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Christine McGrath wins big in Verona

Three votes separate second, third-place candidates; 20 provisional votes still uncounted

By Nikita Biryukov, May 14 2019 9:12 pm

Verona residents elected Christine McGrath to the Township Council Tuesday, scoring a huge win for the town’s progressives.

McGrath, who heads the local chapter of Moms Demand Action and serves as president of Friends of the Verona Library, received 1,314 votes, or about 29% of those cast.

She was treasurer for the 2017 campaign of councilman Ted Giblin, the son of assemblyman Tom Giblin.

Incumbent Councilman Alex Roman leads the rest of the pack with 831 votes, though he’s only three votes ahead of former Board of Education President John Quattrocchi.   There are twenty provisional ballots that have not yet been counted, and some vote-by-mail ballots could still come in on Wednesday and Thursday, as long as they were postmarked before 8 PM this evening.

Deputy Mayor Michael Nochimson, who was seeking a third term on the council, received 817 votes.

Nochimson endorsed Assemblyman Jay Webber during his 2018 House bid. McGrath backed Rep. Mikie Sherrill in that contest.

Because only 14 votes separate the second and fourth-place finishers, Verona residents will likely have to wait for a recount to know which of those three candidates will fill the second council seat up for election this year.

Businessman John Fio Rito, a West Point graduate who served in Operation Desert Strike on the Kuwait/Iraq border and on the U.S. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, had 674 votes cast in his name.

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