Coffee Talk With Mayor O'Hagan on Saturday
This Saturday is the last chance until September to chat with Mayor Patrick "Bud" O'Hagan at his monthly coffee & conversation time at Borough Hall. Stop by the meeting room on the third floor of Borough Hall between 10am and noon for free coffee and donuts and the mayor's ear.
Midland Park Press had coffee with Mayor O'Hagan earlier this year to learn more about his background and service to Midland Park.
O'Hagan was raised in Queens, NY, where his mother started calling him Bud before he was born. He later moved to River Edge, where he graduated from River Dell High School. He spent the first part of his career as a printing broker, specializing in carbonic and carbon-less copy forms. As the paper printing business started to decline, he became a Realtor in 2000 and currently works for Terrie O'Connor Realtors in Allendale.
He moved to Midland Park in 1970, at "a time when Midland Park was Norman Rockwell small," noting the community was unique in that other parents looked after each other's kids and people were always looking after one another. Today, he added, "Midland Park has gotten more cosmopolitan and city like, with less community involvement. People's lives are busier, husbands and wives both work. It was a different time back then."
O'Hagan began his service to town on the Zoning Board in 1980 and was first elected into office in 1989. He has served continually on the borough council for 24 years and is in his first term as mayor.
He said his favorite part of the job is when he is able to help people to deal with bureaucracy and make their lives easier. "Sometime I have to say that something can't be done or shouldn't be done, but on the other side, sometimes the written rules are one way but sensibility is another way."
He welcomes input and suggestions from the community at regular council meetings and his monthly coffee time, held the third Saturday of the month throughout the year. The mayor takes a hiatus in July and August, but will resume the third Saturday in September.