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Garfield Mayor Richard Rigoglioso, center, with his family.

Rigoglioso re-elected mayor in Garfield

Erin Delaney tapped for Deputy Mayor

By Nikita Biryukov, January 01 2021 5:24 pm

Garfield’s council unanimously elected Mayor Richard Rigoglioso to another term as mayor Friday.

He and the four other successful candidates who ran on Rigoglioso’s slate were sworn in Friday, two of the victors replacing incumbents who sat on the body for 24 years before losing re-election in November.

The term will be a first for Councilmen Romi Herrera and Pawel Maslag, who won seats over former Councilmen Frank J. Calandriello and Louis Aloia.

Garfield City Manager Thomas Duch swore in the mayor and the two newcomers.

Councilwoman Erin Delaney was sworn into a second term by former Bergen County Freeholder Elizabeth Calabrese, and the council elected her to serve as deputy mayor.

In that role, she’ll replace her father, Councilman Joseph Delaney, who was sworn into another term by his son, a Garfield police lieutenant, Friday.

“2021 is a new year. We’re going to move forward,” Rigoglioso said.

Calandriello and Aloia had served on the council for 24 years.  Alois spent four years as mayor, and Calandriello held the job for twelve.

When Calandriello first won his seat in 1996, he joined his father, Frank Calandriello on the council.  They became the first father-son combination in local government in state history.

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