About Us: Schwartz, Orgen and Pagan


Mark Schwartz

  • 25 year resident. Teaneck homeowner since age 19.
  • Married to Naomi, 35 year resident
  • 4 children ages 12-19
  • Real estate management consultant
  • 18 year tvac member, over 1000 calls
  • 22 year volunteer firefighter, River Edge Fire Department
  • Coached TBO and Teaneck Junior Soccer for 9 years
  • Longtime board member and Vice President, Yavneh Academy , Paramus
  • Founder and longtime President, Congregation Shaare Tefillah, Teaneck
  • Past Board member, Torah Academy Bergen County, Teaneck (TABC)
  • Publisher, Jewish Link of Bergen County
  • Planning Board member, Teaneck- 2006-2012, Council Liaison 2014-present
  • Councilmember, 2012-2018
  • Deputy Mayor 2018-present
  • Cedar Lane Management Group Liaison 2016-present
  • PPRAB Liaison 2016-2018
  • Numerous organization awards, honors

Why I’m running:

  1. Continue the success of the last years to include
    1. 5 (hope to be 6 ) years of tax freezes
    2. Continued infrastructure improvement
    3. Continued employment harmony- no lawsuits
    4. Continued responsiveness to residents. Social media etc
    5. Continued support of our departments, contract and union bliss
    6. Continued development of business districts (State Street/ Queen Anne and Teaneck Road)
  2. Parking and Pedestrian Safety
    1. Committee activated in 2019
    2. Community meetings
    3. Ordinances and improvements began in 2020
    4. Continue improvements town wide
    5. Assure budgetary resources to accomplish goals
  3. Development
    1. Continue upgrading town wide blighted sites with smart development
    2. Commence redevelopment of Cedar Lane and Degraw business districts
    3. Utilize additional revenue to support all of the above

Karen Lew Orgen

  • Teaneck Resident since 1974
  • Family
    • Husband, Eric Orgen (also a TVAC Life Member)
    • 2 Teenage Daughters, Allie & Jamie
  • Education & Profession
    • City University of New York – Queens College
      • Bachelor of Arts, Biology
    • St. John’s University – Queens, NY
      • Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy
    • NJ Board of Pharmacy Registered Pharmacist, CVS Caremark Corporation,

      • 20 years as Pharmacy Manager, Ramsey NJ
      • Pharmacist, Northern NJ Region
  • Community Service
    • Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps
      • Life Member
      • Former President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Board
        of Trustees
      • Responded to almost 2,000 emergency calls
    • Congregation Shaare Tefillah of Teaneck
      • Former President and Vice President, Board of Directors
      • Current member of the Board of Directors
      • Numerous committees
    • Ben Porat Yosef, Paramus NJ
      • Dinner Committee Chair
      • Parent Volunteer
    • Township of Teaneck Planning Board
      • Member 2016 – Present

Michael Pagan

Teaneck resident since 1986


  • Teaneck High School (1994)
  • Bergen Community College
  • Temple University: Journalism (B.A.)

Work / Volunteer Experience:

  • Teaneck Planning Board
  • Senior Citizens Advisory Board
  • Reporter for the North Jersey Herald News
  • Grants writer for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Press secretary for three Speakers of the New Jersey General Assembly.
    and worked for a U.S. Congressman and two U.S. Senators
  • Currently serves as a public information officer for Bergen County
  • Serves on the Bergen County Latino Advisory Board
  • Member of Rotary