By Joyce Venezia Suss
Occupation and volunteer position: Director of executive communications for Bristol-Myers Squibb; member of the Village Council.
How long I have lived in Ridgewood: Six years.
My favorite place to relax in Ridgewood: My living room couch.
A “perfect day” in Ridgewood would include: Going for a long morning walk (coffee in hand) with my wife; spending time at the library; eating downtown with my wife and kids; and then back to my living room couch to sleep through a good movie.
The best-kept secret in the village: Ridgewood’s four interfaith religious services (Holocaust remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr., Thanksgiving and Disability).
The best thing about Ridgewood: The people and the sense of community.
One thing I would like to change in the village: Although we are more advanced than most towns, I would like to make Ridgewood completely accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities.
The best part of my job: Being in a position to help people … and to fix things that need to be fixed.
The big decision I’m currently wrestling with: The Planning Board ordinance concerning Valley Hospital.
Something that no one knows about me: I have occasionally voted for Republicans.
The quality I like best about myself: My sense of humor.
I laugh at: Seinfeld reruns and the first three seasons of “The Office.”
I am really good at: Listening.
I admire: People who overcome adversity.
One skill every person should have: Compassion.
A favorite memory: Meeting Nelson Mandela.
Something you’d never guess about me: I spent my early career working on international security issues, including arms control, non-proliferation and peacekeeping.
Books I am currently reading: “Too Big To Fail” by Andrew Ross Sorkin, “The ABC of Color” by W.E.B. Dubois, and recent issues of “The Economist” magazine.
I will never understand: Indifference.
Something that’s been on my mind lately: Governor Christie’s unconscionable cuts to funding for seniors (nursing homes), women (health care), college students (tuition grants), and his shameless $90 million tax increase on low-income workers (earned income tax credit reduction).
My guilty pleasure: Gummy candies.
My hero: Martin Luther King Jr.
My greatest regret: Not becoming a professional baseball player.
My most treasured possession: My family.
Something I wish you asked me: Have you ever appeared on “The Colbert Report” television show?
And my answer! Yes … on Sept. 21, 2006! (Click this link — Aronsohn / Colbert )