North Bergen mayor Nicholas Sacco scored a huge win Tuesday night when voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that will allow the town to buy the old Hudson County School of Technology building and turn it into a new public school.
The referendum passed 3,738 to 1,315, 74%-26%.
Sacco, who is also a state senator, was the principal backer of the ballot initiative that allows the town to issue $60 million in bonds. The Board of Education says that between state aid and municipal revenues, there would be little impact on taxpayers, if any.”
“I would like to thank the voters of North Bergen for their support on a brutally cold day in our efforts to finally give our children the excellent school facilities they deserve while protecting taxpayers,” said Sacco. “This outstanding result shows that the community agrees strongly with our vision for improving our schools, despite the constant lies and deception from political opponents who stood against our school children.”
The vote comes five months before the May town commissioner election, where Sacco is expected to face a battle with longtime rival Larry Wainstein.
“Both a great win for North Bergen students and a sign of things to come for Sacco opponents in May,” said Sacco spokesman Phil Swibinski. “North Bergen knows that the Sacco Team is moving the community forward and no amount of attacks and hit pieces will change that.”
Some dollars from the bond issue are earmarked for renovations to North Bergen High School.
Voters rejected a $210,000 school bond referendum in Cherry Hill by over 2,200 votes.