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Weehawken, New Jersey. (Photo: Hudson Dwellings.)

Weehawken incumbents breeze to victory

North Bergen votes down school budget

By David Wildstein, April 20 2021 10:02 pm

Three incumbent school board members in Weehawken easily defeated a challenger on Tuesday, with voters overwhelmingly approving the annual school budget.

Giovanni Ahmad, a first-time candidate who was appointed to his seat last year, is currently the top vote-getter with 591 votes, followed by Jennifer Bolcar with 587 and Meg Carson with 483.

The losing candidate, Chayanne Moya, received 252 votes.

The Weehawken school budget was approved, 455-89, an 86%-14% margin.

Ahmad, the township manager, was named after Board of Education President Richard Barsa died last year of complications related to COVID-19.  Barsa was the Weehawken finance director.

As is the tradition in North Bergen, the school budget was voted down by a 69%-31% margin.  The budget now goes to Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Board of Commissioners.

West New York approved their Board of Education budget by a 70%-30% margin.

Incumbents in North Bergen and West New York were re-elected with opposition.

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