John M. Kramer (Mayor)
Ronald Binaghi, Jr.
2017 Governing Body Committees:
Councilman Binaghi, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department of Public Works, Fire Department, Engineer, Utilities, Recycling
Councilman Carnazza, email@example.com
- Recreation Commission, Construction Department, Grants, Board of Health, Golf Commission
Councilman Cioce, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library, Community Development, Municipal Alliance, Environmental/Green Team/Shade Tree
Councilman Gallagher, email@example.com
- Planning Board, Arts & Entertainment Committee, Historical Committee, Technology, Telecommunications Committee, First Aid Corps
Councilwoman Haverilla, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Police Department, Municipal Court, Safety Commission, Local Assistance Board, Public relations, Senior Advisory, Affordable Housing
Councilman Nalbandian, email@example.com
- Board of Education, Finance, Borough Clerk, Borough Administrator
As agendas become available, a few days prior to each Mayor and Council meeting, they will be posted on the website. They will be kept on the website until the next meeting. Meetings of the Mayor and Council are generally held on the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7:30 pm, in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall. The Agenda posted on the website is not the "official" Agenda and all Agendas are subject to change.
To view the Mayor and Council Meeting Agendas-Click on "Agendas" on the left side of this webpage
For the Borough Code on-line, as well as pending and recently enacted ordinances - click here
To view the Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes - Click on "Meeting Minutes" on the left side of this webpage
The Borough of Old Tappan operates under the Borough form of government. The Borough is governed by a Mayor and six Borough Council members. The Mayor is elected to a 4-year term; the Council members are elected to 3-year terms. The Mayor votes only in the event of a tie. This seven-member governing body is empowered to enact local ordinances, to levy municipal taxes and conduct the affairs of our community. In almost all cases, it can review and approve the actions of other Borough of Old Tappan boards, committees and agencies. The Mayor and Borough Council conducts all of it business during monthly meetings open to the public. All Legislative powers of the Borough are exercised by the Mayor and Council. These powers can take the form of a resolution, ordinance or proclamation (see Glossary of Terms below).
The governing body generally meets two times per month in the Edward J. Gallagher Council Chambers at the Borough Hall, 227 Old Tappan Road. Work sessions (also called Executive meetings) are held on the first Monday of the month and the Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of the month. All Mayor and Council meetings start at 7:30 pm. The Mayor presides at all meetings of the Mayor and Council. At Executive meetings, the governing body discusses and debates proposed resolutions, ordinances and other policy matters. These meetings are open to the public. Formal action (resolutions and ordinances, etc.) is generally reserved for Regular meetings and sometimes Special meetings which may be scheduled immediately prior to Executive meetings.
All public meetings have time allotted for members of the public to speak on any issues they wish to address.
To download a copy of the Mayor and Council's By-Laws, which details the protocol for meetings and prescribes the process and procedures for the Mayor and Council - click here
The Mayor and Council appoint volunteers to serve on the many Boards and Commissions of the Borough. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a Board or Commission, please send your resume by mail or email, with a cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to:
Mayor John Kramer
Borough of Old Tappan
227 Old Tappan Road
Old Tappan, NJ 07675
An ordinance is a local law set forth by the governing body. Anytime the Mayor and Council wish to pass a local law or ordinance, it must be introduced at a public meeting. Once it is introduced, the Borough publishes the ordinance in the legal section of a local paper. The publication indicates the date and time established by the governing body for a public hearing on the ordinance. At the public hearing, the ordinance is read by the title and then the floor is opened to members of the public who wish to make comments on the ordinance. After the public is finished commenting, the public hearing is closed and the members of the Borough Council vote on the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance is again published in the local paper and takes effect immediately upon publication. The only exception is bond ordinances which take effect 20 days after publication.
A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent of a governing body. Resolutions are passed at the same meeting they are introduced. Most administrative matters are handled by resolution. Examples or resolutions include awarding contracts for the purchase of equipment and materials, and hiring professionals, (Engineers, Attorneys, etc)
A proclamation is a document given by the Mayor and Council to formally recognize an individual, an organization, a special event, an achievement, or cause. Proclamations are generally read at the public meetings and presented to the person or group being recognized. Examples of proclamations include recognizing Borough residents who have given service to the Borough or preformed acts of heroism.