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Former Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti. (Photo: Joanne Minichetti).

Upper Saddle River mayor resigns

By David Wildstein, October 17 2022 8:04 pm

Citing the extra work involved with the construction of a new sports complex, Upper Saddle River Mayor Joanne Minichetti resigned today, abruptly ending a fifteen year stint in local government.

“I find myself unwilling to add this to an already very long list of responsibilities,” Minichetti said.  “ I am already faced with professional and personal limitations due to the demands of my position.”

Council President Joanne Florio will become acting mayor until  the Upper Saddle River Republican county committee submits three candidates to the borough council to fill the remainder of the mayor’s term.

Minichetti was up for re-election in 2023.   She was elected to the council in 2007 and 2008, and was elected mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Her resignation follows a massive fire on Sunday that destroyed a $2.7 million home.  It took more than 100 firefighters from surrounding towns about 3 ½ hours to get the fire under control after water supply issues hampered their efforts.

“My 15 years of serving on the Governing Body have not been without challenges,” Minichetti said.  “To name just a few: the destruction of the Old Stone Church bridge, multiple storms with downed trees and flooding including Irene, the Pumpkin Storm and Sandy, numerous lengthy and widespread power outages, the difficult renovation and repeated flooding of Lions Park, the third round of state mandated affordable housing when COAH was suddenly disbanded and the courts took jurisdiction, the resulting construction of homes on the golf course and townhomes at One Lake Street and the installation of an eruv in USR that connected eruv’s in Montvale and Mahwah.”

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