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Winners unchanged by late ballots in Teaneck, Ridgewood

By David Wildstein, May 15 2020 5:09 pm

The final results in the race for three seats on the Teaneck Township Council were closer than on Tuesday after more than 1,600 new ballots were counted, but the outcome did not change.

Former Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps president Karen Orgen defeated Planning Board member Denise Belcher by 326 votes.  On election night, Belcher trailed by 564.

Michael Pagan, a former aide to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, was the top vote-getter with 5,115 votes, followed by incumbent Mark Schwartz (5,089) and Orgen (5,076).  Belcher finished with 4,750 votes, followed by Democratic county committeewoman Gina Gerzberg (4,657) and school board president Ardie Walser (4,618).

In Ridgewood, where about 1,3000 new ballots came on Wednesday and Thursday, the margin of victory for three village council seats actually grew.

Incumbent Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh finished first with 3,598 votes, followed by Lorraine Reynolds (3,094) and Pamela Perron (2,798).

Sergio Alegre (2,591), who trailed Perron by 106 votes, lost by 137.

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