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Recounts filed in N.J. local races

By David Wildstein and Nikita Biryukov, November 20 2020 6:05 pm

PATERSON

Paterson Councilman Bill McKoy filed for a recount Friday evening after final tallies showed him trailing challenger Alex Mendez by just nine votes.

Mendez leads McKoy 3,769-3,760, a tenth-of-a-point margin in a race that saw 9,016 votes cast.

The challenger beat the longtime incumbent by 240 votes in May 12, but a Passaic County Superior Court judge scrubbed that election after Mendez, 1st Ward Councilman Michael Jackson and others were charged with election fraud by state authorities.

McKoy is asking all provisional, mail-in and machine votes be recounted.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Republican freeholder candidate Nick DeSilvio filed for a recount Friday after final tallies showed him trailing Democratic incumbent Lyman Barnes by 1,944 votes.

Barnes is up over DeSilvio 84,317-82,373. Democratic incumbents Heather Simmons (88,429) and Jim Jefferson (85,031) secured wider margins.

Republicans Chris Konawel (81,318) and Greenwich Mayor George Shivery (79,984) fared worse.

DeSilvio said he believed the tallies included counting errors spurred by the state’s mostly-mail election.

ROCHELLE PARK

Republicans in Rochelle Park filed for a recount in a race for two Township Committee seats where 4 votes separate one Democrat and one Republican.

Democrats Linda Boniface (1,544) and Michael Warren (1,543) lead Republicans Perrin Mosca (1,539) and Delmer Thomas Grigsby (1,499).

NEPTUNE CITY

Two close race for the Neptune City Council are headed to a recount.

Democrats Pamela Renee (1,349) and Glen Kocsis (1,319) lead Republicans Robert Burr (1,304) and Michaela O’Brien (1,262) for two full-year terms.  In a contest for a one-year unexpired term. Democrat John Pietruni lead Republican Brian Sullivan by 9 votes, 1,315 to 1,306.

The GOP slate said they want to verify the results an potentially correct any unintended errors in counting.

“We hope that this process offers clarity in the final outcome so that we can move forward together and work towards a great future for Neptune City as well as all of our residents,” Burr, O’Brien and Sullivan said.

PERTH AMBOY

City Council candidate Vanessa Bermudez says she will seek a recount in Perth Amboy.

Bermudez is 189 votes behind in a bid for a slot in a December 15 runoff election for two seats.  More than 14,000 votes were cast.

WOOLWICH

Republican Township Committee candidate Jonathan Fein filed for a recount in Woolwich after placing third in a race for two seats.

Republican Dennis Callahan is in first with 3,738 votes, but Democratic Mayor Vernon Marino appears to have won re-election with 3,714 votes. That puts him 83 votes ahead of Fein (3,631) and 214 ahead of Democrat Marla Deluca Curran (3,514).

He said he believed the tallies included counting errors spurred by the state’s mostly-mail election.

PITMAN

Republican challenger Christopher Wilson filed for a recount in Pitman after final tallies showed him trailing Councilman Matt Weng by 75 votes.

Weng leads Wilson 2,779-2,704. Democratic incumbent Adam Mazzolla finished first 2,920 votes. Sara Boulton 2,595 votes earned her last place.

Wilson said he believed the tallies included counting errors spurred by the state’s mostly-mail election.

HARRISON

Republican challenger Daniel Ross filed for a recount after final tallies showed him trailing independent Township Committeewoman Julie DeLaurentis by 24 votes.

She leads her challenger 3,090-3,066. Democrat Richard Pescatore finished last with 2,092 votes.

Ross said he believed the tallies included counting errors spurred by the state’s mostly-mail election.

CLINTON TOWN

Republican Nicholas Bruno filed for a recount Friday after finishing just three votes behind Clinton Councilwoman Megan Johnson.

Johnson, a Democrat, leads her challenger 912-909. Democrat Rielly Karsh’s 919 votes put her just seven votes up over Johnson.

CAPE MAY POINT

Challenger Mary Kelly filed for a recount after final tallies showed her trailing Deputy Mayor Anita vanHeeswyk by a single vote in the race for Cape May Point Commission.

The incumbent Is ahead 89-88. Incumbent Robert Moffatt scored a safe win with 131 votes. Newcomer Catherin Busch got 98 votes.

PERTH AMBOY SCHOOL BOARD

Perth Amboy School Board Member Lisett Lebron filed for a recount after falling just six votes shy of third place.

She trails challenger Marisol Gonzalez 4,110-4,104. Ronald Anderson was first with 4,371 votes, and Stacey Peralta was second with 4,153 votes.

School Board Member Dianne Roman has 4,055 votes and Willie DeJesus has 3,987.

EATONTOWN

Democrat Mariel Hufnagel filed for a recount in Eatontown after final tallies put her just 10 votes behind Republican Councilman Mark Regan.

Regan leads Hufnagel 3,228-3,218. Democrat Danielle Jones is in first with 3,250 votes.

Republican James Ccorcoran is in last with 3,105 votes.

HOWELL

Democratic challenger Andre de Garmeaux filed a recount after final tallies in Howell showed him trailing Deputy Mayor Evelyn O’Donnell.

The Republican incumbent leads de Garmeaux 15,415-15,095, a 320-vote margin.

His filing says at least 317 votes were rejected for a variety of reasons.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS

Democratic councilwoman Susan Poage is seeking  a recount after losing her seat to Repubican Jeffrey Varnerin by 120 votes, 4,050 to 3,940.   Poage issued a concession earlier in the week.

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