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Top River Edge Spot Goes to Moscaritolo

Voters support change for Mayor

Voters in River Edge came out today to push for change on the governing body and in a tight race the top spot in town went to Sandy Moscaritolo by a slim margin of 72 votes. Moscaritolo garnered 1,583 votes over incumbent Mayor Margaret Watkins with 1,511.

The newcomer to River Edge politics joined the council in December to serve the remaining one-year term following .

A municipal law attorney, he joined the council after spending many years working for the Borough of New Milford as their Municipal Prosecutor, Municipal Court Judge, Borough Attorney, and member of their Board of Education before coming to River Edge.

He received a law degree from the University of Bridgeport and his law practice is located in town. Moscaritolo has also served the Bergen County District Ethics Committee (investigating allegations of attorney ethics violations), and lectured for the NJ Bar Association and the Citizen's Police Academy.

The tight race was also portrayed in our .

Council Race

With all newcomers running for the two three-year term council seats, Democrats picked up the spots to retain a 4-2 Republican majority.

Kathleen Murphy picked up 1,530 votes followed by runningmate Thomas Papaleo with 1,564. Republican candidates Delia Joyce Carroll (1,488) and Anthony Cappola (1,485) trailed Papaleo by a slim 45-vote margin.

Murphy (D) works part-time in optical sales in New York while volunteering as the President of The River Edge Women's Softball League, District Representative for River Edge Girl Scouts as well as being a Troop Leader, active PTO member and Key Communicator for the River Edge School budget committee, former River Edge 4th of July committee member and former "Junior Woman of the Year" award recipient.

Papaleo (D) currently teaches math in the Teaneck Public School system and is the president of the union.

Open Space

Up for renewal for the next five years was the Open Space Tax and again by a small margin of voters failed at the polls, 1,136 to 1,013.

If it had been approved residents would have contributed one penny for every $100 of their tax bill to the preservation and maintenace of the borough's parks and ballfields.

For the past two years, a portion of the Open Space Funding has been utilized to cover the salary and wages of three DPW workers who oversee the maintenace of the parks. Funding had also gone to the 9/11 Memorial Garden, Beautification, Environmental and Historic Committees and the Shade Tree Commission.

During the upcoming budget season, the council will now instead have to find a way to retain the three DPW employees positions in the operating budget.

John R. Fugazzie November 09, 2011 at 02:23 AM
I look forward to the continued support of the River Edge Mayor and Council for Neighbors-helping-Neighbors support and networking group. Founded in River Edge back in January of this year, now expanded into 12 libraries with more on the way, has led to 26 people finding jobs, and we would never have gotten this far if it was not for the support of Daragh Oconnor and the town of River Edge. John
S. Gregory Moscaritolo November 09, 2011 at 06:38 AM
John, I support the Neighbors-Helping-Neighbors program you started at the River Edge Library. Your idea has caught on and has now expanded into 12 other libraries around New Jersey. You are an asset to our community. Mayor-Elect Sandy Moscaritolo
John R. Fugazzie November 09, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Thanks Sandy and we appreciate it.
Dennis Marucci November 09, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Many congratulations Mr Mayor! A sorely needed change in River Edge. You have my support!
REResident November 09, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Congratulations to all newly elected officals. Now it's time to roll up the sleeves and keep River Edge moving.
Kathleen Murphy November 09, 2011 at 02:33 PM
John, you are an inspirational success story! Sandy, Tom and I met and spoke with your mother at the SCORE luncheon on Monday and she is very proud of you and all that you are doing with this program! Keep up the great work and kudos to Daragh for supporting this life changing program! Best Regards, Kathleen Murphy
Ron November 09, 2011 at 04:16 PM
A new beginning no more excuses and blame, let's get it done Reduce Taxes,taxes,taxes
River Edger November 09, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Congartulations to our new mayor and Council members. Now let's PLEASE move past partisan bickering and get to work getting our town back on the right track. The whole council has the support of the town. The whole town expects the same in return.
GGT November 10, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Congrats to the Democrats. Thank You Peg for being steadfast on doing a wonderful job for RIver Edge over 22 years.
GGT November 10, 2011 at 01:56 AM
River Edger 2: WIth all due respect, there is only so much we can do to attract business, to town, and it is not much that we really can do. If a business wants to open here they will open. We will always be overshadowed by Paramus, and most business ventures will want to be there simple as that. As far as merging all 3 districts yet another pipe dream.It will never happen unless the state forces it. Oradell is trying to distance themselves from River Edge now (funding fight) why would they ever agree to merge all 3 districts?

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