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Election Winners: Laforet, Jandris, Anti-Mall Group

Results from Tuesday elections

According to the unofficial count of the township clerk's office Tuesday night, Bill Laforet is Mahwah's new mayor. He will serve for one year, finishing out the term Richard Martel, who died in March, was originally elected to serve. 

Laforet, a businessman in Mahwah, beat out John DaPuzzo, who has been serving as appointed mayor since March when former Mayor Richard Martel died, and Councilwoman Lisa DiGiulio.

Laforet garnered 2371 votes. The second-place finisher, DaPuzzo, missed the mark by 533 votes. DiGiulio was 658 votes short of the win.

District

Votes for DiGiulio

Votes for Laforet

Votes for DaPuzzo

1

183

212

190

2

174

264

135

3

246

186

128

4

131

157

151

5

105

143

138

6

121

118

194

7

120

200

231

8

89

205

133

9

51

46

60

10

152

250

112

11

129

264

162

12

66

98

77

13

86

104

72

14

60

124

75

TOTAL

1713

2371

1838

 

Chuck Jandris won the one seat on the Mahwah town council up for election. Jandris had been appointed to the seat in March, after former Town Council President John DaPuzzo was appointed Mayor. 

Jandris beat out resident Steve Sbarra by 1189 votes. 

District

Votes for Sbarra

Votes for Jandris

1

121

236

2

134

252

3

89

244

4

105

154

5

93

172

6

100

175

7

88

260

8

85

186

9

31

61

10

134

197

11

134

223

12

52

98

13

68

112

14

59

112

TOTAL

1293

2482

In the vote on the non-binding referendum asking if residents supported the Crossroads Town Center shopping center development, a majority of Mahwah voters said no, they do not support the development. But the vote was close. 2955 votes were against the center, and 2723 were in favor of it.  

District

Yes

No

1

256

326

2

179

342

3

183

186

4

192

225

5

183

186

6

265

161

7

315

207

8

234

169

9

67

73

10

207

273

11

275

242

12

154

108

13

109

147

14

131

148

TOTAL

2723

2955

According to the unofficial results, 6,393 residents came out to the polls Tuesday, out of a possible 15,365 registered voters, or a rate of 41.6 percent. This is the first year Mahwah has held its municipal elections in November. Historically, the non-partisan races had been held in May.

These results will not be official until they are certified by the Bergen County Clerk's office in coming days. Absentee ballot votes will be added in the final count.

JP November 11, 2011 at 06:20 AM
Ink, Bill is not against the mall. We just discussed that a couple weeks ago at his gas station. He just wants a lot more information on what is happening, but he is in no way against it. He needs the facts.
JP November 11, 2011 at 06:22 AM
Those 20,000 new cars... need a lot of gas you know. ;)
JP November 11, 2011 at 06:43 AM
K Mills, what do you mean you don't ask for volunteers?!? They have a sign up right now outside the Miller Road fire station asking for volunteers to join. Occasionally I also see a lighted sign on Franklin Tpk asking for EMT volunteers. You must be misinterpreting my post.
Hank November 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM
JP:" those 20,000 new cars need gas" I nominate best comeback line for 2011
Deb Phillips November 12, 2011 at 03:05 AM
Wishing Congrats to Mayor Bill and the rest of the town for voting "no" to the mall. We do not want our town turning into another Paramus, with their malls and traffic nightmares. We've lost a lot of farms in the short 30 years I've been in town, but I'm thankful we still have Secors. Many small businesses and Mom and Pop shops have been pushed out, to let the Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond and others in. Let's keep Mahwah a town, where we can call a neighbor or the Mahwah Police or an Ambulance in a minute and know they'll respond quickly. Thanks to all those who posted very intelligent and informative comments on the election.

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