SHERIFF, CLERK and SURROGATE
MANNY ALFONSO FOR SHERIFF
Manuel “Manny” Alfonso is a career law enforcement professional who has dedicated his life to protecting the citizens of New Jersey.
He was born in Cuba under the repressive regime of Fidel Castro and the Communist Party. He father was imprisoned there for speaking against out against Cuba’s abusive government
In 1970 my mother Amnery, my sister Elizabeth and I fled to the United States. We eventually settled in Union City, NJ where he attended high school while also working as an EMT. He graduated from Montclair State University (magma cum laude) and undertook graduate studies at Columbia University
During his 26 year career in law enforcement Manny, 47, has worked with various state and federal law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal’s Service. He was trained in Quantico, VA to work with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and participated in dozens of complex, international, counter terrorism and counter intelligence investigations. He is also an expert in spotting radicalization of potential terrorists in the United States. Additionally, Manny worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Service Regional Fugitive Task Force and conducted fugitive investigations in the New York/New Jersey region.
Manny also served as a member of the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Team and has undergone special training in Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigations and has worked in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Public Corruption Unit. Currently, Manny is a high ranking executive for a large law enforcement department. His responsibilities include managing more than 110 professional law enforcement personnel and support staff and working in a department with a budget of $1 billion dollars
Manny is a highly principled and ethical individual who enjoys Top Secret Clearance by the U.S. Government. He is a resident of Cresskill, NJ.
MICHAEL R. DRESSLER
BERGEN COUNTY SURROGATE
In June of 1970, with high school graduation only days away, Mike and classmates from Cresskill High School celebrated their senior prom at the Jersey Shore. The summer temperature was soaring; the ocean inviting. Mike decided to take a swim. He dove into the surf into what he thought was 10 feet of water. He was wrong. The murky ocean camouflaged a sand bar lying a mere 2 feet below the surface. Mike hit the sandbar solidly, shattering cervical vertebrae. He was pulled out of the ocean unable to move.
Mike was rushed to the hospital. Last rites were administered and his parents were told he would not survive the night. Exhibiting characteristics that would punctuate his life, Mike refused to die.
He underwent grueling physical therapy at Bergen Pines Hospital for nearly 2 years. In 1972 he was sent home, with doctors assuring him and his family that he would be permanently paralyzed, never able to leave his bed. Mike refused to let mere medical science narrow his world or define his future. With family, friends and neighbors from Cresskill rallying to his side, ramps were built and doorways were widened to accommodate a wheelchair. Mike escaped the darkness. He purchased a customized van and relearned to drive. He went back to school receiving an Associates Degree from Bergen Community College in 1974. He continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson
In 1996 Mike Dressler decided to again enter the arena of public service. He entered the countywide contest for Bergen County Surrogate. His campaign propelled by knowledge, experience, spirit and a motorized wheelchair took him to all 70 municipalities comprising Bergen County. On November 5, 1996, the people of Bergen County responded. Mike received over 154,000 votes gaining victory. On January 1, 1997, Michael Dressler began a 5-year term as Surrogate of Bergen County.
His first term as Surrogate vividly highlights a public service philosophy that combines innovative community service with reasoned fiscal responsibility. Mike has established and expanded programs that directly assist those involved with Surrogate Court issues. Surrogate Dressler created the first Guardianship Monitoring Program in Bergen County. The Guardianship Program, utilizing volunteers recruited with the help of the AARP, monitors the work of the Court appointed guardians making sure they care for the frail and elderly as they promised they would.
Surrogate Dressler continues to serve as an advocate of education, promoting awareness of the probate process through his continued tour and through the publication of a comprehensive booklet entitled “How to Probate a Will in Bergen County,” now available to all Bergen County residents, now in English, Spanish and Korean.
As Surrogate, Mike Dressler has also served as President of the Constitutional Officers of New Jersey (COANJ) and presently serves as a member of the New Jersey Highlands Council. Additionally, Mike Dressler was honored as the YMCA of Greater Bergen County’s Person of the Year for 2009.
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The Surrogate’s Court maintains an intermingled account on behalf of minor children, who have received money damages through Superior Court or through an inheritance; and at present that intermingled account is comprised of over 23 million dollars held on behalf of those minor children to be released to them when they reach the age of eighteen. Further, Surrogate Dressler has worked hard to ensure the highest rate of return of any of the twenty one counties in New Jersey for many years.
The people of Bergen County have certainly responded to the leadership he has exhibited as Judge of the Surrogate’s Court, for he has been reelected in resounding fashion in November of 2001, 2006 and again in 2011. Mike continues to serve Bergen County as Surrogate in his fourth term.
JOHN HOGAN FOR COUNTY CLERK
I am honored to have been elected to serve the citizens of this great county and proud to join the dedicated team of employees in the Bergen County Clerk’s office. Few of you will go through life without calling on them for copies of deeds, mortgages and a multitude of other personal and business documents. Beyond recording life’s major events and transactions in New Jersey’s most populous county, we also provide passports, Veterans’ Honorary Service Cards and administrative support for County Elections.
The Bergen County Clerk's office is the election authority for more than 70 municipalities in suburban Bergen County.This page is your portal to everything from upcoming election dates to our election results archive. Browse the links for early voting sites or an election judge application. Advancing technology, employee teamwork and professional management are the keys to improving quality and service.
Bergen County is proud to be one of the largest metropolitan areas in New Jersey, and the County Clerk’s office will continue to strive to deliver the customer service you deserve.
John S. Hogan
HECTOR OLMO FOR COUNTY CLERK
Dear Members of USWU 755 and Local 655,
It was a pleasure to meet you on June 15 for the "Meet the Candidates" meeting. The following is a Bio to help you get to know me a little better.
* Tenafly Police Officer for the last 27 years
* Tenafly PBA Local 376 Executive board member for 25 years
* Tenafly PBA Local 376 President for the last 15 years
* Cresskill Councilman in my 3rd term (8 Years)
* Fire/EMS Commissioner (Paid Fire/EMS Department)
* Pool Commissioner
* Recreation Committee
* Finance Chairman
* U.S. Navy Veteran
* Member of the American Legion Post #21
* Advisory Board of The Academy of Mount Carmel School
* Advisory Board of The Academy of Saint Therese School
* Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor's in Public Administration
* Former member of the Tenafly Volunteer Fire Department for 15 Years
I have always fought for my PBA #376 union members to ensure they had good equipment, good working conditions, fair wages and benefits.
I'm Married to my wife Christine for 28 years we have 3 sons Johnathan 26, Stephen 22, Christopher 21.
MICHAEL SAUDINO FOR SHERIFF
Dear USWU Local 755,
My name is Michael Saudino and I am running for re-election as the Sheriff of Bergen County. I would like to request an opportunity to meet with you and ask for your endorsement and support in my 2016 election campaign.
As you may remember from our prior interactions, I am a proud union man who has spent almost all of my adult life belonging to, fighting for, and representing unionized labor as a delegate for the PBA.
Although as your Sheriff I now find myself in the role of management, my labor roots remain a guiding touchstone in all my interactions with the men and women of my department.
My track record shows that those aren’t empty words. When a former County Executive refused to honor the full funding of a contract that I negotiated in good faith with PBA Local 134, I had the Sheriff’s Office join into a lawsuit right alongside the union, together we won a decisive victory in defense of the full funding of labor contracts.
I believe that when an honest and fair relationship exists between management and labor, great things are possible. I am proud of the work that my Office has accomplished over the last six years for the taxpayers of Bergen County. We have reduced overtime to the lowest level in a decade, down over 40% in my tenure as Sheriff. Working with the County Executive, Freeholders, and Prosecutor, we have realigned County Policing to reduce duplication in services without anyone losing their job.
We are on track to save millions more for the taxpayers in the upcoming years, while providing a more efficient and integrated approach to policing in Bergen County that will enhance public safety, reduce emergency response time, and continue to honor our obligations to the men and women who work to make it all possible.
I look forward to speaking with you in person, at your convenience.
Sheriff Michael Saudino
Sheriff Michael Saudino is a 53 year resident of Bergen County and has been a veteran of law enforcement for over 41? years. Pri?or to becoming Sheriff in 2011, he spent nine years as Chief of Police in? the Borough of Emerson. Under his watch, Emerson has stayed a safe and prosperous town to live and work in. Sheriff Saudino has always made it a priority to be responsible with public money – he has done so by keeping his operating budgets low while still providing the highest levels of service to the community.?
Sheriff Saudino has al?ways believed in a responsibility to serve. He is a member of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club – a service organization made up of veterans and police officers. Sheriff Saudino is a 20-year member of the Emerson Volunteer Fire Department, where he formerly served as President. Sheriff Saudino is a 3rd-Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Throughout 2010, Sheriff Saudino served as President of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, where he was known to be a champion of increased communication between Bergen County’s police departments.
Since taking office, Sheriff Saudino has been credited with numerous initiatives undertaken by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. In 2011, continuing his message of increased communication with local law enforcement agencies, the BCSO held the first-ever countywide Chief for a Day celebration. The celebration is designed to brighten the lives of local children with chronic health conditions. The inspirational program provides children and their families with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of law enforcement.
That same year, Sheriff Saudino, along with a host of state and local law enforcement officials announced their support for the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of non-drinking designated drivers to prevent drunken driving tragedies nationwide. The ceremony was held in Hackensack at the Bergen County Justice to mark better awareness for the program in northern New Jersey.
In April of 2013, the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s held a countywide gun buyback program, where residents who wished to do so would voluntarily give back any unwanted or non-operational weapons. The program netted a total of 1,345 firearms over two days. The amount is more than twice what was collected in 2010, the last time a buyback was held.
The Sheriff has also been recognized for his effective management and leadership in office. More than 11,000 hours of Overtime have been eliminated over the last two years, and historic cuts to the budget have been realized in real dollars, all while never compromising public safety. In July of 2013, the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously awarded Sheriff Saudino with the Bergen County Taxpayer Advocate Award. More recently in October, the State Troopers Coalition honored Sheriff Saudino with the Man of the Year Award for his outstanding public service and accomplishments in office.
First elected in November of 2010, Sheriff Saudino was recently reelected to serve a second term in November of 2013.
He resides in Emerson with his wife, Gina. His son, Michael Jr., is a Sergeant with the Borough of Haworth Police Department in Bergen County.
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