Ramsey April 29, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 3 Ramsey’s voters have defeated the $43,892,602 tax levy associated with the 2009-10 school budget by a margin of Borough voters defeat school budget; Muti is top vote-getter 1,803 to 1,355. The Ramsey Council and the members of the board of education must now, according to state law, meet to review possible cuts for the spending plan. No meeting date had been set as of late last week, but a school official reported that the borough must take action by May 19. The borough’s voters have also endorsed former Mayor Richard Muti and incumbent trustees John J. Nunziata and Richard Snyder as their three representatives to the board of education. Muti emerged as the top vote-getter in the field of eight candidates, with 1,936 ballots. Nunziata, the current school board president, received 1,428 votes, and Snyder received 1,108. Incumbent Nicole Alvarez received 1,097 votes, Kenneth Tyburczy received 903, Donna Jordan received 688, Jason Baumuller received 552, and Mitchell Berzin received 419. A Ramsey native, Muti attended the borough’s public schools and the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and later earned a law degree from Rutgers Law School. He was a prosecutor for many years, rising to the level of deputy first assistant prosecutor of Bergen County. He was fired from his prosecutorial position in 2000 when he objected to a wasteful $7 million expenditure of public money by his boss. After his termination as a prosecutor, Muti taught English, history, American government and politics, and criminal justice at three New Jersey universities. In 2002, he was elected mayor of Ramsey, where he instituted reforms that he claims resulted in hundreds of thou- To your health! Marge Roche, RN, COHN, and Clayton Bridges, PA, of the Bergen Family Practice recently organized a Health & Wellness Fair for uninsured members of the community. The event was held at the Knights of Columbus building on Mechanic Street and included tests for cholesterol and blood sugar levels, weight, blood pressure, and vision. Educational materials on diet, exercise, and good health practices were distributed. Follow up medical visits were provided as necessary. Event sponsors included Dr. Robert Boff, Shop-Rite of Ramsey, Wyeth Corporation, Don Bosco’s parent organization, Morano’s Market, and One Stop Bagels. Confirmation students from Saint Paul’s parish volunteered their time. Pictured (standing) are Marge Roche, RN, COHN; Jane Coyle, RN, COHN; and Laura Mattina Cruz, RN, BSN. Seated: Julie and Jennifer from the Biologics Laboratory and Rossio Palacios LPN. Not pictured: was Carolyn Quinones, RT. sands of dollars in cost savings. He lost a subsequent bid for reelection by 189 votes. Since 2007, Muti has been employed full time as chief operating officer for a Bergen County-based company. Nunziata moved to Ramsey in 1979. A retired IBM, ITT, and Verizon executive, he was elected to the school board in 2000. He is a graduate of Marist College, where he now serves on the School of Management’s advisory board. He is a coach for several local sports teams. His school board responsibilities have included service as vice president and president. He is a member of the Ramsey Pool commission, a trustee for the Franciscan Healthcare Foundation, and director at Villa Marie Claire. At Saint Paul Church, Nunziata is parish council president, lector, and a member of the Lazarus Ministry. Snyder, a 28-year resident of Ramsey, has been a trustee for 15 years and has served on every major board committee. He is a member of New Jersey School Boards Association and sits on association’s board of directors. He is co-founder and executive director of Dollar$ and Sense, an education advocacy group. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Bergen County School Boards Association. Each year, he visits Washington, DC to participate in the National School Boards Association organized Federal Relations Network lobbying for federal dollars.