Watch: Meet Mahwah's Mayoral Candidates

Bill Laforet and Ed Sinclair introduce themselves at a Meet the Candidates Night Wednesday

Wednesday night, the library board hosted the second half of its second annual ‘Meet the Candidates’ Night. Both candidates running for mayor introduced themselves and answered the following questions:

  • What difficult choices are you expecting to have to face in 2013, and what skills and experiences do you feel make you better equipped to handle them?
  • This election is for a 4-year term as mayor. You’re both relatively new to municipal politics. How have you prepared yourself to lead such a large, diverse community?
  • Considering the 2% tax cap, putting together the 2013 municipal budget will be difficult. Please list some specific departments or areas of the budget you will look to, to cut costs. Do you have any specific ideas for increasing revenue to the township?
  • What roles do you feel privatization and shared services play in municipal governments today? Do you have any ideas for applying these tactics to Mahwah?
  • Outside of municipal finances, what other roles do you think a successful mayor plays?
  • The mayor of Mahwah is not only a voting member of the township’s planning board, but also is responsible for appointing members to the planning and zoning boards. What feelings about development in Mahwah will you bring to this role?
  • Many issues over the past few years have divided the town. What role should the mayor play in repairing the fractures of the community, among residents, officials and township employees?
  • If elected, what would you want your legacy as mayor to be? What imprint do you want to leave on Mahwah?

Continue to check Patch this week for continuing coverage and video highlights of the event.

Mahwah Community News October 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The entire Mayoral candidates night program is running on MCN unedited at 2pm and 7pm every day. The Council candidates night program runs at 3:30p and 9pm.
Regenbogen October 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Two nights in a row politically motivated computerized phone calls; very costly. We have many needy families in our town who are in need of food and warm, winter clothes. Need I say more? The person who I decide to vote for is between myself and the voting both as is my political party choice...or so I thought.
Retired Taxpayer October 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I want a mayor who is not afraid of change. Mr. Sinclair is a personable guy, but will he favor his DPW buddies come layoff time? I'm for recycling privatization because the current system is a waste of money. Two employees in one truck picking up newspapers (one of them is on the phone while the driver gets out to pick up the papers). Two hours later, a second truck with two employees come down the same route to pick up comingled items. Four employees, two trucks, same route. Where is the efficiency here? A job in the Township is not an entitlement. Many corporations lay off to meet their budgets. It's the way of the current economy. Efficiency will allow us to survive, not wasteful spending.
Regenbogen October 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
So, the town employee on the phone...you heard his conversation? Could have been a call to someone at the DPW! You don't know why the truck came back! Jumping to conclusions is not good.
Mona Lot October 19, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Hey retired taxpayer,you make it sound that if you work for the DPW it makes you a lesser person, well than what do you think about pumping gas or a used car saleman? Maybe just maybe you should get the facts before jumping to conclusions. you might be listening to an angry man giving you information.
Eileen Rite October 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
MoanALot... so typical. Retired didn't denigrate anyones occupation, all he did was opine on the inefficiencies of the present system and immediately you make fun of one guy that built a business pumping gas and another for selling cars, a USED car salesman to drive home your point, and the knife.
Arthur Lott October 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
It is abundantly clear that there are two pitched camps representing the candidates in this election. The Sinclair camp supports the status quo as it relates to the jobs of municipal employees, unionized employees included, and volunteer services, regardless of the OBJECTIVE alternatives that might save tax dollars or improve services to all residents of Mahwah. Keeping current payrolls, and not hurting the feelings of dedicated volunteers is of primary importance to Mr. Sinclair. Without explanation or rational justification, Mr. Sinclair gets the support of the REPUBLICAN party. The Democrats must be laughing themselves silly! And Mr. Laforet? In less than a year we have seen the lowest tax increased in memory, an improvement in the municipal bond rating, and bold - albeit unpopular with some - attempts to look at ways to improve services and cut taxes that many other municipalities in the area have already done. Is there really a decision here? The only decision is how to remove the entrenched members of the Counsel that think they have the right to squander taxpayer dollars on their personal biases and preferences.
lori dorie October 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM
if this years budget was the lowest increase in 11 years, why, as per the mayor, 6 months later are we in a budget crisis. I thought the budget was for the entire year. Was this planning our future or for political reasons? Mr Lott, take a look at the police overtime budget, it was increased by over 100,000.00 and at a recent council meeting the business administrator stated that we will need more money in that budget which will bring that in at well over $500,000.00. As far as the bond rating, it takes years of paying off debt, increasing surplus among many other things to achieve that goal, not just a couple months in office.
lori dorie October 21, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Mr lott, How about focusing on the reason why Mr Laforet, a lifetime democrat, conveniently switched to indenpendent for this mayoral race When in fact he has accepted money from the democratic party and take another look at where he received almost $60,000 for this campaign, mostly from people who are not even Mahwah residents. Be careful Mahwah!
Leaking Ink October 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
how to remove "entrenched members of the Council" You hit the nail on the head, Arthur Lott. Mahwah has had a long history of "good ole boys" and "entrenched members of the Council" for years and years. Time to vote them out, and get moving ahead.
Eileen Rite October 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Ed, MoanA; do you really think that the average municipal taxpayer gives a hoot as to who's a republican or who's a democrat? We vote issues, NOT ideology. Sinclair is on record that lowering taxes is NOT his concern, but keeping the ranks of municipal employees stabilized is. The Mahwah Republican Club is a JOKE and should stick to their knitting by endorsing a sumo wrestling team since they don't know how to back conservative candidates.
Regenbogen October 22, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Eileen You are a pro at insults! Perhaps your facts are a bit twisted!
Eileen Rite October 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Exactly who did I insult and which of my "observations" that you refer to as facts are twisted?
lori dorie October 23, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I lean... Please tell me where Mr sinclair is on record stating that taxes is not his concern. Can't say I have ever heard that one. As far as employees go..I understand that the DPW is already down several workers. I for one appreciated the fact that when I wake up after a snowstorm me street is plowed so that I can get to work. It's nice to be able to rake my leaves to the curb and not have to bag them. We had a town tree go down in our side yard during one of these horrible storms and the dpw crew came out and cleaned it up. I appreciate the conditions of the ballfields that my kids play on and I know I'm only touching on a very small part of what OUR employees in the DPW do for OUR town. Unless your willing to get out there and do it yourself you should appreciate them too!
Eileen Rite October 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Ed... show me where lowering our taxes via alternative methods is more of a concern then keeping everyone and then some employed at the DPW. And golly gee, isn't America such a great country because it's so nice that we can rake our leaves to the curb and not have to bag them! And then there's this Sinclairism; "I’m not saying I don’t want to save money for the town, but I’m looking for long-term stability in our tax rate." Notice the "but". It's like when someone says; I don't want to insult you but... and then they go on and insult you. Well, I don't want to insult you but, "long-term stability" is code for keeping taxes high, and maybe once you hop off your lorry full of pumpkins you'll begin to get it.
Regenbogen October 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Another insulting statement! I'm hoping that Mr. Laforet would consider you a detriment to his campaign!!!
Eileen Rite October 24, 2012 at 08:20 PM
regenbogen, you're living under a rainbow in some fantasy world. Mr. Laforet isn't the issue or the problem, it's dunderheads like you, the totally out of touch Mahwah Republican club and our feckless council that give rise and voice to the Sinclair's of the world. I literally cringe when I read a post from one of your followers that says: "My vote is for Ed Sinclair. He has an "Uncle Buck" quality that I think the kids in town will be drawn to." Yep. First it was "Hope and Change", then "Forward", and now we gots us "Uncle Buck" Yaaahooo
NDW October 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
ER, Yes we elected a Mayor for Change and look what he did. Acrimony has penetrated every pore of the Twp, He has made astonishing claims to things he had nothing to do with and blamed all of his short-comings on others. Shortcomings too long to list here. He's a pariah in Hackensack and a laughing stock in Trenton. Those people keep records. And you persist in attacking Sinclair. Why did you not turn in the Council petitions you picked up?
Regenbogen October 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Eileen, Read carefully what I wrote...never stated that Mr. Laforet was a problem.
Eileen Rite October 25, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Per NDW... "Why did you not turn in the Council petitions you picked up?" Since I have NO clue as to what this means or what you are referring to, it can only mean that YOU are one of the candidates and currently a council member.
Eileen Rite October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Regen, my comments are my comments and YOU made him the issue by linking my comments to his campaign. You and NDW are obviously on the council and are more concerned about taking care of the DPW and other municipal employees then you are about the Mahwah Taxpayer. At the very least, we need DuhGuilo gone, gone, gone!
Eileen Rite October 29, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hey Mr. NDW, I see you had my post removed. Hmmm... could it be that I hit the nail on the head as to who you really are. Looks like you'll have to retire that NDW screen name.


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