Michael Saudino

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational

TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes of the 90-minute event.

Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to one prominent Bergen Democrat not on the stage, and one not in the room.

"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room," said Avery, referring to the Teaneck resident and state Senate Majority Leader (D-37). "Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction."

Avery was referring to former Bergen Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero, a political foe of Weinberg who was convicted on corruption charges in 2009, indicted in a racketeering scheme in September 2013 and is now facing a second corruption trial scheduled to begin in early November. 

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Bergen County Exec's race: continuing Donovan v. Saudino rift still factor for Republicans before November election

Bergen County Exec's race: continuing Donovan v. Saudino rift still factor for Republicans before November election

HACKENSACK - In preparation for the Bergen County Executive race in 2014, the two long-standing pillars and rivals of the Bergen Republican Party, County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, publicly made peace in December 2013. Joining hands, Donovan and Yudin presented a united front, one they maintained following the emergence of Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco as Donovan's challenger in the 2014 election.

As the campaign enters its critical final six weeks, political observers wonder if the other significant rift among Bergen Republicans can be repaired before Election Day: the feud between Donovan and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino. 

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SAUDINO BEGINS TRANSITION AS BERGEN COUNTY'S NEXT SHERIFF

“What a truly remarkable journey it has been to get to this point. It is important to enjoy this moment and congratulate the people who have helped to make it possible but it also important to start looking at the next step that needs to be taken.

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MORE MOMENTUM FOR SAUDINO AS TUESDAY APPROACHES

As the final days of the campaign are upon us, Bergen County Sheriff candidate Michael Saudino has gained a great deal of momentum with endorsements from The Bergen Record and the NJ Laborers Union. 

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McGuire gets livid at senior center visit

McGuire gets livid at senior center visit

HACKENSACK – Sheriff Leo McGuire, known for his animated speeches, may have gone beyond his ebullient self yesterday speaking to a group of seniors in Ridgefield Park.

When Republican candidates Kathe Donovan, who is running for county executive, and Michael Saudino, who is running for sheriff, showed up to speak with the seniors, McGuire blew his lid, according to the Republicans.

“How embarrassing, ladies and gentlemen, for these people in here politicizing your senior center,” Republican Freeholder Rob Hermansen, who also stopped by, said he heard McGuire tell the crowd.

Hermansen said he was also a victim of McGuire’s tongue-lashing.

McGuire said the Republicans crashed a “county-funded senior center” to politick.

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NJ LABORERS UNION THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND SAUDINO

“We feel Michael Saudino brings credibility and integrity at a time when our institutions of government are distrusted by many New Jerseyans,” said Raymond M. Pocino, vice president and eastern regional manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America.”

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McGUIRE FILES COUNTERCLAIM AGAINST SAUDINO

McGUIRE FILES COUNTERCLAIM AGAINST SAUDINO

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Sheriff campaigns hit the courtroom: Facebook, self-inquiry, and a man in uniform

Sheriff campaigns hit the courtroom: Facebook, self-inquiry, and a man in uniform

A judge agreed today that Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire was right to remove a link from his department's official website to his personal Twitter page, which touted a campaign golf outing fundraiser. The judge said the link must stay down.

McGuire’s opponent, Emerson Police Chief Michael Saudino, filed a suit alleging the link was a violation of election laws prohibiting the use of public resources for campaigning.

The Democrats claimed an auto-feed sent the golf outing info from his Facebook account, to his LinkedIn account, to his Twitter account, which appears on the official sheriff’s office website.

“Clearly he’s using public resources for private gain,” Saudino attorney John McCann said today. “He’s refusing at this point to take his Facebook down. I didn’t hit (the Facebook account) hard in my brief (…) Do I have to file another lawsuit?”

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SAUDINO NEEDS TO STEP DOWN AS CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF OR POLICE CHIEF OF EMERSON

Saudino needs to choose between Emerson Police Chief or Bergen County Sheriff candidate.

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For Saudino, allegations of spousal abuse from 1988 divorce die hard

For Saudino, allegations of spousal abuse from 1988 divorce die hard

Emerson Police Chief Michael Saudino is revving up his race against Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire, fueled by an internal poll that has him only three points behind the popular McGuire and by endorsements from the chiefs and the rank and file – the Bergen County Police Chiefs and PBA.

But just like a cockroach, some bad news just refuses to die. Leave it to politics to keep the roach on life support.

Just as over the summer when he faced former ATF agent Dominick Polifrone, court documents from Saudino’s 1988 divorce proceedings from his former wife, Linda, are being circulated by unknown sources.

In a complaint filed by his then-wife, she alleges “extreme cruelty” at the hands of Saudino, including physical and mental abuse.

Linda Saudino has since penned two affidavits to the contrary, stating that the inflammatory comments were “the product of an attorney angling for the best and fastest results.”

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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