Brian Scanlan and Doug Christie Win Committee Seats

Also, voters renew the Open Space Trust Fund tax.

Current Committeeman Brian Scanlan was re-elected and Zoning Board Chairman Doug Christie was elected to the Wyckoff Township Committee Tuesday, according to township officials.

The tally, not including absentee ballots, had Scanlan with 2,419 votes, Christie with 2,037 and Committeeman Tom Madigan with 1,784 votes.

Scanlan, the only Democrat on the Committee, was first elected in 2008 and is also a member of the. He told Patch that he intends to continue finding ways to trim government expences. Scanlan is currently the deputy chairman of the township's finance commitee.

"I plan to continue to work as hard as possible for the lowest possible municipal tax rate," Scanlan said.

Christie, a Republican, is currently the chairman of the , a 25-year veteran of the and the department's current chaplain. Christie will be stepping down from the Zoning Board, where he has sat as a member for 10 years.

Christie told Patch he believes his previous experience with the public makes him suited for the position, and hopes to keep the township government working with private/public partnerships, such as the Wyckoff Recreation Foundation, whenever possible.

"I'm excited to serve the people of Wyckoff," Christie said.

Wyckoff residents also voted to renew the Open Space Trust Fund tax with 2,440 votes in favor to 963 against. The fund collects an average of $40 per home each year and the money is going toward the acquisition of Russell Farms and the Maple Lake property.

4,034 Wyckoff voters came out for this year's election day, about 34 percent of registered voters in the township. Last year, just under 50 percent of registered voters participated in the election.

Thomas Buda November 09, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Three cheers for Brian Scanlan!!!! Speaking of calling for more compromise and cooperation from the other Township Committeemen per Alice Cole's comments, let's suggest the TC review the practice of voting along party lines in selecting a new Mayor. The most qualified person for the job is Brian. He has the time in office, the experience and the track record to support his candidacy as our new Mayor.
Elaine Fichera November 09, 2011 at 05:10 PM
It's so gratifying to see a deserving candidate like Brian Scanlan recognized by the majority of voters for his contributions to the community. I hope the other members of the Township Committee will honor the wishes of the people of Wyckoff when appointing our new Deputy Mayor.
Diane Sobin November 09, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Brian has been recognized by the Wyckoff community as an effective, nonpartisan leader. His service and affirmation by the community should be evidence enough to qualify him to be Mayor - a title he was qualified for in the past. Why are 4 TC members so reluctant to appoint Brian as Mayor?
Linda Vreeland November 10, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Wyckoff voters have spoken and voted "YES" to renew the Open Space Trust Fund for another five years. Now that the November election is over, the township can finalize the purchase of Russell Farms and move forward to create a park on our southern side of town. Wyckoff has also applied for funding for the beautiful 27-acre Maple Lake preserve. Seeing the Open Space Fund pass once again, I am encouraged that our township officials will move forward to acquire and preserve this beautiful tract of land.
Diana DeVito November 10, 2011 at 05:20 PM
I'm so pleased that the voters realize what a positive force Brian has been on the township committee. Here's to a great second term!


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