Spicuzzo mourns 'Mr. Middlesex'

Middlesex County Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo knew the late Freeholder Director David Crabiel going back to when Spicuzzo became mayor of Spotswood in 1976.

“The taxpayers lost a true friend today,” Spicuzzo told PolitickerNJ.com.

“He first of all had the taxpayers in mind whenever he made a decision,” Spicuzzo added of the 27-year freeholder veteran who died today at age 78. “He ran Middlesex County government like a fine-toothed machine. He was Mr. Middlesex.”

The county will be issuing a statement shortly, according to the Office of the Administrator.

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David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78

David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78
Middlesex County Freeholder Director David Crabiel died today. He was 78.

David B. Crabiel, a Middlesex County Freeholder for 27 of the last thirty years, passed away earlier today.  Since the indictment and criminal conviction of former Senate President John Lynch, Crabiel has been the most powerful figure in Middlesex County politics.

He was 78.

The brother of J. Edward Crabiel, who served as a State Senator and as New Jersey Secretary of State, David Crabiel has held public office since 1960, when he was elected to the Milltown Borough Council.  He spent 19 years in local government, including eleven as Mayor. 

Crabiel was elected to the Board of Freeholders in 1978 and served until his defeat in the 1991 Republican landslide.  He was again elected in 1993, and has been the Freeholder Director since 1998.

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Ariyan mum on BCDO chairmanship prospects

Ariyan mum on BCDO chairmanship prospects
Joseph Aryan, a former State Senate candidate, says he's not interested in running for Bergen County Democratic Chairman.

*CORRECTION

PolitickerNJ misread Ariyan's statement, and misreported that Ariyan was not interested in the position. Ariyan did not take his name out of the running, but merey refused to speculate about a run until there is a vacancy.

PolitickerNJ regrets the error.

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Attorney Joe Ariyan has taken his name out of the running for Bergen County Democratic Chairman.

Ariyan, who unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) last year as the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s candidate, was mentioned in Charlie Stile’s column this weekend as a possible successor to indicted chairman Joe Ferriero.

“In recent weeks, I have been contacted by several elected officials from Bergen County as well as members of the County Committee encouraging me to pursue the Chairmanship of the Bergen County Democratic Organization,” said Ariyan in a statement. “To each, my response has been the same - which is that there is simply no vacancy for the position. Until and unless a convention is held or Chairman Ferriero resigns his post, any speculation is premature and merely political fodder."

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Lonegan to kick off his second gubernatorial campaign today

Lonegan to kick off his second gubernatorial campaign today
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan will announce today that he'll seek the Republican nomination for Governor.

Conservative activist Steve Lonegan will formally announce his gubernatorial candidacy this afternoon.

Lonegan, the 52-year-old former mayor of Bogota, will kickoff his 2009 campaign at the Courtyard Marriot in Edison at 1:00pm, according to his Web site.

This will be Lonegan’s second try for his party’s nomination. In 2005, he won eight percent of the vote in the Republican primary, coming in fourth out of seven candidates. But since then he's developed a higher statewide profile, authoring a book and heading the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity.

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Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat

Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat
Camden County Clerk James Beach is headed to the State Senate. He is expected to replace John Adler in January.

Camden County Clerk James Beach will replace John Adler in the State Senate, according to a Camden County Democratic source who spoke with George Norcross, the South Jersey Democratic leader who decides who serves in the Legislature.  Beach must still win a special election convention, but he is not expected to face any opposition.

Gov. Jon Corzine will appoint a nominate a new County Clerk -- presumably after consulting with Norcross -- who must be confirmed by the State Senate.  Both Beach and the new Clerk must run in a November 2009 special election.

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Prosecutor drops Ferriero probe

Prosecutor drops Ferriero probe
The Hudson County Prosecutor has dropped his investigation of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero.

A nearly three month investigation into whether former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero committed any type of sexual misconduct during a Labor Day BBQ he hosted has been closed and no charges will be filed, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Ed DeFazio.

DeFazio told PolitickerNJ.com the allegations were "ambiguous" as to what was said to have occurred at Ferriero's Old Tappan residence, but that after conducting formal interviews with the accuser, party attendees, and even a voluntary interview with Ferriero himself no crime could be substantiated.

"We are pleased that after a thorough investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office during which both Mr. Ferriero and his wife, Diana, gave full statements this matter has been closed and no criminal charges will be filed," said Joseph Hayden, Ferriero's attorney, in a statement released today.  "As we stated at the outset, this was an annual family barbecue involving three generations of the Ferriero family and their friends and there wa snever any inappropriate conduct by anyone at the family event."

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Lucianin beats Laboy by 24 votes in Passaic; Laboy wants to examine machine tally

Lucianin beats Laboy by 24 votes in Passaic; Laboy wants to examine machine tally
Councilman-elect Kenneth Lucianin

PATERSON - Unofficial results of the Passaic City Council race show former School Board member Kennth Lucianin defeating Vice Principal Angel Laboy by 24 votes.

Following the provisional ballot count, Lucianin earned 2,943 to 2,919 for Laboy.

"My hats off to all of the candidates," said Lucianin. "This is not a time to celebrate but to be partners for progress."

Lucianin and Mayor-elect Alex Blanco will be sworn in tonight at City Hall.

"I want to thank everybody who really believes in me," Laboy said in defeat. "There's an election in May and we'll see what happens."

 

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