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River Edge Mayor Edward Mignone

River Edge Mayor resigns

Local GOP organization can name replacement candidates, will submit names to fill interim vacancy

By David Wildstein, August 30 2019 8:12 pm

River Edge Mayor Edward Mignone resigned at noon today, ending three months of waiting after he initially indicated his plans to leave office early.

He has taken a job outside New Jersey and his family will be locating to Utah, Bergen County Republicans said.

Mignone was elected in 2015 and was planning to seek re-election to a second term before announcing in May that he would instead resign.  He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary.

Republicans have still not selected a replacement to face Democratic Councilman Thomas Papaleo.  Mignone withdrew from the race today, according to Republican leaders.

The River Edge Republican County Committee will meet to select a new mayoral nominee, if it chooses to.  The deadline to fill the vacancy on the ticket is September 12.

The local GOP organization also has the option of filling Mignone’ s unexpired term, installing a new mayor to serve the remainder of this year.

Democrats have a 5-1 majority on the borough council and must pick one of three candidates submitted by the Republicans.

Council President Ellen Busteed, a Democrat, will serve as Acting Mayor until the new interim mayor is selected.

Busteed is running for re-election on a ticket with Melvin Solomon.

The lone Republican on the council, Mary Davis, did not file for re-election

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