CEDAR GROVE, NJ - According to Cedar Grove Township ordinance 190-14 soliciting, peddling and canvassing shall only be conducted during the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. That did not stop Councilman Harry Kumburis, who lost re-election by 33 votes on Tuesday, from knocking on doors after 10 p.m., allegedly targeting voters who had requested a vote-by-mail ballot but not returned it.
As TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove had previously reported, polls closed at 8 p.m. and the unofficial election results showed the winner as incumbent Councilman Peter Tanella, with Joseph Maceri taking the second seat with 796 votes, 33 more than Kumburis' 763 votes. However, mail-in ballots can be processed and counted through Thursday evening as long as they are postmarked on election day.
According to police reports, Kumburis knocked on the door of a residence on Forest Hill Way at around 10:22 p.m. The resident called Cedar Grove police to report that two suspicious men in suits had run her doorbell. The resident stated the men had a clipboard and knew her name. The individuals were gone when police arrived, but officers identified Kumburis through the video captured by the home's Ring doorbell.
Watch the Ring video here.
TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove reached out to Kumburis for further information, but he has not answered any questions as of this writing. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
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