Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Voters reject the budget's $272 tax increase by 66 votes, while two newcomers and one incumbent board member win uncontested three-year seats.
Only five percent of registered voters came out Tuesday to reject the $63.5 million 2013-14 school budget by nearly 70 votes, while three candidates gained three, three-year Board of Education seats running unopposed. The small percentage of residents voted down the school budget 464 to 377. The budget raises taxes an average of $277 for a home assessed at the township average. John Rivera won a second term, but finished third in votes with 508, while newcomers Raymond Kuebler and Lillian Torres garnered 517 and 540 votes, respectively. The school budget will now go before the Belleville Township Council, and the council will decide on an amount to reduce the spending plan. Despite the budget defeat, Rivera said "We will have a united …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Papers filed with state Election Law Enforcement Commission show Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. spent thousands in campaign funds at 30 eateries
Tuesday, April 9
A report filed with a state election commission reveals Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. has used money in his campaign coffers to cover $15,222 worth of meals at 30 different restaurants — all labeled as campaign meetings, according to a published report Tuesday. DiVincenzo, who is not up for re-election until 2014, has dined at several pricey area restaurants — including 36 times at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, according to the report filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission and posted on NJ.com. The filing reveals DiVincenzo has spent more than $17,000 at the restaurant — including $10,000 for a holiday party he hosted there. ELEC rules prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal use. The rules …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Belleville Board of Education passed the $63.5 million school budget, despite the board vice president screaming that voters should reject the spending increase.
Spending increases prompted two screaming matches Monday night during the Belleville Board of Education's passage of the $63.5 million school district budget for the 2013-14 academic year, a plan that raises taxes an average of $277 for a home assessed at the township average. Officials did not give the specific home assessment value during the chaotic budget public hearing, which also saw a shouting match between school board member Joseph Longo and frequent school critic Vincent Frantantoni. The board is spending $507,000 on armed security officers and other equipment upgrades for each district school, a subject that spurred a screaming match between Longo and Frantantoni. School Board Vice President Patricia Inaugurato yelled to the …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
One incumbent running on a ticket with two newcomers, while a third newcomer is running solo for the three, three-year seats to be decided in the April 16 election.
Four candidates filed their petitions by the Feb. 25 deadline to run for the three, three-year Belleville Board of Education seats to be decided in the April 16 elections. John Rivera will seek a second term, running on a ticket with newcomers Raymond Kuebler and Lillian Torres, while fellow newcomer Christine Lamparello will be the fourth candidate. A fifth resident, Ralph Vellon, took out petitions but said in a statement he does not plan to run. Current board vice-president Patricia Inaugurato and three-term board member Vincent Strumolo, Jr. are not running. Lamparello could not be reached for comment. Rivera said Tuesday that he is running with Kuebler, an accountant who he believes can help with the financial issues of the schools, …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
One incumbent, two newcomers are the only residents to have taken out petitions needed to run for April 16 Board of Education election, with the deadline approaching on Feb. 25
With the deadline for candidates to file their petitions to run for a Belleville Board of Education seat five days away, three candidates have officially taken out petitions, according to officials. Incumbent John Rivera and residents Raymond Kuebler and Lillian Torres have taken out petitions as of Friday. A fourth resident, Ralph Vellon, took out petitions but said in a statement he does not plan to run. None of the potential candidates could be reached for comment. Any candidate for the April 16 school board election must file his or her petition by Feb. 25, 50 days before the election, officials said. Current board vice-president Patricia Inaugurato and three-term board member Vincent Strumolo, Jr. have yet to take out petitions. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Booker to HuffPo Live: "When I go out and campaign next year for myself as a gubernatorial candidate or for another gubernatorial candidate should I decide not to run..."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
'I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job.'
A day after President Barack Obama earned reelection, Governor Chris Christie dismissed critics who have accused him of bolstering the president during Obama's post-Sandy visit to New Jersey. “I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama," Christie said. "I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job." Speaking to reporters as Winter Storm Athena prepared to batter the already storm-shocked state, Christie was also quick to dismiss speculation of a 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now. “I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Preliminary results from the Essex County Clerk's Office report the incumbent leading Republican challenger Orlando Mendez.
Armando Fontoura has won an eighth term as Essex County Sheriff. Preliminary results show the incumbent ahead of Republican challenger Orlando Mendez. With 91 percent of the vote counted as of 11 p.m., Fontoura, of Fairfield, was winning handily with 167,164 votes, while Mendez trailed with 40,762 votes according to Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin's website. Fontoura, 69, has served as the Essex County Sheriff since 1990, but he has been involved in the county’s police force long before that. Fontoura began as Newark police officer in 1967, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a captain and then chief assistant to the police director. In 1986, he became an Essex County Undersheriff, where he served until he was …
Incumbent earns 80 percent of vote to capture 8th District seat.
Incumbent Albio Sires, who has already served three terms in Congress, easily defeated Republican Bayonne councilwoman Maria Karczewski Tuesday night to capture the redistricted 8th Congressional District. With 100 percent of the precincts counted in both Essex and Hudson counties, Sires had 80 percent of the vote to Karczewski's 15.8 percent. Sires, the former West New York mayor, previously represented the 13th Congressional District, which was redistricted earlier this year. He spent 12 years in the state Assembly, including four years as Assembly speaker. In June's primary, he easily trumped Democratic challenger Michael J. Shurin, 25, of Jersey City. * combined Essex/Hudson totals