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Lawyer Announces Run For Township Council

Jonathan Marcus says he plans to emphasize the future during his campaign

A alum who says he plans to raise his family in Mahwah for “many years to come,” will be running for township council in November’s election.

According to Jonathan Marcus, his petitions to run were filed last week.

The Wyckoff native moved to Mahwah 14 years ago, after graduating from Ramapo College and Seton Hall Law School. “At first, I lived in Franklin Heights, and once I got married my wife, Tammy, and I knew we wanted to settle down and raise our family here,” Marcus said. “It has always been my dream to do that, and I’m so pleased I’ve been able to.”

The family now lives in the Fardale section of town.

Marcus, an in-house corporate attorney for a Big 4 accounting firm, has kept close ties with his undergraduate alma mater. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Ramapo College Foundation, is on the school’s Strategic Planning Task Force, and just wrapped a stint as the president of the Ramapo Alumni Association.

Marcus said he also spends time volunteering. He teaches confirmation classes at the Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, is a “Daisy dad” for his daughter’s Girl Scout troop at George Washington, and was a member of the .

The attorney said his “young family” – he has two daughters, a six year-old about to start school at and a three-and-a-half year-old about to start preschool at – helped inspire him to run.

“I look forward to raising my family here for many years to come,” he said. “So, my major concern is how we can create a sustainable environment now that will last into the future.”

Marcus is running for one of three open council seats this year. So far, current council members and , and business owner have announced intentions to run.

According to the township clerk, residents Jan Ariemma, M. Mian, Eileen Richter and Steven Sbarra have all taken out petitions to run. Petitions must be returned to the township clerk’s office by next Tuesday in order for candidates to be eligible to run.


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tracyw September 02, 2012 at 10:43 AM
And here is the other person the mayor is trying to stack the council with.
tracyw September 02, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Mr. Marcus... Your blue ribbon panel, tried to privatize our ambulance and our DPW. We do not want you running this town into the ground. Shame on you sir.
Susan Ferreira September 02, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Congratulations!! What a beautiful article!!
Ralph September 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Mr. Marcus, I see you have come out of no-where to run for a council seat. I also know that occasionally you make comments on the patch so I know you are reading. Just a few questions for you sir: How many council meetings have you attended? Now that I see you picture I have to say I never saw you at any but I might be mistaken. What was your position on the Crossroads issue? What was your position on the DWP recycling issue? What kind of Corporate budget or management experience do you have? If you were on the so called Mayors Blue Ribbon Panel, are you alligned or are you going to be supported by Mayor Laforet? Answering some of these tough questions will go a long way in getting to know someone who just came out of the blue.
Gottardo DiGiacopo September 02, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I too remember you from patch Jonathan... there was a middle name or initial and an esq. at the end. i tend to attach an age and persona based on the posts i read.i remember thinking you were perhaps an older retired professional from town. And then i remember noticing that your occassional responses seemed to become more safely even-handed. i too would like to hear some answers to Ralph's questions. But please, no word salad (we eat so many empty calories). My hope is all the people who have taken out petitions for council seats will decide to run. Mahwah has many pressing issues; choices would serve those well.
Arthur Lott September 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
tracyw - Who are you? What is shamful is that you would post in this forum without disclosing your name. Are you a citizen of Mahwah, are you a family member of one of the other candidates? Any consideration of the qualifications of this man? Is he more qualified than any of the other candiates or current Township Council candidates? Are you going to attack him and his family because you don't agree with what you think he believes? Who the hell are you?
tracyw September 02, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Ralph....the mayor had his gas station man ask me to sign Mr. Marcus 's petition the other day while I waited for gas
ref September 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
It is really ashame that you a lawyer Mr. Marcus can be so duped into something you have no knowledge or experience at (council),,your mayor has other plans for our town and is using anyone and everyone to support his warped sense of management,please sir think about what is happening and see if you really want to be part of this.
Arthur Lott September 03, 2012 at 12:53 AM
The patch seems to be very sentitive to my previous posts requesting that tracyw identify his/herself. I do not understand how AOL can allow censorship of posts that are fully in compliance with their stated rules of conduct for posting. Again, for the record, tracyw, who are you?
lori dorie September 03, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Ralph, Mr Marcus is on Laforet's Blue Ribbon Panel and Laforet had his gas station employee's ask his patrons to sign a petition for Mr. Marcus when they came in for gas. I declined!! Just what we need if Laforet wins the election. Himself and his 2 best friends on the council!!
Arthur Lott September 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Ralph- Don't you get tired of being a lackey for the old guard? Or are you one of the old guard? Would be nice if we knew who were were so your comments has some credibility. You, and tracyw are obviously all posting anonymously because you have something to hide.
Chardel Vyjial September 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Marcus, Thank you for wanting to help the community you live in to be a better place. khushnaseeb (means good luck!)
ref September 03, 2012 at 10:38 AM
ALOTT,you use the same expression as your mayor"Old guard" well im sure you realize that its the old guard that has gotten Mahwah to were it is today ,low tax,great place to bring up children etc.etc. I guess your mayor wants to change all that and have a constant arguments between the powers to be so that it takes head lines off his Kingdom of dictatorship,Mayor leave my town alone,its gotten this far without you and one can only hope that it November that the people(voter) will set you free.
tracyw September 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Mr. Lott.. this is my real name. Who are you to question me. You can actually find myself at most council meetings sitting in the back. I will even speak sometimes. ( when my husband doesn't go ) However, I see how sneaky our Mayor is. He tried to pass privatization through the council. I commend him for his effort. The council voted it down. Then jeopardize goes and publishes an ad in the paper sstating lies. He tried to privatize our ambulance corps. He lost on both. So what does he do??. Runs two of his friends for council. Will he buy their domain names as well ?? He has a shady past and it amazes me why people flock to him....then I realize that shady people like shady people. Mr . Lott ..judging from your old posts, you love him as well... you are quoted as saying " it's time for a change" and " the old guard" well yes sir, you are correct... it is time for a change. In a short time, this maybe has angered more people than you could imagine. He turned the entire council against him.. .except for his pal alderiso....whom lafoet owes his life too....and speich who is a fence sitter. It hasent even been a year yet. Maybe the mayor should make his own decisions instead of being a puppet to the you know who !!! He will soon realize that being a puppet has cost him his job. Time to go back to being a business man. !!!! See you at the council meetings.....oh I'm sorry.....I forgot.....you don't go.....you patch man you
Arthur Lott September 03, 2012 at 01:03 PM
tracyw and Ralph- Why don't you tell us all who you are and what basis you have for posting on any of these topics. Why are you hiding? Are you even residents of Mahwah? You are setting a fine example for the children and young adults of the community. Disparaging innocent people and their families while hiding behind false identities. Bravo! You are cowards.
Ralph September 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Mr Lott if that is really your real name, You should be ashamed of yourself placing these comments on here and attacking the people you have. My post on Mr. Marcus is an attenpt to find out who is is. If he is serious in running for public office, these questions should and will be asked and answered. I resent you saying I represent the old guard and I am a lackey. Who the hell do you think you are. Many of the people who post on here have been doing this for quite some time. All of a sudden a Mr. Lott comes here and thinks he or she knows everything and places disparahging remarks on everyone. Well let me tell you something, its called freedom of speech but lets be professional about what we say. If you want to know who I am then come to the meetings and introduce yourself to everyone in the public portion of the meeting so we can see who YOU are. If you have the guts to do that I will come up to you and introduce myself, If not then we know who the coward really is.I'll be therr on Thursday will You?
Chardel Vyjial September 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Ralph maybe you should skip the meeting this week and take an adult course in spelling and English. I'm not even from this country and I have better grammer and spelling skills.
Arthur Lott September 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Tracyw and Ralph- Your responses are disturbing, almost hysterical. Not sure why you assume that I am a supporter of the Mayor. I support Mahwah and its citizens. I am open to new ideas from new people. In case you haven't heard, there are lots of new issues facing the town that require creative, informed, and professional expertise to resolve. My posts have to do with your biased attacks on everyone that is not one of the "old guard" which are insulting to the citizens of Mahwah as well as to those individuals that are new candidates for office. Whether or not these individuals agree with the Mayor not does not qualify, or disqualify them, from running for these seats. Whether they are friends of the Mayor is equally immaterial. More insulting is that you assume that professional men, who have accomplished more in their lives than most of the past and current holders of the offices they seek, and who have extensive business and community service experience, would somehow lose their minds and follow like sheep whereever led by an evil dictator. What bull___t! You add nothing to the dialogue and use this forum for disparagement rather than the honest discussion that should be offered here. Ralph- we all know your motivation from your other posts. And, your bravado is quite impressive. I see you're taking the "you show me yours and I'll show you mine" approach. Pathetic. We'll see who has the guts to back up his words. Tracyw, I'll look for you in the "back of the room."
tracyw September 04, 2012 at 12:42 PM
UN approachable. Sorry. Silly spell check
Andy Schmidt September 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
TracyW - proposing a system were a private service would be SECOND on the call list for those times of the day when our volunteers were unable to cover is NOT "privatizing". You are spewing propaganda that's not rooted in facts. There had been extensive written records by the police dispatch, who ONLY at certain times had been desperately seeking to get an ambulance to cover emergencies, making REPEATED calls - which the volunteers were simply unable to answer, or there was no driver, or there was no EMT... - while time kept ticking away for one of our residents who needed medical attention! Ignoring this (as it had been done previously) was NOT an option a responsible Mayor had. After offering alternatives, this issue was finally addressed! I'm thankful for the volunteers and the mayor having come up with a solution!
Eileen Rite September 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The Mahwah council needs people not afraid to research and discuss new ideas that benefit all the taxpayers and not just the municipal workers. We need leaders not naysayers that only offer criticism and not solutions, and we need candidates that will put the needs of the town before their own, unlike the other incumbant trying to hold onto her seat.
Eileen Rite September 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Well said... thank you Arthur.
Really!! September 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Were you at the last meeting where citizens who don't want their town privatized offered many suggestions on how the town could genereate more income (for example from recycling)? So to your point the council did listen and that is why they chose to vote it down and hopefully explore these options. The solution isn't always laying people off. I haven't seen anyone beside the council show an interest in these ideas, including many of the people commenting on this page. We need to look before we leap. Keep our town a town and not a business!!!
tracyw September 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Eileen....wanna talk about fake names. "I lean right"
tracyw September 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Where's weixeldorfer ???
ref September 04, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Ms Left oh I mean rite you must lighten up your going to get yourself upset and might even vote for the wrong person
Andy Schmidt September 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Had to a chance to meet in person and have a conversation for a while. Seems like a gentleman who is moderate in his views, measured in his actions. Nice to see someone with a young family running, who can relate to the issues and concerns of people who are in similar stages of their lives. Thanks for stepping up.


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