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Letters to the Editor: Three Councilmen Endorse Laforet For Mayor

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The following are letters to the editor, submitted via email. 

Council President John Spiech

Dear Mahwah Taxpayers,

It is time once again (we did this just last year) to elect a Mayor. This time the Mayor-elect will serve a four year term. The next four years will be critical for all Taxpayers since it will be our dollars that will go to fund the expenses of the Town.  Our current Mayor, Bill Laforet, was elected last year to fulfill the final year of Dick Martel’s four year term. 

Bill Laforet could have just sat quiet and probably won a four year term. Instead, being an astute business person, he quickly realized that the Township could not meet the State mandated 2% Budget Cap. With 35 years as a successful Businessman, he knew that he had to take steps to bring the Township’s expenses down and to increase revenues.  

The simple fact is that we can no longer afford, nor will the State allow the Township, to continue doing business as usual. While he could have waited for a four year term, he chose to move forward, making hard and difficult decisions. Not always popular decisions, but always trying to lower expenses, while maintaining the level of services to the Township. At the same time he has aggressively worked to bring new businesses to Mahwah, thereby increasing  tax revenue. 

The decision facing you, the voting Taxpayer, is who will you vote for on November 6th? Bill Laforet is a successful businessman, with 35 years of experience, who will use that knowledge to benefit the taxpayers of the Township. His opponent is a loyal, lifetime employee of the Township. He has spent all of his work time employment following the direction of the Director of the Department of Public Works. This is his main qualification to become Mayor. That is like saying I have 20 million miles of frequent flyer miles, so that means I can be the Pilot the next time I board the plane! 

The budget problems, the questionable economy, the constraints placed on the Township’s State-Aid, all require that we have an experienced and knowledgeable Mayor who has the willingness and business experience to make the difficult decisions to keep our taxes low and maintain our level of services. 
I feel Bill Laforet is the best man to lead Mahwah for the next four years. I urge all the voters in the Township of Mahwah to vote for Bill Laforet for Mayor on November 6th!   

John A. Spiech,
Council President, Township of Mahwah

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Councilman Chuck Jandris

Dear Friends,

The Township of Mahwah faces an exciting future with many changes on the horizon. However change is not always beneficial to a community that is approximately 26 square miles “small” and has a population reaching
26,000. I’m proud to call Mahwah my family’s hometown. I have a business within the Township, my children attend the public schools, and I love living here.

Mahwah residents has chosen an independent non-partisan form of government since 1985, but now a group of outside state and county politicians are attacking our valued form of government and they are trying to bring partisan elections back to town which will divide our community and I will not support that movement into my hometown. And neither will current Mayor Bill Laforet.

In March of 2011 the [then] Township Council voted in favor of rezoning the Sheraton Crossroads site to allow for 2 large box stores, a 10-Plex movie theatre, and substantial retail space. Along with intra-state shopping
comes the traffic and crime associated with “malls.” Please remember who voted in favor of this rezoning. The only Council Members that did not support this rezoning were Lisa DiGiulio and John Spiech.

I have chosen to support Mayor Bill Laforet during the upcoming election. Bill is not afraid to make a move - whether it’s during an election year or not. He has proven this twice already. He came down hard on the volunteer Ambulance squads in town in order to improve emergency response time. As the Captain of one of those EMS squads, I understood his desire to protect the well-being of our neighbors. Administration also proposed to sub out Mahwah’s recycling program to an outside vendor. The numbers indicated an annual savings of $340,000. This was another gutsy move during an election year. It’s obvious that if Mayor Laforet believes so strongly in something that might benefit the Township, politics do not get in his way. Bill embraces new businesses coming into our hometown, all the while protecting environmentally sensitive areas, and
addressing traffic issues, safety for our residents, and maintaining our small hometown feel.

Please join me in supporting Mayor Bill Laforet on November 6, 2012.

Charles “Chuck” Jandris
Councilman, Township of Mahwah

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Councilman Sam Alderisio

Dear Mahwah Residents,

I have known Bill Laforet as a friend, neighbor, and businessman for over thirty years. When Bill asked me my thoughts on running to fill the unexpired term of Former Mayor Martel, I told him it’s a full-time job. To be successful, you must be committed. His response: “I’m ready and committed to do my best for the residents of Mahwah.” Over the past year, he has shown that commitment. 

  1. Achieved the lowest tax increase (1.75%) in over ten years
  2. Secured a Bond rating of AAA during his tenure
  3. He has set the path for fiscal responsibility
  4. He is open to suggestions and encourages participation from the public

I whole-heartedly support Bill for Mayor. 
How about you?

Councilman Sam Alderisio

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Mona Lot October 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Mr.Spiech,being the council president you should be at least a little more mature about what you say to people about Mr. Sinclair,your mean attack on him is typical Laforet and Mr. Jandris do you have any idea whats really going on in this community and I hope that you have proof to back up your accusations of the "movement" and Mr, Alderisio if you are correct about your knowledge of Laforet for over 30 years than maybe you have forgotten a few things.
ref October 22, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Isn't strange that all these comments from the three individuals just happens to be right after the last council meeting before the elections so there could be no rebuttal to some of the accusations that "might" end up in the patch. Typical tactics from someone who is running scared.
Ralph October 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Andy, ref, Mona, I find it disgusting that any standing councilman would find it prudent to back any candidate for mayor. These people need to work with whoever is the elected mayor to make the town run smoothly. They all should keep their mouths shut and not endorse anyone since this now appears that they will vote for whatever issues the elected Mayor puts in front of them and that is not what the council's job is. They should be the checks and balance system for the taxpayers. When any mayor has voting control over the council is is dangerous.
Leaking Ink October 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
My vote is for Bill Laforet.
James Hoyt October 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Corrections on Sam's endorsement - 1. This was mandated by the State of NJ at a max of 2.0%. By coming in a little under this firm limit, our mayor now risks a deficit in the coming year. Proper fiscal planning would have landed the tax increase right at 2.0% and we'd be better off in 2013. Thankfully the State gave us a $800K gift to get us through last year. What about next year? 2. I've read the S&P report dated 2/2012 & our rating is based on proximity to NYC, above avg median income & a strong financial condition. Bill had noting to do w/ any of these factors since the financial stmts submitted to S&P were for yrs prior to Bill taking office. 3. Fiscal responsibility? - See #1 above. With another cap looming we'll likely run a deficit. 4. Open to suggestions/participation from the public? - If you voted for him last year did you think he'd run out & form a council to make his decisions for him? And now he is attempting to get two of these members voted to the council to back him down the road. Other- Claims to be running as an "Independent" yet was a reg. Democrat for 20+ years prior to last years election. Online research reveals contributions to his current campaign have come from Democratic sources/clubs/candidates/sponsors outside our voting area. One of the sponsors has donated significant funds to Bill & has a controversial zoning/planning variance up for vote soon. There, I just (effortlessly) negated all the glossy postcards Bill mailed out in the past week.
James Hoyt October 26, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Agreed. I just read today's Suburban News and I am shocked, especially at Spiech's comments. I'd expect something like that from one of my kids, not the President of the Town Council. How childish. Should the standing Council members being taking sides in this election anyway? There are going to be some awkward Council meetings if Billy doesn't win. C'mon guys, take the high road.
Mona Lot October 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Bravo James, right to the real truth,have you seen the latest sponsorship from Danial Weixeldopher for the current mayor,you know the fellow that was caught on tape at a council meeting making derogatory and obscene comments to a taxpayer of Mahwah,yes and before that night he was the Mayor's choice to run for council again,but since has withdrawn from the race. If you are not familiar with the incident the text can be supplied.
Mona Lot October 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Hey Johnny,Chucky and Sammy what do you think of your boy now,people can't even go to a bagel store for breakfast without getting bullied by your Mayor,this is someone I certainly would endorse to run my town, ha ha, but we know where you guys are coming from.
James Hoyt November 04, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I just posted to BL's Facebook page seeking clarification on the following and was BANNED ... he seems more concerned with attending free lunches sponsored by others and seeking publicity for it. My Wife is a Mahwah Elf and has JUST started to see him - after one year of the Elves (she cleaned out basements in W. Mahwah last year for weeks) ... my questions again are: 1. This was mandated by the State of NJ at a max of 2.0%. By coming in a little under this firm limit, our mayor now risks a deficit in the coming year. Proper fiscal planning would have landed the tax increase right at 2.0% and we'd be better off in 2013. Thankfully the State gave us a $800K gift to get us through last year. What about next year? 2. I've read the S&P report dated 2/2012 & our rating is based on proximity to NYC, above avg median income & a strong financial condition. Bill had noting to do w/ any of these factors since the financial stmts submitted to S&P were for yrs prior to Bill taking office. 3. Fiscal responsibility? - See #1 above. With another cap looming we'll likely run a deficit. BILL< PLS RESPOND.
James Hoyt November 04, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Andy, you have obviously never met Sinclair. He is so far above doing or being involved in any of the mention below. Laforet reality check for you.

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