Elmwood Park Mayor Francisco Caramagna made a direct pitch for votes at a Borough Council meeting last week, something that is typically frowned upon at the local government level.
“I’m campaigning for the two candidates, yes,” said Caramagna, a Democrat. “Talk to people to vote for us.”
That provoked a direct rebuke from the borough attorney, Giuseppe Randazzo.
“You can’t say that,” Randazzo said, appearing to explain to Caramagna the line that exists between political campaigns and an official government meeting.
It wasn’t clear that Caramagna had fully captured the essence of that.
When Councilwoman Magdalena Giandomenico tried to comment, Caramagna quickly cut her off.
Republicans have turned the incident into a campaign video that is running online.