HOLMDEL, NJ - TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck readers commented through the Facebook page about the lawsuit that again may flip a Township Committee seat in town. Many requested to read it.
The actual lawsuit filed against the election of Prakash Santhana, the Board of Elections, Holmdel Municipal Clerk and others in their official capacities in the management of the 2019 General Election in Holmdel is available. Click on the link below:
The most controversial allegations in the lawsuit involve votes cast by certain adult family members of sitting elected officials, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Committeeman Dr. Rocco Pascucci. The suit states that they don't live in Holmdel and were not eligible. The towns mentioned as the actual residences in the suit include North Brunswick, Hoboken, Boston and New York.
Pascucci lives in an age restricted neighborhood, Village Grande. It's an active adult community and quite unlikely to be a current address for adult children.
Pascucci has actively challenged other elected officials for ethical failings during 2019.
It is also widely believed that DiMaso and Pascucci did not support the Republican County endorsed ticket in November. At least Mayor Hinds. So, if the votes were for Santhana and are deemed illegal and thrown out (as the lawsuit demands), Prakash Santhana may be removed from his Township Committee seat and replaced with Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu.
After the polls first closed, Santhana won. Then, when additional absentees came in along with provisional, Liu won. Then, Santhana requested a recount and he won. Now, if the votes of these well known families are thrown out, and they did not support the Republican ticket, Liu may win again. It would be a third change.
Liu would be the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Holmdel Township Committee in Holmdel's history. Read previous TAPinto article here.