, she previously chaired the Public Works Committee overseeing many road resurfacing efforts and sewer and water utility projects.

Before her election to the Council, Tina served as Chairwoman and a member of the Board of Recreation for five years. She worked hard to improve the recreation programs and facilities in town. Most recently, Tina has advocated for improvements to Memorial Field, Zaccaria Park and upgrades to all of the recreation areas around our community.

Tina has also served as co-chair of the 8th Grade Youth Month Program, been involved in the Passaic Valley Operation Graduation and has held the position of Treasurer for the Memorial Middle School Home & School Association. She also received the “Woman’s History Month” Award for her years of community service.

A graduate of Eastside High School, Paterson, Tina recently retired as a Financial Service Advisor at PNC Bank in Little Falls. Councilwoman Gatti resides on Mary Avenue and is a parishioner of St. Bonaventure Church.

She has two sons, Christian and Joseph and two grandchildren.

 

President Gary W. HollowayCouncilman Gary W. Holloway

Gary W. Holloway is in his 2nd term as a member of the Woodland Park Borough Council and served as Council President in 2013. He previously served as a member and as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment for seven years and as the Mayor’s Delegate to the Planning Board for three years. Gary currently acts as Chairman of the Laws and Ordinances Committee and serves on the Administration and Finance and the Public Safety Committees. He is also the liaison to the Woodland Park Business Association.

Formally, Councilman Holloway was appointed as Chairman of the Municipal Building Re-Dedication Committee and was elected multiple times as the President of the Rolling Views Condominium Association. A member of the Knights of Columbus Paterson Council #240 and the Lupus Foundation, he also served as the Co-Chairman of the Annual Gala for Rainbows for All Children.
He is also the Immediate Past President of the Passaic County Funeral Directors Association, a member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association & National Funeral Directors Association and a former member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association Law and Legislative Committee.

A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, Councilman Holloway and his wife Mary are both Licensed Funeral Directors for Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff. He is a member & Eucharistic Minister of St. Elizabeth RC Church, Wyckoff. Gary is a graduate of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, New York, NY. He attended William Paterson College and Passaic County Community College.

 

Councilwoman Tracy KallertCouncilwoman Tracy Kallert

Tracy Kallert is a lifelong resident of Woodland Park and was elected to her first term in November 2012. She has four brothers and sisters who all attended and graduated from the Woodland Park Schools and Passaic Valley High School. Tracy previously served as Chairwoman of the Board of Adjustment and is a former Mayor’s Delegate to the Planning Board. As part of her duties, she worked with the Mayor and Council to re-adopt the Master Plan and revise current zoning laws. She is also a member of the Passaic Valley Regional Flood Control Board.

Tracy manages Elmwood Dental Professionals, a dental practice in Elmwood Park, where she is responsible for supervising three dentists and multiple staff members, providing dental care to over 3,500 patients. She graduated from Passaic Valley High School and received her New Jersey EFDA License from Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School.

Ms. Kallert is a past coach and Cheerleading Commissioner for the West Paterson Boys & Girls Club and is the former President of the United Counties Cheerleading League serving over 500 young female athletes during her tenure. She is also a past member of the Beatrice Gilmore Home & School Association.

Tracy resides on Wallace Lane with her family Charles Cammarata and Kaitlyn Kallert who currently attends Passaic Valley High School. She is a parishioner of St. Bonaventure Church.

 

Councilwoman Rita PascrellCouncilwoman Rita Pascrell

Rita Pascrell is serving her 13th year on the Borough Council. Rita is a former Administrative Assistant with Nordic American Bank in New York City. She grew up in Paterson and is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School and attended the Garden State Business School.

Councilwoman Pascrell is the Chairwoman of the Recreation and Community Relations Committee and formally acted as the Commissioner to the First Aid Squad. In that capacity, Rita worked with the First Aid Squad to increase funding for EMS functions. She is currently a member of the Administration & Finance and Public Works Committees. A former member of the Beatrice Gilmore and Memorial Middle Home & School Associations, Rita has organized our Memorial Day Parade and served on the Municipal Alliance.

Rita is employed as the office manager for the Passaic County Democratic Committee.

Rita is a 29-year resident of Woodland Park with her husband, Ronald and two children, Joseph and Stephanie. She is a parishioner of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Pompton Lakes.



 

Freeholder Pat LeporeFreeholder Director Pat Lepore
Pat Lepore was elected to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November of 2004 and re-elected in 2007 and 2010. Freeholder Lepore served four terms as the Mayor of Woodland Park. He is serving this year as Freeholder Director and served in the same capacity in 2012. He is the first West Paterson/Woodland Park resident to hold that office.

Growing up in Paterson, the Freeholder graduated from St. Joseph’s High School.

Pat and his wife, Linda, have been proud to call the Borough of Woodland Park their home for the past 41 years. Their son, Robert, served in the United States Marine Corps, and they are very proud that their son has continued the family tradition of service to the community as an Officer with the Woodland Park Police Department.

As Freeholder Lepore very proudly commented at his swearing-in in 2007, “My son’s public service far exceeds my own”.

Upon election to the Freeholder Board, Pat retired as a Sales Representative for the Entenmann’s Division of George Weston Bakeries, but remains a member the IBT Union, Local 802 located in Long Island City, New York. Pat Lepore’s commitment to public service is evident in his many accomplishments and dedication to both Woodland Park and Passaic County. Pat has served Woodland Park as a member of their Planning Board, Municipal Alliance, the Alfred H. Baumann Library Board, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Board of Education Bond Referendum Committee.

Pat’s first experience as an elected official was serving as a Councilman from 1995-1996. However, he has not confined himself to just serving his home town and is pleased to serve all of the residents of Passaic County as a member of Passaic County’s Vision 20/20, Inc. and the Passaic County 200 Club. Pat also serves on the Passaic County Utilities Authority.

 

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