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Race For Mayor Will Be Head-To-Head Battle

Mayor Bill Laforet and DPW Superintendent Ed Sinclair will run in November; Former Mayor John DaPuzzo will not

Two men will be vying for the position of mayor in Mahwah this November.

According to Township Clerk Kathy Coletta, two candidates – incumbent mayor Bill Laforet and challenger Ed Sinclair – filed petitions to run.  Both sets of petitions have been “checked and certified,” she said. No other candidates submitted petitions by the Tuesday deadline.

Laforet, who , said he wants to continue projects he began while in office this year. “I decided to run because we have more work to do,” he said. “We engaged the residents of this community and the results will speak for themselves. We as a community have achieved the lowest tax rate increase in 11 years, a 1.75% tax rate increase...We will continue to listen to residents and what matters to them the most, taxes and the quality of life.”

Sinclair, who , said he is looking forward to campaigning for a job that he’s always wanted, “and think I would do a good job at.” The 25-year DPW employee and volunteer township firefighter said his hope is “[not just to be] a mayor for the people, I’d be a mayor with the people. So, if I’m needed to run to drive an ambulance or a fire truck, or answer phones at town hall, or plow snow during a storm, that’s what I’ll do.” Sinclair said he is “excited and really looking forward to the next couple of months."

Previous mayor John DaPuzzo, who was and served as mayor until last November, , but said Wednesday he decided against it.

“Initially, I took out petitions because I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to contest our current mayor,” he said. “Then I found out Ed [Sinclair] would be running, and knowing him [and] what he stands for, I’ll be supporting him.”

Laforet and Sinclair will be vying for a four-year term in office. Each has set up a campaign website – www.teamlaforet.com and www.sinclairformayor.com.

Election Day will be Tuesday, November 6.

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lori dorie September 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Eileen Rite....does pumping gas give a person a better "set of skills" for being mayor? Mr Sinclair has worked for our town for 25 years, 19 years as a manager, preparing budgets, setting capital budgets, hiring and managing all personnel and directing daily operations. I have known Ed for more that 30 years and I know he would be a huge asset to this town as Mayor. The town where he was born and raised!
Arthur Lott September 08, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Really!! So, I guess that you are an objective seeker of truth??? Who are you kidding? You come here with an agenda and object to others having one,. If you have any factual and sensible backup for your bias, please state it. So far, you haven't added anything of value to the dialogue, and your nonsensical posts are distracting from the honest discussion that should be taking place here.
Chardel Vyjial September 08, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Eileen, You have their MO They can't come up with any good reason to Vote for Mr ED other then "he always wanted to be Mayor and he is a nice guy" I don't hear any ideas of what he would do. So the Lories/refs/hanks ect think that bashing the current Mayor will get votes for Mr Ed. Didn't work to well for Mr Dapuzzo running against the Mayor, and Mr Dapuzzo had a lot more town involvment the Mr Ed.
Chardel Vyjial September 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
“Don't try to steer the river.” ― Deepak Chopra
Eileen Rite September 08, 2012 at 02:18 AM
lori... there is a huge difference between the gentleman (or lady) that owns a business, regardless of the product, and the gentleman (or lady) that is working as a manager for the town,being paid as part of his/her job to prepare these budgets that are funded by the taxpayers (not Mr. Sinclair's money), the hiring and managing of these personnel that are compensated with taxpayer money (not Mr. Sinclair's money) as opposed to that guy pumping gas that just happens to manage and fund his capital budgets with HIS money and hires personnel with HIS money so that at the end of the day... it don't matter a whit where he was born and raised if his set of skills are limited to what you think count!
Chardel Vyjial September 08, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Eileen, They can't come up with any good reason to Vote for Mr Ed other then "he always wanted to be Mayor and he is a nice guy" I don't hear any ideas of what he would do. So the Lories/refs/hanks ect think that bashing the current Mayor will get votes for Mr Ed. Didn't work to well for Mr Dapuzzo running against the Mayor, and Mr Dapuzzo had a lot more town involvment the Mr Ed does.
Andy Schmidt September 08, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Abby, no conspiracy here - you're just too confused that now you don't even remember WHERE you post your messages. Your message about the Hoboken donation is HERE: http://mahwah.patch.com/articles/auto-group-owner-to-run-for-town-council#comments (ABBY, 2:41 pm on Friday, September 7, 2012) So - there is no "patch police", your messages are not being deleted, we did land on the moon - you are just getting yourself completely tangled up...
ABBY September 08, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Hey Artie, what was written that was not factual?
John Ebanietti September 08, 2012 at 10:31 AM
My vote and donations go to Sinclair
Really!! September 08, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Lott: You couldn't be more incorrect! I never objected to anyones agenda, I simply questioned why one would present their agenda one way when they are really behind something else. (Food for thought) Further I wouldn't expect any less of a reaction from someone such as yourself and that is coming from a "truth seeker"! Look at your own posts you have done a pretty good job of disparaging anyone who disagrees with you. Don't be afraid of my posts because they make people wonder.
lori dorie September 08, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Thank you Arthur, I couldn't have said it better. We all know whose camp Ms. I Lean Right is in and guess what, this is America. We have a choice. I have known Mr. Sinclair and Mr Laforet personally for over 35 years and I have made my choice!
Val Paz September 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Chardel Vyjial....Curious as to where you really live?? It appears you are a chronic poster on every subject almost everywhere. Googe turns you up in Bloomfield, Chatham,Hoboken, Summit, Haddonfied, Wayne, Ft Lee, Hillsborough and on and on. Posing as a caring, concerned Mahwah resident on our Patch board is simply not credible. While Andy S. may post a lot at least his focus is Mahwah. You are all over the county about everthing seeking attention for yourself. Why not write a book instead of cluttering up our board.
Val Paz September 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Chardel Vyjial....Curious as to where you really live?? It appears you are a chronic poster on every subject almost everywhere. Googe turns you up in Bloomfield, Chatham,Hoboken, Summit, Haddonfied, Wayne, Ft Lee, Hillsborough and on and on. Posing as a caring, concerned Mahwah resident on our Patch board is simply not credible. While Andy S. may post a lot at least his focus is Mahwah. You are all over the county about everthing seeking attention for yourself. Why not write a book instead of cluttering up our board.
Val Paz September 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Chardel Vyjial; It is Mrs. Val and the Paz is an abbreviation of my last name. I do not want strangers here looking me up and calling me. I am a Mahwah resident and have been so for over 8 years. I don't believe you googled ValPaz because if you did you would have found 2 commercial firms in FL a city in Bolivia and my Patch postings on the first page. Not a single Mexican name of which you claimed to have counted 768. There are no rules against you posting on Patch anywhere. But when you pretend to be an interested Mahwah resident and your posts prove you are either a paid poster or deeply committed to Team Laforet then you sir are a fraud! It is suggested that you take your chronic posting problem Ft. Lee and continue to annoy those folks.
ref September 08, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Im with you Mrs. Val they are both problem children and know only one way to do things and that bully evrybody and Team laforet has proven that already.
Chardel Vyjial September 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Oh I'm sorry you don't want people to know who you are. lol So just so I get this straight If you are not against the Mayor you are a PAID POSTER,TEAM LAFORET PLAYER, OR DON'T LIVE IN MAHWAH? But if you are against him it's all cool. This idea was tried befor if you have a short memery with the Dapuzzo campaign, How did that work out for you?
Arthur Lott September 09, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Really!! The only thing your posts make people wonder about is how someone so obviously confused would continue to embarrass him/herself by continuing to post here. Here's the bottom line. You obviously support the candidates that claim to be Republican. Then you take positions supporting union backed municipal employees, who earn ridiculous compensation, and a candidate for mayor who is the poster child for the status quo. You do everything in your power to disparage the mayor who is trying to take actions that would be embraced by most Republicans, i.e. shrinking government and reducing taxes. Your justification is an unsustainable argument about keeping jobs in Mahwah, and even more ridiculous, supporting a candidate that talks about EXPANDING the workforce of municipal employees. What is wrong with this picture? Please expalin to all of us how you justify any of your positions with fact, not more fo the same nonsense that you insist on spewing here.
Arthur Lott September 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Val Paz- You are probably the biggest fool that posts here. You are an 8 year resident of Mahwah? How wonderful. 8 whole years. I assume that you are also one of the confused Republicans that support waste of taxpayer dollars and pushes the good 'ol boy network that makes most of us real Republicans cringe. Either you are totally ignorant, or intentionally supporting positions that are contrary to the political philosophy you espouse. In either case, your dishonesty makes your posts worthless trash that should be read as such - like the Sunday funny papers. Please explain how you factually support any of your positions as an upstanding member of the Republican party.
Arthur Lott September 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Beyond the above, how about we look at who is contributing to the SInclair campaign. How many are the very DPW workers and their families and friends that have vested interest in seeing the status quo continue. Not sure how many residents of Mahwah have a deep personal relationship with the guy that picks up the recycling, or the garbage, and certainly don't understand why anyone wouldn't question the $83,000 compensation packages that the taxpayers are supporting for these services. Is this Bizarro World, like in the old Superman Comics, where everything is backwards? Republicans supporting ridiculous union salaries, disparaging efforts to make sense of tax dollar waste, and supporting candiates for office that want to expand the bloated system???? So called Republicans, please explain what you are thinking.
ref September 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Eileen Im sure there is more than your saying about what keeps you up at night,its ALott,Danny,Chandel, and im sure there are few more,showing your mayor how to register domain names
lori dorie September 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Arthur, I don't remember seeing anything about Mr. Sinclair saying he is in favor of "EXPANDING the workforce of municipal employees". Would you please tell me where you read or heard this.
Arthur Lott September 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Lori Dorie- Well, maybe you're right, The only thing he has said thus far is that he has always wanted to be mayor, and "I’d be a mayor with the people. So, if I’m needed to run to drive an ambulance or a fire truck, or answer phones at town hall, or plow snow during a storm, that’s what I’ll do.” He will be our "Substitute in Chief". His supporters have posted in various places on the Patch, which I will follow-up with shortly, proposing that garbage collection be "brought back" under the DPW, usng the same rationale used to support the perpetuation of $83000 compensation packages for other DPW employees - fully supported by SInclair and is mates. So. if there is any doubt, why not have your candidate explain his position on this matter. While he is at it, how about explaining why he would give up a lucrative municipaI paycheck to run for a positon as mayor that pays a fraction of what he currently earns. I'm sure all of his motivation is altruistic - for the good of Mahwah, right. I do not understand how anyone claiming to be Republican could ever support such a candidate - union Rat and all. Please explain.
Arthur Lott September 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
ABBY- You seem tto be the most obsessed with the "Democratic Mayor". Please look at me previous posts and explain how a Republican in good conscience could ever support a candidate like Sinclair, fully suported by the union and rpresetnting everyhting that Republicans are against. You know the old duck saying, right? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Sinclair is as much a democrat as Obama. Look at the backgrounds. Worse, you continue to bash the current Mayor for taking positions that the Republican party would praise. What are you thinking??? What exactly is you adenda, ABBY? Who's puppet are you? Please respond with fact, not name calling and inuendo. Your position is untenable.
Eileen Rite September 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Actually lori, my maiden name is "wright" but it's taken, and I thought of using"right" but that seemed a bit presumptuous, so I settled on Rite which phonically is wright, right?
ref September 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM
ALOTT,be very careful regarding peoples backgrounds there are people that have lived here for many many years and have very good memories, Dan you don't want this.
Arthur Lott September 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
And that means what. exactly? More inuendo and possible slander coming, Ref? Can't put up valid arguments , and can't suport your position with fact, so you follow the lead set by your cohorts who claim to be Republicans but support a candidate that is clearly not, by stooping to dishing the dirt. How about we stop the nonsense and start talking about facts. Remember, no one is immune to those tactics.
lori dorie September 11, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Arthur, Arthur, Arthur, First let me tell you that Ed Sinclair is NOT in the union. If Ed is guilty by association, what about our Mayors very cozy relationship with the largest union in town.
Arthur Lott September 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Lori dorie- Did I say he was in the union? I think I said he is supported by the union. Whoever supports the current Mayor is not the point of any of my posts, if you took the time to read them or had any interest in acknowledging the obvious facts before you. WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ITS RECOGNIZED MEMBERS AND LEADERS SUPPORTING???? Is it a guy who has the backing of the union and actively supports the union's best interests? Seems to me that anyone true to his or her Republican ideals would have no problem recognizing the guy doing things that follow that philosophy, right? Cutting taxes and shrinking the size of government are not, based on actions, not words and supposition, what Mr. Sinclair espouses. Maybe I'm wrong, but not likely from what I can see. Maybe we'll actually know his positon in such matters soon. It is time that the schizophrenic members of the Republican Party stand up for something, not follow like blind sheep behind those with their own political agendas. Actions talk.
Eileen Rite September 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Arthur... lori dori is at the very least a DPW employee. lori even knows down to which strips of grass are the town's responsibility and which ones the county is responsible for. He's another Sinclair shill for more government and municipal spending.
Jake Viscone November 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Frianne... If all of Mr. Sinclairs supporters spell like you, I'm voting for Laforet.

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