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1,300 new ballots in Ridgewood, 1,600 in Teaneck

By David Wildstein, May 15 2020 2:06 pm

Over 1,300 new ballots have arrived in Ridgewood since Tuesday and are being counted today. So are more than 1,600 ballots from Teaneck.

The number of new ballots exceeds the margin of victory for the leading candidates for three Ridgewood Village Council seats,

Incumbent Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh leads with 2,831 votes, followed by Lorraine Reynolds (2,440) and Pamela Perron (2,119).  Sergio Alegre (2,003) is 106 votes behind Perron.

There are two open seats in Ridgewood, where Mayor Ramon Hache is running for Bergen County Freeholder and Jeffrey Voigt is not running again.

Walsh served one term on the village council before giving up her seat to run for freeholder in 2014. She returned to local government two years later, winning the third seat on the council by 1,808 votes.

Three seats are also up on the Ridgewood Board of Education.

Michael Lembo (3,045) and Saurabhi Dani (2,303) lead the race for  two full-term seats, but another candidate, Dan Creed, is 445 votes behind Dani.

In a race for an unexpired term on the school board, Hyunji Kwak leads appointed incumbent Muhammad Mahmour by 627 votes, 2,170 to 1,543.

Turnout in Ridgewood is at around 23%.

In the race for three Teaneck Township Council seats, Mark Schwartz leads in his bid for re-election, along with his running mates, Michael Pagan, a former aide to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, and former Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps president Karen Orgen.

Pagan (4,518), Orgen (4,483) and Schwartz (4,486) are running ahead of their rival slate: Planning Board member Denise Belcher (3,919), Democratic county committeewoman Gina Gerzberg (3,842), and  Board of Education President Ardie Wasler (3,823).

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