Editor’s note: This article was updated to include comments by Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley.
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi approved a recount of the votes cast for Township Council candidates in Berkeley Heights.
Kraig M. Dowd, of Dowd Weber Law, LLC, petitioned the Superior Court on behalf of Democrat Council Candidate Alvaro Medeiros on Nov. 21, asking for a recount of the November election results.
When all the votes, including mail-in and provisional ballots, were counted, the second and third place candidates were separated by only 8 votes. First place went to Susan Poage, second place to Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley, third place to Medeiros, with John C. Sincaglia in fourth place and Edmund Tom Maciejewski in fifth. There were only two seats available on the council.
Today, Nov. 25, Stephen Yellin the campaign manager for the Democrat candidates, confirmed the papers had been filed and the request approved. The recount will be held on Dec. 7.
On the Berkeley Heights Community Facebook page, at about 10 a.m. yesterday, Maciejewski, who, along with all the other candidates, received copies of the legal papers from the attorney, posted: “Interesting ... it seems that Alvaro Medeiros is suing for a recount of the votes." Maciejewski then posted a link to the copy of the papers he received.
Yellin replied to Maciejewski’s post, “we did not sue for anything but because it requires official approval from a judge we filed a motion in court … Likewise, it is pro forma for the other candidates in the election to be officially notified of the recount.”
He said the request was because of the closeness of the election and added, “We are not expecting any change in the outcome of the election.”
Saturday afternoon Kingsley said, “I have been informed that the Democrats have requested an official recount of the November 7 election results via a court filing. While this is within their right to do, it is my hope that our community can move forward in a unified way, working together for what is best for our town and our residents. I remain committed to working with all citizens in building the future of Berkeley Heights and serving as Councilwoman. Thank you to our community for their continued support.”