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North Arlington Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who died in office on October 10, 2018. (Photo: Borough of North Arlington.)

Appellate Court stays North Arlington ruling

Mayor died on October 10 and local GOP trying to replace him on ballot

By David Wildstein, October 19 2018 12:43 pm

The race for mayor of North Arlington continues to be a mess.

Today, an appellate court judge stayed the order of Superior Court Judge Robert Wilson to allow Republicans to replace Mayor Joseph Bianchi, who died on October 10, on the November 6 ballot with Councilman Dan Pronti.    The matter has been remanded back to Wilson with instructions to hold a hearing on the matter.

Vote-by-mail ballots had already been mailed, and some voters had already cast their votes using a ballot that had Bianchi’s name.

Until Wilson rules again, Bergen County Clerk John Hogan will use the original ballots with the late mayor on them.

Among the issues: Republican Municipal Chairman John Bratowicz said that he held a county committee meeting to pick a replacement candidate, but the vice chair, Barbara Kaiser, submitted an affidavit saying that no meeting was held.

A hearing is expected on Monday, and it is likely that all twenty Republican county committee members will be subpoenaed to testify.

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