Monday, May 13, 2013
Here is what you need to know before going out to vote on May 14.
Verona and Cedar Grove council candidates are urging residents to come to the polls to cast their vote on Tuesday, May 14. “I would hope we have a lot of enthusiasm, not only to vote and decide who you feel best supports the town, but to get out there and vote because that's a freedom that we have,” said Cedar Grove candidate Joseph Chiusolo. The Verona Chamber of Commerce and Verona-Cedar Grove Times held a public forum for candidates to discuss and debate issues. The Cedar Grove Chamber of Commerce held a meet and greet where the candidates gave short speeches and interacted with members of the community. Now it's up to the voters to decide who will serve on each council. There are three seats open for the Verona Township Council with …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Verona-Cedar Grove Patch welcomes op-eds and letters
The Verona and Cedar Grove Council elections are May 14. Just as the weather is suddenly warmer, campaigning is heating up. Candidates and their supporters are welcome and encouraged to post on Patch. There are a few important points: First, you may write a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece. Word length is your choice, and photos are welcome. You may also post events. Second, we don't publish anonymous pieces. If you represent a group, your byline or credit can read as the group name (for example, a local theatre group posts as "OrangeDrama"), but there must be a user name attached to each post. Third, we encourage readers to comment on posts and pieces. These comments are approved by the editor and don't immediately appear on the …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie picks up endorsement at Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
Gov. Chris Christie accepted the endorsement of the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County Friday surrounded by law enforcement officials at the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove. The association, which represents the 22 municipalities in Essex, voted unanimously last month to endorse the governor in his bid for re-election, said President Michael Bramhall, police chief of West Caldwell. “Your conviction and forthrightness have been a welcome and needed addition to our state,” Bramhall said. “You have performed great under pressure situations like Hurricane Irene and superstorm Sandy. We believe that you will continue to put the needs of the citizens of New Jersey first." Christie seeks a second term and is the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Candidates to speak at informal meet and greet at Victors Chateau in Little Falls.
The Cedar Grove Chamber of Commerce is slated to host an informal meet and greet with all candidates participating in the May 14 election in Cedar Grove. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 1, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Victors Chateau, located at 215 Route 23 in Little Falls. Candidates Joseph Chiusolo, John Zunic, E. Romeo Longo and Stacy Kilkenny will make a short speech before the social event. “The event is an informal meet and greet with a light supper and an opportunity to meet and socialize with the candidates,” said Cedar Grove Chamber of Commerce President Al Rosen.
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 $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Committee member is finishing up his first term on the Cedar Grove Township Council.
John Zunic has lived in Cedar Grove since 1998, has served on the Cedar Grove Township Council since 2009 and has also served as mayor. As a self-employed attorney, he has the ability to pay attention to detail, he says, which is an important skill for any councilman. In addition to serving on township committees, Zunic always attends a variety of community events like the Memorial Day ceremony at the VFW, the parade that follows, the July 4 fireworks show, the 9/11 ceremony, banquets for the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad and Cedar Grove Fire Department, TREP$ and other events at the local schools, he said. “One of my favorite activities was meeting with second graders at North End School while I was mayor and discussing local …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Teacher for 38 years announced his candidacy in the May 2013 Verona Council election.
Al De Old, a Verona resident of more than 40 years, announced early last week he would be a candidate for the Verona Township Council in the May 2013 election. De Old, who has worked as an industrial arts and technology teacher for 38 years, has served on the Verona Township Council Budget Review Committee and on the Verona Board of Education 24/7 Policy Review Committee. “I have attended town council meetings for the last four to five years,” he said. “Over the last few years I felt there was a need for change because many council decisions were for unnecessary expenditures.” What issues are important to you as a resident? The major issue, in my opinion. is the escalating tax rate. My goal is to maintain a good quality of life for Verona …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Parsippany's Joseph Raich has stated his intention to run for Assembly.
The state legislators representing the 26th Legislative District — Sen. Joe Pennacchio of Pine Brook, Assemblyman Jay Webber of Morris Plains and Parsippany resident Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce — announced their plan to run for re-election as a ticket Thursday. “I look forward to running with our team and serving the constituents of the 26th Legislative District," said Pennacchio. "It has been an honor to represent our constituents but more importantly to advocate and fight for what is in the best interests of the people we serve.” “I serve, and hope to continue to serve, so that our Garden State keeps moving toward an affordable and prosperous future as great as our state’s citizens," Webber stated. "I am committed to pursuing policies…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Speculation about Newark mayor's plans swirled for months
- Paul Milo
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker ended months of speculation Thursday when he announced that he was considering a run for US Senate. “[ I ] will complete my full second term as mayor. As for my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014,” Booker said in a statement released shortly before noon. Political observers in the state and beyond have speculated whether Booker, 43, a Rhodes scholar and Bergen County native, would run for governor against Chris Christie in 2013 or seek the Senate seat now held by Booker’s fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg, at 88 the Senate’s oldest member, has not announced any plans to step down when his term expires in 2014. In his statement, Booker’s …