Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Petitions are due to Bergen County Clerk by June 4.
Anyone interested in serving on their local school board has until June 4 to submit a petition to the county. Board members are responsible for a variety of duties each year, including setting district goals, overseeing the budget and curriculum and hiring administrators and staff. There are four seats up for election on the Westwood Regional Board of Education this year, including two three-year terms from Westwood, one three-year term from Washington Township and a one-year unexpired term for Washington Township from outgoing member Barbara Gregory. The Hillsdale Board of Education has two of seats up for election this year, including one full three-year term and one unexpired one-year term from former member Debbie Loganchuk. There are …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Officials said they hoped to have polling removed from schools for student safety.
Westwood Regional students won't have to go to class on June 4, when primary elections are held in schools. The district had two leftover snow days, so students will have off May 28 and June 4, Interim Superintendent Rory McCourt said Thursday. All after-school activities will still happen as scheduled. Officials had previously discussed moving the polling locations out of schools for security reasons, but the county refused, according to district Business Administrator Keith Rosado. McCourt previously told Patch that the district was reviewing their security and would "tighten procedures" following the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. which left 26 students and staff dead. "Sandy Hook is still fresh in everybody's minds…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run for two open seats on the Westwood Council this year.
Four candidates have filed to run for the two open seats on the Westwood Council this year. Incumbent Robert Miller and Robert Bicocchi will be running for the Republicans. Ruth Nass and Angelica Perkins will be running for the Democrats. Councilwoman Ingrid Quinn, whose term expires at the end of the year, is not seeking to keep her seat. Miller was first elected to the council in 2008 and made an unsuccessful bid to be mayor in 2011. Bicocchi is a member of the borough's zoning board. Nass also ran in last year's council election, but lost in the race against Republicans Peter Grefrath and Ray Arroyo. Perkins is a first-time candidate in the borough. The primary election is scheduled for June 4 and the general election is scheduled for …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run for two open seats on the Hillsdale Council this year.
There are two seats on the Hillsdale Council up for election this year and four candidates — including two current council members from opposing parties — seeking the positions. Councilwoman Chris Looes, an incumbent, and Paul Muller will be running for the Democrats. Republicans Frank Pizzella, a current councilman, and John MacEwen, a former councilman, will also be seeking the three-year-term seats. Pizzella and MacEwen were both appointed to unexpired terms on the council last year, but lost in the November election. Pizzella was appointed again this year with support from all the Democrats on the council. Looes was one of four Democrats elected last November, but must run again to keep her position because the seat she won was a one-…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Two teams of Republicans are running for the mayor and two council seats this year.
Washington Township Councilman Joe D'Urso has put his name in to run for mayor this year, and incumbent Janet Sobkowicz is also running to keep her seat. Both officials are Republicans who previously ran together for their current positions. Councilman Fred Goetz, who also previously ran with them, is running on D'Urso's ticket to keep his seat. D'Urso and Goetz will be joined by Lauren Thomson for the second open council seat. Sobkowicz will be running with Peter Calamari and Tom Sears for the two council seats. D'Urso has repeatedly voiced frustration with Sobkowicz as she has refused to sign contracts for an intersection improvement and shared dispatching services despite action from the council. The two have also disagreed on staff …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Former Mahwah councilman and Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen is running for a State Assembly seat in District 39
Mahwah resident Rob Hermansen, one of the six people vying for the Republican nomination for a District 39 State Assembly seat, prepared for the upcoming Republican conventions at a hometown fundraiser Wednesday night. Hermansen, a financial advisor who served as a Mahwah councilman from 2006-2009 and Bergen County Freeholder from 2009 through January, said he is looking forward to the conventions, despite a somewhat contentious run for the nomination so far. Hermansen’s decision to run for the seat currently held by Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of stealing money from loaners and writing bad checks, came after he was approached by “a lot of prominent people,” in the Republican Party late last …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Mahwah native Jan Bidwell is seeking the seat held by Gerry Cardinale in the 39th legislative district
Thursday, January 24
Mahwah Democrat Jan Bidwell announced Wednesday she will run for a seat in the state Senate, politickernj.com reported. Longtime state senator Gerry Cardinale currently holds the 39th District seat Bidwell is seeking. "Our district needs a senator who understands the challenges of citizens who are buckling under the burden of high taxes and budget cuts, who are unemployed, who deserve to be paid a fair wage," Bidwell, a social worker, told politickernj.com. "The 39th District deserves a senator who strongly denounces corruption." Bidwell, who was as a member of Gov. Jon Corzine's Child Welfare Policy Group, said she will use “modern tools” to reach out to the district’s voters, the report said. District 39 represents towns in Bergen and …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Robert Schroeder's seat in the New Jersey Assembly, along with every other seat, is up for election this year.
Four Bergen County Republicans have declared their intentions to run for the New Jersey Assembly seat currently held by Robert Schroeder of Washington Township, according to a report on NorthJersey.com. The candidates include former county Freeholder Robert Hermansen, Saddle River Council President Karen Mastriano, Old Tappan Republican municipal Chairman Bob Auth and Mayor Victor Polce, according to the report. Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi is also planning to run for re-election, but Schroeder's own intentions have not yet been made public, according to the report. Schroeder was indicted by a grand jury last month on charges that he stole $1.8 million from investors and knowingly wrote bad checks totalling $3.4 million for loan payments. …