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Board Selects Ortiz to Fill Vacant Seat

Oritz will serve out the rest of Robyn Kingston's term. Ortiz said he plans on participating in special budget meeting Wednesday night.

The Board of Education selected Rogger Ortiz to fill a vacant spot on the board a special meeting Monday night.

Ortiz will serve the rest of former trustee Robyn Kingston's term. Kingston resigned from the board in January and moved to Texas. 

"On behalf of the applicants, I want to thank the board for interviewing us and I thank the board for selecting me," Ortiz said. "I look forward to working with them."

Ortiz and his wife own Christina by Design salon. His sons attend George Washington Middle School and Randall Carter Elementary School. He coaches soccer at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne.

Ortiz was one of five people who interviewed for the position. 

"Whoever they picked, Wayne would have been in good hands," Ortiz said. "I was very impressed with the other applicants."

Ortiz said he will participate as a trustee at a special public meeting on the school district's budget Wednesday night at Wayne Hills High School. He will need to be sworn in before the meeting is held.

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Jack Q February 13, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Good one Stew. Maybe you should beat it back to California.
Al Scala February 13, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Frank....I have read Mr Pignatello's comments several times. Where and how did he insult the Board right before his interview? We're you there? Are you a Board member posting under a fictitious name? There is no way you can construe that he insulted the Board members by his comments. If during his interview he offered or suggested something and it "bruised" some egos, which there are plenty of on the Board, then so be it. Maybe they need their egos bruised more often. You're simply posting "stuff" to discredit Mr Pignatello and I'm not sure why! Frank...nothing personal here but something is just not right with your posts. You can try to assure me here all you want. Your here for a purpose and with an agenda! If that's what it is, then so be it. You're certainly entitled to post what you want. It's just very obvious as to the nature of your posts.
Al Scala February 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
I certainly hope he does become a candidate. Personally, I don't know the man, but his credentials are very impressive.
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Click onto his name, that will bring you to a page with all his previous comments. Look for the comment starting with "Keep"...he posted it twice.
stewart resmer February 13, 2013 at 07:12 PM
oh no, I am having too much fun annoying republicans here thx
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Al...I pointed CL to the insulting post above. Check it out for yourself, then get back to me. I copied and pasted the quote earlier, but it was not approved. Nothing personal ?...yet you are pretty quick to attack me.
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 07:42 PM
stewrat admits to being partisan....open mouth...insert foot.
Al Scala February 13, 2013 at 08:02 PM
If you notice, Cathy Kazan has not jumped into the fray here or posted a comment. She has taken the Board's decision gracefully and with class. Will she be deterred by this result? I doubt it. It wouldn't surprise me to see Cathy still attend meetings, voice her opinion and pro-actively stay involved with Board matters from a public perspective. In fact I sincerely hope she runs again.
Al Scala February 13, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Frank....my apologies. I did not see the post where you say you copied and pasted the article. I did read what you referred to. It certainly is possible that the Board took that position. Notwithstanding that, he does have impressive credentials and there is little doubt in my mind that he could have been a constructive member of the Board, had they let him.
Jack Q February 13, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Everyone is partisan, except Stew.
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Al...are you asking how I know that Pignatello insulted the board? I read his post on Patch and surmised it.
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I copied and pasted the quote directly from his Patch history page and submitted it. It never posted, I got an email advising that it was not approved. It appears that the moderator allows the comments to build up, then reviews them and approves a bunch of them all at once, that's why we see many posts all displaying the exact same time. Don't know why name-calling insults regularly get approved, but a direct quote from a candidate does not get approved. Maybe Dan Hubbard could explain that here.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Comments must be approved by me, or a member of our editorial staff, before they post.
William February 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Mr. Pignatello I would like to ask you if you were so passionate about getting on the BOE why did you not run in November ?
stewart resmer February 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I cant wait for the day that patch routes comments through facebook where true and correct real names are required.
Frank Gallagher February 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Yeah we know J. Edgar Jr...so you can investigate everybody, compile a dossier, and post links to their addresses and phone numbers. We've seen how you operate stewrat.
Really9 February 14, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Oh please Al, anyone can post under any name. You have no idea who is and is not posting. And if anyone says they only post under their real name-I have a bridge to sell you.
Al Scala February 14, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Really9 .....well, it looks like we have another shill.....YOU. What cabinet did you crawl out of? Did you just make up your name today? Certainly no history under this shill name. Take a hike. Get lost!
Nose Wayne February 14, 2013 at 02:59 AM
That's why people on here don't use their real name because a WHACKO like stew will stalk you and give your information out to everyone in the world. And don't say it's not true stew because you wanted to meet me down at the police station one day for going off in your usual tantrum.
stewart resmer February 14, 2013 at 07:22 AM
its usualy paranoid schizophrenics that use alter egos to vent suppresed latent hostilities that they cannot otherwise express, here of course it just right wing nut jobs who are too much the sissey cowards to reveal who they really are. but dont worry, this is the age of the inter net and there are very skilled hackers already working away to strip you of your false comfort zone. expect them
I don't think so February 14, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Al I agree with Mr Pignatello's credentials but when I read his comments the more I am convinced he would have been out before he was in. I watch and attend meetings all the time and I haven't seen him asking any questions. This was a classic case of political opportunity. He expected to be appointed and while he has qualifications he might have been counterproductive. Go back to when we couldn't hire a superintendent. Part of the problem was there were board members who believed they knew more than they did. I'm not saying we have the perfect administration but at this point we need to see what happens.
Al Scala February 14, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I don't think so....I certainly don't want to counterpoint your comments. You can look at this several ways. Mr. Pignatello apparently has not been involved in any civil or political venue for about 20 years. He has expertise no doubt that would be beneficial to the Board. An opening arises and he may say, " hey, I can help" He's been at his job for about 15 years. He's accumulated a lot of experience that would be beneficial to the Board so he desires to jump in. He admittedly says with his experience and could hit the ground running immediately. Why not? I also learned that he is going for his Doctorate degree. I like that. That shows commitment. Despite all that has been said and done, in my opinion, this guy would have been a constructive member of the Board.
C6 February 14, 2013 at 02:43 PM
What does his pay and other expenses have anything to do with trying to get on the Wayne BOE? It sounds like you know this guy 'Bob'-not the first time you put up the link so anyone who reads comments can see what he makes. However, out of curiosity of what you are talking about, I did look it up through your link but his name never appeared.
C6 February 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Justice-I did find him through your link but still don't understand how his pay is relevant to running for the board of ed. Do I think he's qualified, yes but a person who is at the board meetings, in the schools doing volunteer work and very involved in the school system, etc. is the one that would have my vote. I don't see that w/ Pignatello but maybe I'm wrong. In the end, Ortiz got it and hopefully he'll do a great job for our town.
Justice February 14, 2013 at 09:14 PM
C6. I do not know this guy "Bob". Everything is public on the net. As a matter of fact, given enough time, I am sure we will find out why he was run out of Essex County with his tail between his legs????
Al Scala February 14, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Justice....if you happen to know something about this gentleman, please share it with us. Making a comment about him being run out of Essex County is unsubstantiated, unless there is something that you can tell us. I'm certainly not beyond making a mean comment, but to say he was run out of somewhere is speculative without backup! By the way, which town were you run out of before coming to Wayne.
Justice February 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Born and raised here. How about you? The question was previously raised as to why a mayor of Verona would apply for a board job in Wayne. Valid question. Perhaps your wife has one of his kids as a student? Or do you consider that a mean question?
Al Scala February 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Not at all. Don't get huffy, I'm just joking with you. No, I was not born and raised here. I was born and raised in Paterson. My wife and I have lived here for about 26 years. And no, she never had any of his children.
Robert Pignatello February 15, 2013 at 05:49 AM
The personal attacks and innuendo here don’t do anything to make our schools better,address rising taxes, balance any budget, make us a stronger community or address what we want the BOE to accomplish.I think most people see through it for what it is. To set the record straight, I have a master degree in management and I am studying for a Doctorate. I sought elective office at the age of 25.That was in 1985. It was a great experience that taught me a lot. I'm proud of the work I did. I ran three times. Won twice and lost once. A few years later we started to raise children. Eventually we chose to move to Wayne for personal and family reasons 18 years ago. You don't make an important life choice like that for political reasons. I have had no interest or activity in party politics since those days.I registered as an Independent many years ago.I thought that getting involved with the BOE would be a chance to serve again.This time where I could bring my experience in education to bear and work with others to create a better,more efficient and affordable school system – in a non-partisan environment where fair minded people could openly deliberate, disagree and be civil about it. I have attended a few meetings this year and there is certainly much to observe, learn and absorb.I plan on attending more upcoming meetings.For those of you who are interested in the direction of our schools and would like to talk, I will see you there and look forward to hearing your views.
I don't think so February 17, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Mr Pignatello I would suggest you run for a seat on the board in November. There will be 3, 3 year terms and 1, 1 year term. Then it will be in the hands of the town voters not the board.


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