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Nine Candidates Running for Nutley Board

Nine candidates on the Board of Commissioners will compete for five slots.

Nine candidates, including four of the five incumbents, will compete for the five slots on the Nutley Board of Commissioners on May 8.

In Nutley’s form of government, the top five vote getters become commissioners, and the candidate who garners the most votes becomes
mayor.

Incumbent mayor Joanne Cocchiola stepped down at the end of
January to take the position of Nutley Municipal Judge. The other four
incumbents are all seeking re-election. 
They will be challenged by five newcomers to the board, including a man
who served Nutley as a state Assemblyman, a longtime former school board member and a current school board member.

Each of the four incumbent commissioners is responsible for a township department.

Incumbent Mauro Tucci is acting mayor and oversees the Department of Parks and Public Property, which includes recreation. Tom Evans is responsible for Revenue and Finance, and is overseeing Cocchiola’s Department of Public Affairs until the election. Alphonse Petracco is in charge of the Department of Public Safety, which includes the Police and Fire departments. Dr. Joseph Scarpelli is in charge of the Department of Public Works.

Among the challengers, Fred Scalera has been an assemblyman and is currently a school board member. Steve Rogers is a high ranking police officer and school board member. Ken Reilly was a longtime school board member. The other candidates are Sanford Fleitell and John Cafone.

Look to Belleville-Nutley Patch for all your election
coverage.

John Lee March 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Steve Rogers is a retired police officer best known for his appearances on FoxNews.
Paul E Taylor Jr March 08, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Fred Scalera is another one of Corslime's buddies that almost bankrupted the state, how did he ever get elected to the school board?
John Lee March 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
what's a "Corslime?"
John Lee March 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Looking at Steve Roger's positions he seems to complain a great deal about government but seems to have only earned government paychecks his entire life, all the while calling for greater authority for the police to watch over the citizenry. Sounds very 1984 to me.
Kristen April 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Can anyone point me in the direction of a full list of candidate platforms? I'm new to this town, and informed voting here is an exercise in absolute frustration. I can't get any solid, non-anecdotal information about any of the candidate's positions on any relevant issues!
RC April 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
NJHOMETOWN.COM
John Lee April 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
NJhometown.com writes endlessly about Steve Rogers in the same way that TMZ writes about Khardashians. It must be the hair.
Kristen April 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
RC: Are you suggesting that NJhometown.com has accurate, unbiased, complete information about the candidates? Because I strongly disagree. I am looking for a non-partisan guide to the candidates. Not propaganda and pandering.
RC April 09, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Sorry Kristen--I Thought it would give you each of the candidate`s Views and Platforms. Wasn`t Pushing for any of them!!

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