Friday, January 4, 2013
During a swearing in ceremony Thursday night, officials who won November's contentious election spoke of mending Mahwah's political atmosphere
The message from Mahwah government officials sworn into new roles at a reorganization meeting Thursday night was pretty unanimous – the election is over, and the winning politicians and residents need to work together in order to accomplish anything in 2013. The winners of November’s municipal election – incumbent mayor Bill Laforet, incumbent council members Lisa DiGiulio and John Roth, and newcomer Steve Sbarra – were officially sworn into their posts by Judge Anthony Gianni Thursday night. Laforet was sworn in for a four-year term after serving a one-year term he won in a special election last year to finish out the term started by late Mayor Richard Martel, who died in March 2011. Thursday night, Laforet said tensions that have risen …
Friday, December 14, 2012
But, Romney supporters from Mahwah donated more money to their candidate of choice, report says
More Mahwah residents cast their vote for Mitt Romney in November’s presidential election, but more than double the number of people from Mahwah who donated money to the Romney campaign, donated to the Obama campaign. According to an interactive map posted on NJSpotlight.com Friday, 403 Mahwah residents contributed to the Obama campaign from March 2011 through Nov. 2012. Only 198 donated funds to the Romney campaign during the same time period. But, the amount donated by Romney supporters was much higher. Romney raised $80,033 from Mahwah contributors, whereas Obama only raised $40,332, the map reported. No. of Mahwah votes No. of Mahwah Contributors Total Contributions from Mahwah ($) Average dollar amount per contributor Romney 6,299 …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sbarra beat newcomer Jonathan Marcus by 32 votes, county results certified Wednesday
By a margin of 32 votes, candidate Steve Sbarra will officially be sworn in to the third seat up for election on the Mahwah township council this year. Certified county election results posted Wednesday afternoon verified preliminary results gathered in the township on Election Day, when Sbarra led first-time council candidate Jonathan Marcus by 37 votes. According to the official results released by the Bergen County Clerk’s office Wednesday afternoon, which includes counts of the absentee and provisional ballots cast, 2,131 residents voted for Sbarra. 2,099 voted for Marcus. The two were battling for the third council seat up for election this year, vacated by retiring councilman Sam Alderisio. The other two open seats were easily won by…
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The majority of Mahwah voters did not agree with the county, state and country's choices
In the county, state and federal elections held Tuesday, the choices made by a majority of Mahwah voters did not match up with those made by the rest of the voter base. From offices ranging from the President of the United States to some local races, Mahwah residents tended to favor the losers of the elections. According to the unofficial tallies of Mahwah votes released by township clerk Katherine Coletta Friday, the majority of Mahwah voters chose the losing candidate in most non-local elections. For president, Mahwah voters favored the Romney-Ryan ticket over Obama-Biden, 6,299 votes to 4,688. The state and the country voted for Obama. In the presidential race, the third highest vote-getter in Mahwah was Libertarian candidate Gary …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
See all Mahwah's local election results - DiGiulio and Roth win reelection to the council; two candidates separated by only 37 votes for the third council seat
While Mahwah’s mayor-elect Bill Laforet said he was “honored and humbled” to accept the top job in the township for four more years Tuesday night, his focus Wednesday will not be celebrating his victory, he said. “The town is in crisis mode right now, and my work [on Hurricane Sandy relief] won’t be done until every resident’s power is restored,” Laforet said at a victory party Tuesday night. “I’m back on the job first thing [Wednesday] morning.” Orange & Rockland is reporting over 1,400 Mahwah residents are still without power over a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast. More than 9,000 lost power during last Monday's storm. Laforet easily won reelection to a four-year term as mayor, according to unofficial results counted at …
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
Which do you think was the more interesting race?
Steady streams of Mahwah residents were seen filing in and out of each of the township’s polling locations Tuesday, many focused on two races in particular. Residents coming from the polls said they felt both the presidential and the mayoral races were the most important being decided. Many said they were following both races closely. So, Patch wants to know, which was the more interesting race this year, the mayoral or the presidential? Which was the harder election to deiced on, the mayoral or the presidential? Tell us in the comments!
ACLU asks Superior Court judge to intervene, high volume of application requests extends deadline for email, fax ballots.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The deadline for electronic voting has been extended after email and fax ballots caused headaches Tuesday throughout the state. A high volume of requests overwhelmed county officials, including in Morris where the chairman of the Morris County Board of Elections told NJ.com it may take weeks to determine the outcome of some close local elections. Morris County issues began to surface on Monday when it was discovered some information on the county clerk's website directing voters not able to get to the polls was either inaccurate or misleading, NJ.com reported. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey also plans to file an emergency petition requesting a state Superior Court judge in Essex County to intervene to force the state to …
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The NJ News Commons has set up an NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE — which will be monitored continuously by students at Montclair State University during polling hours on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The NJ News Commons, joined by news organizations across the state, is running a public service campaign to provide real-time voting information following the destruction of superstorm Sandy, and to monitor voting problems in the state. The NJ News Commons has set up an NJ Voter Problem Hotline — 732-903-VOTE — which will be monitored continuously by students at Montclair State University during polling hours on Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters with problems can also record their issues directly on a Crowdmap — NJVote.crowdmap.com — and our student operators will also map voting problems recorded on our hotline. NJ News Commons is also running a live blog — #NJVote — which will pull in the latest tweets, photos, stories and official …