Montclair voters tonight selected political newcomer Jerry Fried to become their next mayor.
Fried got 40.3% of the preliminary vote to Joyce Michaelson’s 34.8% and Ted Mattox’s 24.89%, according to the Township’s Web site. Totals do not count absentee or provisional ballots, and some of the council races are close enough that those could make a difference.
The mayor here is slightly more powerful than a regular councilman, with the power to appoint the town’s school board.
But rather than bask in the victory, Fried was cautious not to ignore his running mates, at least two of whom didn’t make it.Read More >
Barbara Toffler, Monica Honis and Mohammed Hameeduddin were the big winners in Teaneck tonight.
Incumbent councilman Elnatan Rudolph lost his seat, coming in fourth out of eight candidtes.
Toffler, a newcomer, was the top vote getter, followed by Honis and Hameeduddin, respectively.Read More >
JACKSON - Former Mayor Michael Kafton and his team beat incumbent Councilwoman Emily Ingram and her team by a margin of 2-1.
"When Democrats aren't afraid to run on the real issues in their community, even in the counties we think of as Republican, we can win," said Pat Politano, who ran the Kafton campaign.
Mike Reina (an independent Republican running with two Democrats) was the highest vote-getter, receiving 4,028 or 22.39% of the votes, followed by Bobbie Rivere, who won 3,945 or 21.93% of the votes, and Kafton: 3,826 or 21.27%.
The losers - Charles Garafano, Todd Porter and Councilwoman Emily Ingram - received 2,186, 2,021 and 1,947 respectively.Read More >
Belleville - Paul Mac Donald defeated Elvin Pereira in the 3rd Ward, 485 to 415 votes, according to the Essex County Clerk's Office.Read More >
Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was defeated for re-election by a wide margin by challenger Wilda Diaz. Vas is a Democratic State Assemblyman.
Vineland Mayor Perry Barse lost his bid for re-election to a third term, losing 51%-32% to Police Lt. Robert Romano, the son of a former Mayor.
In Orange, where Mims Hackett is not seeking re-election as Mayor, Eldridge Hawkins was elected.
In the race for Montclair Mayor, newcomer Jerry Fried defeated (40%) Councilwoman Joyce Michaelson (35%) and Councilman Ted Maddox (25%).
In the race for Ridgewood Council, Keith Killion, Paul Aronsohn and Anne Zusy unseated incumbents Betty Wiest and Jacques Harlow.
Nutley Commissioner Carmen Orechio has lost his bid for re-election to an 11th term. The former State Senate President, who has held the seat since 1968, trails former Essex County Freeholder Joseph Scarpelli by 29 votes. Joanne Cocchiola was the top votegetter in the race for Nutley Town Commissioner, and will continue as Mayor for the next four years. Mauro Tucci, Thomas Evans were re-elected, and Al Petracco was elected.
Sparta will have a runoff election next month after a write-in candidate held four candidates to less than 50% of the vote.Read More >
MONTCLAIR -- As teams of candidates canvassed the Township’s neighborhoods today, outgoing Mayor Ed Remsen went to work at his day job.
There’s a small chance that the Montclair government could turn over completely today, with 22 candidates competing for the mayor’s office and six council seats. And after eight years in local government – four as mayor – Remsen has a chance to sit back and watch members of the slate he formed four years ago fight it out today.
Remsen listed some of his accomplishments during his four years on the council and his four years leading the body as mayor – a position that essentially amounts to a slightly more powerful councilman. From the moment he was elected, Remsen said, he only intended to serve four years. And he’s accomplished 75-80% of what he set out to do.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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