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Rooney, Jepsen Win Wyckoff Committee Seats

Democrat Eileen Avia defeated

Incumbent Kevin Rooney and newcomer Haakon Jepsen have been elected to 3-year terms on the Wyckoff Township Committee, according to unofficial numbers provided by town hall on Tuesday night.

Rooney was the highest vote-getter with 4,562 votes, Jepsen was close behind with 4,245 votes and Eileen Avia earned 3,131 votes.

The terms of Wyckoff Committeemen Kevin Rooney and current-Mayor Chris DePhillips are set to expire at the end of the year. 

Avia ran on the Democratic ticket.

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Q November 07, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Avia had a significant number of votes, given the number of republicans in town. Unfortunate for Wyckoff as a pair of fresh eyes would have been a benefit to the Township Committee. Best wishes to Ms. Avia.
NLTITAN November 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Here Here Q!! I would challenge anyone in Wyckoff to tell me about Jepsen - NOT ROONEY - but he helped with his "gas" station opening up. He hasn't had that many customers all years with his prices.
Ed November 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Yes, Rooney did open his gas station, at first to the town's first responders to fill their cars AND their SPOUSES' cars so they could have a back up. What a crock!! Don't forget how concerned he was about the people who got to fill gas cans (10 gal. limit) at the bargain price of $3.70 a gallon. Oakland Gulf was $3.45 and Oakland Lukoil was $3.49, Route 17 North gas was between $3.51 - $3.55 and gas in Paramus was $3.45!! I wonder who was pumping the gas for him? From what I hear they were Wyckoff DPW people "on the clock." I guess when your in-laws are the Shotmeyers you can throw some crumbs to the "ordinary" people and play by your own rules, such as discriminating who you sell gas to. Imagine the uproar if, instead of Wyckoff residents only, the policy was whites only!! Would sure love to hear that someone from out-of-town filed a lawsuit against him and that the suit was filed in Superior Court in Hackensack and NOT in Wyckoff. Q - How true!! The lady gave it her best shot but, unfortunately, was unsuccessful. Kudos to her for at least trying. Don't worry about her, she'll be fine but can we say the same about the town?
qdogPa November 07, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Wow, the uproar over Rooney is getting good...i said what a crock this was, the moment it happened..Ed put forth a good example, the national media would have been camped out on the ront lawn of Borough Hall...i laugh when i see posters complimenting Rooney for his actions,many have personal or professional relationships with him....
Gary Rabinowitz November 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
@ Ed - time out here. While I disagree with the Wyckoff residents only gas policy Rooney implemented, your analogy is way over the top. As someone who often agrees with your comments, please tone down the incendiary rhetoric. "Discrimination" is a loaded term that is inconsistently implemented by the hypocrites entrusted to enforce its laws (I'm looking at you, Obama supporters and the entire Federal Dept of Justice). But we won't go there. Not now. At worst, Mayor Rooney's gas policy was a well-intentioned but misplaced initiative in what has been a miserable stretch. But this shall pass. Let's save our energy and efforts for the permanent development that might ruin this town. Cheers Ed, GXR
NLTITAN November 07, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Gary - I was reading Ed's comments and yours. First of all Rooney isn't the Mayor!!! Now we can't use the "d" word? Come on!!!!!!!!!
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Much of that is incorrect, Ed. 1. DPW was not pumping gas. For the majority of the time gas was being rationed and pumped, Rooney was there himself doing the work. I can verify that, as well as the folks that were on line there. (There's also a photo of him pumping on the initial story that reported this.) 2. The prices Rooney was charging after the storm were in line with what Rooney was charging before the storm. 3. It probably would be best if we could all stick to the facts and keep personal attacks — as well as attacks on the man's family — out of the discussion. Thanks.
Ed November 07, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Gary - Cheers to you also. I sincerely hope, though, that you're not assuming that I am a supporter of or a voter for Nobama. I happen to be an independent which, of course, eliminates me from voting in primaries but that's a small price to pay. Question for you: if you went to the Home Depot and wanted to buy a gas can and they told you that you can't buy one because you're not a resident of Mahwah, what would you call that other than a poor business decision. No matter how you dress it, it's (discrimination) a wolf in sheep's clothing. Joe G. - Some may be unfounded allegations that are going around. I PERSONALLY witnessed Mr. Rooney pumping some gas on Saturday and wondered why he had filled a few people's three 5 gallon cans, making their take 15 gals. instead of the normal 10 gals. Yes, I do know the difference between the capacity of the cans and their cans, all three of them, were the same size as my two. As far as his prices, that must be why that station is usually devoid of customers.
Gary Rabinowitz November 07, 2012 at 10:59 PM
@Ed - agreed, I'd hate any business' decision if it adversely affected me. But....I would not make a (literal) federal case out of it, mostly because "discrimination" and "civil rights" are derived from bogus abstractions which are being used as weapons to tear this country apart. But...... I hear you on the gas issue. Since this issue bothers you more so than me, let's respectfully agree to disagree my friend. I wish you good luck in the storm, cheers. -GXR
Ed November 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Gary - Ditto! Oh, check out today's Record, Road Warrior column, page 8. Be well. :-)
JAZ November 08, 2012 at 05:17 PM
what gas station does Rooney own? I am guessing the Luckoil on Wyckoff Ave, because that is the one I avoid because the prices are out of line...
NLTITAN November 08, 2012 at 05:39 PM
JAZ - no - he owns the Getty across from Boulder Run. We just got gas and it was only $3.59 Rooney $3.70 unless it went up!
J. November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I don't think I have ever been as appalled as I am right now to here these comments. First off ROONEY does not OWN the Getty, its a family owned business that owns the property. Secondly, that station could have opened for two hours, run their tanks dry and gone home with all the profits, but this MAN decided that first responders of the town should have fueled first, just in case there is an emergency in town to keep RESIDENTS SAFE!!! And then he had his staff (that he was paying), HIMSELF and volunteers stand out in the cold to make sure residents of Wyckoff had at least 10 gallons of gas so they would not be freezing overnight and he did this every day for 8 to 10 hours he could when they had gas. This MAN should be commended for a job well done, praised by every resident of Wyckoff and other towns should be asking themselves why they dont have someone in their town that cares as much about its residents. AND YOU ALL that have anything but nice things to say should be ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES! I hope some day you try to do something good for someone and then try to reach the knife in your back! SHAME ON YOU!!!
JR November 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I love how people that are outraged by the "classless" acts of other people insist on dragging family into it. It's unnecessary, outrageous, and truly classless. People here express their personal opinions, and everyone has the right to do the same in their chosen forum. But personal attacks on people, then extending it to their families, it ridiculous. However, if that's how people want to play, everyone can play at that game. Pandora's box is better left shut and sealed.
JR November 08, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Well said J. If you follow these boards, you will notice there is a contingent in town that likes to complain about everything. If the Getty had been open to everyone, there would have been outrage at the fact that a town councilman was only looking to profit instead of thinking of first responders and residents. It's the chicken little effect. People that devote substantial time and energy to the town, regardless of political affiliation, learn that it is a thankless proposition. This is a prime example of that.
JL November 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Just curious why it's important to smear Mr. Rooney's wife? If you knew her, you would know she's a good and decent person. But if you're just trying to stir up a huge indecent mess, well, then it's you that is classless. How about trying to be kind. It might make your day a little better.
Gary Rabinowitz November 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@ "qdogPa," please leave the personal affairs, opinions & facebook postings of Rooney's family out of this. GXR
qdogPa November 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I apologize for the comment about Rooney's wife's post about Obama...Agree it has nothing to do with him , though i still believe what he did was deplorable...i removed my comment
qdogPa November 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
JR, i seriously doubt a resident would be upset if he/ she wasn't fiven preferential treatment in obtaining gas..i do believe a Wyckoff resident,myself included, would be angered if we drove to Waldwick for much needed gas and were turned away because we are not Waldwick reisdents
NLTITAN November 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Thank you qdogPa! Some people put words in other people's mouths! We know Rooney doesn't OWN the gas station - he rents it! Yes, I know all about his relatives but that has nothing to do with limiting gas to Wyckoff people. Yes, I am a resident but I think about it and say to myself, "if I went to another town and they refused me gas" I would be upset too! That's all we are saying! And yes, he is charging more for gas then even stations on Rt. 17. Forget LukeOil in Wyckoff - they are always hi priced and they DID charge their price and made it higher during the hurricane. They should be reported!!! (Says Christie)
JR November 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Once again Linda, you are incorrect. He owns that station.
NLTITAN November 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
JR - do you have a problem in life?? Every time you comment it is NEGATIVE. Who cares if he owns it, rents it, etc., what he did was WRONG!!!!!


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