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Local Politics Roundup for Monday, September 21

By David Wildstein, September 21 2020 1:56 pm

Howell: Democratic Mayor Theresa Berger has been endorsed for re-election by the New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association (STFA) and the NJ Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Organization (FMBA).  The unions are also backing Berger’s running mate, council candidate, Andre de Garmeaux.

“Now, more than ever, our communities need leaders that will stand strong for public safety,” said FMBA president Eddie Donnelly. “We know Theresa and Andre are those type of leaders and will serve Howell in a way that makes it safer and stronger.”

STFA president Wayne Blanchard saluted Berger’s support for the “Move Over Law” that requires drivers to move over or slow down when passing a first responder on the side of the road.  The law was passed after Trooper Marc Castellano, a Howell resident, was killed in 2010 after a car struck him while he was standing on the side of I-195.

Randolph: Democratic council candidates David Timpanaro, Joshua Weiner, and Jeanette Hernandez labeled the GOP as the “Party of No” after criticizing  Republicans on a number of issues.

“Local politics shouldn’t be about partisanship. It should be about local leadership that is committed to fair, equitable representation and transparent, above-board business practices,” the Democrats said.

Jersey City: Cynthia Hadjiyannis, an attorney and civic activist, will run in a November special election for city council in Ward D. She joins the race to unseat incumbent Yousef Saleh, who was appointed in April after Councilman Michael Yun died of complications related to COVID-19.

Patrick Ambrossi and Rafael Torres are also in the race.

“It’s time to put that ‘do it yourself’ determination and experience to work to make our local government more effective and accountable. People often feel like the City doesn’t care,” said Hadjiyannis. “I’ll work to get Heights residents that quality of life they deserve and to make sure developers don’t walk all over us.”

Perth Amboy:  Councilman Helmin Caba, a candidate for mayor, wants the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders  to honor Puerto Rican soldiers who served in the U.S. Army’s segregated 65th Infantry Regiment in honor of “The Borinqueneers.”

Naming this beautiful, new county facility ‘Borinqueneer Park’ would be a tremendous tribute to their courageous and historic military service,” said Caba.

Paramus: Democratic Borough Council candidates Dominick Minervini and MariaElena Bellinger have received the endorsement Paramus PBA Local 186 president Mark Pinajian.

“Minervini has been a staunch supporter of the Paramus Police Department and the entire law enforcement community. Mr. Minervini has assured us he intends to maintain a positive relationship between our Mayor, Council, and the Paramus Police Department,” said Pimajian.  “Councilwoman Bellinger has clearly proven herself to be a consistently devoted ally to the PBA. Throughout her time in office, she helped reinforce the Paramus Police Department by providing the necessary personnel, leadership, equipment, and latest training to maintain our status as one of, if not, the most progressive police departments in the State of New Jersey.”

Updated at 2:21 PM and at 10:16 PM.

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