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Local Leaders Preparing for a 'Spirited' Mayoral Race

Democratic municipal leader wants to give residents a 'real choice' this year.

Local political leaders are prepping for a “spirited” mayoral campaign this year.

Incumbent Chris Vergano is seeking re-election as mayor while the Democrats have nominated a college professor to run against him.

“We’re looking forward to a spirited campaign,” said John Traier chairman of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization.

Vergano has a long history of public service. The mayor since 2008, he served on the town council from 1986 to 1990 and from 2002 to 2007. He served on the Board of Education from 1992 to 2001.

“Mayor Vergano has a lot of years of experience,” “He’s gotten the township through a lot of major problems.”

Vergano received a lot of criticism, along with the council and other town officials, following Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Officials did not have a shelter ready for residents before the storm hit North Jersey.

Recently though, Vergano has made it a priority to have the Board of Public Utilities revoke Jersey Central Power & Light’s license to sell power in Wayne. He blasted JCP&L for the company’s lack of response after Tropical Storm Sandy.

“I believe he is imminently qualified to be mayor,” Traier said.

There could be some competition for Vergano soon. The Wayne Republican Party for the People could put up its own nominee and the two could face off the primary election. The deadline to file is April 1.

New Voice, Real Choice?

The Democrats have nominated Francine Del Vecchio, a college professor, to run against Vergano.

“What Wayne needs right now is a fresh start,” said Ray Egatz, chairman of the Wayne Democratic Club. “We need someone who is going to commit and not just fall back on what’s been done for the last 20 years, unless people are happy about their taxes going up every year.”

Republicans have enjoyed years of success being elected to local office. Many Republican candidates have been elected and re-elected. Fifth Ward Councilman Chris McIntyre is the lone Democrat on the council.

“All I can do is demonstrate that we are trying to give residents a real choice between two candidates,” Egatz said. “Like us or don’t like us, it’s better for everyone if the Democratic Party is alive and well than if we are not.”

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stewart resmer March 05, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Day 13 and the mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 05, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Gun control poll: Nearly everyone supports universal background checks, in GOP-controlled districts new poll released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns makes some bold claims about support for universal background checks in New Jersey — namely, that in some areas, the support itself is nearly universal. http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2013/03/poll_practically_everyone_supp.html#incart_river_default
stewart resmer March 06, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Day 14 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 06, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The sequester will cut 10,000 teaching jobs, 70,000 spots for preschoolers in Head Start, $43 million for food programs for seniors, $35 million for local fire departments, and access to nutrition assistance for over half a million women and their families. And the reason congressional Republicans let these cuts go into effect is because they simply wouldn't support closing tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires -- for things like yachts and corporate jets.
stewart resmer March 07, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Day 15 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 09, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Day 16 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
Tugwalla March 09, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Stewart this is nothing! Do you know not one NJ Democrat Mayor has Signed the "MAYORS AGAINST BEATING THEIR SPOUSE" pledge ....why do these democrats support spousal abuse! Oh and I heard it on Good Morning America!
Tugwalla March 09, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Day 17 and not one Democrat mayor has has signed the "MAYORS AGAINST BEATING THEIR SPOUSE" pledge
stewart resmer March 09, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Day 17 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 10, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Day 18 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
Uncle Joe March 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/27/joe-biden-has-more-gun-advice-just-fire-the-shotgun-through-the-door/
Uncle Joe March 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
also purchased a Colt 1911 ... no woed on when or if he's returning that as well http://now.msn.com/mark-kelly-husband-of-gabby-giffords-buys-semi-automatic-gun
stewart resmer March 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Santa Monica Wins $1 Million Bloomberg Prize one of five cities named as winners in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Contest New York Times. I guess the mayor an council just did not think it was worth a shot? http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/index.cfm?objectid=19B99FC0-0426-11E2-9FD1000C29C7CA2F
stewart resmer March 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Day 21 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 14, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Day 22 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 16, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Day 24 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Day 25 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Day 26 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM
RNC chair to fix GOP with ‘hackathons "So if it gets to technology and all of the work that we need to do there and opening our technology efforts up to an open source, setting up an office in the Silicon Valley, doing hackathons across the country. This is going to be huge" http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/17/rnc-chair-to-fix-gop-with-hackathons-marketing-year-round-but-no-policy-changes/ wow? the gop is publicly announcing its intent to commit malicious and potentially illegal acts in an effort to win votes? Hows about the gop actually campaigns the old fashioned way of representing the preogatives of the People and then implementing those if they are carried by the majority vote?
stewart resmer March 19, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Day 27 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 19, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Morris County buyback program nets 600 guns
stewart resmer March 20, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Preventing Outages During Major Storms Could Call for Tree-Trimming Party Many local residents and officials complain bitterly when the utility comes in and cuts back trees that are decades old. At a forum in December, Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric & Gas, recalled a local official showing him a finger and telling him not to cut any limb larger than that. Lawmakers are trying to address the problem by introducing a bill (A-3654) in the Assembly to give utilities more authority to trim trees. Under the bill, no shade-tree commission could interfere with or restrict a utilities’ ability to conduct tree-trimming work. “Making sure our trees and shrubs are properly maintained around energy infrastructure is quite simply common sense,’’ said Assemblyman John Curran (D-Essex), a sponsor of the bill, which was approved by the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee earlier this month. Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer), a cosponsor of the bill, agreed. “We can and should do better,’’ he said. “This bill is sensible.’’ http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/03/18/preventing-outages-during-major-storms-could-require-tree-trimming-party/
stewart resmer March 20, 2013 at 08:40 PM
The NEW Info for the Action Planning Session is: DATE: Wed March 19, 6:30PM PLACE: Morristown Library*, 1 Miller Road in Morristown Ground floor (basement) Public Meeting Room *Please note that this is the TOWN Library across South Street from the Community Theatre and not the big County Library in Whippany. As many of you discovered when trying to RSVP, there was a much larger than expected interest in this meeting. While this is a great development for the prospects of having some meaningful activity in our area, we couldn't fit everyone in the location I reserved for tonight. Since we want everyone possible to be able to participate in the development of OFA from the beginning, I found a larger location but also had to change the date to accommodate everyone The meeting is now on Wed March 20, at the Morristown Library, and the new information is posted here: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gskwcx
stewart resmer March 21, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Day 29 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
Jack Q March 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Senate leaders reject Diane Feinstein legislation for assault weapons. Reid claims he couldn't get 40 votes. Funny, there are more than 40 Dem Senators aren't there? "They warn Democratic senators who vote to kill one of President Obama’s biggest priorities will suffer political repercussions." So, its not about safety that the Dems preach, it's about getting re-elect. Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/289459-vulnerable-senators-face-lose-lose-scenario-on-assault-weapons-vote#ixzz2OHFHoqBW
stewart resmer March 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Day 31 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM
boy are you in for a surprise
stewart resmer March 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Day 32 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 25, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Day 33 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?
stewart resmer March 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Day 36 mayor/council have still not articulated a position on illegal weapons. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml Can anyone account for their posiiton on illegal weapons?

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