Mayor & Council
About the Mayor
The Mayor, as chief executive officer of the Borough, is responsible for the enforcement of all New Jersey laws and regulations of the Borough of Tenafly as defined by ordinance. The Mayor is elected to a four-year term and is eligible for re-election. The Mayor presides over all meetings of the Council but may vote only in case of a tie. The Mayor has veto power, which may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Council; makes appointments to standing committees, commissions, boards, and ad hoc committees (most of them requiring Council consent); and is automatically a member of the Planning Board, Library Board and the Board of Police Commissioners.
Boards & Commissions
The Mayor appoints Tenafly citizens to serve without pay on boards, commissions, and advisory committees. Boards and commissions, which are mandated and regulated by state law, may set policy and act independently of the Mayor and Council. Advisory committees make recommendations to the Council. Some committees are formed annually while other special committees are convened periodically to study specific short-term problems or issues. Council members also serve as liaisons with other committees, commissions, and boards.
About the Council
The Council consists of six members. Two are elected at large each year for three-year terms. As the legislative body, the Council is responsible for the following:
- Adopts ordinances and resolutions
- Approves appointments made by the Mayor
- Decides on appropriations
- Determines policy
- Establishes the functions of the various departments of the local government