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Rochelle Park Republican files election contest after recount leaves margin unchanged

Perrin Mosca finished third by four votes in race for two Township Committee seats

By Nikita Biryukov, December 22 2020 4:04 pm

A defeated Republican candidate for Rochelle Park Township Committee filed an election challenge after a recount failed to change the four-vote margin between him and the race’s second-place finisher.

Perrin Mosca’s filing seeks to invalidate 15 votes cast by nine Democrats and four unaffiliated voters, claiming they were not residents of Rochelle Park. It also asks that 11 rejected ballots be counted.

It further claims 34 ballots belonging to residents at an assisted living facility in Rochelle Park were delivered in violation of the state’s limit on ballot bearers.

Under state law, bearers can only deliver three ballots per election, but Mosca’s complaint says the Republican believes up to 12 individuals delivered those ballots.

Mosca finished third in the contest, falling four votes short of Democrat Michael Warren, 1,543-1,539. Township Committeewoman Linda Boniface finished in first with 1,544 votes, while Republican Delmer Thomas Grigsby placed last with 1,499 votes.

He asked Bergen County Superior Court Judge Estela De La Cruz to annul the victors’ certificates of election or remove them from office if they had already been sworn in and order a special election to fill the ensuing vacancy.

De La Cruz will hear a conference on the matter at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Leonard Seaman, of the Law Offices of Richard Malagiere, will serve as trial counsel for Mosca. Deputy Attorney General Eric Reid will represent the Bergen County Board of Elections and the county’s Superintendent of Elections.

Paul Kaufman, of Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman, LLP, is representing Bergen County Clerk John Hogan.

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