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Columbia Bank donated the River Birch tree that was planted for Arbor Day in Finch Park. The tree was dedicated in the memory of Jim Rogers. He was the past president of the Ramsey Board of Health and longest BOH member in Bergen County’s history. 

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Pictured are Minoska Mateo, Veronica Peng, Mayra Rinaldi and Hugo Collado from Columbia Bank, with Joe Melso and Russ Martone from Ramsey Shade Tree, Borough Administrator Bruce Vozeh, Councilwoman Judy Cusick and Health Department Administrative Assistant Danielle Monaghan. 

Words from the Board of Health & The Rodgers Family

On the behalf of all of the Rogers and related family members, we can’t thank you all enough for the effort all of you and the Borough of Ramsey has made not only for the remembrance of the Finch family, but in honoring my father. Ramsey continues to amaze me with the thoughtfulness and respect that’s shown to members of the Borough’s community. This includes former and as well as present members. I’m sure I speak for all my family in that we will forever remember this.   - Matt Rogers 

“I followed Jim Rogers as president of the board of health.  It was a heavy lift. Jim was a very capable and wise leader, but it was his personal qualities that made him special.  He was unfailingly genial, respectful, patient, thoughtful, kind, focused, good humored, and also listened well   He was supportive of new and often difficult to implement health-enhancing initiatives—ranging   from prohibiting smoking in Ramsey restaurants (the first in Bergen County, maybe NJ? to do so) to a successful community-wide weight loss effort (about 1,000 pounds in total).  It wasn’t his style to micromanage, but to encourage and trust. Jim was also generous.   Knowing we shared a strong interest in gardening, he once gave me one of his precious Christmas cactuses.  Another time he delivered to my house two freshly dug varieties of ferns.  I quickly gave them a new home and the ferns have thrived.  Right now, their green fronds are pushing up from their winter dormancy—serving as a sweet and enduring remembrance of Jim. Ramsey was fortunate to have him.” - Joan Waring

 “Jim was clearly an example of a person who wanted to give back to his community, serving as a devoted Ramsey Board of Health member and President for over 5 decades.  Jim also seemed to always look forward to our BOH meetings with his good-humored cheerfulness and calm demeanor.  Jim and I had a special connection since he was a chemist graduating from St John’s University and myself pharmacist who grew up on Long Island.   I always enjoyed listening to his wisdom and knowledge of Ramsey.” - Jeff Nemeth


“The Ramsey BOH is proud to honor the life of Jim Rogers and his years of service to the community. He served on the BOH for decades, many of them as president.  This tree serves as a reminder of his dedication, a sign of our appreciation and symbolizes the deep roots 

He and his family will always have here in Ramsey.”  - Tami Azouri

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Ramsey Board of Health Meeting Information

There will be no Board of Health Meeting in August.  The next Board of Health meeting will be held in person in the council chambers of Borough Hall and via teleconference on Thursday, September 14th , 2023.

This meeting will be held in person and via teleconference.

  • Dial in number: (701) 802-5425
    Access code: 425415#
    All participants are muted to limit background noise. You can unmute yourself by dialing *6 during the public comment portion of the meeting. When you are done speaking, please press *6 again.

  • 8 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Council Chambers
    Borough Hall
    33 N Central Avenue
    Ramsey, NJ 07446 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Tami Azouri, President
  • Dr. Albert Tartini, Vice President
  • Joan Waring
  • Dr. Angela D'Alessandro
  • Dr. Banafsheh Goujani
  • Dr. Carla Souza
  • Heidi Martin

The Board of Health is comprised of volunteers appointed by the mayor and council. These volunteer residents include medical professionals as well as a mix of individuals from a broad spectrum of the community.

There are 7 full members and 2 alternate members on the board.


The purpose of the Board of Health is to establish policy and protect the health and well being of the citizens of Ramsey.

The Board of Health oversees a full-time Registrar of Vital Statistics and administrative assistant.